3 years ago my wife and I learned we were having a baby.
What ensued was baby planning which included plenty of online research for the best baby furniture, gear, clothing, diapers, etc.
Baby research is time-intensive because safety is paramount. Every parent wants to offer a safe and comfortable environment for babies and young children.
When it came to buying a crib, we opted for a new crib. After all the research, we opted for a traditional white rectangle 3-in-1 crib that converts into a toddler bed. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s worked well for us.
If, however, you have a small nursery space and/or would like something different, you can buy a round baby crib. They definitely look different. In fact, if you plan on placing your crib in the center of a room (or anywhere not set against a wall), circular baby cribs look better (in my view).
Before revealing our gallery of round baby cribs, I’d like to set out pros and cons of these types of cribs. I’ve done the research and invested a fair amount of time weighing crib buying options… so here are my thoughts and research results.
Related: Types of Cribs
Advantages of Circular Baby Cribs
1. Safer? Arguably with no corners, a round crib is a safer furniture option in the nursery.
1. Saves space: From a space perspective, they’re a smaller footprint than the typical rectangle crib.
2. Aesthetic: I think they look better when placed in the center of a room.
3. It’s unique: If you enjoy bucking trends, a round crib is different. Not too many parents opt for this crib design.
Disadvantages of Round Cribs
1. Limited bedding options: Because round cribs aren’t nearly as popular as rectangle cribs, you’ll have a more difficult search for bedding.
2. Transportation: Once assembled, it may not fit through some doors. This means you may need to disassemble it to move it to another room or residence.
3. Wall-placement isn’t a great option: While it may look okay tucked in a corner, round cribs are ideal for center-of-the-room placement. This limits you if you decide down the road to place it against a wall. Obviously it’s possible to place it against a wall… it just doesn’t look as good as a rectangle crib that fits flush.
4. Less surface area for the baby: Babies move around (at least ours did and does). A round crib is shorter and doesn’t offer as much space.
5. It’s only a crib: Many traditional cribs convert into toddler beds. Round cribs don’t.
And then there are oval cribs…
If you like the smooth contour of a round crib that looks great in the middle of the nursery, consider an oval crib. With an oval crib, you gain many of the advantages of both rectangle and circle cribs.
Just a thought… and because it’s a good consideration, our gallery below includes oval crib options. Check out the Stokke oval crib that converts into a round and vice versa. That’s pretty cool.
Still interested? Check out our gallery of oval & circular cribs available for sale.
Round Baby Cribs
See more at Amazon and Wayfair. This lengthy oval crib from Stokke is designed to grow with your child. The initial circular shape can be enhanced with extra parts, extending into a lengthy sleeper for larger children. Sustainable beechwood construction and soft, rounded edges make this durable and safe, while caster feet add portability.
The circular design on this crib from Dream On Me allows for high visibility for parents. Fixed-side construction ensures stability, while four position mattress support allows for variation in placement. Dark hardwood with white linen canopy completes the classic design.
This round crib is crafted in cherry wood, with fixed sides for enhanced stability. This set from Angel Line features included mattress can be adjusted to four different heights. Included feet casters have a locking mechanism for safety and mobility.
This fully convertible crib, courtesy of Stokke, begins as a fully round structure with included mattress. Conversion kit included transforms into oval-shaped crib for growing children and includes appropriate mattress for the new shape. Locking caster wheels and adjustable mattress support reinforce the transformative aspect.
The Dream On me posh circular crib comes in all white solid wood construction, with a round design for enhanced visibility. Non-drop side rail for safety. The mattress can be height adjusted for growing baby needs. Wayfair2
Blue finished round crib design in Ramin hardwood features stars and moon design the on center panel, with four raised posts holding lit-up stars and moon of their own. 4 position adjustable height mattress and non-drop side ensures adaptation and safety for a growing baby.
See more at Amazon and Wayfair. Florentine style in cherry wood is accented with a gilded cherub on front panel, on this crib from Little Angel. Circular design ensures zero risk of sharp angles and full visibility for baby and parents. Canopy fabric adds an elegant, classic touch.
While not perfectly circular, this heart-shaped crib from Baby Dear features smooth, rounded edges for safety and comfort. Elegant pink canopy is removable for cleaner, simple look. The base features multi-position lock for varying placement.
The elegantly designed round crib comes in an array of tones to match any room. This Chantelle model features four decorative posts for potential canopy, matching under-skirt, and adjustable mattress height. Solid hardwood construction ensures years of use.
The Liberty Sleigh crib comes crafted in North American hardwoods in a variety of finishes. Ruffled skirt and bedding in pink are perfect for baby, while curved hook style four posts add functionality and beauty. Adjustable mattress height can grow along with the baby.
See more at Amazon and Wayfair. This unique crib is designed specifically for twins. Double-circle construction makes for ideal bedding, with a reconfigurable design allowing four different setups. Each bed has its own posts and ruffled skirting, with adjustable mattress heights. Multi-position locking base adds functionality and safety.
The Sleepi Mini bundle from Stokke can be ordered in a variety of finishes. The original narrow form is perfect for newborns and small infants, while the reconfigurable shape allows additional parts to turn this into a longer, oval shape as the child grows. One removable side for when a child is old enough to climb in and out.
Oval Baby Cribs
See more at Amazon and Wayfair. This striking, uniquely designed crib from Ubabub in cocoon shape with modernist rounded edges will stand out in any home. The clear side panel has microlaser cuts for airflow, too small for fingers to get into, offering a full view of the outside world for baby. The smooth, rounded wood construction adds class and elegance in any space.
This 4-in-1 crib with convertible mattress, from Leander, features four distinct stages. Crib with 2 mattress heights, day bed, transition bed, and junior bed cover the first several years of your child’s life. All needed conversion components are included with the crib packaging. Rounded beechwood construction offers an elegant touch.
Here is the full-size Sleepi crib from Stokke, designed for older babies and small children. The rounded design ensures safety and mobility, with lockable caster feet. Modular design can be converted to a toddler bed or even two chairs. Features environmentally friendly beechwood construction.
Fixed side crib in cappuccino wood from Bloom is a regal sight, with gently curved birch wood structure. Solid wood construction and adjustable mattress offer security and adaptability for your child. Removable, lockable casters offer mobility and safety.
See more at Amazon and Wayfair. Wonder bumpers for oval cribs, courtesy of Go Mama Go Designs will ensure peace of mind for parents, knowing that their baby will not be bumping his head on any hard surfaces. Washable and reversible, they come in a variety of patterns and looks.
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