Babyletto Hudson 3-In-1 Toddler Bed Conversion Kit & Convertible Crib

Last updated date: August 5, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5

Babyletto Hudson 3-In-1 Toddler Bed Conversion Kit & Convertible Crib

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Overall Take

Parents can rest assured that this crib is lead and phthalate-free. The crib itself is designed to transform from a crib to a toddler bed and then to a daybed for older children. This company even sells a line of matching dressers if you're interested in an entire bedroom set. In our analysis of 230 expert reviews, the Babyletto Babyletto Hudson 3-In-1 Toddler Convertible Crib placed 2nd when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 5, 2020:
Checkout The Best Crib for a detailed review of all the top cribs.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
636 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Solid and JPMA-certified. Mattress adjusts to 4 different positions to accommodate the needs of a growing infant.
- BestReviews
The 54-pound Babyletto Hudson is another one that looks great, and will probably appeal to parents who like mid-century modern or Scandinavian design
- The New York Times
It’s a bit lower in height than most cribs, which petite parents appreciate for easy access to the baby.
- Baby List
This baby crib is made with renewable New Zealand pine wood and is Greenguard Gold certified free of any toxins and chemicals for your baby’s safety.
- Safety
Parents can place the mattress at one of four different height adjustments in order to support growth appropriately until the child reaches 35 inches. It is a great customizable feature!
- Little One Mag
The baby crib’s thin spindles give your nursery an open and airy look — and help you see your baby from across the room — while still complying with crib standards that slats should be no more than 2.375 inches apart.
- What To Expect
Not only is this one of the most stylish convertible cribs we found, but it’s the only one on our list that includes the conversion kit upfront.
- SafeWise
The assembled crib is very sturdy and heavy, no worries about it creaking and flexing with a bouncy toddler!
- Mommy Hood 101
What’s not to love about Babyletto’s Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib? It’s made of nontoxic materials and sits on sturdy legs, making us inclined to list it among the safest baby cribs too.
- The Bump
We love that this particular set includes the conversion kit so you don't need to worry about purchasing the right add-ons for a toddler bed or daybed conversion.
- Good Housekeeping
What experts didn't like
Will not hold a traditional crib skirt, as there is a metal bar in the way.
- BestReviews
But again, the price, at almost $400, is too high for many parents, especially since it’s made of the same soft New Zealand pine as cribs that cost half as much, and doesn’t have other special features.
- The New York Times
Some customers complain of holes not lining up during assembly
- Little One Mag
Susceptible to scratches. More expensive.
- SafeWise
The only downfall is the price, which tends to be a bit more than most other cribs on this list.
- Mommy Hood 101

From The Manufacturer

The best-selling Hudson's iconic turned-out foot, rounded spindle design, and open silhouette make it a versatile choice for the modern nursery. Complete your nursery with the Hudson 3-drawer or 6-drawer dresser.

Overall Product Rankings

Delta Children Emery Deluxe 6-In-1 Convertible Crib
1. Delta Children Emery Deluxe 6-In-1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 9
Dream On Me Aden 4-In-1 Convertible Mini Crib
4. Dream On Me Aden 4-In-1 Convertible Mini Crib
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
Union 3-In-1 Greenguard Gold Certified Convertible Crib
5. Union 3-In-1 Greenguard Gold Certified Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 33
Delta Children Canton 4-In-1 Convertible Baby Crib
8. Delta Children Canton 4-In-1 Convertible Baby Crib
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 26
Graco 04530-21F Storkcraft Benton 4-In-1 Convertible Crib
9. Graco 04530-21F Storkcraft Benton 4-In-1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
Delta Children Portable Mattress & Mini Baby Crib
10. Delta Children Portable Mattress & Mini Baby Crib
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 26
Dream On Me Violet 7-In-1 Convertible Life Style Crib
11. Dream On Me Violet 7-In-1 Convertible Life Style Crib
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 22
Dream On Me Carson Classic 3-In-1 Convertible Crib
12. Dream On Me Carson Classic 3-In-1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12
Dream On Me Ashton 5-In-1 Convertible Crib
13. Dream On Me Ashton 5-In-1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
Dream On Me Synergy 5-In-1 Convertible Crib
14. Dream On Me Synergy 5-In-1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Cribs

The biggest purchase you’ll make after finding out you’re about to become a parent is a crib.

As the days roll closer to bringing your baby home, you will want to prepare in so many ways. There is quite a bit of design effort put into cribs, and they are drastically different between companies. However, finding the best crib is not just a matter of personal style but also of safety. Discover what the experts are saying along with all the safety features to consider when shopping for that perfect crib for your little love.

Safety first when it comes to researching the best baby crib. Several safety features are required of manufacturers to include when designing a crib. These standards are set by the government based on past recalls and baby sleep studies. Manufacturers must abide by the standards or their product cannot be sold in stores.

To name a few safety standards: There cannot be a bigger gap than 2 3/8 inch between slats and corner posts as it has been determined that any bigger can cause entrapment issues for baby. The corner posts should not be higher than 1/16 inch above the end panels. All hardware should be set in securely without sharp screws or nail heads sticking out. Older, used cribs may pose the risk of lead paint so it is highly recommended to either get a lead test or just skip using an old crib. The mattress needs to be a tight fit so baby can’t get caught between the mattress and the slats. (When in the store looking at cribs, do the two-finger test: If you can fit two fingers side-by-side between the mattress and the slats, you need a bigger mattress than what they’ve got in there). Keep the baby’s crib free from all stuffed animals, bumpers and loose-fitting blankets and sheets.

Kate Desmond, a writer and infant safe-sleep expert as well as mom to two young daughters, has spent an enormous amount of time researching the safest and best products for her kids.

“The most important thing to consider when purchasing your baby’s crib is safety,” she says. “Remember, drop-side cribs are no longer deemed safe, so this is a great reason to say no to heirlooms from your mother-in-law. Mattresses are sold independently of cribs so be sure to select one that fits, leaving no gaps, and cover only with a tight-fitting crib sheet. Remember to keep the crib empty of all blankets, pillows and stuffed animals. Babies under one year of age sleep safest alone, on their back, in their crib.”

After learning the safety regulations and hearing from an expert, you know what to look for and can go shopping. One last thing to consider is the size and style of your nursery as this will determine the crib you buy. If you are tight on space, you can consider a combination crib and changing table in one, like the Delta Children Emery Deluxe 6-In-1 Convertible Crib, Babyletto Hudson 3-In-1 Toddler Convertible Crib, Graco Storkcraft Benton 4-In-1 Convertible Crib or the Dream On Me Aden 4-In-1 Convertible Mini Crib.

All of these cribs will be a beautiful addition to a darling nursery of any style.

DWYM Fun Fact

Dating back to just the 19th century, cribs are a relatively new concept. Before cribs, parents co-slept with their babies, mostly because of the simplicity of homes and shelters. Even when cribs were invented, they were more like bassinets or cradles. The reason that cribs, bassinets and cradles were raised off the ground was because it was a common belief that toxic fumes were found below knee level and explosive vapors were found near the ceiling. Iron baby cribs were popular because they were thought to be sanitary and prevent bug infestations including lice, bed bugs and moths. These were not always safe, however, because frequently they were painted with lead paint.

The phrase crib was coined to describe a “slatted, high-sided child’s bed.” However, in Old English it means stall or manger. Now, the word “crib” is additionally used as slang for a person’s house.

The Crib Buying Guide

  • The safest cribs are usually the simplest. Find a crib that doesn’t have drop sides or fancy bed knobs on the corners.
  • Buying new is best because it is more likely that it is up to safety standards.
  • Bring a ruler with you to measure the spaces between the slats when you shop.
  • Baby crib mattresses are also an item to buy new. Many have been recalled for being too soft. Also, when you buy new, you can buy one that fits super snug into your crib with no spaces on any side.
  • Put tight-fitting sheets on your crib.
  • “Most modern cribs require some assembly,” says Desmond, “Just make sure you follow the directions and ask an expert for help when needed.”
  • For the mother’s healing and safety as well as the baby’s safety, you should pay attention to the level of height of the crib mattress. Most cribs have three levels to help parents reach the baby in the early stages but keep a growing baby safe from climbing out later on in their development.
  • Immediately stop using a crib if you notice baby attempting to climb out.