The countdown to baby boy’s arrival this summer is official on in our house, and I’m doing my best to keep making headway on this little nursery of ours! If you guys missed our nursery design and decor post or our nursery wallpaper post, make sure you click those links and get caught up on all of our plans for this cozy little space for baby boy Carter! As I mentioned in our nursery design and decor post, one of the toughest design decisions to make for the nursery so far has been the natural wood crib. Any crib we choose needs to be a mix between form and function and in a really small space like ours, there are all sorts of size limitations we’re up against, too. So style definitely isn’t the only consideration making this one of the trickier pieces of this nursery puzzle. To add pain to it, the crib is also kind of a centerpiece of nursery design, right? So for a person who frequently suffers from “big design decision paralysis” that’s just a recipe for having about 10 cribs in carts around the interwebs and pulling the trigger at the last possible second. I’m hopeless!
So what are my requirements serving as the guardrails of my search? As you may remember from the previous nursery posts, what I’m looking for is a charming blonde or mid-toned wood crib that’s sweet and simple and would feel just right with the rest of the cozy cottage nursery design. I’d love a crib that converts to a toddler bed for max versatility or has other fun features to give us a little more support as new parents (like a built-in camera, sound machine or rocking capabilities – smart cribs are totally a thing these days!), and of course, in the end, it needs to fit our size limitations. I know it may sound easy, but one of the biggest roadblocks I keep coming up against is the slightly surprising lack of choices that fit the style we’re looking for. There are tons of modern wood cribs and slightly bulkier farmhouse style wood cribs, but so few simple, charming cottage style wood cribs, which makes it even harder to find something that checks all our boxes. Before I went down the crib rabbit hole, I was convinced I could find a beautiful, natural wood Jenny Lind style crib, but after hunting and hunting, that was nowhere to be found. I think Davinci used to produce an “oak” version of their Jenny Lind crib, but now they only make it in a ton of different colors and this “cherry” wood color.
So today, to rope you guys into all the crib fun and maybe even help some of my fellow cottage style loving moms-to-be out there in their crib search, I’m sharing all of the cottage-cute wood cribs I’ve been loving (and having such a tough time deciding between) while I’ve been searching. I love when you guys weigh in these big design and decor decisions because it’s always so helpful to have more eyes on the problem, so don’t be shy! Drop me and comment here or on Instagram and tell me which one you love most from the roundup below! And remember, it’s not all about form, so if you click the link to a crib and something about the function or size jumps out at you that you think I need to consider, let me know. Baby boy Carter’s nursery has been a Love & Specs community collab from the start and I’ve loved every single second of it, and you know I’ll be updating you guys when we finally land on a winner!
The Best Natural Wood Crib
And here are two more cribs that lean slightly modern that I’ve seen that I still really love. I couldn’t not mention these two because I think they’re great options if you’re going the blonde, natural wood route!
Which natural wood crib do you like the most? Let me know in a comment below!