How Much Weight Can a Crib Hold?

In the beginning, I would keep my child in a bassinet close to my bed. Of course, as they grow they need a better and safer place to sleep, so I invested in the best crib I could find that would give my baby comfort and security while being safe.

When investing in a crib, there can be so many details you must consider. You will need to know what materials you want the crib made from, the design, the colors, the mattress, and if you want it to be a crib that grows with your child.


I was worried about just how much weight can a crib hold? The crib must be able to support my child for at least two years and then may need to become a toddler bed. With the options you have, you would think that weight limits on cribs would not exist, but they do.

Together, let’s find out just how much weight can a crib hold and the restrictions they put on cribs. I thought this information was very helpful, and I want to share it with you.

Knowing the Restrictions of Your Crib


I did some extensive research on how much weight can a crib hold, and I came up with some interesting numbers and facts. I have come across weight restrictions that may not match the height restrictions, and when to upgrade your crib to a toddler bed.

How Much Weight Can a Crib Hold

Some cribs can be deceptive in their looks, and they won’t be able to secure the weight they might demonstrate to you. Some cribs can hold as little as 35 pounds and up to about 50 lbs. This is usually excellent for children between 0 and 4 years of age.

Most cribs and toddler beds are not made for adult weights so they cannot guarantee them to hold an adult sleeping beside a toddler. It is recommended that parents helping children adjust to their own bed, to sleep on the floor.

The weight restrictions are put into place by the type of material that is used on the bottom of the crib. If there is plywood support, the crib cannot hold as much weight due to the flimsy material. If there are slats with wood covering them, the crib will be able to support more weight.

The Height of Your Child Might Cause Issues in the Crib

I found it fascinating to find height restrictions on some cribs, rather than a weight limit. Most cribs will hold children up to 36” unless they exceed the maximum weight limit. If you have a tall, but thin, toddler you may find them cramped in their crib.

If your child is too tall to fit in their crib, you may have to look at moving them into a toddler bed sooner than you planned. The length of the crib is usually not adjustable, so they support a child up to the full length of the bed before it becomes too cramped.

Babies Are Excellent Climbers

Adorable little boy playing in his crib

Another interesting find was that the recommended use of a crib is only until they begin climbing. Height and weight restrictions are in place in case you have a calm and easy going child. However, if you find that you have an adventurer (like I do), then their crib may become a danger to them if they can climb out of it.

If your child is climbing out of their crib, they may not be ready to leave the crib. For this problem, you should buy a breathable mesh tent to place over the top of the crib. This is a win-win situation for you and your child. It will keep your child safe inside their crib, and you won’t have to worry about them being hurt or getting into something while you sleep.

Upgrading Your Crib to a Toddler Bed

The transition can be time-consuming and your child may, or may not, like the change. Your child will be okay as they learn to adapt to the new sleeping arrangement. This process is usually made easier by allowing the child to partake in the crib to toddler bed transition, or if you use the upgradeable cribs that have four different sizing options as your baby grows.

When your child becomes too tall, exceeds the weight limit, they begin climbing, or you want them to be in a different bed, then it’s time to change. Make sure to allow your child to help you pick out their bed. This will get them to feel included and make the change easier to deal with.

Baby lying in his cot and playing with Crib Mobiles

There are many different types of toddler beds for you and your child to choose from. There seems to be something for almost every child out there. I’ve seen racecar beds, bookcase beds, airplane beds, and even toddler beds that look like castles and dream homes. Toddler beds are really amazing nowadays!

The best part about getting a crib that converts as children get older is that you are making an investment that will last throughout your baby's growth. The crib turns into a toddler bed, which then turns into a twin bed or daybed, and then into a full bed. This is a nice bonus because you won’t be having to invest money into a new bed with each transition.

Knowledge is Power That Can Keep Your Baby Safe

When looking for all the ways to keep your baby safe, make sure you check the weight and height limits of your crib. How much weight can a crib hold could be necessary information if you need to sleep with your child, if your child is going through a growth spurt, or if you decide to use the crib for twins.

Some of these facts about how much weight a crib can hold were new for me. I had no idea that some cribs would only support a child up to 35 lbs. What new facts did you find out? Were you aware of the weight and height restrictions on your baby's’ crib? Let me know what you think!


My name is Shirley. I’ve blogged about babies and parenting for a bit over two years, and with being a mother myself, I understand the needs and concerns you have for your children’s safety as well. It’s important. I hope you enjoy your stay with us

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karani - May 24, 2018

perfect article… i not a parent so the idea of buying a baby crib is just a far away dream. i am just a knowledge seeker and i found your post incredibly informative…however this information will be of much when my time to become a dad finally arrives.


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