It's the centerpiece of the nursery and possibly the most expensive purchase new parents make. How to decide on a crib? Take a look at our top picks. By Danielle Friedland

Best Modern, Splurge

Name: Netto Collection Moderne
Price: $1,690
Why It's Great: If you like clean, contemporary lines, take a good look at Netto's Moderne crib. Their designs are simple, with white lacquered wood combined with ebony-stained ash or natural oak wood. There's storage underneath, plus three of their four designs convert to toddler beds. Netto created the modern nursery category five years ago and they are still the best. Keep an eye out for their new Louis collection, debuting in 2009. For a considerably lower price point, try CUB by Netto Collection – the CUB sleeper retails for $499-$625.

We also like: The muu Sam crib ($1,375) lets you customize the design with personalized snap-in/snap-out panels.