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 Space-Saving

Name: Stokke Sleepi
Price: $800
Why It's Great: With so much inevitable "throw away" in the world of baby gear, it's great to find a piece of furniture that won't be relegated to the basement when your bundle of joy outgrows the crib. The Stokke Sleepi Crib starts as a bassinet, grows into a crib and then converts to a toddler bed, with adjustable height positions. Or, it can be made into two chairs. It's like having a life-size Lego set as furniture.

We also like: Bloom Baby's Alma urban cot/crib, available in 2009, is much shorter and narrower than traditional cribs, plus it folds.