If you’re looking to apply some paint to an old crib or furniture, you want to make sure that whatever you use isn’t going to be harmful to your little one.
In this post, we take a look at the 5 best baby safe paints for cribs, hand-picked to be non-toxic, contain zero-VOC composition, and to be easy to apply.
Our Top Picks
5 Best Baby Safe Paints for Cribs
We spent 36 hours painting with and reading reviews to pull together our recommendations below.
Remember, always check the instructions to ensure that formulas haven’t changed and that the paint is still suitable.
The Retique It Renaissance Furniture Paint is probably our favorite paint that we’ve ever tested. Available in over 50 shades, each one is easy to apply, fast-drying and made in the USA.
What we particularly like about the Retique It Chalk Furniture Paint is how easy it is to clean up with just soap and water and with low odor and ultra-low VOC content, there’s no overpowering smell when in use.
The chalk finish applies evenly and looks fantastic on any crib! Another thing we really like is just how quickly the paint dries, taking less than 30 minutes.
While you can almost certainly use this without waxing, for a truly complete finish, it’s best to use with Retique furniture wax which leaves any crib feeling exceptionally smooth.
Next up we have the wonderful Rust-Oleum 285140 Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint which actually surprised us, mainly for just how good a value it proved to be. Even with minimal prep beforehand, the paint has excellent adhesion and once it’s dry it leaves surfaces with a velvety, smooth finish. Much like the Retique It Renaissance Furniture Paint, the Rust-Oleum 285140 Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint is touch dry within just 30 minutes.
During our research, we found that many people who’ve used the paint found that due to the thickness of the paint, one coat was more than enough for most cribs and a few people who’ve used the paint extensively pointed out for a truly great finish apply a sealant afterward.
Available in over 30 different colors, Country Chic Chalk Style Paint is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for an eco-friendly, low odor, ultra low VOC, paint that contains no harsh chemicals such as phthalates, formaldehyde, heavy metals, or solvents. It’s also certified safe as per European Toy Safety Standards so you know it’s a good baby safe paint for your crib.
So what do we like most about the Country Chic Chalk Style Paint? Firstly, the color ranges available are beautiful. Honestly, these are some of the nicest shades and tones that we’ve ever seen. Next, even with no real priming and just cleaning the paint applies well, although unlike the paints listed above some users have found that you need more than one coat to achieve the right finish.
So the first thing to like about the Chalk Mountain Furniture Paint is that it’s available in 53 Beachy & Earthy colors. That means no matter what color scheme you’re going for in the nursery you’re almost guaranteed to find a paint to suit your tastes.
From our research, we’ve found that for the best application you should ideally clean and prime the surfaces before painting unlike some of the other paints listed above. Similarly, the Chalk Mountain Furniture Paint isn’t as thick as others we’ve reviewed and as such will take at least two coats to properly cover and finish the crib.
That said, this is one of the lower odor paints on our list (big plus) and it’s also non-toxic, with zero VOC.
Available in over 20 colors, the Chalky Chicks Furniture Paint was a relatively new one to us having never used it before. That said, we were certainly surprised by just how much we liked it! The paint leaves a high-quality chalk finish which can be applied with minimal prep, no sanding, primer or stripping needed.
While there are certainly few complaints, one of the most common things we’ve read in our research is not around the paint but around the container which seems to become problematic and uneasy to open once you’ve used and sealed it. Another small complaint that we’ve read is that the paint does chip easily, however, this might just be a case of applying additional coats.
The Bottom Line
The paints listed above represent the best baby safe paints for cribs that we’ve found both through our testing and our research. All should prove to be safe to use on cribs but please do check the instructions and ingredients yourself first particularly if you’re pregnant.