If you want to have a painted crib, you will want to look for a paint that is lead-free and non-toxic.
Look for natural plant-based paints that are derived from plants, natural oils, and soy. These are completely free of any chemicals that can be harmful to your baby.
Another choice is milk paint. It is made from food-grade ingredients that are also totally free of chemicals and available in an array of color choices. When shopping for a safe paint for your crib, check the can to be certain it is VOC free, which means it is free of chemicals that can be harmful to your baby.