What brands of paint are lead free and can be used to safely paint a doll cradle?

Lead based paint was outlawed in the US somewhere around 1978. Any paint sold in your local home improvement store will be lead free.

*Lead-free is a relative term. Law allows some lead, but it must be less than 600 parts per million (ppm) on paint manufactured before 2008. After 2009, the allowable lead content was reduced to 300 ppm. If you are concerned about a specific brand of paint, copy down the complete bar code number (including lead and trail digits) and the "batch" number on the bottom or side of the can. Input that info at www.paintcompliance,com for lead information.