Mini cribs tend to be more affordable than full-size cribs and offer similar functionality and convertibility. Many mini cribs convert to toddler beds or even larger adult-size beds like full-size cribs.
For most parents, the decision to purchase a mini crib comes down to space. A mini crib is generally 10-15 inches shorter than a regular-sized crib, making it perfect for:
- Nursery nooks
- Shared bedrooms
- Grandma & grandpa's guest room.
A mini crib’s compact space allows it to be used in a primary bedroom if you plan to room share with your baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the best place for a baby to sleep during their first 6 months is in their parents’ bedroom, in their own crib. A mini crib makes a smart alternative to a bassinet, since a bassinet can only be used until baby starts to roll or sit up (generally around 3 to 4 months).
A mini crib can be used until a baby begins to climb out or reaches the height of 35 inches which, on average, occurs between 24 and 36 months. At that time, your baby should transition to a new sleeping arrangement such as a converted toddler bed if applicable for your mini crib or a child-sized bed.
The official warning for all full size cribs and all mini cribs is *Stop using crib when child begins to climb out or reaches the height of 35 in. (89 cm). The average height and weight of a baby between 24 and 36 months is about 31 to 39 inches and 22 to 40 pounds. A baby of those heights can climb out of a crib and cause serious harm to himself/herself.