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Mini Crib vs. Crib - Which is Best For You?

As a new parent, deciding between a mini crib and a regular crib can be a difficult decision. We have put together a helpful guide to help you decide which option is best for your needs.

From a glance, these two options may seem the same. However, there are many important differences between the two. The biggest difference is size. A mini crib (as the name suggests) is a smaller version of a regular crib. The average mini crib is 24”x38”, and the average regular sized crib is 28”x52”. Since the railings are typically the same height on both options, they are equally as safe. We will cover more on the differences in size later in the guide.

Mini Cribs:

Variety of Colors and Materials

Mini cribs do not follow standardized measurements like regular cribs do. Therefore, you will find a variety of different sizes and materials available to purchase including metal, plastic, and wood. 

For Small or Shared Spaces

Mini cribs are the ideal option for small spaces. If you have a small or shared nursery space, mini cribs are the perfect choice! The variety of colors and styles of mini cribs available to purchase allow for some fun and creativity when decorating your nursery.

For Travel or Grandparents’ House

Since mini cribs are compact and easy to transport, they are the perfect option for frequent traveling (i.e. think grandma and grandpa’s house!). As a bonus, they should not take up much space since many of the options on the market fold flat and can be stored away when not in use - a win-win for everyone!

Pros and Cons of Mini Cribs

As you can see from the list above, mini cribs have many more advantages than is does disadvantages. They are super safe and comfortable for your baby. 

One disadvantage you may experience is that mini cribs do not last as long as regular size cribs. Due to the quality of the materials used, the structure can be flimsy on some models which results in less durability. Lastly, you may find it difficult to find sheets to fit an uncommon size mini crib due to the various shapes and sizes on the market. Don’t worry - NODNAL Co has you covered! We offer a variety of mini crib sheet colors and patterns which are universal for the many shapes and sizes on the market.

Pros and Cons of Regular Size Cribs

A regular size crib is typically the main piece of furniture used in nurseries. This piece will last until your child is done with crib sleeping and can be used as a toddler bed for some children. This makes is a great long-term value and investment. Due to the larger size, they are typically more difficult to assemble and can be a hassle to move when your baby is done with it. Pro tip: Shop for a 5 in 1 cribs which are convertible and can grow with your baby such as the Dream-Me-Ashton-Convertible crib.

How Long Will a Mini Crib Last?

A mini crib will last until your baby is too big for the mini crib. This is when you will need to transition them into a toddler bed. According to the CDC, the average baby will reach 38” in length while they are 3 years old, and will weigh under 45 pounds by the time they turn 4 years old. On average, this means your mini crib will last until your baby is approximately 2 to 3 years old. Ideally, it is best to transition your baby out of the mini crib before they turn 2 years old to ensure a comfortable sleep. As a comparison, your baby wold need to transition from a regular sized crib to a toddler bed by the time they are 1.5 to 3 years old.

Dimensions of a Mini Crib vs. Regular Crib

This is can be one of the most important factors when deciding on a regular crib vs. mini crib. The average mini crib is 24”x38”, and the average regular sized crib is 28”x52”. Since the railings are typically the same height on both options, they are equally as safe. Some mini cribs may have slightly different measurements depending on the manufacture.The CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission) rehires all regular size cribs to be 52” long and 28” wide. 

Weight Limit of a Mini Crib vs. Regular Crib

The weight limit of a mini crib is typically less than that of a regular-sized crib. The average mini crib can accommodate a child up to 45 pounds. Most babies to not reach 45 pounds before they are 4 years old. Therefore, most babies have transitioned out of the crib well before they are 4 years old, so the weight limit is generally not a concern. Please note: Due to the various sizes and materials of mini cribs, you must refer to the manufacture details to confirm the exact limit.

Most regular size cribs can accommodate a child who weighs up to 50 pounds. Like the mini crib, the majority of babies have transitioned out of their bed and into a toddler bed before reaching this threshold.

Mattress Size of a Mini Crib vs. Regular Crib

The average mini crib mattress is 38”x24”. Most mini cribs include a mattress, but some parents look for alternatives which are more comfortable than the ones included with the mini crib. Mini crib mattresses can be tricky to find due to the variety of shapes and sizes available to purchase. We offer a variety of mini crib sheet colors and patterns which are universal for the many shapes and sizes on the market. Always feel free to reach out to us with any questions you still have about mini cribs and sheets to accommodate your specific shape or size.

Regular crib mattresses are all standard in size which makes it easier to shop. The average regular size crib mattress is 52”x28”. We offer a variety of crib sheet colors and patterns (including value-saving 3 packs) which allow you to change sheets frequently for your baby’s upmost comfort.

The Final Factor: Price

Generally speaking, mini cribs are less expensive than regular size cribs. Most mini cribs do not have all of the features that regular size cribs have (i.e. the ability to convert to a toddler bed).

In Conclusion

Both mini cribs and regular size cribs offer a comfortable and safe place for your baby to sleep. If you are limited on space and travel regularly, a mini crib is the best option. They offer portability, versatility and are compact.

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As you bring your baby with you around the house or to travel and meet loved ones, good cotton crib sheets are a valuable investment. Browse our selection of 100 percent jersey cotton mini crib sheets, regular size crib sheets, or contact us today to learn more about our products!

We hope our guide helped answer any questions you had about mini cribs and cribs. If you still have questions about cribs or sheets to fit your crib, please reach out to us and we will be happy to answer them!

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