Now finding a nice baby bed is perhaps the most essential ‘to-do’ task before your little one comes home. It is the one piece of furniture in which your baby will spend most of his initial months.
There’s no doubt that you will want to make this thing as safe and restful as possible. But, if the size of your apartment or nursery is small, you may be getting worried about the space needed to accommodate your baby’s bed.
You might even be searching for alternatives for a baby crib to get something like a bassinet or a small cradle that would occupy less space while ensuring full comfort to the baby.
Initially, I was in just the same kind of fix!
When I had started looking into the different infant-bed options available, I was constantly checking product dimensions and imagining the area that would be covered with each product to understand how much space would be left for me to accommodate other baby things in the small room.
At first, I loved the look and style of some cribs but realized that a big part of that style came from the size that made the cribs look so majestic and safe. I wanted the same cribs in smaller sizes to get them to squeeze and fit into my bedroom somehow.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any size-based options available for any of the regular cribs. However, on searching further, I found some cribs that were specifically designed for small spaces.
Such cribs are popularly known as mini cribs, owing to their smaller sizes. They are excellent for saving space and look really chic and cute. Despite being smaller in size, these cribs promise the same level of safety and comfort.
After going through a lot of these cribs, I shortlisted three which had the best possible features and minimum drawbacks.
Read through the following list to get all the details about these awesome compact cribs designed for small spaces.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Three Best Cribs For Small Spaces
- 2 Dream On Me 3 in 1 Aden Convertible Mini Crib
- 3 DaVinci Emily Mini Crib
- 4 Delta Children Portable Mini Crib
- 5 About Cribs for Small Spaces
The Three Best Cribs For Small Spaces
Dream On Me 3 in 1 Aden
Delta Children Portable
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Dream On Me 3 in 1 Aden Convertible Mini Crib
White, Black, Cherry, Espresso, Natural
- A great crib for small spaces!
- Solid pine wood finish
- Safe and fairly strong
- Light weight (28 pounds)
- The crib looks cute and offers multiple color choices
- Easy to assemble
- 3 adjustable mattress levels or height levels
- Converts into a day bed for toddlers and can be converted into a twin size bed. (The twin size bed frame and twin mattress have to be bought separately)
The crib’s instructions say that it requires a mattress not more than 2” thick. However, a 3” mattress works fine with it too.
- This crib works great for small spaces due to its small dimensions (39 x 23 x 36 inches). However, if your baby is tall then please analyse the crib dimensions carefully before making the final choice.
- The holes at the highest level of this crib (for mattress placement) are still not as high as some other cribs. So, make sure you’re comfortable with the height settings or you will have to drill some holes yourself and that would solve the problem.
DaVinci Emily Mini Crib
White, Cherry, Ebony, Espresso, Honey-Oak, Natural
- Saves space due to small size
- Lead and phthalate safe. Meets ASTM international and U.S. CPSC safety standards
- Made from sustainable New Zealand pine wood (the mattress support board is made of CARB II compliant MDF)
- Light and can be moved around
- Very easy to assemble
- Converts into a twin bed (rails to be bought separately)
- Useful for short mommies
- 4-level mattress support
- Easy to adjust mattress height
- This crib comes with a 1” thick water-proof changing pad
- Finding the crib railing-cover can be a little challenging due to the crib’s railing design
- The crib’s wood can get scratched easily
- A few customers have noticed a chemical smell coming from the white colored crib. Off-gassing is highly recommended in case you witness such a smell (Off-gassing means leaving the crib in open or opening the room windows till the crib smell escapes).
Delta Children Portable Mini Crib
Cherry, Natural, White
- Saves space
- Can be moved around the house easily
- Fits through the doorways
- Includes 4 casters or wheels for easy movement
- Folds flat for easy storage and travel
- Safe material (wood construction)
- Non-toxic finish, JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC and ASTM
- 2-position mattress height adjustment
- Mattress by Delta’s Children’s Products is included (Its around 1” thick)
- The included mattress is thin and adds on to the space-saving feature of the crib by not occupying too much space in the car if you ever plan to take the crib to another place.
- The casters do not lock (If you’ve fixed a place for the crib and do not need to move it, you can take off the casters)
- It cannot be converted into a toddler bed or a twin-sized bed.
- The mattress that comes with this crib fits perfectly and is strongly recommended by the manufacturer. However, since this mattress is a thin one, some people prefer to go for a thicker alternative.
About Cribs for Small Spaces
There are many types of cribs available today but the best crib for you would be the one that matches your personal requirements and preferences.
If you have a small house or a nursery with limited space, you will need to find a baby-bed that ensures safety and comfort but occupies minimum space. This is where a crib designed for small spaces (known as a mini crib) comes into the picture.
A mini crib is basically a baby crib with the same design as that of a regular crib but with smaller dimensions. It is a crib that cuts down on all the unnecessary embellishments to save space and give you the pure functionality of a nice baby-bed.
The main purpose of a mini crib is to save space so that a baby’s room doesn’t look over-packed with things.
You may also want to opt for a mini crib in case you’re looking to buy an extra crib to be placed at the grand parent’s house for occasional visits or a crib to be carried along in case of holidays or outings.
Why Mini Cribs Afterall?
Having discussed the purpose and advantages of cribs designed for small spaces, you might be wondering why anyone ever opts for a regular, standard sized crib when there’s an option of buying a smaller crib with almost all the crib features available at a lower price.
The answer is that while a good mini crib fulfills most of the standard crib’s functions, a baby is likely to outgrow a mini crib sooner than a standard sized crib.
This means that the mini crib can go out of use sooner especially in case of fast-growing babies or babies who are bigger in size.
The best solution to this problem would be opting for a convertible mini crib so that the baby can be comfortably transitioned into a twin-sized bed as soon as he outgrows the mini crib. In fact, a twin-sized bed also takes up lesser space in comparison to a full-sized bed. This can solve the space shortage problem in the house for years to come!
Storage Under the Crib
Before I end this section about cribs for small spaces, let me also introduce you to a type of cribs that offers a special feature known as under crib storage.
This feature enables you to save lots of space by making use of the vacant area lying empty under a crib and utilizing it for storing things like bed-sheets, baby clothes, etc. This means that you can easily cut down on extra storage shelves and tables and save space by using the otherwise unused area of your crib, without occupying any extra space.
And if you’re okay with buying a slightly bigger crib that saves space by enclosing a changing table and a dresser within its body, then you must check out the cribs with storage section.
These cribs are slightly bigger than mini cribs but they offer fantastic space-saving features which might suit your choice and fit your nursery. So they’re definitely worth a read!