6 Best Mini Cribs of 2021
Best Mini Cribs of 2021
June 22, 2021

Best Mini Cribs of 2021

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Have a small nursery? These tiny cribs are short on space but not on style.Best Mini Cribs of 2021

Does thinking about how to fit a full-size crib—along with all the other baby gear—into your home throw you into a panic? Consider a mini crib. It’s a major space saver and sometimes a multitasker, too, doubling as a bassinet or transitioning into a toddler bed down the road.

What is a Mini Crib?

Mini cribs share lots of features with full-size cribs except when it comes to size.

Mini cribs are much smaller than standard-size cribs. The average standard crib mattress is 28 inches wide and 52 inches long, while the average mini crib mattress is 24 inches wide and 38 inches long.

Some mini crib models come with wheels, which make it easy to move your child from your room into the nursery when you’re ready. Some can also be folded flat to store in a closet or under a bed, ideal for keeping at a sitter’s or grandparents’ house.

If you’re considering a mini crib, remember you’ll also have to buy a mini crib-specific mattress (like this one) and mini crib sheets to go along with your smaller-sized crib frame. Some mini cribs do come with a mattress, but it’s often fairly skimpy.

How Long Can My Baby Fit in a Mini Crib?

Often, little ones can fit in mini cribs until it’s time to transition to a toddler or twin bed—around two- to three-years-old or when they start climbing the rails.

Some models convert into toddler beds or even a headboard and footboard for a twin bed. However, you typically have to buy a separate conversion kit to make the transition. If that’s what you’d like to do, buy the conversion kit at the same time you purchase the crib (just in case the model becomes discontinued).

How We Chose Our Best Mini Cribs

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top mini cribs they shared with us and added our own research and insight. We think you and your little one will love at least one of these items too.

Best Portable Mini Crib

What Our Experts Say

This simply designed mini crib folds flat for easy storage so it’s easy to tuck away if you need to when it’s not in use. It features locking casters on its feet to allow it to roll easily from room to room and is Greenguard Gold certified like many other Babyletto products. We love the clean, fresh style that fits in with any room decor and the selection of colors.

What’s Worth Considering

You’re sacrificing fold for longevity here; unlike some of the other mini cribs on our list, the Origami doesn’t expand to a larger crib or a toddler bed. It does have two adjustable mattress heights, however.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 38.625” x 25.375” x 36”
Child Guidelines 0-18 mos; stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”

Best Modern Mini Crib

What Our Experts Say

There’s no other mini crib quite like Stokke’s Sleepi and that’s what we love about it. With its distinctive oval shape, it boasts a small footprint and fits perfectly into almost any small space and there are lockable wheels in case you need to move the crib from room to room. The bundle comes with the crib, mattress and drape rod. There’s also a more luxe mattress sold separately.

What’s Worth Considering

The Sleepi Mini has a steep price tag, but it does grow with your baby, making it worthwhile from a cost standpoint through the years. It has an adjustable height position, a Sleepi Bed Extension kit that converts it into a larger crib that works through about age three, and a Junior Extension kit that can take you all the way through age ten.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 32” x 34” x 26”
Child Guidelines 0-6 mos

Most Affordable Mini Crib

What Our Experts Say

This scaled-down crib is big on style and small on price. The classic design and clean lines work with any type of space, and it’s the most affordable mini crib on our favorites list. It also comes with one of the thickest mattresses at almost three inches, so you may be able to skip buying a separate one if your little one seems comfy.

What’s Worth Considering

You’ll be able to transition this mini crib into a twin bed when your little one is ready to make the switch with the addition of a conversion kit.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 38.25” x 41.25” x 26”
Child Guidelines Newborn to 50 lbs

Best Convertible Mini Crib

What Our Experts Say

A perfect choice for a sleep space that can go the distance, the Gelato transitions from a mini crib to either a toddler bed/daybed and eventually a twin size bed. We love the crib’s modern style and Babyletto’s commitment to environmental sustainability. It’s made from eco-friendly, non-toxic materials and Greenguard Gold certified.

What’s Worth Considering

You’ll need the toddler bed conversion kit and the twin conversion kit, both sold separately, to morph this mini crib, but it’s well worth the added cost to take it from the baby days all the way through the big kid years

Additional Specs
Dimensions 39.75” x 26” x 35”
Child Guidelines Newborn to 30 lbs

Best Mini Crib for Small Spaces

What Our Experts Say

The Bloom Alma has the slimmest profile on our list. The lockable wheels mean you can move it from room to room, and its narrow shape makes it a cinch to get through smaller-than-standard doorways. It even folds for storage and adjusts to two mattress heights. Just note that the Alma isn’t a standard mini crib size, so you’ll need to take that into consideration when buying a mattress (Bloom sells one separately).

What’s Worth Considering

This mini crib has one of the shortest lifespans on our favorites list thanks to its extra slim design. For an option that will take you through about two years old, check out the Alma Grow Crib model.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 37 1/4” x 19 1/2” x 33 1/8”
Child Guidelines 0-12 mos

Best Mini Crib with Storage

What Our Experts Say

If you’re considering a mini crib because you live in a small space, you’re probably also wondering where you’re going to store all the things that come along with having a new baby. Meet the Colby. This simple, stylish mini crib has two large drawers built right in where you can stash extra crib sheets, swaddles and whatever else you want out of sight. It’s also one of the more affordable mini cribs on our list.

What’s Worth Considering

In addition to the built-in trundle storage, the Colby will last for years. There are four different adjustable mattress heights and the crib converts to a mini toddler bed, daybed and eventually a twin-size bed. The conversion kit is sold separately.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 34.6” x 25.6” x 40.6”
Child Guidelines Newborn to 30 lbs
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