9 Best Mini Cribs of 2023
Best Mini Cribs of 2023
January 5, 2023

Best Mini Cribs of 2023

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Does thinking about how to fit a 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?

A mini crib is a smaller version of a full-size crib. Mini cribs and full-size cribs share many of the same features, just in a reduced size.

Mini cribs are more portable and more compact than full-size cribs. Some mini crib models come with wheels, making it easy to move your baby from room to room. Some can be folded flat to store in a closet or under a bed, ideal if you’re short on space or need to store one at a sitter or grandparents’ house.

How Big is a Mini Crib?

While the interior of a full-size crib must measure 28 inches wide (+/- 5/8”) and 52 inches long (+/- 5/8”), a mini crib generally measures anywhere from 20-25 inches wide and about 34-40 inches long.

Are all mini cribs the same size?

No, all mini cribs are not the same size. If you’re shopping for a mini crib, be sure to measure your space and check those measurements against the dimensions of the specific mini crib you’re interested in.

How Long Can a Baby Sleep in a Mini Crib?

Many mini cribs last until it’s time to transition your child to a toddler or twin bed—around two or three years old. (Or when they start climbing the rails!)

Some mini cribs convert into toddler beds or even twin beds with the addition of a conversion kit. Pro tip: if your mini crib doesn’t come with a conversion kit included, purchase the kit at the same time you purchase the crib just in case the model becomes discontinued.

What Is the Best Mini Crib Mattress?

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations require that all mini cribs are sold with a mattress included. However, these mattresses are often fairly thin and skimpy, so you may want to purchase an additional mattress separately.

Be sure the dimensions of the mini crib mattress you choose match the interior dimensions of your particular mini crib. For an extra safety check, be sure that there isn’t more than a half-inch gap between the perimeter of the mattress and the perimeter of your mini crib when the mattress is centered and isn’t being compressed. You’ll also want to check to be sure there isn’t a gap greater than one inch at any point when the mattress is placed against the perimeter of the crib.

And don’t forget the sheets! You’ll need specific mini crib sheets since standard-size fitted crib sheets won’t work.

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 Folding 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”
Convertible? No
Mattress 1” thick
Child Guidelines 0-18 mos; stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”

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”
Convertible? Converts to a twin bed (kit sold separately)
Mattress 2.75” thick
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”
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed/daybed and a twin bed (kits sold separately)
Mattress 1” thick
Child Guidelines Newborn to 30 lbs

Best Vintage Mini Crib

What Our Experts Say

This vintage-inspired crib stands out from many other mini cribs on the market and is the smaller version of the brand’s bestselling full-size Abigail Crib. The design was inspired by classic American metal cribs and it’s made from premium steel.

What’s Worth Considering

This mini crib has four adjustable mattress positions and converts to a toddler bed and a daybed with a separate kit. There are also removable casters in case you need to move it from room to room.

Dimensions 40.25” x 27” x 42.5”
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed and a daybed (kit sold separately)
Mattress Includes mattress pad; crib mattress sold separately
Child Guidelines Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”

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 with separate conversion kits.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 34.6” x 25.6” x 40.6”
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed and a twin bed (kits sold separately)
Mattress 1” thick
Child Guidelines Newborn to 30 lbs

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”
Convertible? Converts to a larger crib and a junior bed (kits sold separately)
Mattress 1.5” thick
Child Guidelines 0-6 mos (without conversion kits)

Best Jenny Lind Mini Crib

What Our Experts Say

You don’t have to sacrifice the classic look of a Jenny Lind crib if you don’t have the space—it’s now available in a mini crib. We love the spindled sides and the wheels for easy portability.

What’s Worth Considering

Like many of the mini cribs on our best-of list, this one is also convertible to a mini toddler bed or a daybed with a separate kit.

Dimensions 39.5” x 26” x 37.25”
Convertible? Converts to a mini toddler bed and daybed (kit sold separately)
Mattress 1” thick
Child Guidelines Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”

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.

What’s Worth Considering

This mini crib is the most expensive on our list. It also has a shorter lifespan than some of our other picks 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”
Convertible? No
Mattress 4” thick
Child Guidelines 0-12 mos

Best Mini Crib with Changing Table

What Our Experts Say

A mini crib is a smart pick if you’re short on space, and this one offers yet another small living perk: a built-in changing table and shelving. It’s ideal as an all-in-one crib + changer solution and is Greenguard Gold Certified.

What’s Worth Considering

The Autumn converts into a mini toddler bed, a day bed and a twin-size bed with separate conversion kits. And the changer/shelving unit converts to a nightstand.

Dimensions 58” x 26.5” x 44”
Convertible? Converts to a mini toddler bed and day bed and a twin bed (kits sold separately)
Mattress Includes a mattress pad; mattress sold separately
Child Guidelines Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”
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