When Does Baby Outgrow Mini Crib

A mini crib is similar in design to a full-sized crib and is usually made from the same materials such as wood and metal. A mini crib mattress usually measures about 38 inches long by 25 inches wide, which is almost 20 inches shorter than the 59 inches of a standard crib.

mini cribs are each about 38 inches long and 25 inches wide, making them almost 20 inches smaller than standard-size crib mattresses. Whereas babies outgrow standard cribs around three years of age, they typically outgrow mini cribs before their second birthdays.

Your baby might outgrow a mini crib when he reaches his second birthday

Because it is smaller, a baby will outgrow a mini crib sooner than a standard. As such, if you’re using one for a newborn, where the kid usually starts sleeping in his/her crib within 3-4 months of age, then it may be too small by the time he/she turns 12-18 months old.

If you are looking for the perfect crib that your newborn will sleep in during his or her first few months, an option you may consider looking into is a mini crib. However, before you make such a purchase, it is important to know if and when a baby will outgrow a mini crib.

Babies could start outgrowing minicribs around age two, depending on their height and development.

You are standing serenely as you gaze lovingly at your little angel, sleeping peacefully in his mini crib. You can’t help marveling at how quickly he is growing, and how big he suddenly looks, all curled up with his teddy.

You may start to wonder, how long can a baby stay in a mini crib?

It has not been easy to get this little Prince Charming used to go to sleep by himself in his mini crib. You remember only too well the nights of crying every time you put him down, the frustration at his refusal to settle unless you were holding him, the endless blog posts and articles you had to read to learn how to get him to sleep easily.

Now that he is at long last happy and content to be put down in his sweet little mini crib, understandably, you may be reluctant to ‘rock the boat’ and make any changes to his sleep routine. 

Outgrow Quickly

The main disadvantages of a mini crib is that the baby outgrows it much faster than a standard crib. A mini crib mattress usually measures about 38 inches long by 25 inches wide, which is almost 20 inches shorter than the 59 inches of a standard crib. Therefore, where a baby would outgrow a standard crib around 3 years of age, he might outgrow the mini crib before his second birthday.

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Non-Standardized Sizes

Standard cribs have specific size guidelines for the mattress and the frame that make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. With a mini crib, on the other hand, manufacturers can make cribs of slightly different sizes and refer to them all as mini cribs. This makes it more difficult to find what you are looking for because you have to read the fine print to discover both the size of the frame and the size of the mattress.

Difficulty Finding Bedding

Crib bedding needs to fit snugly to ensure that it does not pose a suffocation risk for the sleeping baby. Whereas all baby stores carry bedding for standard cribs, mini crib bedding is more difficult to find. You can purchase it online if your mini crib is the most common size, but if you have an unconventional mini crib, you may have to special order the bedding from the manufacturer. This limits your options for patterns and colors and can be an added expense.

Fewer Mattress Options

Mini cribs typically come with a mattress that fits in the crib, but there are few options if you would like to purchase a different mattress. This is because not as many companies manufacture mini cribs and those that do might not make them in the correct size for your frame. Crib safety standards require that there be no more than 1/2 inch between the mattress and the frame when it is centered in the crib, or no more than 1 inch when it is pressed up against the other side. Therefore, you must buy a mattress exactly the correct size for your mini crib.

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How to Convert a Crib Into a Full Size Bed

By: Maria Magher

13 June, 2017

Convertible cribs help save parents money by serving as a traditional infant crib, a toddler bed or day bed, and a full-size bed. When babies outgrow their cribs and toddlers outgrow their beds, parents can just reconfigure the crib to turn it into a bigger bed without having to buy a new piece of furniture. To convert the crib, parents just need a pair of conversion rails and a full-size mattress. To be safe, however, always purchase a new convertible crib from a store — not a used one from a yard sale or relative. Additionally, check for any recent recalls of specific convertible crib brands.

Clear a space where you will put the new bed. A full-size bed is 53 inches wide and about 75 inches long.

Remove the front and back rails of the crib using the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, this will involve removing screws or bolts with either an Allen wrench or screwdriver. Some cribs may also feature supporting brackets that must be removed.

Set up the back rail where you want the head of the bed to be.

Secure the brackets for the conversion rails to what is now the headboard using either an Allen wrench or screwdriver. Attach the conversion rails to the brackets. The procedure for each conversion kit may vary, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Attach support brackets to the foot board, which was previously the front rail of the crib. Use the same procedure as was used for the headboard to attach the conversion rails to the foot board.

Push the bed frame into position against the wall.

Add a full-size box spring and mattress to the frame.

Tips

Be sure your bed is in the right position before adding the mattress and box spring. Once the bed is fully assembled, it will be more difficult to move.

Warnings

Make sure your child is ready for a full-sized bed before making the transition. Some mattress sets can make the bed very high for small children, which could increase their risk of injury, if they fall out of bed.

Is a Toddler Bed or Twin Bed Better for a 2-Year-Old?

By: Annie Tumlin

13 June, 2017

Deciding to move a toddler from her crib to a big-kid bed is an exciting transition for both parents and child.

Choosing between a toddler bed and a twin bed depends on a number of factors and is generally more of a time-consuming decision for first-time parents. Understand the differences between the two, and then assess which would be the better fit for your situation; include safety as the number-one factor.

Crib to Bed

Most parents move their child from a crib to a bed anywhere from one and a half to three years old.

The decision to switch can come from the constant jail-breaks your toddler performs to get out of his crib. BabyCenter.com recommends beginning the transition when “he’s simply too big or too active to sleep in a crib anymore.” Both types of beds provide a new environment for him; toddler beds can be enticing with character decorations, while twin beds can seem a little more boring for kids looking to move into a big-kid bed.

Family Needs

A toddler bed is a transitional-sized bed perfect for the little bodies of 2-year-olds. They are low to the ground and fit standard crib mattresses.

Toddler beds are convenient options if the crib mattress is available, but many times the addition of a new baby warrants that the mattress stay in the crib. Twin beds require the additional purchase of a twin mattress but are options suitable for a longer period of time if that size mattress is already available in the family or if the coming of a new baby requires an additional mattress anyway.

Safety

Toddler beds, being so close to the ground, are a very safe option. Using a twin bed is perfectly safe also, “but it works much better–for both safety and coziness–if you start off with the mattress on the floor,” according to Pregnancy.org. If you choose to keep the mattress in the frame, guard rails are a necessity to reduce the child’s risk of being injured during a fall out of the higher bed. Most toddler beds come equipped with side rails, but both the toddler and twin beds need them to keep your child safe.

Costs

When deciding between a toddler bed and a twin bed, “let your wallet, space constraints, child’s temperament and design sensibility guide your decision,” suggests WhattoExpect.com. Toddler beds range in price from about $150 to $300, while twin beds start at about $150 and up.

Each also requires the purchase of a mattress: A crib mattress and twin mattress typically start at about $100. Also include in the decision other children; many people choose a twin simply based on the need to use the crib mattress for another baby.

Bedding

When choosing a bed style, parents should also consider the bedding requirements. Toddler beds, using the crib mattresses, also fit the crib bedding from baby. If this will be reused for another sibling, twin bedding can be a functional choice in that parents may rather buy sheets for a larger bed than additional sheets for a crib mattress. Although toddler beds offer more choices in characters or colorful designs, twin bedding comes in a variety of styles that appeal to kids.

Baby Too Big for Mini Crib

When you have a small nursery or need to fit a crib into a room with an older child, a mini crib is an attractive option. Grandparents often purchase mini cribs to provide a safe place for their infant grandchildren to sleep when they visit. However, this type of crib has some disadvantages to consider before you buy one.

Can A Newborn Sleep In A Mini Crib?

A newborn baby will like the cozy feeling of sleeping in a mini crib.

Since mini cribs are smaller than a standard crib, he will feel more contained and less ‘lost’ in a mini crib than in a standard crib. It is also easier to fit in your room right next to your bed, making him feel safe and secure knowing that you are near.

How Long Can Baby Sleep In A Mini Crib?

There is no hard and fast rule about this. How long your little munchkin can stay in his mini crib is dependent upon two factors.

       1. How heavy is your baby?

The ASTM, or the American Association of Testing materials, conducts safety and quality control tests on all products made for use by babies. When testing mini cribs, they test with weights up to 45 pounds, to see if the mini crib can withstand the weight. They recommend only using a mini crib for babies up to about 35 pounds.

While weights of babies obviously vary, a rough guide would be that an average 2-year-old weighs between 25-32 pounds. However, an agile 2-year-old may well be able to climb out of a mini crib.

This leads us to the next factor.

       2. How tall is your baby?

The CPSC, or the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recommends that mini cribs should be used only until the baby reaches 35 inches in height. Our little ‘Master Average’ is probably somewhere between 32-38 inches at 2 years old.

Different models of mini cribs have different height and weight restrictions. Ultimately, the best advice would be to follow the guidelines of the manufacturer. They will give you a good indication of when you need to move the baby into a standard size crib, but it is usually at about 2 years old.

Is A Mini Crib A Good Idea?

A mini crib can be a very good idea, but it depends on your needs. If you have a very small home, and the baby’s nursery is small, a mini crib will be useful to start off with. It is also useful if the baby has to share a room with older siblings, or if you want to keep him in your room with you. 

There are, however, numerous disadvantages to a mini crib. If you are on a limited budget, a mini crib may not be a sensible purchase. It is small, so the baby will probably outgrow it by his second birthday, whereas he could most likely remain in a standard crib until he is almost 3. 

While standard cribs are basically all a regular size, mini cribs are not. There are not too many companies that make mini cribs, and they all tend to follow their own designs. Therefore,if you ever need to replace the mattress you may have a bit of trouble finding the perfect fit. 

For the same reason, you could find it difficult to get linen to fit your mini crib. Because the size of the crib and mattress varies so much, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to sheets.  

As a consequence of this, you may find that sheets for the mini crib are more expensive than those for a regular crib because they are not mass-produced.

Should You Use A Bumper In A Mini Crib?

Crib bumpers, in theory, sound like a good idea, because they are meant to protect the baby from bumping his head. But whether your little one is sleeping in a mini crib or a standard crib, you should never use a crib bumper. These are not safe and pose a risk of strangulation and/or suffocation. 

Statistics have shown that a baby who sleeps with a crib bumper is at a higher risk of succumbing to SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The same rule of thumb applies to crib blankets and duvets. Baby’s face is at risk of being covered, putting him in danger of suffocation. It is preferable to dress him warmly, and if necessary swaddle him or put him in a sleeping bag to keep warm, rather than covering him with blankets.

How Do You Transition Baby From A Mini Crib To A Regular Crib?

How Long Can Baby Stay in a Mini Crib

You might have already found that the transition from a bassinet to a mini crib was not entirely plain sailing. It possibly took a few nights before your little cherub was content and happy to sleep in his mini crib. 

If you have now realized that there is a limit to how long a baby can stay in a mini crib, you will have also realized that you need to repeat that process. However, it should be a lot easier this time around. 

Start off by putting the baby down in his new crib for a few minutes, two or three times a day, when you are nearby and he can see and hear you. Give him his favorite toy to hold or play with while he sits in the crib. Talk to him and explain to him that he is now becoming a big boy and he is getting a new, big boy’s (or girl’s) crib.

The idea is that he should become completely familiar with the new crib before you leave him alone to go to sleep in it. Put his favorite soft toy or lovey in his new big crib, and, if he has a pacifier, make sure that he has one or two (I always like to make sure that there is a spare in the crib) within easy reach.

The mini crib might feel cozier and warmer than the standard crib, so it is important to make sure that the room temperature is not too cold. The ideal temperature should be between 68°-72° Fahrenheit. If the baby is neither too warm nor too cold, he will be more likely to settle easily, making the transition easier.

If you have been wondering how long a baby can stay in a mini crib, that is probably an indication that he is ready to be moved to a bigger crib. Follow your instincts as a Mom, and do what you think is best for your baby.

What Is The Difference Between A Mini Crib And A Standard Crib?

To begin with, a mini crib is a lot smaller than a standard crib. As the name suggests, it is a ‘mini’ version of a regular crib. While there is no mandated single size for infant cribs, a standard size crib is usually about 52 inches long by 28 inches wide, give-or-take a few inches. 

A mini crib is a lot smaller than this in length, at about 38 inches long, while the width is usually more-or-less the same as, or possibly slightly narrower than a standard crib.

The mattress in a mini crib is often slightly thinner than a standard crib mattress because it is designed for lighter babies who don’t need as much padding.

A mini crib is sometimes on wheels, making it easy and convenient to move from room to room. This is especially useful if you sometimes like to have a baby in your room with you, or if he has to share a room with older siblings who may sometimes need their own space.

Some models of mini cribs are foldable and can be stored flat. This can be particularly helpful if you need to get it out of the way, and can simply fold it up and store it under a bed. It is also useful to keep one stored away at Grandma’s house, and only bring it out when needed.

Is A Mini Crib The Same As a Bassinet?

How Long Can Baby Stay in a Mini Crib

A bassinet and a mini crib are two different items. A bassinet is smaller than a mini crib and more portable. A bassinet is designed for newborns, and can only be used up to about 3-4 months of age.

Baby will outgrow a bassinet very quickly, so you might want to consider using a mini crib in those early months, rather than a bassinet.Post navigationHow Long Can Baby Sleep in a Halo BassinetWhen Can Baby Sleep With Stuffed Animal – A Guide

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