My favorite mini cribs currently on the market, including the one we used for Levon! Plus, why I prefer minis to standard-sized cribs.
My approach to design is as non-traditional as my family. I’m nothing if not on brand. When Levon was a baby, he didn’t have a proper crib or changing table or even a nursery. He slept in our room for the first 2 ½ years of his life, first in a bassinet, then a mini crib, and eventually a toddler bed. Convertible mini cribs were not yet on the market, so when he started to climb out of his crib, we transitioned him to a toddler bed. We didn’t have room for a twin sized mattress in our modest bedroom. I encourage expecting parents to consider mini cribs vs. full-sized for several reasons:
- Converted cribs are hideous. If my child is ready to sleep in a converted crib, I’m ready to buy him a more attractive bed.
- Speaking of which, cribs are expensive, despite the fact that they’re temporary. I prefer spending as little money as possible on a baby jail cell so I can invest in a proper bed when the time comes.
- A mini crib functions as an all-in-one bassinet and crib, eliminating the need for a separate bassinet. You can simply keep the mini crib in your room until you’re ready to move it into to the nursery.
- Mini cribs are amazing for foster parents because they’re easy to store. Some fold small enough to fit into a closet, making them easy to set up for last minute placements.
Levon moved into his own room after his older brother went off to college, and he transitioned into a big boy bed seamlessly with the help of a toddler rail. This one is great and folds down when you’re not using it.
Babyletto Gelato 2-in-1 Mini Crib
Two adjustable mattress levels. Converts to a twin-size bed (conversion kit sold separately).
Available in two colors with additional feet in Mint, Yellow, Black, Navy, or Grey. (Feet sold separately).
Child Craft™ Forever Eclectic London™ Mini Folding Crib
Foldable for storage. Two colors.
Delta Children Emery Mini Convertible Baby Crib
Converts from a baby crib to a twin size headboard. Available in Grey, Bianca White and Dark Chocolate.
Stokke® Sleepi™ Oval Mini Crib
Part of the Stokke® Sleepi™ four beds in one that grows with your child from 0-10.
Jessica Butler is the co-founder of "Raise Magazine," stepmother of two, and adoptive mother of one. Prior to "Raise," she was a writer on USA’s "In Plain Sight" and TNT’s "The Last Ship." She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series "Instant Mom," based on her life as a stepmother. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and six-year-old son, Levon.