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Crib Mattress Conversion to Toddler Bed

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

A little secret about toddler beds that does not seem immediately self-evident is that most crib mattresses are actually the same size as toddler mattresses.  In other words, crib mattresses and toddler mattresses are one and the same.  The real difference lies in the sheeting and the fact that a crib is enclosed and a toddler bed is not.

Babies don’t sleep with top sheets, blankets or pillows since it is considered unsafe.  Toddlers, however, can use pillows, blankets and a nice warm comforter.  The size of the actual mattress, however, stays the same.  This means that most cribs can be converted for toddlers and can be used for several years.

All of the cribs that I looked at when making the purchase claimed to be “convertible”.  A convertible crib simply means that the movable rail can be detached and the mattress lowered – enabling a toddler to move in and out of his new “big kid” bed on his own.  Each crib has a unique way of making the conversion, but the fundamentals remains the same.  Check your crib manufacturer for specifics on crib to toddler bed conversion.

So when babies become toddlers and make the transition to a “toddler bed”, it is time to trade in the bumper for a pillow and add top sheets and comforters to their fitted crib, er, toddler sheet.

Here are some of our newest Toddler Bed Sets:

Blue and Green Giddy Dot          Windy Day                       Lime Solar Flair




14″ or 20″ Crib Skirt – What’s the Difference?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Many of our customers have questions on how to choose a crib skirt length. You’ll notice that for every crib collection Carousel Designs offers two sizes of crib skirts: 14” and 20.” What’s the difference?

Cribs are designed with different height settings for the mattress to fit the needs of growing babies. So when your baby is brand new, you’ll most likely use the highest crib setting. This means that you can reach into the crib and easily pick up your sweet bundle of love. However, as babies grow and begin to stand and climb, the mattress setting needs to be lowered to accommodate the growth of your little one and ensure that your baby is safe.

As a result, the space under the mattress will change. So which size is right for you? Well, the 20” skirt is designed for when the crib mattress is at the highest setting. The 14” crib skirt is designed for the lower settings. Some of our customers purchase both sizes so they will be ready for all growth stages.

However, it really depends on the look you want to achieve. Do you want the crib skirt to ‘sweep’ the floor, or do you prefer a bit of space between the bottom of the crib skirt and the nursery floor? Your answer will help to determine if you want the 14”, 20”, or both!

For me, it helps when I can see an example. Why not browse through our crib bedding collections to get an idea of what look you want. Then you can play around with the Nursery Designer to see what the different lengths look like.

Nursery Designer

When you are viewing the Nursery Designer, simply select the Bedding Options button under the photo area and select the Skirt tab. You can select 14” or 20”. You can even change the trim options. If you like, you can add a trim and accent to your crib skirt(s).

Crib Skirt Options















This is such an exciting time for you and your family. You deserve to have some fun choosing all the pieces for you baby’s crib bedding – including the skirt!

We want you to have fun and feel comfortable about your purchases. If you still have questions about choosing your crib skirt, or anything else, please give us a call. We look forward to assisting you!