Standard Crib and Mini Crib – How are they different?

From the names alone you can see that the most distinct difference between a standard crib and a mini crib is that the mini crib is smaller. Both have features that make them unique. For example, a mini crib is sometimes called a portable crib. So when you’re on vacation or going to grandma’s house, you can easily take a portable crib with you, depending on the style.

Because a mini crib is smaller than a standard size crib, some parents choose mini cribs because of limited space or because the cost is lower than a standard crib – smaller size, smaller price. However, I know parents that have used both types of cribs.

One reason parents choose a standard crib is because it’s more traditional and versatile. Today, many standard cribs are designed to transform into a toddler bed as the child grows up. This is helpful since cribs can be expensive, so when your child can no longer sleep in the crib – voila – you’re all set! When you are ready to switch from a crib to a bed, here are some useful tips from one of our past blogs: How to Transition Your Toddler into a Bed.

Since standard and mini cribs are different sizes, you need the right accessories to fit them. For example, a standard crib mattress is 28-inches wide and 52-inches long. A mini crib mattress is 24-inches wide and 38-inches long. You will not be able to use a standard crib sheet on a mini crib, and vice versa. However, Carousel Designs offers bedding to fit both – standard and mini crib mattresses.

Did you know that mini crib mattresses come in different depths? Well Carousel Designs offers ALL their portable crib sheets in two different depths. For the thinner portable crib mattress, you can use the 1 – 4″ depth, and for the thicker portable crib mattress, similar in depth to a standard crib mattress, you can select the 5 – 6″ depth. Simply select the depth you need from the drop down option on the portable crib sheet of your choosing.

Whether you have a standard crib or a mini crib, Carousel Designs offers bedding collections for both. As your child grows up, we can even provide the coordinating toddler bedding so you can keep the nursery décor you worked so hard on.

Most of the baby bedding products we offer are completely customizable.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your choices, so our customer service team is here to help.

Do you have a mini crib? What do you use it for – home, travel? Please share!

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