The main difference between a regular crib vs a mini crib is the size. A standard crib must be (by law):
· 28 inches wide inches by 52 3/8 inches long (interior dimensions)
· The top of the crib rail, measured from the mattress, must be 20 inches high
· And the bottom of the crib mattress support must be 6 inches or so off the ground
With mini cribs, many if not all of these measurements are negotiable and will vary depending on the model and manufacturer.
A mini crib is any crib that doesn’t fit the enforced measurements of a standard crib.
Not surprisingly, they are often a little to a lot smaller!
Mini cribs are also sometimes called portable cribs.
For this reason, it’s very common to see mini cribs that have wheels on the bottom so you can easily move them around a room or into a different part of your house.
A lot of parents ask: Is a mini crib big enough?
It really depends how you use it. Most people don’t choose to use a mini crib as the main piece of sleeping furniture in a spacious nursery. However, mini cribs have tons of uses and benefits.
The main uses of a mini crib are:
· For small nurseries
· If you’re on a budget
· Fitting two cribs for twins into one room
· Fitting a crib into an older child’s bedroom
· Having a place for baby to sleep at a grandparent’s house
The bottom line is that mini cribs, quite simply, are smaller versions of full-sized cribs.
They may have wheels to move around easily, but for the most part, they resemble and behave exactly the same way as standard cribs.
(Sometimes, they can even convert to toddler beds or twin sized beds as your child grows, just like regular cribs.)
The key difference is size, and also the way sizes are standardized between mini and full-sized cribs.
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