Best Mini Cribs for Small Spaces in 2020

If you are just after the quick answer for the best portable mini cribs our personal recommendation is the DaVinci Kalani 2 In 1.

When a woman dreams of her future baby, she likely pictures the perfect pregnancy — you know, where you do not gain weight and only have a belly, with no complications — and creates 

Pinterest boards with ideas for the nursery, complete with all of the furniture and themed decor.

But let us face it: it is rarely like that. In fact, many families that are awaiting the arrival of a first baby may not have the budget or the space for a full nursery. 

They may live in a small, one bedroom apartment that they have to share with their little one.

For these families, the traditional crib is simply not an option. You could always go with a co-sleeper, but honestly, we all like our space and you may prefer that your baby has her own place to sleep. 

So, how do we make this work?

Thankfully, there are mini cribs. Designed with just these families in mind, the mini crib’s name speaks for itself: it is mini. 

Compared to the oversized 52” x 28” traditional crib, the mini crib cuts down on space by being only 38 inches long and 24 inches wide.

Mini cribs are also great for the budget conscious family. 

They tend to be much cheaper than full sized cribs, while still functioning the same. You are also not limited to styles, as you will see by the products we will be looking at in just a bit.

In this post we will review the following baby cribs suitable for small spaces and apartments: 

best portable mini cribs

Why use a Mini Crib? 

Now, mini cribs may not be for everyone, and depending on what you are looking for, you may be better off with a full sized crib, or starting with a co-sleeper with the intention of an early transition into a toddler bed.

With its smaller size, mini cribs are not intended to last very long. 

Some parents like the option of having a crib that their child can sleep in through the first few years of her life. 

However, with a mini crib, you may be looking at 12 to 18 months maximum, depending on the size of your baby. On the other hand, for some parents, this may not be a problem.

Mini Crib Selection Criteria

When selecting a mini crib for your baby, you may want to consider looking for a few key things before making your purchase.

Size And Style

Most mini cribs are about the same size, but depending on the style, some may be a bit bulkier than others. 

You want to make sure you measure the space in your home that you want to put your mini crib and find something that fits, both size-wise and style-wise.

Portability And/Or Convertibility

Some mini cribs are easily portable, either being fitted with wheels for easy maneuvering from room to room or folding small enough to fit in the car to take to Grandma’s house.

Other mini cribs have the capability of being converted into a daybed or having parts that can be attached to a toddler or twin sized bed. 

Being aware of these models and options will help you decide which crib is best for you, depending on how and where you want to use it.

Cost

Due to the fact that your baby will be growing out of a mini crib relatively quickly, you do not want to be paying at much as you would for a full sized crib. 

Decide what is best for you and your budget based on how long the crib will be usable.

Ease Of Assembly

Few things are more annoying than putting together furniture with unclear instructions or poorly made parts. Save yourself the headache by finding a crib that is relatively easy to assemble.

Best Mini Cribs for Small Spaces

1. DaVinci Kalani 2 In 1

DaVinci Kalani 2 In 1

The Kalani 2 in 1 by DaVinci is our top overall pick when it comes to mini cribs. 

Its clean lines and sturdy structure give it the feel of a traditional crib while still cutting down on space. It is available in 5 finishes and even has the option to convert into a twin sized bed (with a separate conversion kit sold by DaVinci).

You can tell just by looking at the design of this crib that it is sturdy, which gives you peace of mind knowing that your baby is safe. 

The clean lines of the design and availability in 5 finishes ensure that you will have something that fits your style and matches your other furniture.

With the purchase of the separate conversion kit (side rails) from DaVinci, the sides of the crib can be converted into a headboard and footboard for a twin sized bed.

Pro

  • Solid and fashionable
  • Can be converted to a twin bed 

Con

  • Paint can chip easily if not looked after carefully

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2. Dream On Me 4 In 1

Dream On Me 4 In 1

This crib by Dream on Me is a top choice due to its ability to convert easily into a daybed for your toddler. 

Its design is similar to the Kalani by DaVinci, giving it a clean look and solid structure, and is available in 7 finishes.

The side rail can be removed to convert this crib into a daybed, which is ideal for your toddler.

This crib comes in 7 finishes (black, cherry, espresso, grey, natural, white, and French white), which is more than most cribs offer. 

However, the finish on this crib also chips and scratches easily. This may be unappealing on the darker finishes.

While this crib is advertised as 4 in 1, it really only converts into a daybed. 

The sides can be attached to a twin bed frame, but Dream on Me does not offer a conversion kit, which essentially means that a second bed needs to be purchased.

Pro

  • Converts into a daybed 
  • Multiple finishes to choose from

Con

  • Finish scratches and chips easily
  • Should really be considered 2 in 1

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3. DaVinci Alpha Mini Rocking Crib

DaVinci Alpha Mini Rocking Crib

The Alpha, which is a rocking mini crib, from DaVinci is very unique in that it features a rounded bottom that allows the entire crib to rock. 

This is perfect for the baby that wants to be rocked to sleep, as it allows just that without creating the sleep association of needing to be held by a parent.

This crib is a great alternative to a bassinet due to its rocking ability.

It also comes with wheels that can be attached which allow for easy transport between rooms.

You need to be careful when your baby becomes more mobile, perhaps installing the locking wheels at this point, as this crib has the potential to tip over with enough force due to the rocking feature.

While the ability to rock and the removable wheels are both great features, they cannot be used at the same time, as the wheels will prevent the crib from rocking.

Pro

  • Has the option to rock or be on wheels

Con

  • May tip with enough force
  • Cannot use the wheels if you want it to rock

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4. Babyletto Origami

Babyletto Origami

This crib is aptly named “Origami”, as it has the ability to fold up just like the Japanese paper craft. 

It is ideal for the parent who needs to move this crib around a lot, whether it is by wheels between the room of their own home, or in the car on vacation or to visit relatives.

This crib essentially folds in half, down to only 7 inches wide, which is great for taking along in the car for travel or for storing in a closet when it is not in use.

The locking casters allow it to be easily wheeled to another room if you want to transition to a nursery or have your baby nearby during nap time.

There is a strong odor upon opening the package, likely from paint, that needs to be aired out before putting your baby in it.

Pro

  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Wheels allow for transportation around the house

Con

  • Strong smell needs to be aired out
  • Higher price point relative to other mini cribs

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5. Delta Children Portable

Delta Children Portable

This crib is aptly named “Origami”, as it has the ability to fold up just like the Japanese paper craft. 

It is ideal for the parent who needs to move this crib around a lot, whether it is by wheels between the room of their own home, or in the car on vacation or to visit relatives.

The wheels allow for easy transport around the house, and its ability to fold to a width of 6 inches makes it perfect for storing between uses.

There is plenty of space under the crib to store boxes or bins of toys, books, clothes, or diapers.

With the wide spaces between the slats, many parents have said they purchased a bumper after noticing their baby’s legs sliding through.

Pro

  • Rolls and folds for easy travel and storage
  • Tall enough for under crib storage

Con

  • Additional bumper is recommended

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The Right Mattress

One of the common issues we found with each of these cribs was with the mattress that is included. 

Actually, to call it a “mattress” is a bit of a stretch. Really, each of these cribs comes with a 1 inch waterproof mattress “pad” that is not the most ideal for sleeping on.

First of all, it is thin, which does not give your baby much support and is rather uncomfortable for them to lay on for hours at a time. 

Second, with it being so thin, it tends to curl up when a fitted sheet it put on, causing it to fit poorly in the crib.

You may want to look at purchasing an additional mattress separately. We have listed the best mattresses for a mini crib in a separate post. 

Final Word

While each of the mini cribs we viewed has their own strengths, we would have to say that the DaVinci Kalani is our top pick.

While it is very similar to the Dream on Me Aden — similar design, can be converted into a twin bed, comparable pricing, and easy to assemble — the fact that DaVinci offers a conversion kit won us over.

Being made by the same company, you can be sure that it will fit correctly with little to no hassle to you and be a great addition to your nursery.

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