Mini Crib Vs. Standard Crib

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Searching for the perfect crib can leave a new parent scratching his head. While most parents plan to get a standard or full-sized crib for the nursery, certain situations necessitate the purchase of a mini crib. There are several good reasons to use one crib over another. If the parents have a full-sized crib in the nursery but the baby needs to sleep in a different room for a time, the mini crib will be easier to move around. If the family travels a lot, they might want a portable mini crib to take along on trips. If the parents have limited space or live in a one-bedroom apartment, the mini crib might be all they have room for until they find a larger home.

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The mini crib is available in several different styles. The bassinet is the smallest of the minis. It usually has a hooded cover over at least half the bed, which allows a darker sleep environment for the baby. It might come with rockers on the bottom that allow the parent to move it from side to side. Some include a built-in vibrator. This feature can be a wonderful asset to help soothe a fussy baby. The newer bassinets also might play music and have a lighted mobile for the baby to look at. Some brands come with remotes so the parents can change the settings without the baby seeing them.

Babies in bassinets.
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The portable mini crib can be a versatile and much-used piece of nursery equipment. If the baby needs to sleep in a room other than the nursery, the crib can be folded and easily moved from place to place. The portable crib also can be packed into a travel bag and taken along on family trips. The baby can sleep in his own space in the foreign environment and still have a semblance of normalcy during nap and sleep time. Portable cribs usually come with a mobile, a removable bassinet and a changing table for use during the early months of a baby's life.

Folding wooden crib.
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Some mini cribs look just like standard cribs, but they come in a smaller size. These cribs can be decked out with bumpers and cute sheets. These cribs are great for families with limited space. A grandparent can keep one of these beds on hand for a grandchild's visit. The cribs usually fold flat to fit into a closet or storage area when not in use. The crib is durable but is not as easy to take on trips as the portable crib. It works better for a family that needs a sturdy crib that can fit in a small space or be set up in another room or an office.

Mini wooden crib.
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The standard crib is the crib most parents buy for their child's nursery. The standard crib is the easiest bed to decorate when keeping with a certain nursery theme and style. Themed bumpers, comforters, sheets and bed skirts for the standard-size crib are available to coordinate with curtains, wall hangings and wallpaper. The standard crib will also fit well if a parent has a large bedroom and wants the baby in there.

Standard crib.
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Babies grow very fast and will often outgrow a mini crib before being ready for a toddler bed. The standard crib allows them to stay in it as long as necessary. Many standard cribs will convert into a toddler bed, which saves parents money. The parent can also purchase a standard crib that will convert into a toddler bed and then into a full-sized bed for a teen or even an adult. This bed is often pricier.

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