Best Mini Cribs 2020 – Top 3 Small Baby Crib Reviews

May 2, 2020

Best mini cribs are those that have the functionality of regular cribs but with dimensions scaled down to fit smaller spaces. Finding a nice baby bed is perhaps the most essential ‘to-do’ task before your little one arrives. Since it is the one piece of furniture in which your baby will spend most of her initial months, there’s no doubt that you want to make this bed as safe and peaceful as possible. However, you might be worried about the space needed to accommodate your baby’s bed if the size of your apartment or nursery is small.

You might even be searching for alternatives for a small baby crib to get something like a bassinet, a Moses basket or a small cradle that would occupy less space while ensuring full comfort to the baby. Initially, I was in just the same kind of fix. I loved the look and style of some cribs but wanted the same cribs in smaller sizes to get them to squeeze and fit into my bedroom, but without compromising on the frills and features.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any size options modifiable for any of the regular cribs on the market. However, on searching further, I found some small cribs that were specifically designed for small spaces. Such cribs are popularly known as mini cribs, owing to their smaller sizes. What’s more, they are excellent space savers and look really chic and cute. Despite being smaller in size, these cribs promise the same level of safety and comfort, and are manufactured from high quality materials.

After going through a lot of these mini cribs, I shortlisted three of the best mini cribs which have the best possible features and minimum drawbacks. Read through my shortlist to get all the details about these awesome compact baby cribs designed for small spaces.



The Three Best Mini Cribs For Small Spaces

Dream On Me 3 in 1 Aden Convertible Mini Crib


Colors available

White, Black, Cherry, Espresso, Natural

What I Love about it

  • A great crib for small spaces!
  • Non-toxic
  • Solid pine wood finish
  • Safe and fairly strong
  • Light weight (28 pounds)
  • The crib looks cute and offers multiple color choices
  • Easy to assemble
  • 3 adjustable mattress levels or height levels
  • Converts into a day bed for toddlers and can be converted into a twin size bed. (The twin size bed frame and twin mattress have to be bought separately)



The crib’s instructions say that it requires a mattress not more than 2” thick. However, a 3” mattress works fine with it too.

Things to keep in mind

  • This crib works great for small spaces due to its small dimensions (39 x 23 x 36 inches), and is an excellent choice for small babies. However, if your baby is tall then please check the crib dimensions carefully before making a final choice.
  • The holes at the highest level of this crib (for mattress placement) are still not as high as some other cribs. So, make sure you’re comfortable with the height settings. If not, drill some holes yourself and that should solve the problem.




DaVinci Emily Mini Crib



Colors Available

White, Cherry, Ebony, Espresso, Honey-Oak, Natural

What I Love about it

  • Saves space due to small size
  • Lead and phthalate safe. Meets ASTM international and U.S. CPSC safety standards
  • Made from sustainable New Zealand pine wood (the mattress support board is made of CARB II compliant MDF)
  • Crib is lightweight and easily moves around from room to room
  • It is sturdy and made of high quality materials
  • Assembly is very easy
  • Crib converts into a twin bed (rails to be bought separately)
  • Short mommies can easily use this crib
  • mattress support has 4 levels
  • Mattress height is easy to adjust
  • This crib comes with a 1” thick water-proof changing pad
  • Gorgeous

Things to keep in mind

  • Due to the crib’s railing design, you might find it a little challenging to find a good crib railing-cover.
  • The crib’s wood can get scratched easily.
  • A chemical smell has been reported from the white colored crib in a few cases. Off-gassing definitely helps with this issue (Off-gassing means leaving the crib in open or opening the room windows till the crib smell escapes).




Delta Children Portable Mini Crib


Colors available

Cherry, Natural, White

What I Love about it

  • Saves space
  • Easy to move around the house from room to room
  • Fits through doorways easily
  • Includes 4 casters or wheels for easy movement
  • Light-weight
  • Folds flat for easy storage and travel
  • Safe material (wood construction)
  • Non-toxic finish, JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC and ASTM
  • 2-position mattress height adjustment
  • Includes mattress by Delta’s Children’s Products (Its around 1” thick)
  • The included mattress is thin and adds on to the space-saving feature of the crib by not occupying too much space in the car if you ever plan to take the crib to another place.

Things to keep in mind

  • The casters do not lock (If you’ve fixed a place for the crib and do not need to move it, you can take off the casters)
  • you cannot convert this crib into a toddler bed or a twin-sized bed.
  • Mattress provided fits perfectly. However, some people prefer to go for a thicker alternative as this mattress is slightly thin.




About Small Baby Cribs

There are so many options for nursery cribs available today. Depending on your requirements and preferences choose between a mini crib, a regular crib with lots of storage, or maybe even a co-sleeper crib that’s attached to parents’ bed.

If you live in an apartment, small house or a nursery with limited space, find a baby-bed that ensures safety and comfort but occupies minimum space. This is where a baby crib for small spaces (known as a mini crib) comes into the picture.

What Are Mini Cribs

A mini crib is a baby cot bed with the same design as a regular crib, but with smaller dimensions. It cuts down on all the unnecessary embellishments to save space and give you the pure functionality of a nice baby-bed. The main purpose of a mini crib is to save space so that a baby’s room doesn’t look over-packed with things.

If you want to buy an extra crib for grand parents’ place for occasional visits, then a mini crib is a great option. You can also carry along on holidays or outings as it can double up as a portable crib (though a travel cot is more ideal for this in my opinion).

Why Mini Cribs After all?

Why does anyone ever opt for a regular, standard sized crib when there’s an option of buying a smaller crib? One with almost all the crib features available and leaving more space in baby’s nursery.

This is because of a couple of reasons. A good mini crib performs just like standard crib. However a baby is likely to outgrow a mini crib sooner than a standard sized crib. This means that the mini crib can go out of use sooner, especially in case of fast-growing babies or babies who are bigger in size.

The best solution to this problem would be opting for a convertible mini crib so that the baby can be comfortably transitioned into a twin-sized bed as soon as she outgrows the mini crib. In fact, a twin-sized bed also takes up less space than a full-sized bed. This can solve most of your space shortage problems for years to come.

Storage Under the Crib

Before I end this section about cribs for small spaces, let me also introduce you to a type of cribs that offers a special feature known as under crib storage.

This feature enables you to save lots of space by making use of the vacant area lying empty under a crib and utilizing it for storing things like bed-sheets, baby clothes, etc. This means that you can easily cut down on extra storage shelves and tables and save space by using the otherwise unused area of your crib, without occupying any extra space.

And if you’re okay with buying a slightly bigger crib that saves space by enclosing a changing table and a dresser within its body, then you must check out the cribs with storage section. These cribs are slightly bigger than mini cribs but they offer fantastic space-saving features which might suit your choice and fit your nursery. So they’re definitely worth a look.


Shobita Ravichandran

Shobita Ravichandran


Shobita created Parenthood Guide in 2015 after she found out the hard way about toxins in many safe looking baby products. She's an architect, researcher, writer and mum of two strong-willed little humans. Ever since she found out she was pregnant, she has been extensively researching natural, safe, organic and non-toxic products for her children. Now she wants to take you along on this non-toxic journey and share her findings of the best and safest baby products out there.


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