Mini Crib Vs. Crib

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    Size

    • A mini-crib is exactly what it sounds like: a miniature crib. And like full-size baby cribs, mini-cribs are all the same standard size. Mini-cribs are 38 inches by 25 inches, compared to a standard crib's 57 inches by 30 inches. Mini-cribs are just as tall as full-size cribs. Because they take up less room, mini-cribs are popular with grandparents and other people who have babies visit but not stay permanently.

    Features

    • You can find both full-size and mini-cribs loaded with convenient features, including drop sides, adjustable mattress support height and decorative features. Both full-size and mini-cribs have models that come with wheels allowing them to be easily moved from room to room. Both can have storage drawers underneath, although they are relatively smaller on mini-cribs. Both sizes also offer convertible cribs that can be turned into beds for older kids later.

    Design

    • Mini-cribs share the same permanent furniture design as full-size cribs. Both kinds of cribs are designed for years of use. You can find cribs in either size that are made from solid wood, wood veneer, metal or industrial plastic. Full-size cribs and mini-cribs both have a variety of styles and colors to match any decor, from traditional to modern. There are also gender specific cribs in each size that feature colors and designs made for boys or girls.

    Price

    • Another thing full-size cribs and mini-cribs share is price. While they might be smaller, mini-cribs are not significantly less expensive than full-size cribs. In 2010, the majority of full-size cribs ranged in price from $200 to $500. At the same time, mini-cribs range in price from $200 to $400. In both categories you can find more expensive cribs with designer names, hand-painted accents and even canopies that run from $2,000 to $5,000.

    Mattress & Bedding

    • Aside from overall size, the biggest difference between full-size cribs and mini-cribs is in the use of different sized mattresses and bedding. Full-size cribs use standard crib mattresses and standard bedding. It is very easy to find and purchase mattresses and bedding in any retail store for a full-size crib. In contrast, mini-cribs require specially made mini-crib mattresses that must be special ordered. Smaller sized bedding is also required for mini-cribs. Special ordered items for mini-cribs are harder to find and more expensive than full-size crib bedding.

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