So your baby is at that transitional age between one and two years when they are ready to get in and out of bed on their own. Chances are, if you bought a new crib for your little darling, you bought a convertible crib to make the change from baby bed to toddler bed much easier. If not, you should have, and if you’re a soon-to-be mom, trust me, the convertible crib is the most sensible way to go.
Mini Cribs are Perfect for Tiny Babies AND Tiny Spaces
Now, when my son came home from the NICU when he was a month old, his dad and I were staying with the in-laws while we renovated our tiny, two bedroom home next door. We had the second story of my in-law’s home to ourselves. The second story consisted of two bedrooms, the attic, and a small but full bathroom. We converted the larger room into a sitting room/office area where we watched television and kept the computer, the other room was, of course, our bedroom. So, since space was a factor, we decided to go with a convertible mini crib for baby Cooper to sleep in. This was a great choice for us because as I said earlier, our home that was we were renovating at the time was tiny, but paid for, so I can’t complain. Since Cooper was two months premature, he was also super-tiny, so the mini crib didn’t seem to swallow him up quite as much as a full size crib. Cooper’s room is also kind of small so having the convertible mini crib which is now a mini day bed proved to be quite valuable in providing my son floor space to play on.
Kidco Convertible Crib Rail to the Rescue!
When Cooper was around eighteen months old, he started trying to climb out his crib when he woke up in the morning and after his nap, so we decided it was time to convert his bed into a toddler bed. All we had to do to do this was basically remove the front railing to turn the crib into a small day bed. I still had reservations about my son falling out of the bed during his sleep, so his dad and I began searching online for a rail. We settled on a Kidco convertible crib rail, which also came in mesh. I decided on the wooden rail so it would match the crib, but the mesh is nice, too.
We Just Cannot Get Enough of Our Kidco Convertible Crib Rail!
For us, the Kidco convertible crib rail has been great and we only recently removed it just before Cooper’s fourth birthday. The Kidco convertible crib rail is one of the few that we looked at that could fit on a mini crib. The rail is just long enough to keep kids from falling out of bed but still leaves plenty of room for them to crawl out when they are ready. Now that we are trying for baby #2, Cody(the hubby) and I plan on using our Kidco convertible crib rail again, since it’s still in very good shape.
Replacing a Mini Crib Mattress Really Isn’t As Hard As Everyone Says.
The mini crib that is now being used as a toddler bed has also held up quite well but we recently had to replace the mattress. Since we live in a rural region, I pretty much shop online for everything but our groceries and toilet paper, only because I can’t wait on those things to be delivered. This time, however, I thought for sure that I could find a mini crib mattress at one of the big box stores in the big ol’ city thirty minutes away. Sadly, this wasn’t the case, so I decided to turn back to my trusty internet to find what I was looking for. While I was shopping for a new mini crib mattress, I decided it was also a good idea to get new mini crib mattress sheets and a new mini crib mattress cover.
An Eco-Friendly Mini Crib Mattress?? What?!?
Yep, it’s true. You can buy an Eco-friendly mini crib mattress for a very reasonable price. What’s more is that you can also buy Eco-friendly mini crib mattress covers and sheets as well! Isn’t that awesome? I thought so, too. We decided to go with Colgate’s Eco-Friendlier Mini Crib mattress, which we found online for less than 60 buckaroos. I also found an organic mini crib mattress cover and mini crib sheets by American Baby Company all for less than $30 dollars a piece. So, for those of you who are in the market for a mini crib, have no fears about being unable to find replacement accessories, just save yourself some time and shop online.