Depending on design, most mini cribs can be used until your child is one to two years old. If you opt for a convertible mini crib, however, you’ll be able to use the components for several years. Some mini cribs can become a mini daybed by removing one of the rails. Other models come equipped with a toddler rail or can even become a standard twin bed with the addition of a twin mattress. If you’re choosing a mini crib so you can avoid purchasing a bassinet plus a separate crib, then it follows that a convertible mini crib is a good fit for you.
Even if you decide a convertible mini crib isn’t what you’re looking for, you’ll want to make sure the crib includes the capability for different mattress positions. Look for a mini crib that allows for at least two, if not more, mattress levels. When your baby is a newborn, you’ll want the mattress at the highest level so he or she is easy to reach. Once baby can sit up, and especially when he or she can stand, you’ll want to move the mattress to a low position for safety.