My son is 7 months old and has been using an Arm's Reach Co-sleeper/sleeping in our bed with us until now. Now that he is doing all manner of rolling over, crawling, sitting up, and starting to pull up, I am afraid he will be able to get out of the Arm's Reach, so we're finally looking at getting an actual crib. I was wondering if any of you have used mini cribs and how long they have lasted you. Obviously this is dependent on 1. how big the child is and 2. when you transition to an actual bed. Size-wise, my son is small (consistently hovering around the 5th percentile for height and weight). But I don't know when we would transition to a "big boy bed"? I've read anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 years - that's a big range! Do you think if we transitioned him, say, around 2 years old, a mini crib could last us that long (especially considering that he is on the smaller side)? Just curious to hear opinions from moms who know a lot more about cribs and toddlerhood than I do. First time mama here, so please excuse my ignorance. :) Thanks in advance!
Our DD, 22 months, is still in her mini-crib. I was worried that she had outgrown it--she almost fills it end to end. But she still seems comfortable, and when I ask her if she would like to move to a bigger bed, she says no. She is in about the 30th percentile for height. We are going to have to move her in the next few months because we're having another baby.
The mini crib has been fine, and was great for our small apartment, but if I were to do it all over again, I probably would get a standard sized one, because I have the feeling she's really not quite ready to leave it, but she also seems like she may figure how to climb out soon. The mattress is at the lowest setting, but the top rail is below her armpits when she stands, and a friend with a standard crib said her daughter (only a little shorter) can barely peek over the edge. So that's probably a bigger concern than the mattress length.
Maybe you could move him to a pack n' play? They're about the same size, but if you get a simple one, they are less expensive...plus they come in handy for travel...
Have you ever heard of a convertible crib? I bought one from Bambi Baby this time around, and I think it's the smartest thing you could do. They convert to a toddler bed, and then eventually a full size bed and all you need to purchase are guard rails and a single mattress with no boxspring. It certainly beats buying a new bed every few years.