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Old 09-08-2014, 08:59 PM
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Any experience with them? Wife and I are starting to look at baby furniture and we want baby in our room at the beginning but MOST places aren't that big and it just makes more sense to us to get a crib the baby will actually fit in etc...I have read they grow out of them fast though...we have a 2.5 year old that's still in her crib so not so sure about getting the new one a mini crib...course by time the new one is old enough to grow out of mini crib 2.5 year old will be closer to 4 or so and certainly in a toddler bed.

Old 09-09-2014, 02:21 AM
Location: Finland
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Not with an actual mini crib but I used a cardboard box (bit smaller than a mini crib) to begin with. Baby didn't outgrow it until she was 6 months old. So handy having them in a smaller bed, newborns prefer it as its more enclosed like the womb, and its much easier to move about for naps, and I could squeeze it right next to the bed so whenever I woke panicking that she might have stopped breathing or something like that, I could just put my hand out and check her.
Old 09-09-2014, 06:12 AM
Location: Texas
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Do you have a pack-and-play as well? That's what we used for both our oldest until she was about 5 months old (the younger one went into a full sized crib from day 1).

You need it for travel anyway........
Old 09-09-2014, 07:11 AM
Location: southwestern PA
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Originally Posted by TattoedDad View Post
..we have a 2.5 year old that's still in her crib so not so sure about getting the new one a mini crib.
Why not transition the 2 1/2 year old into a 'real' bed?
That frees up the crib for the new arrival.
Old 09-09-2014, 07:33 AM
Location: Texas
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They are good but they are generally not worth the money for the amount of time they are used. Unless you plan to have more kids or can find one on craigslist, I'd pass and get a pack and play or transition 2 year old to a twin bed.
Old 09-09-2014, 10:28 AM
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I used the Graco Travel Lite Crib for my son - a mini Pack-n-Play. We pushed the crib next to our bed and the crib stayed in our bedroom until he's around 1 year old when we moved him to his own room.

He's small for his age, so it probably won't last as long for bigger babies.

We decided on that crib because the full size Pack-n-Play doesn't fit in our bedroom. Another positive for this crib is that it fits through the door - so if my son was sleeping and I need to move him to a different room, I could do it without moving him out of it.
Old 09-09-2014, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Pitt Chick View Post
Why not transition the 2 1/2 year old into a 'real' bed?
That frees up the crib for the new arrival.
She isn't ready. My 5 year old still prefers his toddler bed...he has issues with sleeping at night and alot of times ends up in our bed...The 2.5 year old's crib will be destroyed by time new baby arrives...5 year old ate his and 2.5 year old is doing the same to hers....We saw a regular size crib today and we can only imagine the size a mini crib is! So more than likely gonna go with regular one...see where we are with 2.5 year old when new baby arrives. She will be like 3 weeks from 3 years old so.
Old 09-09-2014, 03:45 PM
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You will have several weeks after the baby comes to worry about it Dad. We put our baby in his stroller, with the seat reclined, until he moved into his crib. We did have a cradle, and a pack and play, but the stroller enabled us to rock him back and forth at night when he wouldn't settle.
Old 09-09-2014, 03:49 PM
Location: Ohio
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We co slept so i cant really say but co bedding may be an option for you. Can you look into that? Or i second the playpen.

ETA: i just thought of a bassinet or cradle could be an option as well.
Old 09-09-2014, 07:48 PM
Location: California
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My mom had a mini crib at her place for babysitting purposes. By the time my kids were too big for it they were fine to put on a regular mattress. Either with a side guard or just a mattress on the floor (which is how I started the transition). If I were having a baby today I'd probably get a mini or something similar and go straight to a twin or whatever was going to be their bed for the next 18 years! Cribs are kind of a waste, as is a toddler bed and bassinet IMO. But I'm more practical than "aww it's cute" emotional.
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