We live in a small one-bedroom apartment and space is tight. As such, when it came to deciding on where E was going to sleep for the next 12 months, we had to be a little creative and flexible.
Here are some of the things we use:
1. DaVinci Mini Alpha Rocking Crib: We went with a mini crib because it’s way smaller than a full-size crib and this crib has wheels! The crib is easy to wheel in and out of our bedroom into the living/dining area as it fits through most doorways easily. The crib also has a rocking option – but be warned, we attached the wheels on when assembling the crib and they are impossible to take off so we never got to use the rocking function, which would have been handy when E was a newborn. We sidecar the crib to our bed (i.e., removed one side of the crib) and with the mattress we bought, it is actually the same height as our IKEA bed.
2. Dream On Me 3″ Spring Coil Portable Crib Mattress: We purchased a mattress for our mini crib as the crib only came with a 1-inch pad. Do note that if you are buying any mattress for any crib, don’t forget to check the size and dimensions to ensure that the mattress will fit.
3. Crib Sheets and Waterproof Mattress cover: Again, these are just the brands that worked for us. As mini cribs are not common purchases for parents, ensure you check crib sheet dimensions before purchasing. I would suggest getting at least 3 crib sheets and 2 waterproof mattress covers.
4. BreathableBaby Breathable Mesh Crib Liner: We bought the size that is for portable/mini cribs. These crib “bumpers” are much safer than the normal variety as it is a mesh and air can flow through it, reducing the risk of suffocation. Crib bumpers/liners are optional but since E kept getting her feet/arms stuck in between the slats (and went ballistic thereafter), the crib liner helps prevent this mishap.
5. Graco Pack ‘n’ Play: This portable playard/bassinet/sleeping surface would come in handy when we travel or when I need a safe place for E to play in while I cook/clean/use the bathroom etc. Some people also use this as a bassinet when baby is a newborn. The mattress we bought for our mini crib should also fit in this.
6. Fisher Price Rock ‘n’ Play: We initially bought this to help with E’s reflux issues. However, we found that it is an excellent sleep surface for E’s naps as it “cradles” E. E never liked to be swaddled past week 3 so this was helpful in providing that “cocooned” environment. It also helps us put E to sleep (rocking action). We highly suggest the auto-rock version.