I was reluctant to buy a second crib when we prepared our home to foster again because I don’t think Ali would be using hers too much longer and I didn’t know if we’d get a call for a baby anyway. We got by with a pack-n-play for our home inspection but I wanted to get a real crib if/when we were placed with a baby. Enter Bee. I had looked at these foldable cribs online before and decided to give this one a try. I’m really pleased with the design. It seems ideal for foster parents or anyone else that might need to put up a crib in short notice and prefer one that stores in a small space when not in use.
Dream On Me 2-in-1 Folding Portable Crib
It has locking castors and folds up to about 6″ thick. It comes with a thin mattress, only about 1″ thick like a pack-n-play.
The sides lock open with latches on each side and the mattress board hinges down into place, either low or in a bassinet position.
Bee is not sitting up or pulling up yet so we have it in the higher position. I followed the recommendations in the reviews and ordered the thicker 3″ mattress, as well as a waterproof mattress cover and a very soft cotton mini crib sheet.
Fair Warning: The reviews for this are 2/3 positive and raving about the smart design; the other 1/3 is complaints about missing parts, cracked side rails, pieces looking like they’ve been chewed up by a rat, and poor/non-existant customer service from the manufacturer. Ours came in perfect condition and took me an hour or two to assemble. If you happen to get a bad one, I’d contact Amazon’s amazing customer service directly. One reviewer said Amazon sent a replacement immediately and sent money to return the damaged one.
Cost Breakdown: $110 for crib + $25 for thicker mattress + $12 for waterproof cover + $7 for sheet = $154 TOTAL
Thanks for sharing. I have wondered what we would do if we were to get a call about a baby though I doubt we will going through Youth Villages, but I have thought about what we would do in this situation and that seems like a great solution and very affordable.
In North Carolina we have to be prepared ahead of time for the ages of kids we want, so if we even want to consider an infant for the next two years (until re-licensing), we will have to have a crib. My husband and I are just starting this process. Thank you so much for sharing this, as it is a great low-cost option – because what if we don’t even get a call for an infant! Thanks again 🙂