Finding a Portable Folding Baby Crib + Mattress + Mini Sheets - read carefully and get the right sizes

Like most of my blog posts, they are born from real-life.  While I do have some projects going on, I'm also busy setting up my household to host a long term guest with 2 little ones!  They will be staying with me for a month while they wait to 'close' on their new home as they are relocating across the country.  This includes a toddler who just turned 2 years old and his baby brother who just turned 5 months.

Because we let someone use our crib and changing table a few years ago they conveniently never returned it (which was basically fine... we knew we weren't planning on having any more children) we decided this long term guest with babies would be the perfect time to invest in a portable crib to keep on hand here at the house.  Our guest has a pack-n-play but those have the thin little mattress pad with the uncomfortable metal support bars under it and we do NOT want to make this adorable little one sleep on that for a month!  So... off I went to research portable crib choices.

While I anticipated having to purchase a full sized crib in order to get the safety and comfort and nice look I wanted for the guest room, it ends up the mini cribs come in a great 'folding' option for easy storage!  This was perfect for us.  I wanted the look and safety of a larger 'real' crib (verses a pack n play) but this way I can easily fold it up and store it away when not in use. It's beautiful while it's out, but for guests without children, I'm sure they appreciate the extra open space in the guest room.

And that is how this post was born.

After I found the crib I wanted (photo below) I then had to find the correct sized mattress, the correct size sheets (difficult and confusing) and the bedding.  In the end, I was able to spend about 2 days researching and I'm thrilled with my choices.  However, in searching and reading online reviews I found the biggest reason for poor reviews was based on the reader not paying attention to sizes and complaining the sheets and bedding didn't fit. 

It does get a bit confusing... but I thought I'd post some of my research and the products I ended up purchasing.  It might help someone else looking for a similar set up. 

The portable 'folding' crib I chose in 'natural' wood color....

Dream On Me 2 in 1 Portable Folding Stationary Side Crib, Natural

From the Manufacturer

The Dream On Me, 2-in-1 portable folding crib, features a United States Patented rail system for ease in converting crib to playpen with one hand. The unique hinges allow the crib to fold flat for compact storage or travel. Included is the stationary (non drop side) rail design which provides the utmost in product safety. Made of solid Pine and having a beautiful Non-toxic finish, this portable crib is one of the most convenient portable cribs on the market. 1" Mattress pad and all tools for easy assembly included.

Here is what you need to remember and repeat to yourself - your crib is not 'standard' it's mini.  This means your mattress, pads, crib sheets and bedding all need to fit to the mini 38 X 24 size (or whatever the size of your particular brand and model of mini or portable crib is).

Many people replace the little thin 1" mattress pad that some cribs come with (some come with nothing) with a 3" mattress or a 5" mattress.  This is where it gets tricky to find the correct sheets because you cannot just buy any standard crib sheet.  They must be for a portable or mini crib which is 38 inches and not the standard 52 inches.

Searching for sheets:  Make sure you search for mini crib sheets or portable crib sheets

5" pocket does not mean it will fit a 5" mattress.  It means it will fit a 3" mattress.  There has to be enough of a pocket to go under the corners and hold them in place.  

A 3" pocket will fit a 1" mattress pad.  
5" pocket for a 3-4" mattress and a pocket depth of at least 6.5" for a 4-5" mattress.

Affordable sheets for 3" mattress:  If you have a 3" mattress and need a mini/portable crib sheet that fits (38 X 24 mini mattress but 3" thick and not the 1" cheap pad they send with most portable cribs) American Baby and TL Care make affordable options (Under $6 each for these jersey sheets with enough 'stretch' they are easy to fit on almost any mini or portable crib mattress.)

A sheet that will fit a 5" mattress like these that are 6.6 inches (from their product description) are available here in 4 different colors and 2 different sizes (both standard and mini) so again; make sure you are looking for the 38 X 24 size if you are searching for the portable or mini crib. 

I personally bought the Luvable Friends brand (2) - here and one of these because I loved the argyle beige design.  These two links fit the 5" mini crib mattress I purchased.

When you purchase the bumper pads, comforters, etc. they do sell 'sets' that usually include a sheet, comforter and either bumper pads or a diaper bag, etc.  Remember to buy the "portable" or "mini" crib size.  It's easy to start clicking on links and following links on the pages and end up on a 'standard' size bedding set without realizing you've left your 'mini' search.  Just keep in mind;  PORTABLE and MINI or the 38" X 24" description.  And keep in mind the bedding sets will assume you have a 1-3 inch mattress so if you've opted for a deep 5" mattress, the sheets with the set might not fit but you can use them on the changing pad or your Graco Pack N' Play instead. 

Helpful frugal hint for that extra 'fitted' sheet that comes with the set:  (Since I bought a 5" mattress, the sheet that comes with the bedding set doesn't fit the depth.  Instead, I cut the fitted sheet that came with our jungle animal set off at the corners and edge to remove the elastic; and re-sewed it with a simple straight seam to make it a regular sheet.  You could also use the fabric this way to sew a simple curtain valance for the nursery window as the fabric is the perfect match to your bedding!)

Other similar items available through Amazon you might be interested in;

Dream On Me 2 in 1 Portable Folding Stationary Side Crib, Natural

Dream On Me 4 in 1 Aden Convertible Mini Crib, Espresso

  Dream On Me 3 in 1 Portable Folding Stationary Side Crib, Espresso


They also have FULL SIZED standard cribs available in the 'folding' style: this kind uses the standard sized mattresses you can buy almost anywhere.  Yes they come in various colors and styles - here is a white crib but if you click on it, you can search other styles and colors at Amazon if you wish. All standard bedding, pads and off the rack 3- 4" mattresses are for full sized cribs.


The one and only best grout cleaner I've found and/or used

Over the past couple years I've tried numerous different products and ways to clean our kitchen grout.  Some of them I've posted here on BudgetBarbie (like the peroxide and oxi-clean) and although I've found a few of them 'worked' it wasn't realistic to use them because we have a huge... (huge huge...) kitchen, dining and laundry area for me to clean and it involved a toothbrush or small bristle brush to scrub and it was not only very hard work, but it was time consuming and OH SO MESSY.  Seriously; it took a lot of work to try to clean up the excess baking soda or oxi-clean or whatever I was testing at the time.

Well not anymore.

Last week I walking around my local Lowe's store just "looking" up and down aisles and brainstorming a few projects when my eyes saw this product....   Professional's Choice by Miracle Sealants Company.  Called "Heavy-Duty Acidic Cleaner" for grout but looked like it was safe for my tile and granite.  This is important because my tile floors have squares of decorate granite in the pattern.

I will never bother with another grout cleaner again.

I started with small batches, mixing 2/3 water with 1/3 solution in a little plastic container.
I applied it in a test spot using an old toothbrush dipped in the solution and then applied to the grout at the same time I did a couple half-hearted scrubs back and forth.

Almost immediately you can see as soon as the cleaner was applied to the grout it started to clean and fade the stains!

Seriously; all it took was putting it on the grout and 2 little scrubs back and forth with the toothbrush and I would see THIS...

My grout is supposed to be a light beige color and you can see that despite regular floor scrubbing and cleaning, the grout just never came clean. 

 And now it is!


I did a 'quick' application to my kitchen, dining area and will go back over a couple spots that I either missed (because the grout turns dark when wet and you have to 'wet' the area before applying the cleaner) so it's hard to see where you've applied it and where you haven't.

I started by dipping the toothbrush into the cleaning solution and applying it by scrubbing a bit.  I soon found I did not have to do that.  As a matter of fact, the grout got cleanest when I poured the cleaning solution in a thin line over the grout (it doesn't hurt the tile or the granite so it doesn't matter if it covers it) and then simply ran the toothbrush over it once, basically just making sure some of the solution touched the grout.

I found it came cleanest when I did not allow it to 'sit'  at all but did small 4X6 foot patches so I could apply it and then within 2 minutes I would go over the area with clean rinse water from my Hoover FloorMate machine.  I LOVED (LOVED LOVED) this process as it made it so quick and so EASY.  The Hoover Floormate machine applies clean water and sucks it back up to a different reservoir so you never are applying 'dirty' water to your floors.  This made the entire "RINSE" process so easy and fast although using a regular mop with a sponge head would have been fine and certainly more simple, easy and fast than ALL the 'testing' I did with baking soda, vinegar, peroxide, Oxi-clean and everything else I tried in the past).

Because the cleaner almost immediately starts to work on the dirt and stains and lifts them, I found the grout came clean the best when I didn't scrub too much because I was scrubbing the dirty water 'back' in if I went over the area more than a couple swipes.  I also found the darker stains spots came up best when I scrubbed once or twice and then applied a bit more fresh, clear solution to wash the dirty away; the idea being to always keep clean solution on the grout and not let the dirty brown water/cleaner solution sit on the area.

Fast, easy and I'm so incredibly thrilled to have finally found a product that WORKS ON GROUT.

I found it for about $10 at my local Lowe's but I did look it up on Amazon this morning and they do have it.  I'll post the link below AND a link to a couple of the Hoover FloorMate cleaners because using that little machine made cleaning my grout and tile so simple.  

Products related to this post you might be interested in, available from Amazon;

Miracle Sealants TSC QT SG Tile and Stone Cleaner, 1 quart Bottle
Heavy Duty Acidic Cleaner
Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160PC - Corded
Hoover FloorMate SpinScrub Upright Vacuum with Bonus Hard Floor Wipes



Product Review Time: Beet Blu Digital Scale

My first foray into the world of Bluetooth technology in my 'everyday' living was a Bluetooth enabled and app based toothbrush. Liking it a little better than I anticipated, I was pretty thrilled when I was offered a chance to try and review the Beets Blu Digital Scale free in return for an honest opinion, because we were actually in the market for a new scale - so the timing was perfect - and I was anxious to see if the tracking capability was really something useful and perhaps even a motivator.  It is... but I'll get to that in a moment.  First let's start with the basics!

With this scale, it is possible to track not only weight, but also measurements such as body fat percentage, muscle mass and lean body tissue. All measurements are instantly uploaded to a smartphone or ipad for tracking and analysis.

Beets BLU Bluetooth Scale is pretty simple and straight forward.  It monitors weight, fat percentage, body water and muscle mass. It uploads the data wirelessly via Bluetooth not only to the Beets Blu app, but to many other fitness and health applications like Apple Heath that is already on your phone if you own an iphone.

From their own product description:

About the Product

  • Wireless Scale measures people's muscle mass, body weight with body fat percentage, water (hydration level). Scale supports kg and lb weight mode
  • Connects to mobile via Bluetooth Smart (4.0), uploads all information to free native mobile application for Android and iOS, with saving history. Recommended weight limit is 150 kg/330 lbs
  • Helps you to analyze the data and choose the most appropriate way to track your weight loss. Our scale is high precision
  • iOS: Uploads all measurements to the Apple Health app (configurable)

Compatibility list:
- iPhone 4s (or later)
- iPad 3 (or later)
- Any smartphone with Android 5.0 (or later) with Bluetooth 4.0
- Samsung smartphone with Android 4.3 (or later) with Bluetooth 4.0

Notice for Android users: Before purchasing this product, please download the following app and ensure that it runs properly on your device without any compatibility issues. To download this app, please search for Smart Scale Beets BLU on Google Play.

So with the description out of the way, let's get to the review.

The product is actually a little less expensive if you order through Amazon rather than their .com website.
It arrives in a box clearly marked with the product inside.


When you open the box it's packaged well and comes with just one sheet of paper with simple instructions on inserting the batteries and where to download the app to use the product.  There is no users manual included as all the directions are app based.  Take the product out of the box - quick and simple - with no excess packaging included.

The back of the box.

  • Insert the batteries that come with the product.
  • Because it is made overseas and made for use all over the world, you have to choose the weight units your country uses.  This is done by pressing the UNIT button the back.  I chose lb (pounds) as I'm in the USA.
  • Placing the scale on a hard, flat surface is a must.  Uneven surfaces like uneven tiles, cobblestones or carpet will not give you an accurate reading.
  • Step on.
  • Wait for the scale to turn on.
  • Immediately step off and wait for the scale to read 0.0
  • Step on again and you will then see your weight and measurements.

Here is what the button on the back looks like to choose your unit of measurements (I chose lbs. since I'm in the US).

When you turn it on, step off and wait a couple seconds for the 0.0 displayed.  Then step back on for your weight.

If you have a reader on your phone you can scan the back of the box to get the correct app for your device.  

The Beets BLU Smart Scale app is free and quick to download

It will bring up the quickstart guide.

To personalize, you can manually enter data (your gender, athletic build, birthday, etc) or if you already use a health app tracking system, you can tell it to pair with it. 

You can choose which options you want to pair and turn off those you don't.

This app as a default of announcing your stats out loud but if you wish to keep that little secret to yourself, you can change that in the settings and turn it off.  

I tested the scale to see if it would accept multiple weigh-ins on the same day and it does.  It shows my most recent as my daily weight.

I have read other reviews that say it will 'remember' your information and download it to your device later if you do not have your phone or device with you; the bluetooth turned on, or the app open.  However when I tried this, it downloaded only my latest weigh-in and did not update the previous weigh-ins.  I actually think this feature does work; but I would need to test it over the course of 3-4 days or a week to be sure.  I only did a quick 1 time test with the phone in the other part of the house.

I did try to see where or how to delete my profile, which I could not find.  I could change all the information to make a new profile out of mine (new height, birthday, gender) but I did not find a delete profile button.
You can reset your data in the settings by deleting the information 1 month at a time with a swipe on the red - sign.

Bottom line?  
I really like this product!  It's easy to use.  The tracking feature motivates me and I find myself wanting to weigh instead of avoiding the scale.  I like the digital read out verses the old fashioned 'needle' reading and ounces count.  Tracking my BMI/body fat percentage is interesting and tends to be a motivator as well.

Beets Blu Digital Scales are available through Amazon

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