Yesterday we headed up to Ikea to check out items for the baby room. I had already done a ton of pre-shopping online and knew pretty much what I wanted for the room.
First, we wanted to check out the most important part of the baby’s room– the crib. I did a bunch of research to see if Ikea cribs were safe because the price point is amazing, they run between $69.99- $139.99. I was very much hopping that one of the cribs would be “THE CRIB,” since they were extremely budget friendly. I was pleased with the safety research– Ikea cribs have not been part of those recent line of recalls! But of course would it pass the in person “I like it” test?
The original crib I went to see, the Leksvik Crib, and did not pass the “I like it test!” The color of the wood was strange. I think had it been made it in a nice birch color it would have been a hit, but it look like old trailer paneling. It was sad because I love the size and layout of the matching cabinet that could be converted to a changing table/station.
We weren’t 100% sure we would purchase a crib that day– But, we were so lucky to find another crib that we did like, and to make it even better, it was on sale for $60 (reg. 99.99)- the Gulliver crib!! An added plus was that it had overall great reviews.
Some people think it looks like a baby jail,or a crate, but that will go well with our joke that we are planning to crate our child (We are NOT really going to do that, IT IS A JOKE!). We liked that it look like a baby crib, nothing more, and that it has simple clean lines.
For the nervous grandparents out there worried it seems too cheap, you can read a summary of the reviews for the crib online at Baby Products Reviews. It is in compliance with the requirements set in 16 C.F.R. part 1508— which is the United States Federal regulations for Full Size Baby Crib. Also, it passed the “Throwing a tantrum test.” It is where I walk around shaking each crib. I am not sure if other mothers-to-be do that. I am pretty sure they walk around thinking is this safe? Will hands get stuck? I did do that too, but the biggest test was would my child be able to have a end of the world melt down safely! And this crib held up.
Features: Close to the ground (safer for the baby that is a climber and great for shorter mama’s), converts to toddler bed.
The mattress we picked was the VYSSA SLÖA ($49.99). It has two useable sides, one a softer side and one a harder side.
To add an extra level of safety we will use the BreathableBaby Breathable Bumper.
We plan on purchasing the matching changing table ($69.99) when it is back in stock (If it comes back in stock!! Fingers crossed.). I went back and forth if I wanted a changing table, but since I think we are planning on doing cloth diapers, we have decided that we do want a station.
We are picking the changing table in birch instead of white since we will have mostly wood furniture in the room. I will use these cute Fabler boxes to store/conceal all our changing table needs.