Post # 1
I’ve just started looking around at cribs and changing tables. I just want something simple and I don’t need a convertible. I’m interested in their crib mattresses too. Do any bees have IKEA baby furniture? What are your thoughts? I read some reviews online that were very positive, and even Consumer Reports rates them highly. I’m just a little nervous because IKEA has a reputation for being “cheap”, although I’ve always had good luck with the things I’ve purchased from there (I still have two dressers that I purchased 10 years ago when I graduated from college and they’ve made it through 4 moves!). Thanks!
Post # 3
@DZMeadowz: Ikea is definitely a contended for us when we eventually buy a crib. I honestly like that they’re cheap and I’d much rather wait and get the kid a bed later for the most part. I’m not sure most people realize the convertables can often cost another 100-200 dollars to convert and if they stop making the crib, well, then what? Also, I personally don’t think that a kid younger than high school needs a full size bed.
Because we also live in an urban area, we’re also looking at minicribs, and I’m favoring those over the ikeas just for space reasons.
Post # 4
I do! I have that crib :
in grey and that mattress :
And we love them both. The crib survived a moving without any problem, and the mattress is comfy and does hold its shape.
Post # 5
I would have considered getting one! The store near me isn’t open yet though and I got a great deal on the one I have so not worth driving out of my way. I’m not interested in expensive cribs or changing tables, since I won’t be using it very long and kids destroy furniture. I’d rather get one crib and reuse with multiple kids and just buy them a regular bed when the time comes. I wasn’t interested in convertible cribs either.
I think the Baby Bargains book gave an IKEA crib good reviews and it sounds like they have other good reviews as well. I think it’s a great idea.
Post # 6
I don’t know anything about their crib mattresses (other than what’s in Baby Bargains) but as long as it’s firm it should be just fine. I have a queen sized mattress from ikea that I used for a good 5 years (it’s in our guest room now) and it’s still in great shape!
Post # 7
@DZMeadowz: I think some people think IKEA is “cheap”– but really I just think you need to be selective about what you buy.
We have TONS of things from IKEA and love most of them!!
In terms of a crib- as long as it’s safe (and it sounds like you’ve done your research)- I’d go for it for sure! There is no way I’d spend a lot on a crib– they aren’t used for more than a few years. The baby doesn’t even understand what good furniture is or looks like– and really, how often do you plan on having guests into your babies room to show off the $800 Pottery Barn crib LOL
My son spent minimal time in ihi crib- we coslept and loved it. He did sleep in his crib sometimes– and also managed to chew the wood on the crib one day when I was in the shower (another reason to not spend a huge chunk of money of a crib!)–
I’d definintley consider buying our crib from IKEA when we have baby #2! (our old crib was recalled!!)
Post # 8
The ikea cribs were actually one of the top rated in terms of safty( I suspect due to EU standards and such simple designs). We have an ikea crib, dresser and wardrobe. If you promise not to judge ill share pics in a second…. we really only have the furniture put together, no decor yet and it’s a bit messy still.
i did read to skip the ikea mattresses because they aren’t that great. Our luck was that our ikea was redoing the kids section and didnt even have the mattresses out so I couldn’t look at them and decided to buy from somewhere else.
Post # 9
Both of my girls have/had the Ikea convertable crib-toddler-beds. Love them because you can use the same piece of furniture for the first 5 years of your baby’s life! Which came in extra handy because my girls were climbers who first started getting out of their cribs at 12 and 15 months respectively. It would have been a shame to spend a ton on the crib and then a year later have to buy a different bed. Luckily we just made the converted the cribs to the toddler bed at that point. And they have held up very well.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for your thoughts on this. After reading this it seems like a no-brainer considering they are so much more inexpensive than other brands!
Post # 11
We bought a $360 Babyletto crib, assembled it, and went to IKEA a few days later. My DH (who is generally not even an IKEA fan) was like, “Um. Why didn’t we just buy this crib? It’s $99 and is practically the same crib.” Oops.
So, yeah 🙂 I support your decision!
Post # 13
Do you have the “Baby Bargains” book? It’s so helpful with all this stuff. I got the Ikea crib and dresser/changing table but went with a different mattress (Ikea mattresses weren’t well reviewed)
Post # 14
Ikea used to be really cheap, but they’ve really upped their game in the last few years and have some great quality stuff. A friend just bought all of their baby furniture there and love it!
Post # 15
I love this thread! Not TTC, but I think the Ikea cribs are SO chic, and it’s exciting to hear that they are well-reviewed!
Post # 16
@lovemygsp: That looks great! Thanks for sharing 🙂