After discussing cribs in the comments of this post, I had to see what my new Baby Bargains book suggests. Usually when purchasing any big ticket items, I look at the ratings in Consumer Reports, so I decided to compare the two and see if they came up with similar results.
My current favorite crib is the Baby’s Dream Ocean.
This crib has a drop gate, rather than a drop side. It converts into a toddler bed (using the drop gate part as the railing, so you don’t have to buy that seperate), then a twin bed. The fact that it converts to a twin is the only justification I have for spending this kind of money on a crib (it retails at approx. $450). I realize that most cribs today are convertable into a full-size bed, but the bedrooms in our house are rather small, so I think we’d get more use out of a twin bed.
Consumer Reports rated it “very good” overall, but due to recalls on drop side cribs, they are currently only recommending stationary cribs. Baby Bargains gave the company an “A”, as the cribs are very good quality, but there is concern about the drop gate being used as foothold for older babies to climb out (because of the horizontal piece that connects the drop gate to the crib itself), therefore, they don’t recommend it.
I hadn’t really thought about it, but I can see why that’s a valid concern. My kid would be the one to try and make a break for it, and haul himself out, breaking a bone or two in the process…
So what cribs DO they recommend?
As I said before, Consumer Reports is only recommending stationary cribs at this point. They have two rated as a “Best Buy”: the DaVinci Emily and the Ikea Leksvik.
DaVinci Emily (made by Million Dollar Baby) – approx. $250
- Baby Bargains gave Million Dollar Baby a “B -“, but they’re still better quality than many other brands.
- My concern is that space on the front of the crib between the top of the crib and that wooden dowel looking thing (very technical terminology, yes? haha). Can we say “foothold”? :/
Ikea Leksvik – $160
- Baby Bargains gave Ikea an “A”, though they recommend the Gulliver crib. (They did not specifically rate the Leksvik.)
- I’ll admit, I am surprised to see Ikea with such high marks in both Consumer Reports and Baby Bargains. I don’t own anything from Ikea, but I know that their products are very reasonably priced. The cribs are very simple looking, and you have to put them together yourself. My only concern is that this may not be a crib that can last through more than one child.
Needless to say, I’m more confused than ever! I still love Baby’s Dream, but price wise, Ikea may be a better bet.
Thoughts, suggestions, and recommendations are much appreciated!