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16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
We are SO pleased with our Stokke cribs-- 3 years and still happy! Jan 05, 2012
Now that I have owned two different Stokke cribs (walnut and grey) for over 3 years, I feel I can give a well-informed review of how the Stokke system transitions and works from bassinet for newborns to crib to toddler bed to junior bed for young children.
The Stokke system is designed to grow with your child. This means you get everything you need for the bassinet, crib, and toddler bed in one box. Once you child is older and needs a regular bed, you purchase an additional "junior bed" extension kit, and you are all set. So, if the price seems high, keep in mind that you are purchasing an entire bed system that will take your child from birth to 9 years of age.
Here are the highlights, by age/crib size:
In the first days after our little one was born, this bassinet was truly a lifesaver. It was cozy, the round shape helped baby feel save and secure, and the size and wheels allowed us to move the little one from room to room without a problem. We wheeled the bassinet into our room at night for allow for easy feedings in the middle of the night, and then we wheeled it back to the nursery, to the kitchen, or the living room during the day. The bassinet has four well-positioned and very sturdy wheels-- it moved around our home for the first 3 months of baby's life with no problems at all. We LOVED this feature. Also-- the bassinet is sized to easily go through doorways. So, baby can sleep while gently moved if needed. No worries about waking up baby or having a heavy item to move after childbirth. Truly an ideal first bed for baby and parents.
Once baby is too big for the bassinet, you simply extend it to a crib. I did this myself while my husband was traveling for work. The entire process took less than 20 minutes and I am NOT a handy person : ) It was simple and very straightforward. Everything you need (including the tools) is in the box and included in the price. Again, very simple. As a crib, the Stokke is a lovely oval shape. The look is modern and unique. The rounded ends help baby feel secure and cozy. The slats are all evenly spaced around the crib-- so baby can look out from all angles. The crib can be lowered with multiple settings. As baby grew and developed, we simply kept lowering the crib for safety. At about 2 years old, the crib was at the lowest setting so baby could stand up, but would still be contained within the crib. Again, the wheels are a fantastic and thoughtful feature. We kept the crib in the center of the room, with wheels locked. But I could easily unlock the wheels and move the crib with an easy push in order to clean underneath or vacuum. When the wheels are locked, the crib is STURDY and will not budge. But unlocked, it is easy to move around which is helpful with a messy toddler : )
3) Toddler Bed
Once baby is able to crawl out of the crib, you remove one section and voila! Toddler Bed! Again, super simple conversion process that I did alone, and it took me less than 10 minutes with all tools included in the box. As a toddler bed, this is truly fantastic. As you will see from photos on the Stokke website, the toddler bed allows for a small opening so the child can get in/out of bed alone. However, the curved shape of the bed means that the child is protected from middle-of-the-night falls and will be safe and secure in the bed. This is a very unique feature that allowed us to skip all the worries of our little one falling out of bed.
4) Junior Bed
When your child is too big for the toddler bed and needs a standard bed, you can buy a Junior Bed kid and the Stokke becomes a larger bed that is sized for young children. My guess is that a tall/big child can stay in this bed until 9 years of age.
The ONLY drawback for some people is bed linens. They are hard to find and expensive. We solved this by buying king size flat sheets and sewing each of them into 4 crib sheets. Super easy and much cheaper than the Stokke brand sheets.
There you have it-- we are so pleased with the Stokke bed system! We own two, and grandparents bought another to keep at their home for sleep-overs. If you watch the prices on Amazon, there are often fantastic deals. This crib system is often sold for up to $1000 in baby stores, but we purchased on Amazon for $700. We own one in walnut-- beautiful, classic finish and lovely wood-- and one in grey-- high quality, safe paint that looks beautiful.
Super happy with our Stokke!!!!
13 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Cute but not worth it in the end Nov 19, 2008
By New Mom in the City
I can't say that I would buy this again - it looks great but it has been a pain many times over. First the company delivered the wrong part - took a month to get fixed. Then trying to read the picture-only instructions (no words at all!!) was a very annoying experience. If you want this crib, take my advice and get just the regular crib without the bassinet parts. My child outgrew the bassinet in 3 months and I could have saved a lot of money and just got a moses basket or used her stroller basinet. The bedding is also very expensive - luckily I found some discontinued bedding from Dwell on sale but anything from Stokke will be greatly overpriced. I love the look of this crib but all the work involved has turned me off.
10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Love it Dec 24, 2008
Stokke Sleepi Mini/Crib System I w/ Mattresses I love this crib. It's great for a small apartment and the crib is low enough to the ground that it converts easily to a toddler bed by just taking off the side panel so your child can safely go in and out when they are old enough. It's a beautiful crib made of real wood in the netherlands, NOT in china which was something I cared about. It also fits through standard doorframes and we would roll the bassinet around the house when my son was small. I just bought sheets on ebay and took a regular bumper and had it altered at the dry cleaner for 10 dollars so I had no trouble finding sheets or a bumper. Don't buy the stokke sheets if you're trying to save money, they aren't worth it at all.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Good product when the price is right Aug 06, 2011
Bought this item when the grey was priced well below the other colors. It's a nice crib with nice options to expand. However, like others have said, you sometimes ask yourself is it actually better than other cribs priced well below? When putting it together, felt very Ikea-ish where the instructions have no words and they don't warn you what the best sequence of tighenting the bolts would be where suddenly ends don't meet and you end up loosening and re-tightening to get a fit. Paint, as others have noted, looks sprayed on where it's not even toward the edges if you look closely as if the crib was painted after it was put together (maybe that's why the grey was cheaper?).
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Very convenient and easy to assemble Dec 13, 2010
This crib was assembled in less than an hour and looks great. The wood is beautiful and high quality, and we can easily wheel the mini all over the house. Although a bit pricey, once it was assembled we knew it was worth every penny. Very happy with this purchase.
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