Specialty chain Giggle sells cribs from Oeuf, Newport Cottages, Nursery Works, Bloom, babyletto and Stokke, but the company also imports a few exclusive models. An example is the “Better Basics” Harper crib for $550 (pictured). This crib is actually made by Latvian manufacturer Troll Nursery (troll.lv), which has been in business since 1994 and mostly sells cribs in Europe and Russia.
The Harper crib features birch rails and plywood end panels in either natural or walnut finishes and uses low VOC paint. A matching three-drawer dresser is $750 while a changing table is $300 and a conversion kit (to a toddler bed) is $95. Prices have dropped on the Harper significantly since we first reviewed this crib.
Newer Troll cribs at giggle include the Gustaf ($690) with an under-drawer (we’re not big fans—these are dust magnets because they are uncovered). A new brand of crib, made in Valencia, Spain is the Micuno Life Crib ($500). This customizable crib offers different colored slat combinations for a unique look.
Over the past year, we’ve noticed prices have crept up on Giggle (that Harper changing table went from $250 to $500)—yes, items go on sale from time to time. But this store isn’t a bargain overall.
As for eco-friendliness, Giggle claims the glue used in the plywood end panels on it’s Troll cribs is nontoxic, but the crib is not GREENGUARD certified, so it is hard to verify any emission claims. Reader feedback on Giggle’s Harper crib has been positive—quality and durability is good. Rating: A-