Norwegian juvenile gear maker Stokke pitches its ultra-expensive crib as a “system” that grows with your child: the Sleepi morphs from a bassinet to a crib, then a toddler bed and finally two chairs . . . all for a mere $1000. You can buy just the crib for $700 (without the toddler bed conversion kit).
A separate changing table (the Care) converts to a play table and desk for $550. As with all these funky European products, you’ll have to buy specially made bedding with limited choices ($29 for a sheet).
Stokke’s newest sleep “solution” is called Home, a series of furniture and accessories that are designed to follow baby from the newborn stage to the toddler years.
There is a cradle, crib, changer and dresser. And what will this suite of Stokke Home goodness run you? Are you sitting down? $2000+. Yep, that cradle is $360, the crib is $699, the changer with mattress is $500 and the three-drawer dresser is $529.
The Home collection comes in both white and dark gray colors. You can also purchase accessories including a “crib roof,” a canopy which creates a fabric roof ($105, see photo) plus curtains to create a play space for toddlers (keep in mind, canopies can be dust magnets!).
So what do parents think of Stokke’s nursery furniture? While the Sleepi has been a long-running hit for Stokke (despite mixed reviews), the Home collection appears to have bombed—several sites that once carried it have dropped it.
Fans of the Sleepi love the clever oval shape (fits through narrow doorways) and overall ease of use. The Sleepi is perhaps best suited to urban apartment dwellers with little space for a standard-size crib.
Detractors cite the limited choices of bedding, as mentioned above. Quality issues (as noted in online reviews and our own reader feedback) also dog the Sleepi—parts that don’t fit right, wheel casters that don’t lock, mis-aligned screw holes, etc.
For $1000, we’d expect better quality control than this. Rating: B-