Stokke Sleepi Cot Bed Review
I was planning on doing a review of our gorgeous Stokke Sleepi cot as part of Lucy’s big nursery makeover, but since I chickened out of moving her into her own room (for the time being), I just can’t hold off any longer – I have to tell you about this beautiful bed!
One of the joys of having four children (apart from the obvious cuddles and snuggles) is that you get a good number of years to be able to research, study and trial lots of different baby products. Something I learnt early on was that the products you buy as a first time Mum, are very rarely the same products you would have bought with the benefit of child hindsight.
The Stokke Sleepi is one of those products that I wish I had been smart enough to buy from the very start. Nevertheless, I am overjoyed that I finally came to my senses for Baby Number 4 – Miss Lucinda!
One of the first features you will notice about the Sleepi is its unique shape and design. The nest-like oval shape creates a cosy little haven for you baby. I don’t quite know how, but the gentle curves of the sides have meant that Lucy has never got her arms or legs stuck through the bars, nor has she ever found herself caught in a corner of the bed. These were major annoyances of my traditional shaped cot, and often resulted in the children being woken from restless sleep.
The narrow and compact shape of the Sleepi has also allowed me to keep Lucy in our bedroom for longer – we are free to wheel the cot between rooms, and it takes up much less space than any other cot. As I have Lucy sleeping next to our bed, I love that the thinner bars, make it so easy for me to see her, and there s nothing better than waking up every morning to her gorgeous smile as she gazes at me.
Technically there are 4 heights – but I would say there are two main heights to choose from (the 4 comes from being able to turn the bracket upside down to slightly raise or lower the mattress platform). The high setting is being used for Lucy at the moment as she can’t pull herself up yet. It makes it nice and easy to get her in and out of the cot. When she starts to sit and pull herself up, we will move her down to the lowest setting to keep her protected and safe.
One of my original concerns with the Sleepi was the lack of a drop side. However I have been reading more and more about the dangers of drop-side cots , specifically involving the deaths of infants and toddlers. Millions of drop-side-cots have been being recalled due to faulty hardware and safety concerns. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that fixed side cots are inherently safer by design, and I don’t think that Australia will be far behind the US in banning the drop side cots from June of this year.
As a mother I have also become considerably more conscious about how my choices impact on the environment. Stokke timbers are produced from cultivated Beech Wood which is a sustainable and high-quality material. The Sleepi is made is Slovenia under the highest quality control standards. But one of the best features of the Sleepi is that it is designed to last a lifetime!
You can purchase a Mini Kit (0-6mnths) and a Junior Kit (3-10yrs) which will allow you to use the ONE Sleepi from birth to 10 yrs. And THEN when you no longer need it for a bed, it can be converted into two separate chairs, for use by adults or children. This is clever thinking – imagine the materials, labour, landfill, energy, packaging, production and transport that goes into making a bassinet, cot, toddler bed, and two chairs. Each of which is discarded when outgrown. The Stokke Sleepi fills all these needs with one incredibly clever design. Plus with a 7 year warranty – how could you go wrong?
Now my Stokke infatuation is well-known and is often a source of amusement to family and friends. But in all seriousness, as a responsible consumer, I am hard-pressed to find a company that is so committed to the safety and comfort of our children and children’s environment.
And that makes Mummy Smile