When I was putting together ideas for the nursery, one of the main pieces we needed was a crib. Cora’s room is quite small and whatever crib we picked would be a big deal, so I wanted to make sure it was something we really loved before getting one. We went to a lot of stores and looked at a lot of cribs, but my gut feeling was to see if we could find a secondhand crib. I wrote about it more in my Nearly New Wood Challenge a couple of years ago; how for the most part I’m not too keen on buying brand new furniture, especially wood.
I spent a few days looking through the cribs available on Adverts.ie and that’s when I spotted a secondhand Stokke Sleepi crib in walnut. It was so different to any other crib we had seen that it immediately gave me heart-eye emojis. Before I replied to the ad I looked up more information on the Stokke Sleepi crib and my doubts were drowned out pretty much by how incredible it is.
A couple of text messages later and a thorough cleaning, Cora’s new [to us] crib was home. We didn’t use the mini crib as it didn’t fit in our equally small bedroom. I don’t know if we’ll end up using the bed until Cora is 10 [though it’s a nice idea to not have to buy her a bed for 10 years], but being able to use the end pieces of the cot as chairs? Game changer. “Look how much use we can get out of it!” Robert didn’t need too much convincing TBH.
We paid €200 for our secondhand Stokke Sleepi crib which was €20 over our budget. I didn’t have a problem going over budget as I thought it was just too good to pass on. It came with newborn and toddler conversion kits which if bought new, including kits it would altogether cost us over €1,000. That’s not why we bought it though. It’s a gorgeous solid walnut bed [and it looks like Stokke no longer sell it in walnut] with simple lines and a killer shape. And even better, for my conscious at least; it didn’t cost the earth.
To find out more, you can check out my Nearly New Challenge and Nearly New Wood Challenge.
That is an amazing crib (and chairs!) and a great price too.
Wow, you really got a bargain with this! It's such a great cot – I love the shape of it, it looks so stylish. I think the walnut really makes it too – gives it the extra edge to make a real statement in the room. Great purchase! xx
I love the shape of it, it looks so stylish. I think the walnut really makes it too – gives it the extra edge to make a real statement in the room.
Brilliant design! Was well worth the search, the wait, the cleaning and the extra €20!
Hi Alex, we are getting exactly the same crib (natural colour) for our first baby girl to come and are super excited about it 🙂 And we are thinking on buying a new mini mattress for it for I am afraid the measurements may differ from the current model. Do you know if the mattress sizes are still the same? Mini mattress 75cm length width 58cm & for the Bed mattress 122cm length width 70cm? TIA
We actually we didn’t use the Sleepi Mini version and only used the fuller Sleepi Stokke crib. I measured Cora’s bed the way it is now (Sleepi version) and the mattress is the same as you mention; 122cm long x about 68cm wide. I tried to guess if the measurements the Mini would fit in half the crib (as I think you can expand the Mini into the larger Sleepi size), but I got larger measurements than you mentioned. I’m not sure if that’s of much help!
Hi Alex, I’m trying so hard to look for the seat cushions to transform the junior bed into chairs and it seems like the concept has vanished! There are a few images here and there but not on Stokke official channels. As if they changed their mind about the option and managed to erase it completely!!! I was very keen on this for similar reasons that drive you. Sustainability and all… I might still be tempted to source/sew handmade cushions but I was under an impression that Stokke even produced a mattress in 3 parts to facilitate the transition… Anyway, I hope you’re happy with your Stokke still? Best wishes, Aleksandra
I’m in a similar situation where I’m now looking for the Mini / newborn wood inserts and mattress and I’m finding it very hard to find them (being sold individually). My immediate thought was to see if you could source some thick foam and try your hand at making your own seat cushions. I think you’re right that they discontinued the seat options. I don’t know that many people would have continued on with the crib as long as we hope to.
I’m going to try my hand at jigsawing a piece suitable for the newborn / Mini size as I’ve exhausted my search for a new insert! (I obviously will only use it if it’s suitable and safe enough).