Almost two years ago, I reviewed the IKEA Gulliver crib. You can see the whole post here, but the gist of it is: I loved it. It was minimal, classic, and yet beautiful, and the price ($99-129) was one of the best on the market. We’ve now been using the crib for over three years, with two different babies, and I feel it’s high time to revisit my review of this crib.
The price is still just as great as it was three years ago – but even better. Though the white crib is still $99, the natural wood color (which I can vouch for as very beautiful and much more expensive looking) is down to $119. Any of you who have spent a little time shopping for a crib can attest to the fact that this is one of the most affordable cribs on the market.
Why is it so inexpensive? I can assure it has nothing to do with poor quality. The crib is just as sturdy as ever, even after 2+ years of my wiggly toddler’s use. He spent many hours jumping in this crib and it is still just as sturdy as can be. The cost is so low because, like just about everything you buy from IKEA, you put the crib together yourself. After putting this crib together a few times (once in each out, and then lowering the mattress twice), I will say it can be a bit frustrating, but nothing that warrants NOT purchasing this crib. It simply takes two people or one very patient and skilled person to put the crib together. Again, not overly difficult, just a little time consuming. I believe it took us about 45 minutes to put together the first time, and 30 minutes the second.
As you may remember, I went with the white crib, and even with my toddler chewing on the railing, it’s held up phenomenally. No paint chipping, no dings or dents (even through an overseas military move). The one thing I will mention about the look of the crib that may not be obvious from the stock photo is that the crib warnings are printed directly onto the crib railing, instead of a removable sticker. This has bothered me from time to time, but it would have been an easy thing to fix with a bit of paint. I simply haven’t done that.
The Gulliver crib converts into a sweet and simple toddler bed with an included board. It’s perfect for that in-between stage and still just as cute. It’ll be perfect for Oscar when he grows out of the “crib” stage of life, as his room is really quite tiny.
Overall, we still absolutely love this crib and are so happy we went with it. It fits a standard mattress so you’re able to dress it up with a fun crib sheet or skirt, or you can keep it somewhat minimal with a simple polka dot sheet like we have. The quality is exceptional and even after 2 kids, we will be holding onto this crib for our grandchildren one day. I hate to admit it, but I don’t think I expected that with an IKEA crib. I’ve been pleasantly surprised and happy as could be with this crib from day one!