Although Ikea's baby cribs are inexpensive, reviewers say they're safe and stand up well to everyday use. The Ikea Leksvik is made of solid wood and veneer and has two mattress-height settings, but other than the fact that it converts to a toddler bed, this is a basic crib without any additional features. The Leksvik doesn't have a drop side, but some critics say stationary sides are safer overall. Parents who prefer an upscale look or a wider choice of finishes may want to opt for a more expensive crib such as the Stokke Sleepi (*Est. $800), but for those who don't mind Ikea's minimalist styling, the Leksvik is a good choice, reviewers say. There's no mattress included, but any standard crib mattress will fit. In February 2011, IKEA issued a repair recall of its cribs as the screws are not long enough to provide amble support of the mattress and the child.
We found the most telling reviews of the Ikea Leksvik baby cribs (as well as baby cribs in general) in two places: the book "Baby Bargains" by Denise and Alan Fields, and ConsumerReports.org, which rates cribs and offers general buying advice.
1. Baby Bargains
This book's detailed section on cribs includes comparative reviews and ratings of most popular brands. The authors don't conduct independent testing, but they do give their top brand recommendations based on product evaluations, user feedback and manufacturer history.
Review: Crib Brand Ratings, Denise and Alan Fields, Seventh edition
In this report, ConsumerReports.org editors evaluate 21 cribs of varying types. The Ikea crib is compared and rated against 10 other cribs that have stationary sides.
Review: Cribs: Basic is Best, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Sept. 2008