If you're planning your nursery and have your heart set on one of Ikea's affordable cribs, we regret to inform you that a wrench may have been thrown in your plans. A distressed reader brought to our attention that she was about to purchase a Gulliver crib for her baby due in three weeks only to find "suddenly NO CRIBS listed on the IKEA website."
Indeed, there are currently no cribs listed on Ikea's website and there was also chatter on the web that they had been removed from stores. What was going on?
As reader Adriane suspected, Ikea's actions involve the new crib safety regulations established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that went into effect June 28th. Here's the statement we received from an Ikea spokesperson:
We've temporarily stopped sales of our cribs in IKEA US while we make certain they are fully compliant with the most recent safety regulations implemented by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC). If you bought a crib at IKEA before the new CPSC rules from 6/28, it is safe to use. You can also read about the new rules at the CPSC website. IKEA US apologizes for any inconvenience.
The spokesperson was not able to give an exact date when cribs will be back on sale, but we'll do our best to keep you informed. Ironically, they have a new crib, the Sundvik ($119), listed in their 2012 catalog (pg. 225) and we look forward to letting you know when that is available for sale as well.
If this is a wrench in your plans, check back with us tomorrow for ideas for other affordable, stylish crib options.