Choosing a crib is certainly one of the main purchases to think about in the months leading up to the birth of your child.
Although the vast majority of parents choose the traditional rectangular shaped cribs, you might want to consider a round crib for your baby’s room.
There are a number of round cribs that can really create a different ambiance to any nursery.
Furthermore, they are just as well made and often look very elegant and aesthetically appealing in the right setting.
In this article, I’ll look at the pros and cons of round cribs, as well as 2 products you might want to consider.
What to consider when buying a round crib
Before fetching for your credit card and buying one straight away, make sure you’ve really planned the layout of your baby’s nursery in detail.
A round crib can really change the feel of the nursery décor, so any other products you might be thinking of buying, i.e. changing table, glider, chest of drawers etc, should blend in nicely with a round crib (which is usually the focal point of any baby room).
Take measurements of everything and then use an online room design tool, so you can get a really good idea of how things will look in the end.
Should I buy a round crib with a canopy?
It’s a personal choice really, and it might depend on your nursery decor and what you have planned for your baby’s room. Round cribs with canopies certainly look very elegant and can help create a magical space for your baby to sleep in.
Just be careful that the overhanging fabric isn’t within reach of your baby as they could grab it and pull it down which creates a potential choking hazard.
The Dream on Me Sophia Posh Circular Crib (see below) is definitely worth considering if you would like a crib with a canopy.
Pros of round cribs
(1) They take up less space than rectangular cribs.
This is useful for smaller rooms or if space is an issue. They can also fit nicely and neatly in most corners. Round cribs are also less bulky than most regular cribs.
Also, if you’re planning on having a second child at some point, and you’d want the two siblings to share a room, a round crib will definitely give you more options.
(2) They’re easier to move around
Once you’ve assembled a rectangular crib, it can be a bit of a pain if you want to move it to another part of the nursery. With round cribs, they’re generally lighter and easier to maneuver.
(3) Round cribs offer better design flexibility
In most cases, you’re limited to placing rectangular cribs next to a wall otherwise they just take up too much space and look bulky in most rooms. However, round cribs can be placed almost anywhere and will work in most design plans.
(4) No sharp corners
One of the main drawbacks with regular cribs is the sharp edges and corners, which is why parents often buy bumpers and cushions. With round cribs, you won’t have these issues and the risk of injury is lower.
(5) Easier to place/remove your baby from the crib
With rectangular cribs, you’ll most likely place it against a wall so you’ll only have access from one of the long sides. Round cribs can be accessed from almost any position so you can pick up and place your baby into the crib with greater ease.
(6) They look fantastic
Of course there are many traditional cribs that look great too, but generally round cribs can really enhance the aesthetic of most nurseries. They can act as a wonderful focal point, and create a unique look to your baby’s room.
Cons of round cribs
(1) They won’t last as long
Unfortunately your little one is going to get bigger and grow older (often quicker than you might think!) Whilst many regular cribs can be converted into toddler beds, day beds and even full-size beds, which will last you many years, round cribs just don’t give your these options.
So if you’re planning on having just one child, buying a convertible crib as a one-time purchase might be a better option for some families.
(2) Less bedding/mattress options
Another drawback is finding the right bedding and mattress size to fit a round crib. Although you can find them online, or in some retailers, there are definitely a lot fewer options than traditional cribs
Reviews of round cribs
If you’re in the market for a round crib, here are 2 options for you to consider:
Dream on Me Sophia Posh Circular Crib
The Sophia round crib is made by Dream on Me and comes in solid wood, making it very sturdy and long lasting. It comes in a variety of colours that including White, Lavender Ice, Blush Pink, Natural, Silver Pearl, and Cherry. This means it should blend in nicely with most nursery themes.
The mattress is roughly 46” in diameter and the crib itself is approximately 70” tall. It is luxurious and spacious and it has plenty of room for a growing baby of any size; there are four different positions for different mattress heights.
It comes with four posts that hold up the bed perfectly and because it is white in color, it should match most décor in a nursery.
This crib is easy to put together and most people should be able to assemble it in 20 minutes or so. It also comes with an attractive canopy, which you can detach if you feel you don’t need it.
It doesn’t have drop-down sides like most regular cribs, but this helps make it more sturdy and secure overall.
- A variety of colours to choose from that will match any nursery
- Very sturdy construction
- A unique crib that will attract attention and create an elegant look to your baby’s room
- Easy to assemble – best to do it with a partner though
- The mattress can be hard to find and doesn’t come with the bed.
- The bedding can be expensive and difficult to find.
Stokke Sleepi Crib
The Stokke Sleepi crib is made out of strong beechwood and looks very similar to a standard bassinet.
It has four different positions possible and it can even fit through a standard doorway, which means that it is easy to move from room to room. This crib is made to fit children up to 10 years of age with the purchase of additional parts and its soft curves make for a very comfortable and safe environment for your baby.
The Stokke round crib has adjustable heights to make it accommodating for babies of all sizes. It also comes in colors other than white to help you match it perfectly to your nursery.
- Made out of a strong wood from a sustainable forest
- Easy and fast to put together, even for beginners
- Easy to move from room to room
- Long lasting – Your child can use it until they turn approximately 10 years old (additional parts needed though)
- Expensive, but it will last a long time so you won’t need to buy another crib or bed until your child reaches 10 years old.
- Not the most elegant looking of round cribs- suits a more contemporary nursery design.
Stokke Sleepi Crib vs Dream On Me – Which is more popular?
Here’s some data which shows Stokke is slightly more popular as a brand for round cribs than Dream On Me.