Product Type: Ikea furniture
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A KRITTER for your little Kritter
Ikea Kritter Bed with Guard Rail
Member Name: cmh4135
Ikea Kritter Bed with Guard Rail
Advantages: Easy to assemble, cheap, practical
Disadvantages: Mattress fit is not reliable
I was fairly determined that when my son was too big for his cot he would go straight into a regular bed. In my textbook world I couldn't see any reason why a smaller toddler bed would be required. However.
A number of things worked in unison to mean that this ideal was not achieved, the most relevant being that my son was the biggest sleeping fidget you've ever met. He stayed still for no more than about 2 minutes at a time and it was a bit of a joke that I'd go and check on him before bed, finding him in one position, comment upon it to mu husband who would then go in and find him in a completely different position. More often than not these positions were such that my son was pushed up or leaning against the side of the cot.
When my son was big enough that he could, had he have tried, have climbed out of the cot we decided that it was time for a big bed - simply for safety. It seemed that a toddler bed was inevitable and moreover, one with a side would be great! Not wanting to spend much on what we hope will be a transitory item of furniture we decided to see what IKEA had to offer and there our prayers were answered.
The KRITTER bed is a very basic toddler bed. It has a traditional wooden-framed design with the added extra of a cat and dog shape on the headboard. It is available in red, blue or natural wood and we opted for the latter. It's one of the cheapest IKEA toddler beds.
Like most IKEA furniture this bed comes flat-packed ready for assembly and as we have come to note it really is incredibly easy to put together. Although it's easier to put together with two people it's certainly possible to do this alone. The trademark allen key is all that is required and it's supplied. A few screws later and you have a bed frame.
The thing that attracted us to the KRITTER was the fact that there is a removable bed rail which can be fitted to either side of the bed, as required, or not used at all. The rail runs about half the length of the bed and sits about 15 cm high. When our son first used the bed we'd often find him sleeping up against this rail. It was also excellent for keeping bedtime toys in! As our son grew we decided that he had to learn to sleep without a bar or rail and so we removed the bar. IKEA provide hole covers to go in the holes that the bar would have been mounted in and so there is no aesthetic detriment to not using the rail. Our son did fall out a few times and his toys invariably fall out every night - he's learnt though!
The base of the KRITTER is a SULTAN LADEN base - this is, in effect, a load of slats coupled together with webbing. The base seems to sit well in the bed and provide sufficient support. I'm not sure it would take an adult jumping on the bed but it will withstand some fairly rough toddler treatment.
The KRITTER doesn't come with a mattress. That needs to be bought separately. This is good in that it gives you choice and flexibility although it's worth noting that some of the mattresses fit better than others into the solid frame.
If there's a downside of the KRITTER it is that it's hard to get bedding to fit the shorter toddler bed. The bed is too large for cot-bed sized linen but too small for single bed linen. This makes the bed quite hard to make up neatly but, if like me, you have a toddler who loves playing under the covers it all becomes rather academic!
The other advantage of the KRITTER is that it is easy to disassemble and reassemble again. This means that, when our son finally goes into an adult bed we can store the bed easily (or sell it on as appropriate).
I imagine that this bed would be good up to about the age of 6 based on the height of my son and other friends' children. It's certainly changed my opinion of toddler beds and, being such a simple design is unlikely to "offend" the child as they grow.
Summary: A bargain buy
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