Ikea cribs: Wait is over, Gulliver, Snigler back in stock (UPDATE)

Ikea Gulliver crib assembled.

Highly rated and much beloved Ikea cribs mysteriously vanished earlier this summer. Suddenly unavailable, mommy message boards lit up with dismay and disappointment over Ikea’s decision to pull popular lines such as the $69 Snigler and the $99 Gulliver.

But as quietly as they came off shelves, Ikea rolled them back out over the weekend, at least in some locations. All three New York metro Ikeas, the South Philadelphia and the Stoughton, Mass. locations all have at least one of the models in stock as of Saturday according to shoppers and Ikea’s call center.

There remains some mystery around the inventory, however, as a call to the store was met with skepticism as the customer service rep had been informed they wouldn’t carry cribs until December. She, however, was able to find them listed as available at several spots. Reports online also said that the cribs were spotted in a Maryland Ikea, and a customer service representative said on Friday that many of locations had the cribs on site and were waiting for the green light to put them on display.

Ikea Gulliver crib

The cribs, which earn an A rating and top recommendation in the popular parent guide Baby Bargains and have fans across the scores of baby message boards, suddenly dropped off Ikea’s website this summer and disappeared off shelves as the company got itself in line with revised safety guidelines issued late last year by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. While Ikea said there was nothing unsafe about the existing models, it’s unclear if any significant changes were made or if they were simply awaiting governmental approval. However, comparing pictures of the previous models of the Gulliver and Snigler to floor models spotted Saturday appears to show an improved, enclosed mattress support system.

Ikea isn’t the only company that had to deal with the new regulations, as the government put a raft of safety changes into place over the past year. Most notably, the traditional and popular drop-side cribs were banned. According to the CPSC’s statement issued on June 28, 2011, some of the new mandatory rules for cribs include:

(1) stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs;
(2) strengthening mattress supports and crib slats;
(3) requiring crib hardware to be more durable;
(4) making safety testing more rigorous.

According to the CPSC, it has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Drop-side cribs with detaching side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective crib hardware. The new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safer in their cribs.

Ikea Gulliver crib
Ikea’s Gulliver crib, all wrapped up Ikea-style on Saturday.

Now that the Ikea models are working their way back into stores, the cult-like following of the Snigler and Gulliver can commence. There were also a few new models originally in the 2012 catalog, but they’re no longer on the website and it’s unclear if they’ll appear later this year.

UPDATE: The cribs are now back online at Ikea.com with a handy inventory listing.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.