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Stokke Sleepi Mini review: is this premium convertible crib any good for newborns?

Stokke's innovative crib is suitable from birth and grows with your child up to 5 years old. We put the Sleepi Mini to the test, to see how it fared as a newborn bed - here's our verdict.

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated Aug 3, 2023


Price on writing: £335 | Buy now from John Lewis

What we like

  • Top quality

  • Stylish looks

  • Works well in smaller spaces

  • Grows with your child

  • Converts into a cot and cot bed

  • Suitable from birth to 5 years old

  • Small and snug for newborns

  • Swivelly wheels make it easy to manoeuvre

  • Straightforward assembly

What we don’t like

  • Pricy

  • Unusual shape requires specialist mattress

  • Extension kit sold separately

  • Babies grow out of the first size quickly

  • Can’t be rocked 

  • No incline

  • Can't be used as a travel cot

Our verdict

Curved, snug and barely bigger than a Moses basket, the Stokke Sleepi is viewed by many as the best crib around. Not only does it look great, with the help of an extension kit it's suitable for newborns all the way up to five year olds, as it grows with your child, lengthening and widening into a cot and junior bed.

At £335 it's considerably more expensive than most co-sleeper cribs and small cots, and the extension kit costs a whopping £282 on top of this - for the best value you can buy them as a bundle for £563. If you take into account the fact that the Sleepi can be used at your bedside, in baby's own room, wheeled around the house for bedtime naps and removes the need to buy a first bed as your child grows, it actually starts to work out pretty good value.

There's no doubt you're getting amazing quality - the wood looks and smells top notch, and the rounded edges make it an unusual and stylish piece of furniture. Mumsnetters living in small flats particularly rate the Stokke Sleepi, as it doesn't take up more space than necessary at each stage.

Our tester found it easy to assemble and was impressed by the quality of the cot and mattress. However the extension kit was needed more quickly than he'd thought, as his daughter started to outgrow the first size at 4.5 months old.

All in all, we think the Stokke Sleepi is a good investment if you're looking for a high-quality bed that'll last a good few years and can be passed on or sold once it's grown out of. However, with plenty of budget options available, we think you could kit your child out for less, so we'd only recommend the Sleepi if you fall in love with its charming Scandi looks and sustainable credentials.


Key specs

Suitable from: birth to 6 months (up to 5 years with extension kit) | Dimensions: H87 x W67 x D82cm | Weight: 16.4kg | Height settings: 4 | Assembly required?: Yes

How easy is the Stokke Sleepi to set up?

Our tester found the cot very easy to set up, with straightforward instructions included in the box. It took one person about 45 minutes to assemble, which is co-sleepers but about average for a wooden cot. There’s nothing worse than a complex flat pack project with a newborn around so simple and relatively quick set-up is a big plus.

“All parts were marked in the instructions and explained well.”


Is the Stokke Sleepi adjustable?

Compared to a bedside co-sleeper like the Chicco Next2Me Magic, the Sleepi is less adjustable. It differs from a bedside co-sleeper in that it doesn’t have a collapsible side for easy breastfeeding, and it doesn’t fix to your bed. Lots of Mumsnetters swear by bedside co-sleeper cribs, especially in the early days of round the clock feeds. 

However, co-sleeper cribs are very quickly grown out of, whereas the Stokke Sleepi can be extended - so it’s adjustable in a different way. In addition to this, it has 4 mattress heights to choose from, and wheels to move it easily around the house. 

How does the Stokke Sleepi look?

Let’s face it, the Sleepi is a bit of a looker. With its curved, womb-like shape and natural wood finish (it’s also available in white or grey), it’ll compliment almost any bedroom.  

“It’s a really nice design, looks stylish and the wheels make it easy to move around and then lock into position. The initial size is smaller than we expected - great for keeping a newborn close to your bed, but starts to look on the small side as they grow!”

Lots of Mumsnetters opt for the Sleepi due to its manoeuvrability and small size - perfect if you’re pushed for space in your home - but they do admit its classic but modern design also played a part in their decision. TheGriffle says: "I loved my Stokke Sleepi. I bought it second hand and it’s done my 2 girls and still in great condition. I had mattresses made for it and just used normal cot sheets and they fit fine. It grows with the child with the extensions and it’s very pretty."


What’s the Stokke Sleepi like to use day-to-day?

Our tester opted to set up the Sleepi at his 4-month-old daughter’s grandparents’ in time for her first sleepover, and was impressed at how well she slept in the Sleepi. 

“Our little girl had no problems sleeping on it from the first night we used it.”

The cot was easy to move around and fits into small spaces - a feature many Mumsnetters appreciate. Switcherpoo says: 

"Stokke Sleepi was great for us. In its smallest setting it was slightly bigger than a Moses basket. It's on wheels and was easy to move it around without any lifting. I'd had a c section. We had a very small bedroom but wanted baby in with us. Because it was on wheels we could easily move the cot in to the room and wedge it next to my side, then roll it out in the morning."

Is the Stokke Sleepi good value for money?

While it’s certainly not cheap, you’re getting top quality from the Stokke Sleepi. As the Mini is grown out of quite quickly, it’s better value to buy the cot and extension kit as a bundle for £563 - saving £54 compared to buying the two separately. 

If money’s no object, the Sleepi is a brilliant, high quality and sustainably produced cot bed that’ll last for years to come and retain its value. 

If the Sleepi is for you but you’re looking to make savings, there are ways to make it more affordable. A Stokke mattress for the Mini will set you back £119, but Mumsnetters say it’s worth looking at Amazon for a dupe - we found this one for £26.99. Regular cot sheets can be used so there’s no need to shell out extra for special bedding. 

You can also save by looking at eBay for a second hand Stokke Sleepi. They’re pretty indestructible and will last for years and years, which is worth bearing in mind if you're considering resale value - they're currently selling for £250 - £350.

"We had it and it lasted, with the extension kits til my son was 4 and then we used it again for the baby, so it’s still going strong 6 years on.
We lived in a flat so the wheels on the mini were great and meant we didn’t need a Moses basket or anything. I also really loved it as bigger cot and a junior bed. Get sheets off Amazon and enjoy!"
- Mumsnetter Whiteonesugar

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About the author

Poppy O'Neill is a Content Editor at Mumsnet and a mother of two. She's been researching and reviewing baby and child products for over 2 years, with a particular focus on baby essentials, toys and books for toddlers and outdoor play equipment. From potties to paddling pools and bunk beds to bedtime stories, she loves to deep-dive into research and find the best products out there.

Poppy is also the best-selling children's and parenting author of books such as Don't Worry, Be Happy, The Extraordinary Book That Makes You Feel Happy and Mother Power. She specialises in children's mental health and her books are used by therapists, teachers and SENCOs across the UK. She won the Kate Betts Memorial Prize in 2019, her books have been translated into eight languages and her writing has featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Sun.

After earning a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Leeds and a PGCert in Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism from University of the Arts London, she worked in fashion for most of her 20s. When her children were young, she undertook an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester and re-trained as an author and freelance writer.