the problem with our Babyletto crib, changer and chair

Babyletto Hudson Crib and Changer

For the most part, we love the crib, changer and swivel chair we got for Ian’s nursery. They’re all made by Babyletto, which offers children’s furniture with just the kind of contemporary, sleek designs we dig. And yet: now that we are more than four months into using them, we have found each one of them to fall just a little bit short.

First, the Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib:

Babyletto Hudson Crib

We appreciate the fact that the mattress can be placed inside it at four different heights, and that it can transition from a crib to a toddler bed and then to a day bed. The cool grey color matches our grey floor perfectly. BUT. It does not rock gently back and forth like a hammock in a summer breeze, it does not come with human-like arms that wrap around the child, nor does it have a beating heart. Unfortunately, it does not emit a mist replicating the mother’s scent. And it has absolutely no idea how to shoosh. If you want your child to actually sleep in this crib, you will have to engage in some manual labor first in the form of vigorous cuddling.

Here’s the matching Hudson Changing table:

Babyletto Hudson Changer

The storage space in the drawers and in the adjacent cabinet space is perfect for our little one’s onesies, his tiny toiletries, and his diapering paraphernalia. Everything is easy to open and everything’s at the right height. BUT. I must offer this important warning: this product DOES NOT change your baby’s diaper for you NOR does it it in anyway protect you from the emission of bodily fluids. We were surprised that there was no HAZMAT suit included and no hose for the purposes of power washing. The result of this manufacturing oversight has been harrowing, indeed.

Finally, let’s address the Madison Swivel Glider:

Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider

This chair is extremely comfortable, the fabric is soft (and is proving to be surprisingly durable), and the way it swivels is delightful. We think it will transition well into another room of our house once we are finished with it in the nursery. BUT. It does not automatically feed your child from a breast, from a bottle or even from a straw. It doesn’t read bedtime stories and it does not have a Skype or Facetime function built into the armrests for the purpose of entertaining the grandparents!

As you can see, it’s a real mixed bag. As you can also hopefully see, I am kidding – we have been quite pleased with this furniture thus far and so has our little dude.

Any thoughts on nursery furniture that you’d like to add?

22 replies

  1. You really highlighted the issues well…also, I might add, I was sort of hoping one of these purchases would have come with a built-in ATM, which would be continually refilled by the manufacturer on request…or at least until the college account is fully funded.

  2. Your nursery is adorable. If your little guy ever decides to move on, I will be glad to rent the room from you for myself. I’ve always wanted to live in NY.

  3. Charming as always! The diaper pail looks quite familiar! We are going to babysit on Sunday for 6 days. Wish us luck. Halsey is in pre-school 3 mornings ( she’s 3) and the baby is a champion objects in mouth athlete (he’s 7 months). Fortunately, he doesn’t move around yet. I’m quite terrified, but also looking forward to that amount of time with the kids. We’ll see if we can mold them into our image in those few days! Best, Wendy

  4. lol this had me chuckling! so cute. the furniture looks so snazzy, limitations and all! happy mother’s day to you!!

  5. You are a genius and if you can get them to hire you for their product design department, you will have college socked away before your little ones first birthday. πŸ™‚ Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Thanks – that is a piece of IKEA fabric I got a while back. We had it in there back when this was a guest room. I think we need to figure out a better way to secure it to the wall (staples?) because once he is a little more mobile, he could probably tug that thing right down, eek! πŸ™‚

  6. Hi – I’m looking at buying the rocking chair now and came across your blog (great post, btw). Could you tell me how your glider has held up?

    • Hi! The glider has held up great!! Highly recommend – only thing is that now our son is having too much fun bouncing it back and forth πŸ˜‰ but that would true of any moving chair…

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