Very modern, beautiful, and goes with all styles of decor, from vintage to contemporary, this is one of our favorite cribs. It offers a compelling combination of great looks, environmentally friendly materials, and solid construction. The crib is offered in a variety of colors, but we confess a fondness for the natural birch wood finish, which provides a light appearance to this crib, unlike many others that seem to take over the room with their heavy aesthetic. The natural wood finish also avoids chipping, an often cited complaint about painted cribs.
Another feature we like is the adjustable mattress height. For infants, you can set the mattress at the highest setting, which makes picking up and putting down baby easier on your back, and extremely suitable for more petite women. Once baby gets older, you drop the mattress to a lower position, which is safer once baby starts pulling up on the rails.
The Sparrow's rails are solidly made and securely fixed, which is addresses a key safety concern with some past crib designs by other manufacturers. For example, the so called "drop-side rail" style of cribs that were popular up until 2010 had a terrible history of accidents and recalls, and were outlawed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2011; if you find one used, do not use it. The Sparrow's combination of adjustable mattress height, and fixed rails, is a much smarter approach than drop sides, yet offers similar ergonomic advantages in a safe design.
Made in Europe under strict European environmental standards, the Oeuf Sparrow Crib is about as ecologically friendly and healthy a crib as you can find today. It's made of only the highest quality materials, sustainably sourced wood in a Forest Stewardship Council certified facility. The water-based finishes are free of toxins and VOCs. The packaging comes from recycled cardboard, and all the wastes at their factory are recycled.
The most commonly cited likes for this product are:
- Environmentally friendly and made of healthy materials
- Simple yet classy design that goes with all decor
- Affordable, relative to other high quality cribs
- Easy to assemble
- Smells of real wood not chemicals like many other cribs do upon delivery
User reviews frequently note these disadvantages:
- One of 26 Amazon user reviews noted they received a damaged product (however, replacement was easy through Amazon, and Oeuf also replied to offer the customer direct support)
In July 2014, Oeuf announced a modification of the crib's top rail design and a voluntary recall due to four incidents that involved the detachment of the top rail of Sparrow Cribs. No one was injured in any of these cases. A free repair kit was made available to all Sparrow customers. More info on the recall can be found here.