We have been using an IKEA crib with an IKEA mattress for 16 months. We bought the $30.00 mattress. I just went to look, the mattress comes up 1 inch from the base where it is set in, there is about one inch between the mattress and the slats. Basically, there is a 1X1 space.
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matress, rail, slat, the down and across are a bit under 1 inch
It has not been a problem at all, this is only on the sides, not on the ends. We use no bumpers and just some lands ends sheets and mattress pad. DD walks, crawls, climbs, plays, bangs on the crib and it does not move. We have never had an issue, I don't see how it could be an issue, nothing could get stuck there, it is only 1 inch from level with the top of the mattress.
I love the crib, it is very sturdy and I love the mattress, nice and firm and a great price. We plan to keep her in it untill she can climb out.
Edited to fix artwork.
Last edited by trales; 07-28-2008 at 12:31 PM.
DD1 3/07 Itching to take over the universe.
DD2 1/14 My mellow little snuggler.