Web site: BloomBaby.com
Known for its modern high chairs and accessories, Bloom’s flagship design in the crib category is a mini-crib called the Alma. With two mattress heights, the Alma folds for storage and is designed for babies under one year of age.
In spite of its $340 price tag, the Alma earns generally good reviews from parents. Dissenters say the mini-crib is too small for even six month olds—and some folks were unhappy they couldn’t use it for much longer than a bassinet. Of course, Bloom doesn’t pitch the Alma as a full-size crib replacement—it is a MINI crib designed for use up to one year of age. Overall, we can see this as a bassinet alternative for urban parents who are starved for space. For others, a playpen with a bassinet feature (that you’d leave set up in your bedroom) would be a more practical (and affordable) alternative than the Alma.
In the past few years, Bloom has expanded the Alma line to include two larger versions: the Alma Papa and the Alma Max. Like the mini, the Papa is still not a full-size crib (49″ long versus 52″ for a typical full-size crib). The Papa fold ups and features casters for mobility. Price: $700. A conversion rail ($140) turns the Papa into a toddler bed. One major caveat to the Papa: since it is three inches shorter (in width and length) than a standard size crib, you’ll have to use their special mattress to fit the Papa.
The Alma Max, however, is a standard size crib for $850 with similar features as all the Alma cribs (folding , etc), although the Max lacks wheel casters for some reason.
Next, Bloom offers another full size crib called the Luxo, a modern design that can be assembled without tools. Price: $1300 for a crib, with a matching dresser for another $1000.
Finally, Bloom recently released a full size crib called the Retro. Design-wise, this is a pretty cool looking crib. They describe it as a mid-century aesthetic with curved and rounded design elements. Available in Oak, Coconut White, and a combination of the two colors, this crib retails for $1200.
Bottom line: Bloom’s Alma mini crib appeals to a small niche: space-starved, urban parents. But the mini crib will only buy you about a year’s worth of time (or less) before you’ll need a full-size crib. The minimalist, modern design is the star here, but the limited utility and high price limit Bloom’s appeal.
Amazon Customer Reviews: Bloom Alma Mini crib