Choosy moms will often think twice before buying a budget crib, and rightly so. Cheap cribs are, for the most part, pretty cheap indeed. In other words, you get exactly what you pay for. However, if you put the time on it, you can actually find high quality cribs that are priced lower than expensive brands.
DaVinci Brook 4-in-1 Convertible Crib Review
DaVinci Brook 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is one good example of a budget crib that offers the same first-rate quality of top companies without the extra cost.
This crib’s design follows a classic bell-shaped headboard and has evenly-spaced vertical slats. It’s made of solid pine wood which is rarely used in budget cribs (mostly made of wood composites or MDF). Natural wood is more difficult to come by but it’s more preferred by CPSC and ASTM for making baby cribs because it doesn’t contain adhesives which is bad for your baby’s health. Brook 4-in-1 stands out because it’s both safe and affordable for budget-conscious moms.
To ensure safety and long service life, the crib is carefully sealed with a non-toxic smooth finish using a multi-step process. It’s not as tough as hardwood so you’ll expect some minor dings and scratches over time, which is normal. The crib, however, is very tough and rigid. It doesn’t creak or wobble even after long use. Moms also love the fact that it’s very easy to assemble. It comes with its own DIY kit and detailed instructions manual.
Brook 4-in-1 is convertible into 4 different modes. You normally start off with an infant crib by basically putting together all the parts (except the toddler rail). The platform can be adjusted to an appropriate height based on the child’s age and physical development. You need to buy the right-sized crib mattress (sold separately) so that it fits snugly without leaving any gaps.
It can also be used as a daybed by taking off the side rail and reducing the height of the platform to a safe level. It’s very useful especially during the day where feeding time is more frequent. As your child gets older and manages to climb on and off the bed, you can replace the side rail with a toddler rail that comes with the package.
It’s worth mentioning that most 4-in-1 cribs don’t include a toddler rail, even the expensive ones. The Brook 4-in-1 for its lower price tag already has a toddler rail, which is a big plus in savings. And finally, as an adult bed, you’re going to need a bed frame to put the mattress on (sold separately) when your baby has come of age.
Overall, it’s a decent, elegant-looking crib that would easily win every mom’s heart. It’s recommended for moms who have other things in mind for their baby while trying to stay on budget. Although it does have some MDF parts in it, the crib is well within the safe range by CSPC and ASTM standards, so you’re pretty sure you child is safe inside the crib.
- Lower price tag
- Relatively stronger than other cheap brands
- Can be used in 4 different ways (toddler rail included)
- Has medium density fibreboard (MDF) parts
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