Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: LA Baby Full Size Folding Wood Crib

 When pregnant with Baby E, I thought about transitioning Big Brother (20 months at the time) to a bed, but I was just too tired. I realized that if he was happy in his crib, I should just let him be. Though I love his Young America crib (which was a gift), I was not ready to shell out that kind of money for a piece of baby furniture. I was also looking for something a little more portable and easy to store when the time comes to put it away. We had used this LA Baby Crib a few times at my parents, and I felt it would be a great option for us. The crib offers many features of a standard crib, but it can be folded up and moved in just a few minutes. 
The crib arrived in a huge flat rectangular box. My husband and I are the absolute most construction challenged people that I know of. We had some minor frustrations with assembly, but the instructions were clear and easy to follow.  It took about 30 minutes to put together, and then it was ready to go!

Ignore the mess...

It feels very solid once everything is tightened, and I definitely do not feel like I am using a porta-crib. The folding mechanism works like this: There is a wood panel under the mattress which can be lifted up when you want to close the crib. When the piece is lifted up, it allows the crib to fold flat, similar to cardboard box which folds flat once the flaps are lifted. The wood panel Velcros to the crib itself to keep it from moving when the crib is open. I love the fact that if for some reason I need to move this crib, I can literally fold-move-unfold in less than 5 minutes. There are also wheels attached for easy moving. Any full size mattress can be used with this crib, so comfort is not a concern. 

You can see the hinges at the top of this photo

This is the velcro that keeps the wooden piece in place

The only major con about the crib is that the mattress height is not adjustable. For the first few months, you don't have the option of a raised mattress with this crib. If you will be bothered by having to bend down every time you need to put down or pick up your child in the early months, this crib may not be for you. The wood is average quality to my untrained eye, but given the $200 price tag, it does the job. 

The crib has proven to be extremely versatile, and I think it will work very well for long term use. Big Brother A (30 pounds) has been sleeping comfortably in this crib while on vacation, so it can work for a toddler as well. It works great in a child's room, and is also perfect for relatives who want a full size crib but don’t have room for a dedicated bedroom. 

To re-cap:

  • Easy assembly
  •  Excellent portability without sacrificing comfort
  • Affordable
  • No adjustable mattress

No comments:

Post a Comment