Since Oliver, our son, was born almost two months early, and on top of THAT we were moving to a new town and a new house we were in a rush to buy a crib.
In fact, I researched them before I went into the hospital for a month before giving birth.
The market is saturated with different cribs at many price points and many different options in esthetics, materials and functionality. And don’t even get me started on crib mattresses – there are even MORE options in those!
I had about 30 different cribs in my Amazon Baby Registry at one time.
I could not pick, just when I found one I liked another one showed up that was even better!
Finally my husband gave me a deadline to give a list of baby stuff we still needed to his parents so they could purchase an item off that list.
I think they know how picky I am!
But before I could get the list finalized and comb through another 20,000 Amazon crib listings, I got admitted to the hospital for a month because baby Oliver wasn’t thriving in the womb.
So, I just eeny, meeny, miney, moed this crib out of my always growing Amazon Baby Registry.
This crib at a first glance had a very attractive price tag.
The color options were nice and neutral. It seemed sturdy and it met all safety regulations. It also had amazing reviews on Amazon and other websites. So, why not?
My in-laws ended up purchasing this crib and a mattress from our list which helped quite a bit mostly because once ordered I had no excuse to keep looking, for those close to me know I have a very hard time making decisions when it comes to purchases. I will watch an item for months only to find it sold out. And then I cry, loud ugly cry!
So the Baby Time International Big Oshi Stephanie Convertible Bed arrived around March 4th or so. We chose the Natural color-way because my plan for the nursery was going to be nautical. My second choice of crib color would have been white. Some of the other colors (all of which are pretty great) are Cherry, Espresso, White, Grey. But for an unconventional nautical nursery decor I decided to go with the natural color since everyone else was doing white.
The pine wood is quite natural looking it has some “imperfections” which gives it a more expensive look and feel. The fabrication is pine wood, with a natural finish and it truly does feel quite solid. Just FYI if you go with the “Natural” finish it’s basically the pine color with a clear (safe) varnish / lacquer. The Natural color is quite lovely, not too yellow, a nice pale creamy yellow.
I also love that color because it doesn’t show dust, living by the ocean / beach, we get a lot of dust and sand so it’s nice that it doesn’t show. The brushed nickel hardware is also modern and attractive. The crib itself came fully disassembled and thankfully my dad and husband put it together as there was a lot of pieces and they were quite heavy and much higher quality than we all expected for the low price. I believe the entire package weighted just around 75 lbs.
If you don’t have the know how to put together the crib, Amazon, for an extra fee, will send out a professional who will assemble it for you. We tried out this Amazon service to put together some shelving a few months ago and were happy with it so I can honestly say I recommend it. They send out a local, fully certified and insured handyman. It costs a little extra but you truly get an expert. All the tools DO come in the box with the crib so they do try to help you out with the assembly.
What I call the front of the crib dips lower than the back which makes it easier for me to do diaper changes and playing with Oliver. I’m only five feet tall so a lower crib is great. I am sure that once Oliver gets older and we have to drop the mattress a few inches it will be impossible for me to change him and I will have to get a changing table. But, if you’re not a shorty like me, you should be fine. My husband who is 5’9″ will have no problem doing the diaper changes. Maybe I should just let him handle all of them then!
The crib accommodates up to 50lbs. So we have a LONG way to go with little Oliver. The mattress support system can be adjusted four different ways. The crib itself is standard size and will fit a standard size crib mattress with no problems. 43″ H x 54″ W x 33″ D. The toddler and day bed conversion kits were not included but can be purchased quite easily on Amazon and other shopping websites. This is one of the most popular cribs which makes replacement and additional parts easy to find anywhere.
We wanted a crib that would last a little bit but when Oliver graduates to being a toddler we want to allow him to make his own choice in a bed and therefore we weren’t looking for a long term solution. But if you are, this will be it as it converts all the way up to a full size bed! That means thousands of dollars in savings if your little one uses the bed until he or she is a tween. This crib truly does grow with your child.
This crib passed all ASTM and CPSC Child Safety Standards which tests the product in ways the consumer will use them as well as misuse them to make sure they are safe for the wee one. Lead and Phthalate safe. JPMA Certified, this is a voluntary certifications that manufacturers can choose to participate in but don’t have to. Non-toxic dyes, stains and finish. Here are some of the safety thresholds that this crib has passed.
Pretty good if you ask me. Regulations suggest that all crib slats should not be more than 2 3/8″ and this one has a distance of about 1 1/2″. So the little ones will be safe from getting their little hands and feet stuck.
The crib has four classic cabriole legs. My only gripe, and it’s a very small gripe mind you, is that the space below the crib is not tall enough for storage. But if you angle and fold something correctly you can actually slide something down below the crib. For example, we store Oliver’s Fisher Price Kick & Play Piano Gym, playmats and extra diaper stash there. But if you wanted to store something tall that doesn’t fold or bend it would be impossible since the clearance is just a few inches.
Some of the versions of the crib DO come with the mattress but from my research that mattress is not that great so it is better and sometimes less expensive to purchase the mattress separately. That way you can pick something that fits your requirements.
Cleaning the crib is quite simple, since the wood is finished with a lacquer you can just wipe it off with a dry rag. Once in a while I take an organic, safe for the baby, wood cleaner and give the crib a deep wipe down. I’m a fan of the Method products since they are safe and also affordable.
All in all I’m quite happy with the crib. Inexpensive and MUCH better than expected for the price. It’s lasted us for five months now without any visible signs of wear and tear. If you are Prime Members on Amazon the shipping will be ultra fast and returns will be ultra easy.
All in all I give this crib a Very Good score ( 4.5 out of 5) and will highly recommend it. The only draw back being that it doesn’t have under the crib storage and that it does have a more classic look and I’m a fan of a more modern look. But the latter is just a personal preference.
The most important thing to add is that the most important critic loves his crib. Oliver is so amazing, he started sleeping through the night very early on (at around 3.5 months) and he actually loves being in his crib. He will lay there gabbing and looking at his mobile. He feels comfortable there and that’s the MOST important thing for his mom and dad.
NOTE: This item was purchased at full price and was not given to me for review. Therefore this review is not swayed by freebies and it is absolutely honest.