First of all, this is a beautiful, solid piece of furniture that any family would be lucky to own. My daughter will be here in a few weeks and I know she will get a lifetime of use out of it. It was definitely a great price, and the conversion seems fairly seamless. There are also some great hidden shelves to the side of the changer, which delighted me! :)
That being said...my poor hubby wrestled with putting this thing together for hours. The directions were unclear at times and sometimes contradictory. The crib itself was easy enough to assemble, as was the structure of the changer, but what isn't advertised as a huge feature (or that I didn't notice) was the wooden hamper component. Apparently, there are pieces to create a hamper that goes in the empty space under the changer and shelving. Ok...a bulky wooden hamper (on wheels, no less, as most baby rooms are carpeted!) is not the best option for a baby. Luckily, it's presence is strictly optional and doesn't affect the overall outcome of the project. Which is good, because the direction showed holes being screwed into holes that did not exist. The notches on the pieces of wood did not match the diagrams.
Honestly, though, I like having the space underneath to use at my discretion. There is perfectly adequate room for a diaper genie or diaper disposal unit of a similar size. Or, a cloth or small plastic hamper would fit.
My only other gripe is the changer space. It is perfectly adequate space to change a child, and it comes with a vinyl covered pad with straps. Unfortunately, this pad is not quite quality, and I haven't found a changer pad cover that will fit! Most of the ones you find at Babies R Us or wherever are for the contoured pads, and those are way too big for the changer. I will probably have to end up making my own if I can't find a suitable one.
But really, it's a great product, if you can get around the assembly. It's up, it's sturdy, and it's beautiful. I cannot wait to see my daughter in it!
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