I'm 37 weeks pregnant with my 2nd and last. It was not a planned pregnancy, and my son is 11 years old, so it has been quite awhile and I am re-learning! I wasn't looking for a crib to last through multiple children like a lot of parents are. I was looking for a crib to last through this one baby. Most cribs nowadays are convertible cribs, but that wasn't really a concern of mine either, because I think there's a lot of hype surrounding them - let's be real... it's unlikely that your kid is going to be using this thing as a teenager (my 11-year old isn't!) ;)
That being said, I spent around $600 on a furniture set for my son (crib and dresser/changing table combo); this time around, I was looking for value, and this crib was just that. For around $175 with free shipping, I was able to get a nice looking crib and a well-reviewed mattress.
Before I begin; as I said, I am 37 weeks pregnant, so I have not actually used the crib with a living, human child yet. I just put it together today. My 15-pound cat tested it for safety. That's all I can say in that regard.
First of all, Walmart shipping was great! I placed the order on Sunday, March 10th. The crib was delivered on Tuesday, March 12th. The ETA was Friday, March 15th, so it came several days early. The mattress included in the bundle, was delivered on Thursday, March 14th, and also had an ETA of Friday, March 15th. I was surprised it all came so quickly.
However... the crib did come damaged. The left side piece had a large chunk taken out of the wood. It was purely cosmetic damage and not functional damage at all, but still frustrating nonetheless. I called LaJobi (the crib manufacturer... yes, it's branded Graco, but made by LaJobi) for a replacement piece, because I had no desire whatsoever to completely rebox the crib and return it to Walmart myself (hello... I had it shipped to my house for a reason... I'm lazy). I figured dealing with the manufacturer would be easier than dealing with the retailer, and it was. I called LaJobi on March 22nd (the day I unboxed the crib), and I received my replacement part today, April 5th. It took 2 weeks exactly. LaJobi was very easy to deal with, so if anyone has any trouble with Walmart, I recommend going with the manufacturer instead. Ordering the part - and shipping - is free as long as the crib was recently purchased or is under warranty.
Assembly was pretty easy... the instructions were generally easy to follow. I had my 11-year old helping me, but he grew bored quickly and I largely assembled it by myself, at 9 months pregnant ;) I would say it took us about 1.5 hours from start to finish.
Now that it's put together, it's definitely very sturdy and solid. However, I do think my initial judgement of it being good for only one child will hold true. It's definitely not a piece of solid oak or anything. Some of the screw holes seemed to be drilled a little off, but not so bad that it caused any problems. One of the holes was not drilled completely through, and the bolt would not fit in. All it took was taking a small screwdriver and poking/scraping at it to get the excess wood out that hadn't come out when the hole was pre-drilled, so it wasn't that big a deal.
I am a little disappointed in the finish quality. I think other reviewers had this problem as well. It was very easy to scuff up the crib during assembly. First of all, the crib does look almost black in the picture, which is what I was looking for; but 'Espresso' is really just a very dark cherry brown. The picture is not very accurate, but I still love the color, so I am fine with it. There are a lot of blemishes on the finish of my crib. There's a few small spots where the finish is almost completely taken off. They're well hidden (like on the back or bottom), so I wasn't concerned about it, but just be aware that the finish isn't great, and you will probably find numerous blemishes. Once I had finished putting it together and was putting the spring bottom in, it was very easy to accidentally scratch the finish. I was confused about the metal arms on the spring bottom and how to position them in order to determine the positioning height of the mattress, so at first I did it incorrectly; when I realized my error and corrected it, I noticed a small piece of finish had come off, exposing bare wood. I was very gentle in assembly, so it seems like it just chips off really easily. I get the feeling that once baby starts teething and chewing on the rails, this thing will be destroyed!
Other than the annoyance with the finish quality, so far I am very pleased. I definitely think this crib will hold up well for my daughter, and once she is finished with it, I won't feel frustrated with what I spent as I'm burning it for firewood, since it won't be used for another baby ;) I don't think I would sell or donate it, because I do think it will live its life through one child. ~$175 for a bed that will last her for 2+ years is just fine with me!
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