When our second baby arrived just a little over a year and a half after our first one, we weren’t quite ready to put our 19-month-old in a toddler bed. He slept through the night well, but bedtime was still a bit of a struggle. I didn’t want to give up the option of placing him in something he couldn’t escape from just yet, especially with a newborn to take care of.
Our first crib was a white Stork Craft model with a changing table attached to it, which was perfect for a newborn. But our older son had long outgrown the small changing table on the side of the Stork Craft crib, making it pretty much useless for him. I had taken to putting a contoured changing pad on the floor for our large, hard-to-lift son, so I only needed a basic crib for his new room.
I didn’t want to go all out and buy a designer $600 crib. I wanted one that converted to a toddler bed, but I’m not planning on keeping the crib forever, so a good-quality, basic model would do. I opted for the Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertible crib in a natural finish. I like the stylish headboard, and the wood is good quality. I especially like the edging on the top of the crib rail; it adds a bit of design to the piece. I bought the Sealy Baby crib mattress to go along with the crib, and it seems to be holding up well.
I have yet to convert the crib to a toddler bed, but the headboard on the side of the crib seems like it will look nice and a bit more “grown up” than the Stork Craft model.
Overall, the Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertible crib has been a great addition to our toddler room.