Stork Craft 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer Review

When we found out we were expecting our third baby, we were in for a bit of a surprise. We had a big enough home for the four of us, but now we would need even more room. Another baby meant it was time to get a big boy bed for our son, who at 2 is still very comfortable in his crib. It also meant we would need more storage space, as in another clothes dresser, which would mean possibly getting rid of our changing table. When I came across this crib that was a dresser and changer in one, I thought it was perfect for our needs. Read on to check out my Stork Craft 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer review.

Stork Craft Portofino 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer

It was not originally in our plans to buy a new crib. After all, we had one already and it was time for our son to move on to a bigger bed anyway. I was really looking to get a new dresser with a changer on it to replace our changing table for more room. That’s when I happened upon the Stork Craft 4-in-1 crib and changer. At first, I thought ‘this is perfect; it’s 3 furniture pieces in one!’ So I gave it much thought and careful consideration.

4-in-1 crib and changer

Specifications
The crib measures 71”L x 32.5”W x 43”H. The crib has all fixed sides and 3 mattress positions. The changer measures 27 ¾” x 16 and includes a vinyl waterproof changing pad. There are 3 drawers and 3 shelves with the changer. The crib converts to a toddler bed, daybed, and full size headboard and foot board. This crib is available in three different colors: cherry, espresso, and white. The crib comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Pros4-in-1 crib
This crib is definitely superior in terms of versatility. It’s a full-size crib that converts to various stages to grow with your child, plus it has a built-in changer with drawers and shelves. The design of the attached changer with drawers offers an exceptional space-saving quality as opposed to having a traditional changer which takes up preciousStork craft crib wall space. I also prefer this position for diaper changes with baby lying away from me rather than horizontally as I find it easier. The drawers that come with the come with the changer are pretty spacious for clothes while the shelves behind them provide additional storage for diapering essentials, blankets, etc. The crib also includes the bed rails with instructions for converting to a toddler bed and daybed. This is a plus as many convertible cribs I’ve looked at do not include these.

Cons
There are a few drawbacks with this crib that did not sit well for me. For one, the attached changer and drawers adds to the length of the crib. This does offer the space-saving quality over having a separate changing table and full size dresser, although if you have limited wall space like we did this may pose a problem. Along one wall we have a large window which is not suitable for placing a crib as older infants can pull on blinds or curtains. On one of the other walls is the closet which goes all the way across with two doors to separate each side. Another minor drawback is the changer is a little shorter than standard changing tables. This does include a changing pad but it’s very thin, so you’ll likely want to purchase a new one which has to be less than 29” in length or you have to cut it. An average length or larger baby will likely outgrow this changer much faster than a standard changer. I should also note that the side of the crib where the changer is attached is solid, so if you plan on using a bumper (which is NOT recommended) it won’t be well secured on that side.

Even with the drawers located with the changer, you will most likely still need separate storage. That is, unless you plan on hanging up most of baby’s clothes in the closet, in which case the drawers may be adequate enough for your needs. I had A LOT of clothes for both of my children, so additional means of storage would be necessary.

Stork Craft 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer Reviews by Others

The pros and cons mentioned in this Stork Craft 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer Review are those based on my personal opinions. To gain a little more perspective I looked to others’ reviews to see how the weighed in on this product.

The Good

“The crib is beautiful and with the attached changing table it makes our nursery (which is only a room about 10’x10′) seem like it has a lot more space.”
“The crib is sturdy and easy to assemble. It took me and my husband about 3 hrs to finish.”
“Crib converts into a daybed or full size sleigh bed with nightstand!”

The Bad

“For some reason a gap is left on the bottom of the divider between the bed and the changing table that curious babies will stick their arms through to play with the padded mat.”
“There are detailed instructions, but with so many parts and different types of hardware it would have been very helpful if they are marked.”
“Changing table is very limited as the child grows.”

I noticed many people mentioned an issue with the smell. Honestly, most furniture pieces you buy will have some sort of chemical odor upon opening. After it’s been assembled and allowed to air out for a few days it does dissipate.  My advice is to set up the crib before baby arrives to allow enough time for it to air out.

My Overall Thoughts
I really liked this crib for many reasons. I wanted to love it; I really did it did not work for us. I really like versatile and multi-function baby gear, especially ones that grow with your child. This is a great crib . . . for someone else. For two kids who will be sharing a room, the space we had to work with made things more cramped with a longer crib like this. Likewise, I still needed to buy a separate storage option for clothes which pretty much defeats the purpose. For those who do have the space, however, this would likely be a suitable crib.

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