A leading baby-gear manufacturer, Graco delivers in the budget crib category as well. Graco Lauren crib reviews enthusiastically commend this convertible model for its value price, user-friendly assembly, and sturdy feel. Apart from the espresso finish looking a tad red, there are few complaints about this model in crib reviews on the Target site, and some parents indicate they've already purchased, or soon plan to purchase, a second unit for a new baby.
Set-up instructions are clear, according to Graco Lauren crib reviews, and one person can assemble the crib in well under an hour. We did find some reports on Amazon about missing parts or drill holes, wood that scratches easily, and finish that baby teeth can pull off. Most crib reviews, however, say this crib is solid and holds up well, even to raucous bouncing. (Tip: keep the tool that comes with the crib handy in the event you need to tighten some screws.) Parents also like the clearance under the crib, which provides convenient storage space.
This crib is a 4-in-1 convertible: crib to toddler bed to daybed to full-size headboard. There is no toddler guard rail, which disappoints some parents. The mattress can be set at three levels, but with a top rail that stands almost 44 inches high, it's a long reach for some caregivers; even the highest setting leaves the mattress too low for newborns, assert several Graco Lauren reviews. This model is available in natural, walnut, espresso, and white finishes.
Although some parents aren't wild about the quality of the wood or the range of the mattress settings, the consensus assessment is overwhelmingly positive. The Graco Lauren (starting at $135, Amazon) seems well worth its budget price.