When we found out our second child was going to be a girl, I immediately started thinking of how I was going to decorate her room. One thing that I really wanted was a white crib, but nothing too plain or overly white, an antique looking white was really what I had in mind.
So began the search. After dragging my husband and impatient toddler son through baby boutiques, baby stores, and countless hours searching the internet, I found the perfect crib! It was from JCPenney, and online it looked perfect, the bad thing was that they don't carry displays in store, so I just had to order and cross my fingers that it was what I wanted. I had talked to other friends that got their cribs from JCPenney and they said that the quality was great, so I took some comfort in that. There were only two colors available, white and pecan. I was happy with the white, and it was an antique white like I had wanted, but other people may want a color other than these two offered.
At the time I ordered the crib, JCPenney was offering free shipping if you sent it to their store, so that's what I did. Since this is a 3-in-1 crib, I also ordered the conversion rails (I learned the hard way with my son's crib that things do get discontinued, and ordering time can be overly long!) so that we would be ready to convert her crib at any time. When picking up the crib, I had no idea that the box would be so huge! Luckily we borrowed our neighbor's truck, so we were able to get it home. Then the neighbor had to help bring it in as it was HEAVY and I was quite pregnant - not a great combo!
Putting the crib together was very easy, the directions were straightforward and all parts/pieces were clearly marked. There was one piece with a slight nick in the wood, but we decided that since it was just one spot that we weren't going to return it for that. I would advise you, however, to at least inspect all pieces of the crib for damage even if you aren't going to put it together right away, because JCPenney has a pretty short window to return cribs, I think it's just a week or two!
The most amazing thing about this crib is that it came with the toddler bed rails included! I know with my son's crib (that we spent about $400 on) it didn't come with toddler rails at all, so the fact that they were included in this crib price was an added bonus for me. As I previously mentioned, we also purchased conversion rails so that the crib can be turned into a full size bed in the future - it will use the crib front and back to make the headboard and footboard.
This crib does feature a stationary side, meaning that you can't put the side down to get the baby out or put the baby in. That does have the potential to strain your back, or if you're shorter, you may not be able to easily put your baby down. I'm tall enough that it's not a problem, and I like the added stability that the stationary side gives. The mattress has three height settings, so as your baby grows, you can lower the mattress to keep them safe at all times.
This beautiful floral crib is the focal point of my daughter's nursery, and it will be a good, quality bed for her for quite a while. Heck, it might even last her until she's on her own!