Owners love the Baby Cache Heritage 4-in-1 Lifetime Crib for its luxurious good looks, with hand-carved feet, fluted posts and capitals. They say it's worth the price because it converts from a crib all the way up to a full-size bed and they can use it for many years. The catch is that you may not be able to buy the conversion kit to expand the crib; users say it's nearly impossible to get one.
Certified safe. The Baby Cache Heritage 4-in-1 Lifetime Crib meets the most recent federal safety standards and is certified by JPMA. Consumers praise its sturdiness and durability.
A challenge to convert. Although users say the Heritage 4-in-1 Lifetime Crib is easy to assemble, they report that adjusting the mattress height to one of its three levels is more difficult. Switching the crib to a toddler bed requires a guardrail (*Est. $100), and owners complain that it's very hard to find. The same goes for the conversion kit for the full-size bed, which consists of side rails to connect the headboard to the footboard and a set of slats (*Est. $200).
Customers who order the conversion kits at the same time they buy the crib fare better. Others say they wait weeks, months or years to get the kits, and those who finally do sometimes say the stain on the full-size bed rails doesn't match the crib. Users also grumble about receiving poorly packaged cribs that are scratched, dented, cracked, gouged and poorly painted.
One last tip: When you pick up your merchandise at the store, bring a truck. The packaged Baby Cache Heritage Crib is big and heavy.
Classic, attractive styling. One owner says the Baby Cache Heritage 4-in-1 Lifetime Crib "looks like and feels like a million bucks. Best investment since 401K." Others rave about its beautiful craftsmanship, especially when they envision how it will look for years to come as it converts up to a full-size bed, assuming you can get the conversion kits. The traditional-style crib comes in espresso, white and cherry finishes, and is made of hardwood with wood veneers. The Baby Cache Heritage collection is sold exclusively at Babies R Us and comes with a one-year warranty.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent This comprehensive book evaluates baby gear and common baby brands. Evaluations of popular cribs and baby furniture are based on expert testing and parents' reviews, as well as information from manufacturers and retailers. The website offers up-to-date information, additional reviews, recall information and forums for parents to discuss baby products.
Review: Chapter 2: Nursery Necessities: Cribs, Dressers & More, Denise and Alan Fields, 10th Edition, 2013
Review Credibility: Excellent The Baby Cache Heritage is one of 20 cribs tested and rated by editors of ConsumerReports.org for safety, construction and ease of assembly. They also test slat strength to the breaking point, look at compliance with federal safety regulations, and review mattress support integrity and hardware. Ease of assembly is rated based on the amount of time needed to assemble the crib plus the clarity of the instructions.
Review: Crib Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Cache Heritage Lifetime Crib receives the Moms' Pick award from BabyCenter.com in its first annual BabyCenter Product Awards. "With its heavy, rich wood and elegant detailing, this crib looks luxe but costs less than those at upscale boutiques and retailers," editors say. Users like that it's beautiful, sturdy and versatile.
Review: The Best Cribs, Editors of BabyCenter.com, 2012
4. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Cache Heritage receives an overall rating of about 4 stars out of 5 based on more than 300 reviews that cover three color options. Owners like the crib's beauty, ease of assembly, sturdiness and durability. Some say they use the crib for years with no problems, and a few order a second crib for their next baby because they love it so much. However, a number of users complain of receiving a poorly packaged crib with scratches, dents and gouges, and a few get replacement parts that are more damaged than the original delivery. Consumers also dislike how difficult or even impossible it is to get a conversion kit delivered so they can create a full-size bed.
Review: Baby Cache Heritage Lifetime Convertible Crib, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of March 2013