Reviewers love the classic look of the DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 Convertible Crib. It converts to a toddler bed, a daybed, and a full-size headboard and footboard -- the latter of which requires the purchase of a separate rail kit -- and has four mattress height options. On the downside, the Emily 4-in-1 is constructed of solid pine, a softer wood that's prone to dents and dings. Reviewers add that the finish wears off over time, and is easily scratched by shirt buttons or a baby chewing on the rail. Owners like the crib's flexibility, but some say its long-term usability is lessened by this susceptibility to cosmetic damage. If you don't need a crib that converts into a daybed or full-size headboard, the Ikea Gulliver (*Est. $100) costs quite a bit less and does convert into a toddler bed. It's available only in Ikea stores, however, not online or in other stores.
We found positive reviews of the DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 crib at 3Luxe.com and Buzzle.com, as well as an expert evaluation at ConsumerReports.org. Owners post feedback on Amazon.com, Target.com and Diapers.com. User reviews at these sites provide valuable information, including how to set up the crib, how different mattresses fit in it and what issues may occur over time, such as the finish warping and crib-to-bed conversion difficulties.
1. Baby Bargains
While "Baby Bargains" doesn't specifically review or rate the DaVinci Emily crib, the authors discuss the brand and parent company Million Dollar Baby. They also note that cribs made of Asian pine, a soft wood, are more prone to nicks and dents.
Review: Crib Brand Ratings, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
This older report covers general information and buying advice, and includes ratings. Although some of the information is outdated and several reviewed cribs have been subject to recalls, the write-up on the DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is still useful.
Review: Cribs: Basic Is Best, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Oct. 2008
Amazon.com is a good place to search for owner reviews of baby gear. More than 250 customers give the DaVinci Emily crib 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Review: DaVinci Emily 4 in 1 Crib Including Toddler Rail, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Jan. 2012
The DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 Crib gets an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on about 135 consumer reviews. A review snapshot provides a quick rundown of the features most owners like and dislike. Other relevant information accompanies owner comments, such as whether they're first-time parents and best product uses. Reviews are grouped together for the same model regardless of finish, so it's easy to get a good idea of a crib's quality.
Review: DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, Contributors to Diapers.com, As of Jan. 2012
While Target doesn't group reviews together by model, the DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 crib seems to be well liked by customers regardless of the finish. Owners give it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on about 120 reviews. Feedback is consistent with that found on other consumer review sites, with complaints about the finish scratching or wearing off being the most common.
Review: DaVinci Emily 4 in 1 Crib with Toddler Rail, Contributors to Target.com, As of Jan. 2012
This buyer's guide offers tips for parents on selecting a safe crib and lists the top 10 models for 2010. The author provides a brief product description, but no selection criteria or justification for why each model is included.
Review: Best Cribs for Babies, Rutuja Jathar, Nov. 3, 2010
3Luxe.com is a relatively new website devoted to editorial reviews. While editors say they rate products based on research and experience, there's not much in their crib review to explain their evaluation process. The DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is their top pick, while two other cribs are also recommended.
Review: Emily Convertible Baby Crib, Editors of 3Luxe.com, Not dated