The Dream on Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Crib folds flat for storage and sets up by simply unfolding the crib to its full size and then hooking safety latches. It can be used as a playpen as well as a crib and is ideal to keep at grandparents' houses. Though it is heavy at 31 pounds, the hooded, locking wheels make it easy to move. Reviewers say the mattress is thin.
Thoroughly safety certified. The Dream on Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Crib meets the standards of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and Consumer Product Safety Commission. It is available in non-toxic finishes. The crib's dual-hooded, locking wheels ensure the baby cannot rock the crib into places it should not go. The open slats on all four sides maximize air flow.
Simple to open and close. The Dream on Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Crib is simple to set up by pulling the sides open to the full size, then hooking safety latches. It converts easily from crib to playpen by adjusting the height of the board under the mattress. No tools are needed to make the adjustment. However, tools are included for initial assembly.
Consumer reviewers differ on how easy it is to assemble the crib -- some said they had no problem at all while others said the instructions were unclear.
Compact to store. The Dream On Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Crib features unique hinges that allow the crib to fold flat for compact storage. It also has stationary (non-drop side) rail design. It converts easily to a playpen. Consumer reviewers suggest getting a thicker mattress because the 1-inch mattress that comes with the crib is "flimsy."
Grandparent reviewers seemed especially enamored with the crib because it takes up a small space, is easy to set up when grandchildren come to visit, and to stow away when they leave. It weighs 31 pounds, but the wheels make it easy to move. Some reviewers say they prefer it over a bassinet, cradle, or pack and play. It's suitable from birth to 35 pounds. It has a short, 30-day warranty.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent "Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review popular cribs and baby furniture based on expert testing and parents' reviews, as well as information from manufacturers and retailers. Their 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, Tenth Edition, 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Dream on Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Crib receives an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on about 60 reviews. The crib is beautiful, sturdy and folds easily, consumer reviewers say. Grandparents praise it as being the right size, good for small spaces, and preferable to a pack and play. One reviewer commented: "It's sturdy, as baby's big brother climbed in to entertain her." The main complaint is that the 1-inch mattress for the crib is not thick enough. Some reviewers say they bought a 3-inch mattress, but note a caution on the box and in the instructions that says the mattress thickness should not exceed 2 inches.
Review: Dream on Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Stationary Side Crib, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Good About.com lists the Dream On Me Portable Crib as one of 10 baby crib choices for new grandparents. The list also includes play yards and bassinets. The review of the Dream on Me is short and refers to the 3-in-1 version of the portable crib that can be used as a changing table, crib or playpen. The 2-in-1 version is nearly identical, except it cannot be set at the highest setting for a changing table.
Review: Equipment for New Grandparents - Baby Crib Choices, Susan Adcox, Not dated