Oggi® Kosa Convertible Crib
To start, I must say that I was a little weary of buying this crib at first, because I could only find a total of TWO reviews on every website this crib was offered on (which was just babyage.com and amazon.com). However those 2 reviews rated it 5 stars, and now I know why! By the way... at the time I bought this, the price of this crib ($250) was the same on both babyage.com and amazon.com, both offering free shipping. I ultimately ordered it from babyage.com because they had a $10 discount I was able to use for signing up my email address with them. 10 bucks is 10 bucks! And they don't overload me w/ junk mail either :)
We recently just put this crib together, and the directions were very easy to use. It even comes with an envelope to hold the directions and stays attached to the mattress springs. (You can easily take it off if you'd like.) All of the parts arrived undamaged and nicely packaged to keep from getting scratched. The crib does take a standard sized crib mattress, making that easy enough to find.
I am 5'2" to 5'3", and the height of this crib is perfect for me. I do not think you would have lean over too much either if you happen to be taller.
A big plus with this crib is that, not only is it a convertible crib...it also includes all of the necessary parts & pieces to convert it later. Most "convertible cribs" only convert if you make additional purchases for the rest of the parts (the conversion kit)...which tends to run about $100 extra I've heard. The price on this includes it all. There's only 2 pieces extra that aren't used for the crib, and we'll just store them until we're ready to convert it to a toddler bed.
So if you're considering a convertible crib (which is probably made of pinewood, a softer wood - you'll have to check), and it doesn't come with the conversion kit (because most don't), add about $100 to that specific crib price if you plan on converting it later...AND you'd have to buy that conversion kit ASAP so that you know your model doesn't become outdated.
Sooo...with the total price of this crib being $250, and deducting $100 (since it comes with the conversion kit), a net price of approx $150 for a HARDWOOD convertible crib is a hard deal to beat! Cuz you know those babies and toddlers don't take it easy on these cribs!... You want something durable! When I researched the poplar wood, it sounded as if it doesn't get dinged up as easily...especially in comparison to pinewood.
We ordered black, and it is a true black color. The paint finish appears even with no complaints there. The drawer on the bottom slides in and out smoothly.
I have yet to try it out with the baby, as I am still pregnant, so I will need to update this later.
We took a leap of faith and bought this crib online even though I could not find any reviews for it. One of the main reasons I picked this crib is because it's made of poplar, which is cheaper than oak but harder than pine. We like the sharp, modern look of the two-tone white and expresso. Shipping was extremely prompt and the self construction was similar to Ikea. Good craftsmanship, intelligently designed.
This crib is EXACTLY what I was looking for. It's so hard to find a black crib let alone one as simple and classy as this one. The other benefit is unlike many of the cribs from other baby stores, this crib is sensibly sized for a city apartment. Lastly LOVE the fact that the crib comes with the toddler rail as opposed to charging another $100+ like that other large chain baby store.
The crib was easy to put together for anyone who has built modern furniture (IKEA, Bush, etc). I also really appreciate the smooth drawer under the crib as it's just wasted space on every other crib. So happy with my purchase and with the BabyAge Oggi brand!