Graco Charleston Crib Review

User-friendly assembly is the common refrain in Graco Charleston crib reviews. Set- up is accomplished in 45 minutes or less, according to cribreviews posted on Walmart, where purchasers also praise the model's stability and aesthetics (notably the finish and design). One parent writes in a review that the crib nicely protects newborns against curious and over-eager toddler siblings who might seek to climb on board or pull the whole thing down. Some parents also say they look forward to years of use.

A few Graco Charleston crib reviews posted on the Target site, however, complain about an off-putting smell when the crib arrives as an unassembled jumble; letting it breathe a while before putting it together seems to help. A few reviews report parts arriving damaged and some say the wood and finish scratch easily.

The Graco Charleston (starting at $158, Amazon) is a 4-in-1 convertible crib, which means it can be transformed into a toddler bed (no guard rail) and daybed and eventually one of the long sides can be used as a headboard for a full-size bed. There are three mattress positions, the highest setting meant for newborns not quite high enough to suit some parents, although one shorter parent reports easily reaching over the fixed-side railing. This model is currently available in white and cherry; a matching changing table is sold separately.

The price is right on this crib, making it a safe alternative to a hand-me-down model.

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