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Crib, Assemble!


Yesterday we received a gift from my parents, the Baby Mod – ParkLane 3-in1 Convertible Crib! Assembly required.

So I assembled it. But first…


Here she is at 23 weeks, lookin’ good! Okay, back to work…


The box was heavy. Which is a good thing, except when carrying it up the stairs. Here’s the crib’s specs (in bold are what we were looking for in a crib):

  • Baby convertible crib features solid New Zealand pinewood construction
  • Solid wood, wood veneers and drawers; no paper press boards used
  • No moving parts; all sides are stationary
  • Two compartments under drawer provide extra storage
  • Mattress spring system provides ideal support as your child grows
  • Mattress height adjusts to four levels to allow for versatile crib size and conversion to toddler bed
  • Toddler bed conversion guard rail included
  • Baby convertible crib has a 1-year limited warranty
  • Meets or exceeds all U.S. standards
  • Non-toxic finish
  • Baby convertible crib uses standard-sized crib mattress
  • Mattress and bedding not included
  • Mattress sold separately.

Originally I was going to build the crib…but a few things discouraged me: The paint, finish and spring system. I heard rumors babies like to chew on things and couldn’t find much literature on baby-safe paint and finish. The spring system isn’t something I could build…and when I priced it out, it wasn’t really saving us any money when I add in the other materials. When it came down to it, I couldn’t live with myself if anything were to go wrong with the DIY crib. For the money, this crib is quite a bargain…and it’s got great reviews.


Amber drawer, white crib.


I like to lay all the hardware out, separate it and reference the directions to see what I’m workin’ with.


I do a dry-fit to get a handle of what is what and what goes where. It’s never a good idea to rush into the assembly. Doing so increases the odds of missing small labels the manufacturer throws on to inform you of the orientation of each piece. Some reviewers reported sub-par instructions. If I were to review those reviewers, the title would say something like, “Took more time writing negative review than familiarizing self with crib parts and hardware” One star. NO STARS!


By leaning the left side down, I can secure the side-panel bolts fairly easily without help from my hibernating wife and dog.


Omg which side is the “flat” side that must face up?! (as per manual)


OH!


When bolting in the left side, I used a paint can and styrofoam packing to hold the opposite end up until I got the bolts secured.


If you’re still unsure about which side faces in our out (and you missed the stickers) you can see the nail holes on this piece, indicating that this is not the front.


After about 45mins-1hr, I’ve got the crib assembled. Well, I didn’t install the drawer yet. I’ll be re-finishing the drawer with the stain I used on the platform bed, nightstands and full-length mirror. Here’s a shot of the nursery so far. Check back later for my next project!

 

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