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125 of 130 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2012
I looked for a crib for many months before deciding on this one. With Amazon's free shipping and no sales tax it was the best deal on the web by far as well as the added benefit of free returns if purchased from a gift registry. This was pretty essential since buying blind on the web without seeing a product (especially one as large and expensive as this one) can end up being a terrible decision but Amazon took away that fear and has made the decision to make purchases from their site our "Go-to" move. Basically once again Amazon did exactly as they promised and the buying through them was pain free and easy as pie.

As for the product itself, once I received the pieces and started assembling them with my husband, I knew I made the right decision going with this crib and the line itself. The crib is beautiful and with the attached changing table it makes our nursery (which is only a room about 10'x10') seem like it has a lot more space. I highly recommend this crib and changer specifically for those looking to save space with a changer that doesn't run length wise along the wall which obviously takes up a lot more space. The setup was also not too bad, we split the build into 2 days since we started late the first night, but overall only took about 2 hours going at a fairly leisurely pace.

One of the negatives I have seen is that the side of the crib that is attached to the changing table right now would make it so that we wouldn't be able to separate the changing table from the crib until we plan to convert this into a full-size bed since the side of the changing table is what makes up the right side of the crib. That being said, in our personal situation we won't need to separate these two pieces until that time so the issue is moot but for others contemplating all of the options, this is one of the drawbacks I have discovered.

Another slight negative comes with the changer specifically. After contemplating how I was going to be using the changer (e.g. needing easy access to wipes, diapers, baby powder, diaper rash cream, etc.) I noticed that the shelves that are located on the side of the changer might not make this the easiest setup. The openings aren't very tall and the space is really deep which is great for holding lots of items but making most too hard to reach when you have a squirmy baby on the changing table. However, I did find some great slide-out wire drawers from Bed Bath & Beyond and attached them to the top and middle shelves. I did leave the bottom one open in case I want to store some larger stuff, plus the bottom shelf has a lip at the bottom edge making this a little more difficult to find a slide-out drawer that could clear this lip. These are very nit-picky things but something to think about when you're putting this much money into an investment like this.

And one last nit pick about the changer is that the space for the changing pad is smaller than almost every changing pad you can buy and the one that comes with the changer is super flimsy and thin. This made me go on a search for a pad that would fit the small space and provide a little more cushion for my little one. After searching for many hours on Amazon and finally moving onto another site, unsuccessfully also, I realized there are almost no changing pads out there that are the right size for this changer (the length head to toe is about 27" or 28"). Almost all changers are 30" at the shortest, one I found was 29" but was too wide, but nothing shorter than 29". After lots of going back and forth I decided on the LA Baby 4 Sided Changing Pad 30", White from Amazon. As shown in the title, IT IS 30" long, however I decided to try it and just cut off the length to fit the space on my changer since I would be putting a cover over it anyway. I just received that in the mail and decided to see if it would fit in the space on the changer before I cut it up and I was able to kind of just squish it in. I'm usually kind of a freak about not putting things into spaces they don't exactly fit into but this honestly works perfectly. It also makes it so that I don't have to screw the pad into the changer to make sure it doesn't move around, it just wedges tightly into the top space. So this negative is ultimately not a negative at all since I'm sure there are other changing pads you can order that fit your style, budget, desires, etc. that will also wedge into the space so don't worry!

Overall giving this 4 stars since there are some things that could have been better but the VALUE is tremendous and the main reason this gets above average in my book.
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89 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2013
So the crib came in the mail, I lugged it upstairs to the nursery. When I opened the box there was a horrible odor coming from inside. I figured it just needed to air out. So I put the crib together ( which was easier than expected considering some of the reviews). When the crib was finished it was beautiful and looked sturdy. I opened the windows in the room and put a fan in to move the air around. Skip to three months later. The chemical smell has not dissipated at all the windows have been open for just about everyday. I cleaned it with just about everything imaginable and nothing worked. I looked online and it said that this could be the chemicals in the wood off gassing, which by the way is toxic and can cause SIDS, so I called storkcraft and spoke to customer service and they pretty much said it was normal and there was nothing they could do because a smell was not a defect. The crib is unusable and the nursery smells like chemicals. So I disassembled it and put it in the garage and within minutes the garage smelled just like the nursery had. I would not recommend this crib based on that horrible stench. If you buy this and have the same problem be prepared to go buy another crib and so goodbye to that three hundred dollars.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2014
I have to say "Stay away". I don't do this lightly and I'm not a complainer. There is something wrong here.

Ok I've seen some people complain that this crib had a bad smell. i didn't believe it.
Some people said it was fine others tossed the crib.

Bought it, and received it undamaged about a month ago. Color was nice. No problems with scratches or anything quality or visible. Open the box and set it up. Set up is a little difficult but not impossible. Took 2 people about 2 hrs in cramped quarters.

About the 3rd day their was an eye burning acrid smell in the nursery room. No better way of identifying it. I opened the door and the smell traveled into the first floor of the house. So I opened the windows and aired out the room. I figured give it a few days to air out, and it would be ok. The thing still smells after a month of air and cross ventilation.

This thing is off gassing some sort of solvent. I've stayed in the room and found my eyes started to burn after a few minutes so whatever it is, it is an irritant. If the windows and doors are open the smell almost goes away. But, consider putting your newborn in this thing??

Now it was rated as safe by the USA. I'm in serious doubt about the rating, since it appears to be an irritant to my eyes. I can walk away. What about a babies lungs and eyes?

It is made in China, so who knows what it was made with.
I would like the company to respond to this, but others have called and been told it is normal. Not very likely.

I have no experience with other furniture so can't compare.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Do not buy. This crib has an extreme toxic chemical smell that will not go away. I had to store outside prior to returning. Beware.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2011
I'm happy with this purchase..Assembled it all by myself..Would have taken about 2 hrs but with my newborn..took me about 4 :)..Great step by step instructions which made it easy to follow..Only thing I don't like..is the quality of the open shelves in the back...the shelf is laminate and not covered on the edges..so from the side of the crib you have a view of a plain unstained wood edge..I will be staining this to blend in..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
Received today, ordered only 5 days ago! very fast shipping. Box was badly beat up on corners and had gouges in the back. Was very worried about wood being scratched and damaged, like many reviews I read had stated. Carefully opened and inspected all peices, and everything looks great! Cannot wait to assemble. It is a beautiful rich color. This crib was $100 cheaper than a very similar one at a baby store, with much better saftey reviews, and delivered right to my door. As of now, I would recommend this anyone looking for a beautiful crib. I just love the crib/changing table combo. The changing pad does seem a little thin, but certainly an easy fix to swap out for a more plush one. Will update this weekend after I put it together with feedback about assembly and final product. Hope everything goes smoothe!

3/9/13 update: All assembled and it is so beautiful! I'm sorry, but if you can't read instructions step by step, perhaps you should not buy assembly required furniture. The reviews about people complaining that its impossible to put together...just follow the instrcutions! So easy to put together! Took me a few hours, but I stopped and ate breakfast. And I'm a 4 months pregnant chick! Only needed hubby's help one time to hold the mattress base while I screwed it in place. So very happy with the quality, value, shipping to my door, and beautiful design of this crib. This is our first baby and I cannot wait to decorate the nursery once we find out the gender in a few weeks. This is a very lovely crib. Would reccommend this crib to anyone! Very happy!

5/10/13 update: Still loving the crib, babys not due until August, but the wood stain smell is taking forever to air out. Removing one star today bc of the smell. Its not horrible, but it's been assembled for 2 months now and the nursery still smells like wood stain. Glad I ordered long before due date so this puppy can air out. Company says its non toxic stain, but it definately has an odor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2015
We loved this crib until my son started teething and chewing on the side rail (not unusual for babies to do). I came in one day to find his face covered in the cherry colored finish! I have called Stork Craft and while they assure me that the finish is non-toxic I am still concerned. My pediatrician is also concerned and while Stork Craft says "this happens with finished wood" the Dr. has never heard of it happening before. I had to fashion a cover from cloth for the side rail since it is an unusual size and they don't seem to sell anything that will work for this model.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2015
Initially when we received this product we thought we made the right purchase. It was a timely project when assembling but after the fact it looked great in the nursery. However, now we are researching convertible crib options for #2 on the way, and decided to start to price the conversion kits to change the Portofino into a full size (just for price comparison reasons to help with the 2nd crib purchase decision). Upon researching we found out that Stork Craft does not manufacture or sell the full size conversion kit needed to transition from a toddler bed to a full size. The FAQs on the company's webpage states that Storkcraft does not sell the full size bed conversion rails for the convertible cribs, and says "the double-ended full size metal rails must be purchased separately from a bed rail retailer." The description of the product on Amazon says "bed rails not included". I guess we should not have assumed they just need to be purchased separately, same as the other companies, not that it'll be a hassle to track down since Storkcraft does NOT manufacture them. The description should really be changed to be more accurate. Other companies such as Summer Infant, Davinci, Delta, Sorelle, etc, manufacture convertible cribs that go to full size beds, and they also manufacture ALL the parts needed (sold separately- but still by the same company so you know it's compatible, the price and where to purchase). if you are looking for a crib that can truly be used up to a full size bed, check out one of those other retailers.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2015
 The crib is sturdy, but the changing table has gaps all around that could entangle/entrap little hands and feet. If a baby sticks their leg or hand through any of the gaps and the parent doesn't realize it and goes to pick the baby up it could cause injury. Plus, my son is 4 months old and has nearly outgrown the changing table already. He is considered to be of average length and weight for his age. I was hoping to be able to use the changing table portion of the crib for at least a year, but it will be unusable before he is 6 months old. I thought about getting a replacement pad that is thicker that could cover the gaps, but I can't find one that fits the table. I also realized that I can't remove the table altogether until I am ready to convert the crib to a full sized bed (see the pictures of the product). We are stuck with the changing table attached to the side even through the toddler years as it makes up the side of the crib, even though we won't be able to use it for it's intended purpose the entire time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
We bought this for our daughters nursery and was happy to find that it was a lot bigger than we thought it would be, it fit perfect into the future room of our daughter and matched our dark cherry shutters perfectly.

Assembly was fairly easy, there were just a few irritations that we ran into while putting this together:
- Wood dowels were a lot smaller than the holes drilled for them.
- There were references to one set of screws when it meant the other (luckily you cannot use the wrong screws in the kit).
- One of the last steps where you put the screws on the actual bed piece of the crib is extremely hard to get to, either with a small, long, or power screwdriver.
- Scared the crap out of me when I had extra parts... This was due to the conversion pieces later on down the road.

All in all I am extremely happy with this buy. Note that what you see when you are previewing these at Babies R Us or your local furniture store is that these look a lot smaller at the store and end up being much bigger in your room. If this is being installed on a second story you are going to probably need to take up the crib piece by piece as the box is quite big and awkward (poor UPS).

Price comparison:
Babies R Us: 399 + Tax + How the hell am I getting it home?
Burlington Coat Factory: 349 + Tax + How the hell am I getting it home?
Amazon: Winnar with PRIME.
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