DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso

Last updated date: November 25, 2019

DWYM Score
9.2

DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso

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Overall Take

The DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso is a solid, well-built baby crib that wins Best Overall. With four height adjustments that help you to keep baby safe while they grow as well as attention to the ASTM and CPSC safety standards, this crib will give you peace of mind while your baby sleeps. The beautiful finish and ability to reconfigure it as your child grows from infant to toddler to teen are both reasons to be impressed by this excellent crib. In our analysis of 200 expert reviews, the DaVinci DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 27, 2020:
Checkout The Best Crib for a detailed review of all the top cribs.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
2,552 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib has four height options. This makes reaching into the crib to pick up or set down your baby easy, regardless of your height.
- Must Haves For Baby
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib also meets voluntary ASTM safety standards, in addition to federal CPSC regulations. The framework is solid with no dropping side.
- Baby's Little Place
March 18, 2018 | Full review
This sturdy, versatile crib comes with a toddler bar and converts to a full-size bed.
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 13, 2017 | Full review
It has adjustable heights and will convert into a toddler bed, daybed, and full-sized bed (with separately purchased conversion kits). So this is the right crib for your little one if you want it to grow with them.
- Family Living Today
February 20, 2019 | Full review
When you think about the safety of your kid, with this bed you cannot go wrong. It is free from toxic materials such as lead and Greenguard certifies it.
- Listderful
June 14, 2016 | Full review
Due to Greenguard Gold Certified, the crib has been proven to be used in indoor environments, without any harmful effects.
- Top 10 Buddy
This 4-in-1 crib is designed to accommodate your growing child and can be converted into a full-size bed with a headboard and a footboard.
- Net Parents
Made of sustainably sourced New Zealand pine wood, this crib features gentle curves and your choice of high-quality finishes
- SafeWise
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Constructed of 100% real wood and free of harmful chemicals
- Heavy
May 14, 2019 | Full review
The use of sustainable materials and the Greenguard Cold certification received high marks. The bed is a solid baby crib and sturdy bed as the child grows
- What Baby Needs List
It’s durable, and crafts form quality materials that meet the USA safety standards. The rails make it reliable and safe for your baby.
- The Z8
It is durable for using top quality wood. Kalani is undoubtedly the modern cribs on the market.
- My Best Cribs
April 11, 2017 | Full review
Four adjustable mattress heights
- A Secure Life
July 11, 2018 | Full review
DaVinci is a popular brand because it is well-known for producing top quality cribs that are safe and convenient. Not only does this crib meet all the latest safety standards, it is also GREENGUARD Gold Certified – screened for 360 VOCs and more than 10,000 chemicals including lead and phthalates.
- A Web To Know
Converts to a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed
- Kid Savers Network
It has four adjustable mattress positions able to transform from a crib to a tiny little bed and to a wooden sofa.
- Double Best Review
This crib grows with your baby and can transform into a full-size bed, daybed and toddler bed (conversion kits sold separately).
- Beginner Baby Care
What experts didn't like
Some purchasers mentioned that its slats became scratched and dented when their baby chewed on them.
- Must Haves For Baby
The wood is little soft, so there will be some scratches over the time. If your baby likes to bite things, there will be teeth marks on the wood too.
- Baby's Little Place
March 18, 2018 | Full review
The first is an overly difficult assembly. Many of the cribs that we tested, including all three of our other picks, have four parts to assemble, plus the mattress support. The Kalani crib, on the other hand, has 14 pieces out of the box and a sleighlike design with front and back pieces that are different from each other and need to face in a particular direction.
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 13, 2017 | Full review
Conversion kid not included and has to be purchased separately
- Net Parents
We just wish it were easier to put together. Assembly is a two-person job—and it can take a couple of hours to complete.
- SafeWise
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Pine wood is soft and may scratch and dent easily
- Heavy
May 14, 2019 | Full review
The soft wood makes it easier to ding it and scratch it.
- What Baby Needs List
The toddler bed already contains a transformation kit. On the other hand, you may need to buy the conversion kit separately for a full-sized bed.
- My Best Cribs
April 11, 2017 | Full review
Softer wood may dent or scratch easily
- A Secure Life
July 11, 2018 | Full review
Slight odor upon opening (disappears after airing)
- A Web To Know
Davinci Kalani crib does scratch easily.
- Kid Savers Network
Features sharp and hard sides that can be of concern to parents
- Beginner Baby Care

From The Manufacturer

Beautifully made and incredibly versatile, our Kalani 4-in-1 Crib features gentle curves and sturdy construction that can be converted for use as a toddler bed, day bed and full-sized bed. Constructed from 100% natural solid New Zealand pine wood, this GREENGUARD Gold Certified crib makes a safe and sleep haven for your little one. Safe, sturdy, and easy to assemble, the Kalani Crib has been one of the highest-rated and best-selling cribs for over ten years. From the Manufacturer Kalani is cool and confident. It's Davinci at its best. With first class engineering, the Kalani Collection gives you a lifetime of style. It's Cool. It's Kalani. At DaVinci, we build not just clean, non-toxic nurseries but green, non-toxic worlds. That's why environmental sustainability and energy efficiency are DaVinci family values. Each stylish collection is constructed from New Zealand Pine grown in sustainable forests. Built with non-toxic finishes for perfect safety and reliability, DaVinci collections are also shipped smart to reduce our carbon footprint. So take a deep breath and know that the DaVinci choice is the best choice all around -- for baby's inside places and baby's outside spaces.

Overall Product Rankings

DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso
1. DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 17
Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib
3. Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 26
Delta Children Portable Mini Baby Crib with Mattress
4. Delta Children Portable Mini Baby Crib with Mattress
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 26
Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
5. Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 33
Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
6. Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
Dream On Me Violet 7 in 1 Convertible Life Style Crib
7. Dream On Me Violet 7 in 1 Convertible Life Style Crib
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 22
Dream On Me, Carson Classic 3 in 1 Convertible Crib
8. Dream On Me, Carson Classic 3 in 1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12
Dream On Me Ashton 5 in 1 Convertible Crib
9. Dream On Me Ashton 5 in 1 Convertible Crib
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
Dream On Me Synergy 5-in-1 Convertible, Crib,
10. Dream On Me Synergy 5-in-1 Convertible, Crib,
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Cribs

The biggest purchase you’ll make after finding out you’re about to become a parent is a crib.

As the days roll closer to bringing your baby home, you will want to prepare in so many ways. There is quite a bit of design effort put into cribs, and they are drastically different between companies. However, finding the best crib is not just a matter of personal style but also of safety. Discover what the experts are saying along with all the safety features to consider when shopping for that perfect crib for your little love.

Safety first when it comes to researching the best baby crib. Several safety features are required of manufacturers to include when designing a crib. These standards are set by the government based on past recalls and baby sleep studies. Manufacturers must abide by the standards or their product cannot be sold in stores.

To name a few safety standards: There cannot be a bigger gap than 2 3/8 inch between slats and corner posts as it has been determined that any bigger can cause entrapment issues for baby. The corner posts should not be higher than 1/16 inch above the end panels. All hardware should be set in securely without sharp screws or nail heads sticking out. Older, used cribs may pose the risk of lead paint so it is highly recommended to either get a lead test or just skip using an old crib. The mattress needs to be a tight fit so baby can’t get caught between the mattress and the slats. (When in the store looking at cribs, do the two-finger test: If you can fit two fingers side-by-side between the mattress and the slats, you need a bigger mattress than what they’ve got in there). Keep the baby’s crib free from all stuffed animals, bumpers and loose-fitting blankets and sheets.

Kate Desmond, a writer and infant safe-sleep expert as well as mom to two young daughters, has spent an enormous amount of time researching the safest and best products for her kids.

“The most important thing to consider when purchasing your baby’s crib is safety,” she says. “Remember, drop-side cribs are no longer deemed safe, so this is a great reason to say no to heirlooms from your mother-in-law. Mattresses are sold independently of cribs so be sure to select one that fits, leaving no gaps, and cover only with a tight-fitting crib sheet. Remember to keep the crib empty of all blankets, pillows and stuffed animals. Babies under one year of age sleep safest alone, on their back, in their crib.”

After learning the safety regulations and hearing from an expert, you know what to look for and can go shopping. One last thing to consider is the size and style of your nursery as this will determine the crib you buy. If you are tight on space, you can consider a combination crib and changing table in one, like the DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso, Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib, Storkcraft Portofino 4-in-1 Convertible Crib or the Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib.

All of these cribs will be a beautiful addition to a darling nursery of any style.

DWYM Fun Fact

Dating back to just the 19th century, cribs are a relatively new concept. Before cribs, parents co-slept with their babies, mostly because of the simplicity of homes and shelters. Even when cribs were invented, they were more like bassinets or cradles. The reason that cribs, bassinets and cradles were raised off the ground was because it was a common belief that toxic fumes were found below knee level and explosive vapors were found near the ceiling. Iron baby cribs were popular because they were thought to be sanitary and prevent bug infestations including lice, bed bugs and moths. These were not always safe, however, because frequently they were painted with lead paint.

The phrase crib was coined to describe a “slatted, high-sided child’s bed.” However, in Old English it means stall or manger. Now, the word “crib” is additionally used as slang for a person’s house.

The Crib Buying Guide

  • The safest cribs are usually the simplest. Find a crib that doesn’t have drop sides or fancy bed knobs on the corners.
  • Buying new is best because it is more likely that it is up to safety standards.
  • Bring a ruler with you to measure the spaces between the slats when you shop.
  • Baby crib mattresses are also an item to buy new. Many have been recalled for being too soft. Also, when you buy new, you can buy one that fits super snug into your crib with no spaces on any side.
  • Put tight-fitting sheets on your crib.
  • “Most modern cribs require some assembly,” says Desmond, “Just make sure you follow the directions and ask an expert for help when needed.”
  • For the mother’s healing and safety as well as the baby’s safety, you should pay attention to the level of height of the crib mattress. Most cribs have three levels to help parents reach the baby in the early stages but keep a growing baby safe from climbing out later on in their development.
  • Immediately stop using a crib if you notice baby attempting to climb out.