Dream On Me Ashton 5 in 1 Convertible Crib

Last updated date: November 7, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 192 expert reviews, the Dream On Me Dream On Me Ashton 5 in 1 Convertible Crib placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 6, 2020:
Checkout The Best Crib for a detailed review of all the top cribs.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
2,331 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This convertible crib from Dream On Me has a 4 position mattress support system so you can adjust the height of the mattress as your child grows. T
- BoosterWP Reviews
October 17, 2019 | Full review
It is very light so you can move it anywhere in the house
- My Best Cribs
April 11, 2017 | Full review
It has been ergonomically designed for structual soundness and is stable and solid. The instructions and guides are included with the crib.
- Informed Mag
It’s very sturdy and constructed from durable wood materials.
- Best Care Life Reviews
Exceeds safety standards: the crib is designed to meet and exceed all applicable CPSC and ASTM safety standards.
- Cheek Tummy
Free of phthalates, latex, lead, and BPA.
- Pick Baby Stroller
This crib is designed to grow with baby. It starts out as a baby crib and can then convert to a toddler bed and eventually a regular sized headboard and footboard. This versatility means that you can buy one bed that will last you many years to come.
- Guide to Baby Cribs
November 14, 2017 | Full review
The mattress’ position can be easily adjusted, making it easier for you to reach your baby
- Baby Gear Tested
Very much affordable price. There are not so many standard cribs offered at such price.
- Better Sleep Baby
What experts didn't like
The conversion kits can be purchased separately as you need them.
- BoosterWP Reviews
October 17, 2019 | Full review
Full-size bed frame and the mattress are not listed with this crib; it sold separately
- My Best Cribs
April 11, 2017 | Full review
Full sized conversion kit has to be purchased separately
- Informed Mag
It’s easily scratched and the hardware not so good quality.
- Best Care Life Reviews
The crib has a strong varnish odor when it comes out of the box. If your baby is already born, keep that in mind before installing the crib in the baby’s room.
- Cheek Tummy
The most common negative review about this crib is that the product may smell when it is first unpackaged.
- Guide to Baby Cribs
November 14, 2017 | Full review
There are plenty of people complaining about the crib coming in all those pieces it has to be assembled from. It has to be remembered, though, that it’s a convertible crib with plenty of different uses and it’s pretty much unavoidable. With the attached instruction manual, the assembly of the crib shouldn’t be particularly difficult.
- Baby Gear Tested
There are complaints about the quality of hardware.
- Better Sleep Baby

From The Manufacturer

Dream On Me 5-in 1-Ashton Convertible Crib is a lifetime crib that gracefully matures with your child from infancy through childhood to adulthood. With its rugged good looks and sturdy frame. Converts into a daybed and full size bed (full size bed frame and mattress not included). This crib features a stationary rail design which provides the utmost in product safety. For ease in reaching your baby, it sits low to the floor and features the convenience of a 3 position, adjustable mattress support system. Durable yet stylish, this lovely piece of nursery furniture grows with your child transitioning easily into a toddler bed, (Toddler bed rail sold separately) a daybed and full size bed (full size bed frame and mattress not included). All tools for assembly included. Accommodates a Dream on Me standard crib mattress (sold separately). All Dream On Me crib meets all applicable ASTM and CPSC standards. From the Manufacturer Dream on me 5 in 1 Ashton Convertible Crib is a lifetime crib that gracefully matures with your child from infancy, through childhood to adulthood. With its rugged good looks and sturdy a daybed and full size bed, (full size bed frame and mattress not included). Frame this crib features a stationary (non-drop side) rail design which provides the utmost in product safety. For ease in reaching your baby, it sits low to the floor and features the convenience of a 4 position, adjustable mattress support system. Durable yet stylish, this lovely piece of nursery furniture grows with your child transitioning easily into a toddler bed, (model #692 Toddler Rail (sold separately) a daybed and full size bed (full size bed frame and mattress not included). All tools for assembly included. Accommodates a Dream on Me standard crib mattress (sold separately).

Overall Product Rankings

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

DYWM 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.