Last Updated on January 20, 2021 by Ines
The Davinci Kalani is such a popular convertible crib that I was eager to find out why. After all, it is not the newest crib on the market! The goal of this DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib review is to find out if the crib can compete with the latest models on the market.
There is not a lot of cribs that would persist on the top year after year. Is the crib so popular due to hundreds of positive DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib reviews at Amazon, or is it just so good?
I have to admit that when I first saw the crib, I can’t say that I was immediately fascinated. But that is because I prefer European styled cribs with spindles, like Babyletto convertible cribs, not because the Kalani would be of poor quality.
Pross and cons of the DaVinci Kalani convertible crib:
- great value for the price
- sturdy and extremely durable crib
- it grows with your child
- adjustable mattress height
- a wide assortment of different colors
- easy to assemble
- it meets and even exceeds all safety standards
- it is GREENGUARD Gold certified
- it can scratch easily*
- toddler safety guardrail and full-size conversion kit are sold separately**
*DaVinci uses only non-toxic finishes, which are less permanent than traditional paint full of toxins. I would rather have a scratch or two than toxic paint on the baby crib. So, because of this, DaVinci Kalani convertible crib didn’t get fewer points in our review!
You can be calm if your baby likes to chew things, as the crib’s finish is completely safe! But if you want to protect the crib’s rails, you can get one of the teeth rail protectors.
**Except for Babyletto’s cribs, you have to purchase safety toddler guardrails for all convertible cribs with that option. Some convertible cribs convert into a toddler bed, but they have no optional rail at all. So again, considering that, and that the price of a crib and guardrail is not high, we didn’t rate the crib with fewer points.
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib review breakdown
Kalani’s convertibility Review
The best thing about Kalani crib is, of course, it’s convertibility. DaVinci Kalani is a 4-in-1 convertible crib, which transits to a toddler bed, a daybed, and into a full-size adult bed. As it grows with your child, all the way to the full-size adult bed, it can be even a lifetime bed for him or her.
DaVinci Kalani stays strong and sturdy after conversions. That’s very important for convertible cribs! If you follow the provided instructions, all conversions are simple and relatively quick.
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DaVinci Kalani’s toddler bed:
When your baby outgrows the crib, you can convert it into a toddler bed. You have to replace the Kalani’s front rail with a safety guardrail, which is unfortunately sold separately. It will cost you a little less than $70. If you add rail’s price to the low price of the crib, the total amount is still affordable and more economical than many convertible cribs on the market.
The Kalani’s safety guardrail is available in all colors, which is great! After reviewing a lot of convertible cribs, we had wound out that many convertible cribs don’t have a guardrail in all colors in which the particular crib is accessible. Having a black crib with an espresso guardrail is not nice at all. A huge added value for the Kalani crib!
DaVinci Kalani’s daybed:
When you feel confident that your toddler won’t roll out of bed anymore, you can convert it into a daybed.
However, I didn’t convert my toddler bed into a daybed. It didn’t make sense to me, and my toddler was OK with that. Toddlers can easily climb out of toddler bed while the fence still provides them protection while sleeping.
Of course, it is nothing wrong with converting DaVinci Kalani into a daybed. You can even skip a toddler bed if you don’t want extra costs. That is up to you!
And how you do it? Simply by removing the front rail or safety guardrail if you use a toddler bed, and placing the mattress into the lowest position.
DaVinci’s Kalani full-size bed:
You will need Davinci’s full-size convertible kit and a fitted mattress, for the final transition into an adult bed. Bed rails combine pieces of the crib to serve as a headboard and footboard.
- Convertible: yes
- Number of conversions: 4
- Conversion types: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-sized bed
Baby’s Little Place tip: If you are certain you will convert the crib into one or more bigger beds, I recommend you buy a suitable conversion kit at the same time as the crib. First of all, you will have it by hand when need it. And second, when needed, it might won’t be on stock, or even already out of the sale.
How long can my baby use Kalan’s beds?
Stop using DaVinci Kalani as a crib, when your child begins to climb or reaches 35″. It’s time to transform the crib into a toddler bed and later to a daybed, which you can use until the child’s 50 lbs. The load capacity for a full-size bed is 500 lbs.
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib Specifications
DaVinci Kalani is a static crib and, as such, without any moving parts. It is made from 100% natural solid New Zealand pine wood. It has a timeless design with slats and gentle curves. The crib is accessible in a wide color assortment to match almost all furniture in your home. But if you want DaVinci’s nursery furniture, it pairs great with Kalani 3-Drawer Dresser or Kalani 6-Drawer Double Wide Dresser.
- Manufacturer: DaVinci
- Model: Kalani
- Type: 4-in-1 convertible crib
- Style: timeless wooden design, with gentle curves and sturdy construction
- Material: natural pine wood
- Assembled dimensions: 54.375″L x 35″D x 41.875″H
- Assembled weight: 56 lbs
- Color: white, chestnut, cherry, honey oak, ebony black, espresso and gray
The safety of the crib and crib mattress must be your priority! It is absolutely our No.1 priority even though I am writing about it only now.
- DaVinci Kalani meets and even exceeds all required safety standards set by CPSC and ASTM!
- DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib is GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which means it doesn’t pollute indoor air. The crib was screened and is still tested annually for over 10,000 volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- DaVinci uses only a non-toxic multi-step painting process.
- DaVinci Kalani is lead and phthalate safe.
- It has a sturdy framework, without dropping sides. Drop-side cribs are banned since 2011!
- Your baby’s body shouldn’t fit through the crib’s slats, so CPSC sets the maximum distance between slats on 2 3/8 inches. Kalani’s slats are 2 1/8 inches apart, so it meets safety regulations.
DaVinci Kalani’s crib mattress information
The mattress sits on the metal spring support, which is better than a pad, as it offers better air circulation. DaVinci Kalani has four-level mattress support, so you can adjust it to the high that is best for you and your baby. The higher level is suitable for newborns, but you need to lower it down as soon as your baby starts to pull up or sit on her own.
The mattress is not included, but you have a broad range of choices, as any standard-sized crib mattress fits into the crib. The measurements of standard size cribs and crib mattresses are regulated by the government. So, any standard size crib mattress fits into any full-size crib!
U.S. regulations define:
- a standard size crib is a baby crib with the following measurements: 52 3⁄8 ± 5⁄8 inches in length by 28 ± 5⁄8 inches in width
- a standard crib mattress is a baby crib mattress with the following measurements: at least 27 1/4 inches by 51 5/8 inches and no more than 6 inches thick
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What is the best crib mattress for the DaVinci Kalani?
- Interior crib dimensions: 52.125″L x 28.125″D
- Compatible Mattress Size: standard
- Mattress Included: no
- Recommended mattress by manufacturer: DaVinci Crib Mattress
- Adjustable Mattress Height: yes, 4 positions
More about DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib doesn’t have wheels, so you can’t push it around the house. It is not a portable crib!
You shouldn’t have major problems with the assembling. DaVinci Kalani comes with easy to follow assembly instructions. Most parents told me it didn’t take them a lot more than 30 minutes to finish. However, because of safety reasons, I would take the time to make sure every part is in the right place. If you are not sure, search for additional instruction, or even better, call the manufacturer for assistance. Better be safe than sorry.
DaVinci Kalani’s under-crib storage:
There is about a 6,25″ distance between the floor and the bottom of the rail, which you can use as an extra storage space. That’s not a lot, but it is something. If you think about the storage drawer under the crib, you can find the best models in our article about convertible cribs with under-crib drawer. There is DaVinci’s crib too!
DaVinci Kalani is one of the best selling baby cribs in the last decade. If you are on the market for a timeless, traditional-looking baby crib that will grow with your child, it’s absolutely one of the best choices you can make.
Except that it may get a scratch or two, we didn’t find any major imperfections during our DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib review. We were pleased with our results, and yes, we recommend it!