Union convertible crib Review

Union convertible crib Reviews

Union 3-in-1 convertible crib Review

The Union is one of the cheapest convertible cribs on the market. This crib caught our attention with a simple, yet elegant design. If you think that the crib for 100 dollars is made poorly, you may be wrong. Yes, we have seen poorly designed and wobbly cribs for such a low price, but not this one!

Our Union 3-in-1 convertible crib review gave us interesting results. And I am glad we have finally found a cheap crib that can stand proudly beside more expensive ones.

It is not necessarily that more expensive means better design, quality, or safeness. Surely, that’s not the case here! The Union convertible crib successfully competes with more expensive models on the market.

You might wonder who is the manufacturer of the Union baby crib. Although the name by itself doesn’t tell us a lot, it is a part of a baby’s furniture empire. Union 3-in-1 convertible crib is made by DaVinci. If you already made some crib’ investigation, you have probably heard about DaVinci’s cribs. After all, DaVinci Kalani and vintage-inspired Jenny Lind are one of the best selling cribs for the last few years.

All this raises the question of why DaVinci’s name is not included in the crib’s name. DaVinci designed this crib in cooperation with big online sellers, like Amazon, and we all know how big is Amazon.
Amazon sells thousands of cribs, so they can be offered for a lower price, without losing the profit for itself and the manufacturer. That’s why they can offer such a good crib for such a low price.

Results of our Union 3-in-1 convertible crib Review

THE GOOD:

  • good value for the price
  • it grows with your child
  • meets all required safety standards
  • unique colors, like Lagoon or Sunshine
  • an affordable price
  • adjustable mattress support
  • sleek, minimalistic design
  • the lightweight of the crib
  • great for short moms

THE BAD:

  • wood can scratch easily
  • few visible screws and holes
Union convertible crib Review

Why those things did not considerably affect our final review rating:

  • The crib is finished with non-toxic paint. Such paint may scratch sooner than conventional paint, which is full of toxins. I prefer a safe finish, even if it’s not so sustainable! Also, any crib, cheap or expensive, will eventually get a few scratches or teeth marks. If you want to protect the crib’s wood, crib rail protectors are a perfect solution.
  • Visible screws are not uncommon, even for a high priced cribs. 

Keep in mind:

A safety guardrail for a toddler bed is not included in the price. It costs a little less than $60, but it seems to be available only in white color, which is a minor disappointment


Review of Union’s convertibility

A Union is a 3-in-1 convertible crib, which means it can transit into two bigger beds. This crib converts into a toddler bed and daybed. Conversions are simple, and shouldn’t take you a lot of time, just follow the provided instructions.

Toddler bed:

You have to buy the toddler bed conversion kit, but this is common practice with the majority of convertible cribs. And, even with the additional purchase, the overall price stays low. Unfortunately is a toddler safety guardrail available only in a white finish.

Daybed:

When your child outgrows the toddler bed, you can transform the Union into a daybed. Of course, you can skip a toddler bed, and convert the crib directly to a daybed. By doing so, you will avoid additional purchases.
Union becomes a daybed by removing the safety guardrail and placing the mattress support into the lowest setting.

Union convertible crib - convertibility Review

Some parents had tried and transformed the crib into a full-size bed.

The front and the back of the crib serves as a headboard and footboard in a full-size bed. Union has both sides of the same height, so a full-size bed doesn’t look as good as the models, which are meant for this.

Cribs that convert to a full-size bed have higher backsides to be more appealing as an adult bed. A few examples are DaVinci Kalani, Graco Benton, or Storkcraft Tuscany, which is, by the way, one of the best deals on baby cribs too. 

  • Convertible: yes
  • Number of conversions: 3
  • Conversion types: crib, toddler bed, and daybed

How long can my baby use the crib?

Stop using Union as a crib, when your child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches. It is time to transform the crib into a toddler bed and later to a daybed.


Union’s design and specifications

Union crib is a simple yet elegant crib. It doesn’t have a bulky framework, but a minimalist design, with slats all around the crib. All four sides are even, without curves, and the crib looks clean and modern.

With a decent color selection, the Union convertible crib fits almost any type of nursery decor. The crib is available in classic colors, like white, natural, ebony, espresso and gray, or in a more funky version like sunshine or lagoon.

The crib is made from sustainable New Zealand pine wood. Comparing to bulky cribs, it doesn’t weigh a lot, but it’s a sturdy crib with fixed sides.

  • Manufacturer: DaVinci
  • Model: Union
  • Type: 3-in-1 convertible crib
  • Style: clean modern design
  • Material: natural New Zealand pine wood
  • Assembled dimensions: 53.5” L x 30.5” D x 33.5” H
  • Assembled weight: 36,9 pounds
  • Color: ebony, white, gray, natural, espresso, lagoon, and sunshine

The crib is not as hight as some bulky models, but that doesn’t affect its safeness at all. The side rails are high enough to ensure your baby won’t climb out of the crib sooner than from any other crib.
Because of such a structure, it’s the perfect crib for short moms. We have asked a few petite moms who already have the crib about their experiences. They were very satisfied with the crib, as they reach the sleeping baby easily.


Mattress information


The mattress sits on a metal spring support, which allows better air circulation throughout the crib mattress. It possesses four-level mattress support, so you can start with the highest position for a newborn and gradually lower it down. But don’t forget to adjust the mattress high as your baby increase mobility and learns to sit up and stand!

Union 3-in-1 convertible crib is a standard size crib. Dimensions of standard size cribs and crib mattresses are regulated by the government. That’s why any standard size crib mattress fits into the crib.

Standard size crib
Standard crib mattress

is a baby crib with the following measurements: 52 3⁄8 ± 5⁄8 inches in length by 28 ± 5⁄8 inches in width

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

However, the manufacturer recommends using the DaVinci mattress in the crib. Of course, this is because they want to sell their own product. I am not saying it is a bad choice, but you should know you have more options.

For instance, lots of parents decide on a Graco Premium foam crib and toddler bed mattress, which is an affordable option.


Union 3-in-1 convertible crib Safety Review

Union crib is a sturdy crib with fixed side rails. CPCS commission banned the sale of cribs with drop sides in 2011. There were too many injuries or even deaths because of them. Please, if you have the dropping side crib, don’t use it. It is just not worth it to risk!

The crib meets all ASTM international and U.S. CPSC safety standards. They use only non-toxic materials, and the finishes are lead and phthalate safe.


Is the Union crib portable?
A crib is lightweight, so you can transfer it from room to room easier than other cribs. Also, the sleek and minimalist frame allows you to get it through most room door frames. However, that doesn’t mean it’s portable. If you want to move the crib regularly, look into portable cribs on wheels.

What about under-crib storage?
Height from the floor to the underside of the rail is approximately 6″. It is not a lot of space, but sometimes any additional space can be useful. If you want more storage, you can buy a convertible crib with under-crib drawer.

Crib’s assembling:
Union 3-in-1 convertible crib is one of the easiest cribs to assemble. The assembly is effortless, and it shouldn’t take you more than an hour. You get a fully detailed instruction manual that takes you step by step through the entire assembly process. All the tools are included.


Final verdict

Union 3-in-1 convertible crib is the best baby crib for $100. With this crib, Union has made it possible for parents with a lower budget to buy a quality convertible crib too.

The crib meets all required safety standards, and it’s as safe as any other crib on the market. The ability to grow with your child makes its value for the price even higher.

We don’t see a reason why you wouldn’t decide for Union 3-in-1 convertible crib, but if you have any questions, leave it in the comments below.

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Hello!
I am the founder of Baby’s Little Place. I’m a mom to the one-year-old daughter and I know how overwhelming could be when you are looking at things and tips for a new baby, especially if you are a first-time parent. That’s why I set up this site…because I want to do something I am passionate about, as well as I want to help new parents and parents to be.


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