15370_sum_mi_brookline_4in1_crib_chocolate_productWeb site: summerinfant.com

Better known for its video monitors, Summer Infant jumped into the nursery furniture market in 2009 and sells under the Carters brand. Most of these cribs are imported from Asia (Indonesia, China and Vietnam).

Just to make it more confusing, these cribs are marketed several ways: Carters, Child of Mine by Carters, Just One You by Carters and My Nursery by Child of Mine, to name a few. FYI: Summer also markets these cribs under the name Disney Princess and its own name.

Prices range from $150 for a Child of Mine by Carters crib at Walmart to a $350 Carters convertible crib at Bed Bath & Beyond. Dressers are $230 to $280; most are ready-to-assemble.

In a nutshell, most of these cribs are simple in styling with few bells and whistles. The styling echos Pottery Barn and the dressers have a touch of Shaker design.

New in the past year, the Simple Adjust crib has a unique feature: an easy-to-use mattress height adjuster. While other cribs require you to dissemble the entire crib to change the mattress height, the Simple Adjust cribs has two triggers that enable you to change the height in just ten seconds. An example of this crib is the Summer Infant Bryant Convertible Crib with Simple Adjust at Target for $200.

Parent feedback on the brand has been mostly positive: fans like the sturdy construction, easy assembly and included conversion kit. Detractors point out the mattress support is an MDF board and the ready-to-assemble dressers are nothing special, quality-wise.

And one additional point: while Carters/Summer advertises its convertible cribs as 4-in-1 (crib, day bed, toddler bed, full size bed), all those extra uses beyond a crib require a separate purchase of toddler and conversion rails. Hence, of out of the box, Summer’s 4-in-1 cribs are just cribs.

We make this point since we’ve seen a few reviews where parents felt duped by the 4-in-1 pitch, even though the fine print of all these cribs indicate the separate purchase catch. FYI: Most convertible cribs require a separate purchase for the toddler and conversion rails, although a few will include the kits in the price.

Final note: as we were going to press, Summer announced it was phasing out its Carters and Disney Princess licensed furniture. Hence, you’ll see this furniture in the future under the Summer brand. As of this writing, however, we still saw plenty of stock of the Carters furniture, so we’ll keep this review under the Carters name for time being. Rating: B

Amazon Customer Reviews:

Carters Casual Collection Combo Changer, Black Walnut