Pros: All-in-one sturdiness and efficiency.
Cons: This thing is LONG - measure your nursery before buying.
I bought this crib for my toddler because she simply couldn't be trusted to use a toddler bed. We had used the traditional crib for her and her sister ended up needing it - but we didn't have a changing table and had to somehow get a crib and changer togeter at a really low price. This model was perfect.
I was shocked at how sturdy it is - literally shocked. I'm a connossieur of RTA furniture (ready to assemble). We must have 30 different furniture pieces in our house that were bought this way. As such, I know the quality can be less than satisfactory. However, I could not get over the difference in this crib - from Simplicity no less. I had heard some bad things about Simplicity, so it was risky for me to buy this crib in the first place. I was pleasantly suprised.
-The three drawers are HUGE - deep and 16" wide. I was expecting some flimsy afterthought drawers but these are anything but fluff. I can actually use them along with the three shelves at the back (which are also roomy) as a dresser - so you really are getting a crib, changing table, AND dresser all in one.
-The changing table is high - I am 5'10" and love that I don't have to hunch over my baby during changing time. Plus, research indicates that changing your baby while laying him/her straight in front of you is easier on your back than changing them from the side. With three children in diapers and being pregnant for the last 3 years, I can attest to this truth - it IS easier.
-The crib itself is solid - don't know how else to really say it. The slats are wide and flat, which seems to be more of a deterrent for getting little arms and legs stuck between the bars. My daughter also like having a sort of headboard for her pillow. She could set her pillow right up against the solid wood of the changing table and I think it helped her feel a little more secure.
-The wood finish of this crib is beautiful, and it matches my Shermag glider perfectly.
The unfortunate things about this crib:
-The changing table is NOT standard size. The crib comes with a pad, but it is a piece of junk which I removed immediately. It is only 16" wide by 28.5" long. There is not a contoured or flat changing pad on earth that will fit this thing - but you do have options. I simply purchased a bassinet pad which was a little narrower than the changer and it works very well and is thicker than the pad that comes standard with the crib.
-Once your toddler realizes that s/he can reach over the crib and open the top drawer and go about removing all its contents every single morning, you will need to rethink the set-up. Since the changer is attached, you can't really separate it - maybe child locks would work well for you. I simply put my infant into this crib and my toddler back in the other one for the time being.
-If your child is prone to try climbing, there may be an issue with him/her figuring out how to get up on top of the changing table and climb down using the shelves. Because of the smooth finish of the wood on the inside of the crib, this is literally IMPOSSIBLE for my two-year old when the crib is on the lowest setting - however, my daughter may not have a destiny in climbing mountains either, so beware if yours does have that quality.