I am a first-time grandma and will be taking care of my granddaughter when my daughter returns to work. This is a perfect size to have in our great room and I love that mattress can be lowered to accommodate up to a yr old baby! It looks so cute with the gingham bedding I purchased from Ababy.com. I'm not sure whether I will use the rocking mechanism but it is there if I decide to do so. It's sturdy, well-made, and attractive.