Pottery Barn Kids Larkin Sleigh Crib
Ok, Vivien is our first kid and it was a total emotional decision for me. We bought the Larkin Sleigh Crib from Pottery Barn Kids right before she was born. It was on back order for 3-4 months so PBK did give us $100 credit for the delay. I’m a visual person so I felt like I really wanted to look at her sleeping in a lovely crib. I was right, I do LOVE seeing her in such a lovely crib/now toddler bed. I just saw in the latest Pottery Barn Kids magazine this crib has won a 2008 Readers’ Choice Award from Cookie Magazine, which I also really enjoy. The crib converts to a toddler bed and after you don’t need either any more it can be used as a bench or settee with pillows. This was a selling point for us. I still love the crib/toddler bed but here are a few things to consider: It’s big! Six feet long. Julien calls it the Cadillac of Cribs. So you need space, not something we really have here in NYC but we have made it work. We have moved once and it had to be taken apart to fit through doors. Maybe because it wasn’t put back together well the second time the bottom middle section on one side keeps coming out. I think it could be fixed if we were handy in any way when it came to furniture, but we aren’t, so it’s a bit annoying considering the cost of the crib. We did buy the toddler bed conversion kit. When Vivi unexpectedly climbed/fell out one afternoon while protesting a nap we took the side rail off and put the conversion piece on. First, it was very hard to put on as you have to take the whole bottom out to do it, and once we reassembled it with the conversion kit we really didn’t notice any difference/benefit. I think it’s supposed to hold the mattress in place tight after removing the rail but it seemed the same to me. Also, we didn’t understand why there was no half rail included to keep toddlers from rolling out. I felt like it was an unnecessary waste of $40. Since we had to buy a rail (Kidco for $80) anyway I would save your money on the conversion kit. The Kidco rail is excellent, easy and is a universal rail.
With all that being said, I still love the crib/bed. I love seeing Vivi crawling in an out of it (maybe not the 5th time in one night), and I am still enjoying seeing her framed by the crib when I peek in on her finally asleep.