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When I was expecting my oldest child, I was fortunate enough to be treated to a beautiful expensive range of co-ordinating baby bedding from Mothercare. The Classic Winnie the Pooh collection is still available from Mothercare which should be unsurprising, given the timeless appeal of Winnie the Pooh and the beautiful traditional designs of this particular set.
My bumper was purchased as part of a set but can now be purchased separately for the pricely sum of 35.99 for the bumper alone! (And that is part of a 20% off promotion for the entire range.) Just like the matching quilt and other items in the range, this bumper is beautiful to look at and is made from high quality fabric with lots of attention to detail. The Winnie the Pooh designs used are all based on the original line drawings from the AA Milne stories, rather than the modern Disney interpretation. The familiar characters are embroidered directly on to the bumper, so these won't fade with regular use unlike bright printed designs. There is no doubt that this is a simple, attractive and beautiful unisex design but, sadly, it is not a product that has proved to be a worthwhile investment.
The bumper is made from 100% cotton and filled with polyester. It is much thicker and far more rigid than the matching coverlet although this might soften slightly with use. The problem we had was that the bumper proved itself to be totally redundant and impractical and, disappointingly, has never really been used. (I have attached it to the cot a few times when initially setting up the nursery and it does look gorgeous!)
The bumper (like all bumpers of this kind) is only actually recommended for babies until they are able to sit up unaided which is generally around the six month mark or so. Realistically, most babies will go into a moses basket or crib for the first few months anyway which drastically reduces the lifespan of this particular type of product.
I found this particular bumper to be very heavy and cumbersome and mine is actually curved at the top which gave this a tendency to be very top heavy and fall downwards. I was never happy about the possibility of the weight of the bumper pulling it away from the cot sides and posing a suffocation risk, which is one of the concerns raised about the use of cot bumpers generally. Having said that, the ties on the bumper are made of a thick ribbon material and are incredibly securely attached.
Despite matching my beautiful quilt and being a well made, durable product, I really wouldn't recommend buying this particular bumper. In all honesty, I wouldn't advise spending money on any cot bumper as I don't really see that they offer any real benefit to the baby. By the time the baby is becoming more active and likely to bang themselves on their cot bars, chances are they are also sitting unaided and a bumper would be a potential hazard with its ties and thick covering. Most babies will move about in all sorts of random positions through the night and manage to avoid any serious injury from the bars.
I'd recommend giving this particular item a miss and treating baby to something else from this beautiful range instead!
When my sister was a baby my mum and dad did her bedroom out with a Winnie the Pooh theme, it looked wicked and eventually when she went into a cot she got an official Disney Winnie the Pooh cot bumper. It's not the same design as the one in the photo, the pictures of Winnie the Pooh are bolder and more cartoonish like you're used to seeing him now. The bumper is a lot brighter and more modern than the one Dooyoo have got up, I reckon there must be hundreds of different Winnie the Pooh designs so you'll have to look round and find one YOU like!
The bumper fits to the cot with ribbons, these are dead short and a bit fiddly to tie actually but that's a safety thing because you don't want long strings round where a baby is sleeping because of the risk of strangulation. There are 6 ribbons to tie up on this one and they all hold the cot bumper in place good, it's best to pull the bumper as tight as you can before tying it up because the bumper will look a lot better and the ribbons will hold it closer to the cot. My sisters cot was quite a big one and this fitted fine, she's been in a bed for ages now and has still got the bumper tied to the headboard because it's a metal bedframe with perfect gaps so that we've been able to wrap the bumper round so she's had nearly 3 years of use with it now!
I remember buying this in Mothercare and it was about £14.00, that was for the bumper on it's own and I also brought the matching cot tidy and quilt. It's been a good buy all round because my mum uses the cot tidy in the bathroom now and the quilt is for playing with on sunny days in the garden now!
It's a brill quality cot bumper and even though it's been washed loads of time in the machine it's kept its shape well and none of the colours have faded or anything like that. I remember my mum telling me never to put it in the tumble dryer when it was new and it's like terrified me about wrecking the bumper like that now so I never do it, it's probably best though because there is a light stuffing inside the bumper and I think you've got more chance of it drying nicely if you put it over the radiator or washing line.
I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this cot bumper. It's bright and cheerful with a design that will look wicked on any baby's cot, you haven't even got to go all the way with the Winnie the Pooh theme because the bumper looks brill all by itself. This official Disney one is very well made, not even one stitch has come loose in nearly 3 years and it honestly does still look as good as it did when I first brought it.