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When I was expecting my oldest child, almost eight years ago now, I was inundated with friends and well-meaning relatives offering to buy us the baby essentials and help us out with everything we needed. Those were the days!
I can clearly remember being taken out on a shopping trip to Mothercare by my Dad's then girlfriend to choose baby bedding. Normally, I'm quite frugal and sensible with purchases, especially for things that I consider 'basics' such as bedding. Luckily, my Dad's girlfriend was going mad with his credit card and between us we fell in love with the most expensive range of co-ordinated bedding in the shop at the time - the Classic Winnie the Pooh collection.
Bearing in mind this was eight years ago, I thought that paying over £50 for a bedding set comprising simply a cot bumper (which later proved to be totally redundant) and a thin coverlet (quilt) was very extravagant. Having said that, the range is absolutely beautiful and the quilt has survived my two sons and is still in almost immaculate condition ready for the new arrival.
The Classic Winnie the Pooh range is still available in Mothercare today and is still selling for what I consider to be extortionate prices! It is beautiful to look at though in a very understated way, compared to some of the bright gaudy designs available for babies' nurseries. 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. It is a simple design with the main Pooh characters embroidered on to the quilt and an attractive neutral colour scheme which is predominantly white with pastel yellow, blue and lilac used to bring out the colours in the designs. It is a unisex design and colour scheme although it might seem quite feminine to some. It's certainly not frilly or over the top though! The current design is not quite identical to my quilt but uses the same images and colours and has the same waffle effect on the fabric which helps to make the quilt more hardwearing and resilient than it might initially appear.
The cover is made from 100% cotton and filled with polyester. Despite feeling incredibly thin and being far thinner than even the lowest tog of adult quilt, it does provide a surprising amount of warmth and is not actually recommended for babies under 12 months because of the risk of over heating. My boys both used this from just under a year old, particularly during winter months when this was ideal to provide some additional warmth and saved having to buy extra sleeping bags with a higher tog rating.
My youngest son has only just finished with this quilt when he moved from his cot bed into his new bunk bed. It has seen a lot of use over the years but does still look virtually new, surprisingly, as my oldest was quite a sicky baby and this has been machine washed (at 40 degrees) many, many times. Unlike bright designs, this fabric hasn't faded or worn in any areas so is clearly a quality product which you would hope given the selling price.
The coverlet alone currently sells for £31.99 (and that is part of a 20% off promotion!) It is possible to co-ordinate baby's entire nursery in this design with everything available from a beautiful waffle effect moses basket to crib bedding and lined changing mat and more. All of the individual items come with an equally high price tag but would make for a gorgeous baby layette - particularly if some generous relatives are willing to foot the bill!
This particular coverlet has proved to be very durable and hardwearing and has great sentimental attachment for me. In fact, this might be one piece that is able to survive three children and be in good enough condition to pass on to grandchildren as a family heirloom!
Equivalent to a sheet and a fleece blanket.