When my youngest daughter outgrew her cot I decided to give her the toddler bed that my eldest daughter had been using since she was three. It was still sturdy and in good condition and her bedroom is only small so a small bed seemed like a good idea. I also felt that my eldest daughter needed a more grown up larger bed so it all seemed the most logical thing to do. I gave my daughter a few different beds too choose from and she chose a mid sleeper from Argos which included the Hello Kitty Bed Tent Pack. There are many deals for mid sleepers which come with this tent pack from various retailers and all differ in price. The Hello Kitty tent pack can also be bought on its own without a bed, it is currently priced at £54.40 on Amazon. This review is based on the Hello Kitty Tent Pack only and not the bed.
The product came well packaged in plastic and this was easy to open.
The first part of the tent comes in four pieces. Two large peices for the sides of the bed (one with the Hello Kitty design and one plain pink) and two smaller peices for the front and back (again, one with a Hello Kitty design and the other plain pink). Each of these Panels had adjustable ties at each corner which are used to attach them to a standard size mid-sleeper bed. The tent is designed to look like a Hello Kitty shop. The larger panel has a picture of Hello Kitty riding a bike with fruit in a basket, it also has a "door". This opens and closes and is secured shut by a small strip of velcro. The side panel has a window which rolls up and down, there are some ties to keep the windows open and velcro to secure it closed. There is also a bed canopy which goes over the top of the bed. This was easily put together using the white plastic bars included which are used to build the structure and keep it upright and in place. I found it extremely easy to assemble and it took me less than 10 minutes.
Once up the Hello Kitty Tent Pack looked wonderful and so cute, unfortunately it did not stay this way for very long. Once it had been set up my children began to play in it. In and out the doors and opening and closing the windows. However, within a few hours the adjustable ties began coming away from the the sides of the panels, leaving holes in their place. I tried my best to sew up these holes but the fabric was just too thin and more and more they just came apart. Following that the door began to tear in the corner and it became clear that no amount of sewing was going to save the tent. Eventually one of the small tears in the tent turned into a larger tear and the large panel split into pieces. Needless to say it went into the bin. The Canopy was no better. The white plastic bars were far too flimsy to support the canopy and one by one they began to snap into two. Again I tried to fix the problem but gave up in the end and admitted defeat. The material of the tent was of a cheap quality and the canopy was flimsy. On a whole it was poorly made and has not been made to withstand childrens play. I feel that this product is overly priced and not worth five pounds never mind over fifty. I would advise against buying this. It may be cute and look nice in the picture but its simply tat!
This Hello Kitty tent pack lasted less than a week. My daughter now has a mid-sleeper bed with no tent underneath so she has been left pretty disappointed. I am hoping to buy her a new tent pack soon and am hoping we have more luck next time around!