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My four month old son has recently made the move from sleeping in his Moses basket to spending night times in his cot and is now in an established bedtime routine. He lives with his mummy but spends a couple of nights a week with me in my home and having outgrown the Moses basket he had at my place I needed to buy him something more suitable for him to sleep in. Because he has a fully equipped nursery at his mummy's home I thought against buying a traditional fixed crib or cot and instead bought a travel system figuring that this would provide a practical solution for his bed time requirements but also allow either me or his mother something to take away with us should we want to go on holiday with our son in the future.
I didn't want anything too cheap, there were plenty of sub-£30 travel cots available which would have served the purpose but as I have my son stay with me every week for two nights I wanted something a little more comfortable-looking and sturdy. The Ingenuity Sleepeasy by Bright Starts caught my eye when I saw it instore at Mothercare, priced at just under £100 it was one of the more expensive travel cot systems available but I was taken by its appearance and features so was happy to get this for my son as it offered him somewhere to lay his head as well as giving me everything I need to have him sleep over at my home.
The travel cot comes packaged in a long rectangular box, it's rather heavy when removed and comes neatly folded up in a handy travel bag with handle. The sides and base are joined together so there's no construction to undertake but you are provided with metal poles that insert under the cot mattress to give rigidity and support. Unlike other travel cots that require a series of actions to assemble the cot into position this one simply lifts up from the bottom via a handle which is located underneath the removable mattress and snaps into place, there are 2 wheels to allow you to move the cot around and an extra support stand that provides additional reassurance that the cot isn't going to move once it's stood in place. Provided with the cot is a changing table which clicks firmly into place on the upper part of the system which is a handy extra as this gives you somewhere to change your baby, the sizing of the 'table' is generous and the 3 compartments allow you to store nappies, creams and anything else you might need when it comes to a nappy change.
The sides of the cot are made from a dense mesh-like material, the supports are plastic-covered metal and all in all I would say it is very well made and is certainly worth the money it costs to buy. Designed to be travel system it's important that the cot can be collapsed but also needs to be sturdy when in use and I would say that it has been cleverly thought out to offer both. Construction time is minimal and other than a couple of metal poles everything else is in one piece so it's unlikely that you're going to lose anything over the course of time. It folds up neatly into the provided travel bag and whilst it is admittedly a bit of a faff getting it all crammed in due to it being quite a tight fit once it's in there it's fully portable and will easily slide into the boot of a car.
Once assembled the cot's dimensions are just over 57cm in height, 72cm in length and around 59cm in depth, it's a unisex grey colour and suitable for children up to 30lbs. It's folded dimensions are just over 80cm in length and around 34cm in width so not too much of a space-waster if you're wanting to take it away on holiday with you. The mattress can either be laid flat for baby to lay on or can be set at a slight incline should baby prefer although personally I only use it in its flat position for my son. It's not terribly thick the mattress but seems to be comfortable enough for my son as he sleeps just as well on this as he does his crib mattress at his mums home and in the times he has used it I've not had any problems with him adjusting to something new.
There are no sharp edges or areas of concern as far as how the cot has been manufactured, I do think it has been very well made and as mine is permanently up ready for when my son stays with me I like its design and colouring. It fits into my bedroom easily and being slightly smaller than a traditional cot I find that although it does take up floor space it doesn't really get in the way. It gives me somewhere to change my son at nappy-time and I like how convenient it is for night time changes. The plastic covering on the changing mat wipes easily which is handy for any little 'accidents' and I think that overall you do get plenty for your money with this system from Bright Starts.
For me it offers me somewhere for my son to sleep when he stays at my home and the added bonus for me is that I've got something that I can take away with us when he gets a bit older and we go on holidays together. It is expensive when compared to other travel cot systems and I could have saved a little bit of money and just bought a traditional crib but he has that at his mummy's home and I wanted something a little bit different for him at mine and of course it also offers something that can be folded up and taken away should we spend any nights away from home in the future.
I can't find anything to fault with the " Ingenuity SleepEasy" from Bright Starts so it gets a perfect five star rating from me here and is something I'd definitely recommended to other parents looking for either a travel cot system or something other than a traditional crib or cot. Widely available both online and from off-line retailers it's definitely one to consider.
Thanks for reading my review.