“ Ikea / White cot - hensvik. „
I brought this cot for my son before he was born.He is now 9 months old and has got very good use out of it.I wanted a practical low budget cot as I was not planning to have any more children so just wanted to get enough use out of it for one child.Looking at it even now you would think it had only just been brought. The colour is good as white universally goes with anything and practically it was very easy to assemble.The price at £60 pounds was money well worth spent,but if it had a drop down side then I would have said it would have been a bargain buy.The adjustable base level is very useful as now my son is sitting up unsupported I have moved the base down to base level so that he is well secure when put inside his cot.If you are looking for a practical good value cot then I would recommmend this.
We bought two Ikea Hensvik cots for our twins. We didn't have a huge budget, but we needed something sturdy, safe, and just nice. We headed straight to Ikea to have a look at what was available. They have a really large range of cots and children's beds, and even if you don't like the Hensvik one, you will find something else that's right for you.
We chose the Hensvik cot because it has a clean design that would look good in almost any bedroom. It is plain white with smooth, flat edges, and a scalloped pattern to the head and foot boards. It was also only £59, which was great value for what you get.
The cot is easy to put together, and has two different heights. When you need to raise or lower the bed base, it is very easy to do. The mattress is purchased separately; I can't remember how much it cost, but they weren't too expensive either. As your child becomes older, one of the cot sides can be removed to turn it in to a small toddler bed. We didn't use it like this for very long, but it was useful to have this transition feature. All in all, it was a very versatile piece of furniture.
WHAT IS IT?
A baby's cot from Ikea that can be used from birth. It is made of beech wood and painted with white acrylic paint. The base can be moved through 2 positions as your baby grows.
This was a very easy cot to assemble and my husband did it in less than half an hour. He could have done it quicker I think but he assembled it alone and it was awkward for him to hold the pieces together. The instructions are in pictures and they are very easy to follow even if you do not have very much experience of putting flat packed furniture together. All you need is a screwdriver and that makes it easy and straight forward because you do not have to get a lot of tools together before you start.
I think this cot is very good quality and I am surprised at how cheap it is. The headboard has got a thin panel of balsa wood instead of being bars all round and I like that because it makes the cot feel stronger than if it was just plain bars. I think the bars are quite narrow but they do not feel like they are going to bend or break. The legs of the cot are very sturdy and there's no rocking even when my daughter is bouncing around in her bed. It did not come with a mattress but I did not expect it to at that price and I bought one separately from Ikea for a very good price.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy to have this cot and think more people should buy it instead of buying the most expensive ones. It's easy to move the cot base to the different heights but I am disappointed that there is not a drop side because I did not notice that in Ikea and I thought there would be one, it's not essential but stretching down into the cot makes my back ache now that my baby daughter is getting heavier.
A good thing is that when you buy this cot you get a thin wood panel that you can use to turn it into a toddler bed. My husband says that this will be very easy to do but our daughter is only 7 months now so we will not have to turn it into a bed for a long time because there is lots of room still in the cot for her.
My daughter sleeps very well at night so I think this cot must be comfortable. It is very sturdy so doesn't rock or move when she does and the only problem we have encountered was getting a cot mattress to fit it perfectly because I did not want an Ikea mattress to start with but ended up having to go back for one because I could not find another one to fit it snugly. When I need to wash the cot I just wipe it with hot water and sterilising fluid and it looks brand new still with no damage to the paintwork or the wood. It is very light to move so when we change the nursery around as our daughter gets more things it's easy to move the cot.
The Hensvik cot costs £60 from Ikea and it measures 123cm long x 66cm wide.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
When we were expecting our second child our list of necessities was quite small, but we did need a new cot, the first one we had for our eldest had been dismantled and stored, but when we came to reassemble it, one of the fixings kept crossthreading and one of the catches to drop the side down had broke, leaving a nasty, sharp corner, definitely not safe! I was really disapointed, it was a gift from my in-laws and although it was 5 years old it had only been used for the one baby. I never knew the exact cost, but I believe it was over £200.
We decided the one day to take a trip to the Eastgate Road retail park in Bristol, so we could have a look at the cots in Mothercare and Mamas and Papas. The cots in both were lovely, the prices though were a little higher than we expected! As Ikea was just across the car park we decided to have a quick look on the off chance and I was quite suprised to find they had a small range of cots, one of which was the Hensvik, it was white, which meant it would match the existing furniture and priced at £78. (Currently priced at £80.68)
The Hensvik is white and the frame is made of solid beech. The headboard has a central panel which is made of fibreboard and has very pale grey verticle stripes. The baseboard which the mattress lies on is also fibreboard. The foot panel and the headboard are shaped at the top which makes it look a little more expensive I feel. Of course, it comes flat packed and we managed to fit it in the back of our Astra with the back seats down, although it is quite heavy. My hubby got it in and out of the car on his own, but as he left it in our hallway, I got bored of waiting and tried to get it in the nursery myself, but failed miserably. I came to my senses and ended up opening the packaging and making several trips up and down the stairs taking each piece up seperately. And then I got a good telling off when hubby came home.
As usual with Ikea, the instructions are in printed picture format and I find them clear and really easy to follow. All the correct fittings are supplied, as is the alan key and spanner needed to tighten some of them. You will also need a flat head screw driver though. There are five sections to the main cot and an extra piece which just looks like a long plank of wood, this is for later, if you want to convert the cot to a bed and is fixed across the matress base to finish it off when the side is removed. There is only one, so the bed will look like a day bed, rather than the more traditional cot/toddler beds. We store our panel underneath the cot, flat on the floor as I worry about it bowing and then not fitting very well.
We found the cot very easy to put together. All fixings were present and correct and it probably took us about 15 minutes (which includes the time taken searching for and swearing at the screwdriver. Why is it never in the toolbox?) I must mention here that both sides are fixed, the ones I saw in the other stores had one side which dropped down. When it is assembled it seems a bit lighter and can be dragged around by one person although better to be lifted by two of you. The base can be fixed at two heights, the higher one for when baby is very small and not pulling themselves up. The lower setting sits flush with the bottom rails of the sides, so cannot be seen, unlike the higher setting. The cot comes with clear plastic protectors which fit in the holes that are left depending on which setting you choose, although the holes aren't very big anyway. These protectors are very tight to get in so you don't have to worry about a little toddler removing them. The cot frame needs to be loosened to lower the base, so make sure you keep the instructions, alan key and spanner safe!
Mattresses are sold seperately, as seems to be the norm wherever you buy a cot from. The cot measures 123cm x 66cm, so you would have to make sure a mattress is the right size if buying from a different store as any gap is unsafe. We bought a mattress from Ikea too, so we knew it would fit perfectly. At present they have six to choose from costing from £20.62 up to £101.11.
My son is now 20 months old and the cot is still in fantastic condition. He has been sick in the cot, but it wiped clean with dettol and didn't affect the acrylic paint at all. He sleeps through the night fine so the mattress must be comfy and standard sheets fit perfectly. I was slightly worried about the side rail not dropping down as they do in most cots, but in reality I have never found this to be a problem, but Logan does go to bed awake. If you nurse your baby to sleep before they go to bed, this could be a problem if your mattress is at the lower height.
I would recommend this cot, especially if you are on a budget, or like me, just think most baby items are well overpriced. It meets with Safety standard EN716-1, converts to a day bed to extend it's usage and has a range of furniture to compliment it, such as wardrobes, undercot storage and shelves. We are so pleased with it, we bought another when our daughter was born!