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For Christmas this year we needed to stay at my in laws, but my nearly 2 year old girl was too big for the travel cot. I'd heard of Ready Beds before, but I'd never seen one, but confident that this was the answer to my daughter's travel / sleep needs, I ordered the In The Night Garden My First Ready Bed from Amazon for around £25 (it seems to be coming up cheaper now).
My daughter absolutely loves In The Night Garden so I was hoping that the colourful bed with her favourite characters would mean she'd be keen to try it out.
**What Do You Get in the Box?**
You get the In The Night Garden My First Ready Bed, which is a thick plastic blow up type bed with a soft cover, an instruction / warranty card, the foot pump (which is in two parts, the pump and the pipe) and this is all boxed. You don't need to keep the box because the ready bed becomes it's own bag with handle.
Well obviously as this is In The Night Garden My First Ready Bed it's in primary colours with Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy on the duvet part and the Tombliboos on the pillow part. It's really pretty and my little girl loves it :)
The foot pump which attaches to a port on the back of the underside head part of the ready bed is easy to plug in and it takes maybe 15 mins of non vigorous pumping to get it to a comfy feel.
Well my little one went straight for it - she fell asleep in the car the first time and was transferred to the ready bed, she must have been comfortable under the little cover because she stayed asleep for a good hour and a half and had to be woken up when we went out! She then spent the night in her little bed, she was happy as larry and very comfortable and warm.
Since then, though we haven't travelled again yet, she has used it for daytime naps when I work from home, so I can keep an eye on her. So we do get plenty of use out of it.
Once the air is removed (by rolling the ready bed with the valve open), the head part of the underside covering tucks around the ready bed and exposes a carry handle making it a lot like a sleeping bag in size and weight. It takes up hardly any room (and it includes a pocket for the pump) and it's fantastic to travel with - far far better than the heavy, hard to assemble travel cot which we had to use when she was very small. We no doubt will be taking this away with us.
I can't recommend the In The Night Garden My First Ready Bed enough, for the looks, the comfort and the money it's absolutely spot on and I'll happily recommend it to all my friends with young children who need a travel bed solution.
Overall I'll give this five out of five, I only wish I'd bought it sooner!!
We purchased this for my daughter when she was 2 as she wanted a little bed to have a sleepover with Mama and Dada in the living room. I have to say, it is a good little bed.
The bed comes with its own foot pump and bag to store the ready bed in should you want to use it elsewhere. It takes around 5 minutes to inflate the bed using the foot pump. The valve is just under the pillow area of the bed and is easily accessible when the bed is in the cover as there is a little flap for you to be able to get it. Also, there is a zip at the back which at first seems as though it is missing the pulley bit. This is deliberate and you need a pin or something to hook in there to open and close it. It is so little people can't get in there and deflate the bed!
There are 2 raised sides on this particular bed as this bed is a first ready bed. It stops little ones from rolling off of the bed and falling on the floor which is great if you have a little one like mine who is similar to a wriggly worm!
The cover doesn't come off either once it is on, so there is no worry about it coming off whilst the little one is sleeping. The cover is a bit thin to sleep under on its own. We have always put extra blankets/covers on the top. It is however, easily removable for washing.
All in all, it was a great buy and she has had fun with it. It is currently on offer at Argos for £19.99 so it is a bargain.
I bought my first ready bed for my daughter to use when we stayed over with relatives and for odd nights in hotels. The first time she used it she was around 20 months.
The ready bed comes with it's own little bag and foot pump. When you take it out's of the bag, you attach the pump to a valve behind the pillow area and with about 5 minutes of pumping it's fully inflated. Once the the valve is closed it is zipped back inside the ready bed cover, so it's hard for little fingers to get to it and deflate it in the middle of the night!
The ready bed's sides are raised like booster pillows, so that your child won't roll out in the night. The covers are attached, so they can't actually fall off as your child moves around.
We now have 2 ready beds and have been really pleased with them. They don't get used a lot - about every couple of months, but every time we get them out, my children can't wait to get in them.
The built in covers are a bit thin, so we always add extra blankets. I've never had to remove the covers, but I believe you can do so if you need to wash them.
My eldest child is now 4 and I think her days of using the ready bed are numbered as she is starting to get too tall for it. I doubt she'll be able to use it past the age of 5 (she's average height) but even so, we've had our money's worth - we paid around £20 for each of our ready beds and as an occassional sleepover bed, I think they are really good.
We bought two of these ready beds for our twins when they were about 18 months old. We do a lot of travelling and often stay with friends and relatives, and they were rapidly outgrowing their travel cots. The first reason we chose these beds was for the In the Night Garden design, which our children love, but they also have some very practical aspects.
The ready bed comes in a rectangular box with the In The Night Garden design and characters displayed. The packaging uses the night sky image that you see at the beginning and end of the programme, this device is used on a lot of products in the range.
The ready bed is compactly fitted in to the box, and when it is folded down, it does go back to its original 'straight from the box' size, which is very useful. The ready bed has its own carry bag and pump included which is very useful as you don't need to carry extra items with you when out and about. Also, the bed has an in-built cover, so you don't need extra blankets, although we do use them - mainly because our children like having a blanket when they go to sleep.
Our children love the design, and find the beds comfortable. After the initial excitement of sleeping on the floor in a new place, it was easy to settle them and get them to relax ready for sleep. We have had many peaceful nights out of the cots with no waking in the middle of the night, while away from home.
The beds are fairly expensive (£25 - £30), but are in a similar price range to a lot of other items in the In The Night Garden range. They were our first choice, and we think we got good value for money.
When one of my children (age between 2 and 3) decided to go through a phase of sleeping on the floor instead of on his bed, we went out of our way to make his bed more interesting. We decided to get him the In The Night Garden ready bed, because he was already a huge In The Night Garden fan and we thought that this would not only make it more appealing to sleep in a bed (even a ready bed!) than on the floor, but it would also come in handy if he ever had a friend or his cousin staying overnight at our house. The bed itself is inflatable and comes with a carrying bag and a manual pump. It's bright and colourful to look at and features a design with the main characters from In The Night Garden. Since it's quite small, it doesn't take long to inflate and stays inflated all night, which is a good start! It comes with a built-in quilt, so you know they won't kick the covers off in the middle of the night and be cold. It also his side bolsters so they won't roll off it. Best of all, the whole thing is machine washable! My little boy has got over his phase of sleeping on the floor, thankfully, but I'm really glad we got this ready bed to have as a backup.
When my first child became too big for the travel cot we had but was still falling out of the cotbed at home, I knew that I had to find a sleeping solution for when we were travelling away from home. I looked at bed rails which provide some solution but only to one side of the bed, unless you buy two!
My solution was to buy a Ready Bed, it is an inflatable bed inside of a cover that has it's own bedding all attached! So no need to take sheets, quilts, blankets when you travel, they have all they need in one handy carry bag.
The cover removes completely and can be put into the washing machine for complete cleaning. It has incorporated bolsters down the sides to help keep the child in bed, but even if they do roll out they are already on the floor so no pain involved - a definite plus. It also comes with a headboard at the top so they can't fall over the top.
I searched and found a new one on ebay that cost £30 with delivery. The version I bought comes with it's own battery operated pump (batteries not included) for easy use wherever you are, but also comes with attachments that fit a mains operated pump also. The bed inflates within minutes and is ready to be slept in.
The Ready Bed is a good option for sleep-overs if you do not have room to have permanent additional beds, because it can be packed away after use.
I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for safe sleeping solutions for children who are very active during sleep and feel that a bed rail is not going to be effective enough, I would also recommend practice runs at home before first use on holiday.
After reading lots of online reviews about this product I have come to the conclusion that my two year old granddaughter is the only child in the country who hates this Ready Bed, and me or her mum are not thrilled with the over priced air bed either!
Visually the Ready Bed looks fantastic. It's a soothing pale turquoise colour and features all of her favourite In The Night Garden characters, beautifully rendered and showing Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy dancing on the 'quilt' while the Tombliboos look on from the pillow. When my granddaughter first saw it she cooed in delight and was so excited when I explained to her that this was her new bed - that is until we actually tried to get her into what is now known as 'that thing' in our family.
The problem is that it's basically an inflatable sleeping bag, you pump up the base of the bed and the cover is attached to this base. From a tiny baby my granddaughter has hated being covered up so when she realised she was going to be so completely enclosed she panicked. The cover is fairly loose but it has tightened somewhat as the sides of the bed have inflated and my granddaughter didn't like not having the option of pushing the blankets down to keep herself comfortable - and I can't say I blame her for that really.
It's a good size for the recommended age (which is from 24 months) and looking at it I'd say that children much older than this will still get the use out of the bed, although I don't know whether you'd endear yourself trying to put a seven year old boy into an In The Night Garden bed!
We were mean and made her sleep in the bed for three nights, after all it had cost £35 and I wanted to try and coax her into it if possible. We began with letting her sleep on top of the cover but even then she wasn't comfortable in the bed, she cried herself to sleep that night and had an unusually restless night waking for bottles whereas she will usually sleep through.
The second night her dad took charge. He has a no nonsense attitude to parenting and was convinced that a few stern words would do the trick, so we deflated the Ready Bed for him to take it back home where he planned to put it up in my granddaughter's bedroom next to her proper bed. Well, he tells me she was back in her own bed after two hours of tears and tantrums had caused him to fear my granddaughter was going to have a fit in her panic - and this reinforced my belief that my granddaughter held a complete dislike to the Ready Bed and nothing was going to get her to sleep in it.
We actually had a breakthrough the third time it was used. We went on a short break in Wales and took the Ready Bed along as the hotel would only provide a cot in our family room. When my granddaughter was faced with the choice of a 'baby's' cot or the Ready Bed she grudgingly sat on the bed. Mind you, she was asleep by the time we laid her in it and woke very early so even unconscious she was aware she had been put in 'that thing'.
I suppose the purpose of this review is to let you know that not all children will love this Ready Bed, however wonderful it looks. Before buying it I read numerous reviews on the product and there are very few consumers who, like me, don't like the Ready Bed at all. It's a good idea but the design needs looking at in my opinion. Of course we don't want our little ones to fall on the floor but there is really no need for such bulky sides on the bed, it makes the bed seem very enclosed and if I were a toddler I certainly wouldn't want those next to my face. The suffocating effect is made worse by the fact that the bed is fairly narrow so I can imagine how claustrophobic it must seem to most toddlers who are already in normal sized junior beds.
I really, really don't like the fact that the cover is attached to the bed. It strikes me as a rather dangerous design for children of two years old as they still wriggle around in their sleep and the cover is tight enough to be awkward for them to get themselves out if they were to slip under the cover and become disorientated. Perhaps that is just me being a little overprotective but it does seem very closed in for such a small child.
The covers on the bed are machine washable and now it's listed on Ebay I have taken the covers off and washed them and can report it is a quick and easy job to perform. The covers washed well on a fairly cool wash and dried in shape making it easy to slip back onto the Ready Bed.
The Ready Bed inflates and deflates quickly with my normal airbed pump, there wasn't one included with my Ready Bed although I'm sure I've read somewhere that the package includes a pump so perhaps mine was just missing. I'd check before buying one if you don't already own a pump as if you have to buy one this will bump up the cost by around £6 - £8. Also the Ready Bed comes with a lovely carry bag for storage, I was impressed with how roomy the bag was as I was able to put the bed away with no struggling at all - unlike the recent sleeping bag carrier I bought recently which requires to roll my sleeping bag into such a tight sausage shape that I simply cannot use it!
But still, even with these good points it still doesn't make this a good product in my opinion. After all, if my granddaughter dislikes it so much that she refuses to sleep in it then what else can I do but dislike it myself?
We have this ready bed for going on adventures like sleep overs at Grandparents.
Unfotunately both sets of Grandparents dont have enough spare beds for our 3 children so we invested in 3 ready beds for them. Our youngest is only 21 months so we thought that this looked ideal.
It comes in a cylinders shaped material bag which zips open to reveal the inflatable bed which is similar to a lilo which then fits inside the material polycotton cover. There is a pump included to which is really handy as it would take sometime to blow this up by mouth.
I laid it out flat on the floor and connected the hose of the pump to the body of the pump and inserted the connector into the inflatable bed but nothing was happening, after reading the instructions I realised that I had the hose in the wrong part of the pump. I had been deflating instead of inflating.
Anyway after that it was easy, 2 minutes later it was fully inflated and had a child snuggled up inside.
The sides and headboard are inflated to act as bolsters to prevent a small child falling out. The cover zips down the side and at the bottom making it easy for a child to get out and in. The material is very bright and child orientated with a picture of Iggle Piggle and Upsy daisy holding hand on the front which impressed my daughter.
The only issue I have with this is that the material is almost fleece like and it seems to make my daughter sweat a lot and over heat. I now put a cotton sheet inside and this seems to have solved the issue.
My daughter has used this regularly for sleep overs in her sister and brothers rooms and occasionally at Grandparents and so far it has given us no problems but it is quite small length wise at 135 cm so I dont know how long it will be before she needs a bigger one.
Before I even start my review I can hear what some of you are probably thinking and yes, I do have a slight 'In the night garden' theme going on here. Thank my toddler for that, still, an improvement on the Teletubbies I think.
So, back to the issue in hand - the ready bed. We purchased this as an accompaniment to our traveling holiday last summer for our little boy's use of course. We needed something a little more comfortable than a sleeping bag yet something close to the ground that he could not fall off and this was our solution.
The ready bed is an inflatable bed that comes packed in its own little carry case along with its own easy to use pump. The perfect little package. The manufacturers recommend that it is best suited for children aged two and above.
The bed folds into a relatively small package and fits well along with the foot pump into its neat little carry case. It inflates easily and does not take excessive effort or a large amount of time. When inflated, the bed is a good size. There are bolsters on either side of the bed which prevents the toddler from rolling off and also there is a headboard for added comfort. There is a built in soft and comfortable cover which is soft, cosy and warm. Despite the manufacturers guidelines of being more suitable for two years plus, we used it for our sixteen month old baby and although he could not fall asleep there like in his cot, we found that we could get him to sleep and then he would sleep very comfortably in the bed. For a little person, the bed appears soft and cosy and a very good buy as it is a very versatile travel bed up until around the age of five. My little boy obviously loves it as it has his favourite characters on it. The Tombliboos can be found on the head board and Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy can be found on the cover.
We paid £29.99 for this product from Mothercare which is a reasonable price and we find it to be very good value for money.
A recommended product from us and an easy and versatile product to travel with.
The quick and comfy sleepover solution! The ReadyBed is an inflatable sleeping bag that offers comfort, convenience and is easy to carry and store away! The ReadyBed is easy to inflate and even comes with it's own pump. The cover is removable and machine washable for your convenience. The ReadyBed also comes complete with it's own bag for convenient carriage wherever you go on your travels; Perfect for sleepovers, staying with relatives, using on holiday or having guests to stay!