I had spent a while looking for a travel cot for my little girl who is 8 weeks old for two reasons. 1. To keep in the living room for naps and playtime in a safe area for my baby. and 2. For weekends away and overnight visits to relatives.
I had seen a view online that I had spotted and liked and then had forgotten about it, but I saw this one on offer, on the Very website, and decided to order.
On the photo it looked quite small, just good enough for travelling around and keeping stored away when needed.
When it arrived it was significantly bigger than I expected. In a pretty pink holdall it was well presented.
I opened it up and at first it looked a little daunting with only image instructions and nothing written but I suddenly realised that it was very simple. One pull to the middle and everything popped into place. You then just roll the mattress into place.
It was a LOT bigger than I expected, it is actually bigger than the wooden cot in my child's bedroom. It is a full sized cot, I expected it to be a bit more compact. Although it is a lot bigger than expected it looks brilliant. I keep it up in my living room all the time, and keep all the toys in it and my little girl has her day time naps in there. Hopefully it won't be too big for certain hotel rooms or homes I visit.
It all looks very robust. Padded around the top with solid plastic corners, buttons across the top that you push to unlock, a metal base with thick plastic feet.
The mattress is nice and solid and attaches to the underneath of the cot so that it doesn't move. It is also waterproof which is a bonus.
Each short end is sheer pink sheets, and the long sides are see through net/mesh so that you can see your baby easily.
Although I wasn't expecting the large size, I'm very happy with it, and definitely worth the money! In fact I think it's a bargain at £40
We have had a number of ladybird products previously for our children, and have found them to be rather good. We purchased the little word Moses basket and were very happy with it, so while we were looking for a travel cot we decided on this one from the same range. I purchased ours from Very for £45, but it is currently on sale for £30.
It is just a standard travel cot with only one level for the mattress. The travel cot looks very pretty. It is a lovely baby pink colour and has the familiar my little word characters printed on one end of the cot. The cute animals are simple but still attractive to a parent and child. The sides are of course made of mesh netting. This means I can see my daughter and she can see me so there are no separation worries. At the same time she is safely contained in her cot without having anything that can hurt her. As the bottom and the top of the cot are still made of pink material it means I can position the cot away from the incoming light from the window. It is very well made and gives little one the safety of knowing what is going on around them but still practical for sleeping. Even on first appearances it looks high quality, all of the materials are well made and put together. At £45 it is not overly expensive but you still feel like you are getting a good quality travel cot for your money. There are rubber stoppers on the 6 legs that support this travel cot. This means I can place it on wooden flooring without worrying about it sliding around.
**Setting it up**
I do find that this cot is a little bit of a letdown in the most important part. To take the cot down, and put it back up can be a full on fight. You of course have to clip the sides on the cot apart to be able to fold it and push them back in place to put it up. This is a fine art that after four months I have just about mastered. You have to push and pull in certain areas, lift the bottom of the base slightly and generally hop around on one leg. Once it is up and in place it is extremely sturdy, and I am glad that it is not easy to take down as I have three children who could all lean on the cot and make it collapse. I just do not think it should be as difficult as it is. Sometimes it can take me 10 minutes just to assemble it. It does come with a travel bag for everything to be stored in so easy to carry around. It is a little heavy especially compared to other travel cots we have owned but I think this also reflects in the quality of the cot so I am not hugely fussed.
Next you have to unfold the mattress and place it in the cot. The mattress is a standard travel cot mattress that is thin so it can be folded away when you pack the cot up. It is very basic, and not especially padded, so not great for little one for long periods of time. It feels rather hard and even with bedding in place I am not sure it would be comfortable enough even for one night. We did end up purchasing a cot bed mattress to make it a little bit cosier. Our family live hundreds of miles away and we often take trips down to see them. My daughter also takes her day time naps in this cot so it is important for her to be comfy.
As I have four young children I try and squeeze most of the housework in when my two eldest children are at school. When my little boy falls asleep for his morning nap I can put my daughter in here with her teddy and she quiet happily falls asleep. If she does wake up it provides somewhere for her to sit and play while mummy runs around getting jobs done. Knowing that she is in her cot with nothing that can hurt her really does help while I'm running around. She does not mind being in there at all. As she knows it is just a short period of time, and she can still see mummy she is happy to be in there. She does play with the mesh netting on the cot, and made a few of the holes larger but they do not stretch enough to be dangerous.
It is not too large so that it takes up a lot of space, but there is enough room for her at seven months plus a few of her favourite toys. She is beginning to crawl around now, and she can do so in this cot. She has lots of leg and head room when lying down, and it is spacious enough while she is playing with her toys. Size wise I would say we have a good 6-8 months left in it yet. It is suitable from birth onwards as the cot does lie flat. We had purchased it before my daughter was born, but we did not actually use it until she was around three months old. Until then she was in a Moses basket, and I think it would be a nightmare lifting a newborn baby in and out of this cot. Also I do believe the mattress is just too hard for a newborn babies head.
This is a basic travel cot but it is still good quality. It can be difficult to put it up and down but with time you learn how to do assemble it quicker. The mattress is very thin, but this is the case with most of the travel cots we have owned. We started using ours around four months but even then she was absolutely tiny in it. It can only be wiped down with a cloth, but that actually brings it up rather well so is not a problem. We are happy with our purchase and it certainly has come in useful.