“ Brand: Mamas & Papas / Type: Cots / Beds „
I love this furniture - Just before the baby was born we decided that it was time to get the baby cot, wardrobe and chest of draws with the changer, we left it late due to a miscarriage before.
The quality of the wood is solid and doesn't feel flimsy like some other cots do, it's very sturdy - the cot size is L145cm, W76cm, H96cm and weighs 24kg and has an adjustable base for when your child gets older and starts to stand up in the cot and one of the funniest things it has is a teething rail, I thought it was just a bit of the packaging but no its for the baby to chew on I had never heard of that before. The mattress does not come included but ARGOS has lots in the size you are after W69, L139, D7cms it's up to you which brand you go for. Also before i forget the cot converts to a junior bed when baby gets big enough to fit it.
Overall the cot was very easy to put up (and I HATE flat pack furniture) but you will need another person to help you put it together or at least hand you pieces of it.
The wardrobe, yet again the build quality is superb and is the same quality wood as the cot and chest of draws, the wardrobe size is smaller than an average one due to it being used for children's clothing H160cm, W89cm and D51cm and has a hanging rail as well as shelves lower down to store clothing or as we use it for nappy wipes and nappies. Yet again a two person job to fit.
Finally the chest of draws are rock solid and has a changing area built into the top of it (you will need to get a changing matt due to one not being supplied) The three draws are a good size and you can fit lots of clothing in them and will do for when your child gets older, the measurements are H90cm, W89cm and D52cms.
The complete set fits nicely into our box room at home and will be fine for our child as he gets older, the build quality will last and its stylish art deco look suits most nurseries.
The price of all this from ARGOS is £500 but wait if you can till after Xmas as they knocked two hundred pounds of it last year.
We bought the Ocean Cot Bed for our daughter and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone. We were dismayed when searching for nursery furniture to see just how many flimsy, weak cots there were out there. We were happy to pay a bit more money, but wanted a good quality, solid product.
The Ocean cot bed is constructed from beautiful wood, it is easily constructed and is a solid, safe place for a child.
Our daughter spent the first two months in a cradle, before we moved her into her cot. For young babies the upper level is excellent for easy access, meaning you don't have to stoop too low. By the time she was rolling around and sitting up, we moved the cot level down. At the age of 2, we removed the side. She is now 2.5 yrs old and I would imagine we have another 12 -18 mths left with the cot (she is a very tall child). Once she has outgrown the cot, we will add plenty of cushions and use it as a sofa in her room.
All in all, you pay more for this cot, but it is worth every single penny (the other products in the range are superb as well!)
Ever since getting pregnant I had my eye on the Mamas and Papas Ocean range after doing my research on other brands with similar oak ranges.
That said, my Husband is a Financial Controller and he really does not like spending his hard earned money. So getting him to Mamas and Papas in the first place was a task! That said, once we were inside the shop wandering around, he tried to steer me towards the cheaper but still nice furniture ranges! I tried to remain positive, because the important thing was that we were expecting our first child and most of the furniture ranges are lovely.
That said, it was natural to feel a little let down when he saw the price tag and quickly walked away. I had to sell the Ocean range to him and I explained that the Ocean range is made up of mainly solid oak that will be able to adapt to our growing child. Being an Accountant he wanted figures - how long will the cot/bed last and will the wardrobe be big enough for an older child?
I explained that our child would be in the cot/bed roughly until s/he is old enough to move into their own adult size single bed. So perhaps up to approx 6 years of age - depending on the size of our child. I also pointed out that the Ocean range do offer an adult size single bed, so the other pieces of furniture would not go to waste. I also explained that the cot/bed has added storage space at the bottom - where a very large drawer is situated - not all cot/beds have this extra storage space.
The cot/bed can also be used as a day bed, come sofa when it has been completely outgrown. I gave an example of putting cushions all around to make it suit this purpose - so I concluded that buying this cot/bed really is an investment as it could be passed down to future generations!
In answer to his other questions, I said that the wardrobe in this range is a standard size wardrobe, so will last our child until it is much older. Plus the changer/dresser has a top that covers up that it is also a changer! Being a mathmatician, he did his numbers and for once relented - letting me choose the furniture range - yay!!
The cot/bed comes in either Dark or Golden Oak - both are the same product but different colours.
I must warn you though (something I did not mention to my Husband at the time) - this cot/bed is slightly larger than Mamas and Papas other ranges of furniture - maybe larger than other brands. So you are kind of forced to purchase the mattress from Mamas and Papas but the cheapest mattress that fits this item is £40 and the most expensive is £350!
Information from Mamas and Papas website:
- Cot base can be adjusted to four different heights, making it easier and safer for parents and baby
- Full length underbed drawer
- Converts easily into a day bed
- Strongly recommend a Mamas and Papas size 400 mattress
Dimensions: L 156 x W 83 x H 90cm approx.
I absolutely love this cot/bed - it is in it's own class and I really love that it is of traditional design but has clean lines and a slightly curved top rail. It is a solid piece of furniture that is made to last. My Daughter is only 8 months old so we have not yet used it as a bed but am sure that I will still be singing it's praises. I bought the mid range mattress for the cot/bed (£165) as I did not want to scrimp on comfort after paying a premium price for the bed.
My Daughter must find it comfortable as she has slept through the night since she was two months old. The cot/bed is very easy to clean (vomit amongst other things) and it has been able to withstand a teething baby (no teeth marks yet - fingers crossed!)
Luxury oak cot-bed from Mamas and Papas retailing at a rather enormous £635 (it was a gift) not including the mattress (the cheapest of which is £40 but the median price for the better quality mattresses is £150). 10% off offers are however frequently available (over the duration of my pregnancy 10% off this single item was available on two separate occasions and on many more it was possible to make this sort of saving if buying a package of furniture).
The cot comes in two different shades of oak, dark and golden, both of which come complete with an under-cot storage drawer which is very useful if you're space limited. The base can be adjusted into four different heights (one of the two middle heights is shown in the picture) as your baby grows. Traditional cot-shape with grills and a lightly curved base and top bar. Dimensions: L 156 x W 83 x H 90cm approx
Converts into a day-bed (with one of the grilled sides being removed) once your child has become a toddler.
Very straightforward to put together, only requiring a screwdriver with all other parts included. Took two people roughly 1/2 an hour therefore probably not worth taking Mamas and Papas up on their £100 for the construction of any number of products offer (though if you're buying a changing unit I'd definitely recommend this despite it being completely extortionate -- but that's for another review). Feels very robust and secure. The components are probably too heavy for a pregnant woman to confidently assist with the building - engage a future Grandad would be my advice!
Perfectly stable cot for your baby, though probably a bit large for the first few months (and given advice is that baby stays in your room to 6 months, a bit large for your room too).
An obscene £50, we instead picked ours up from the store - but be warned, boxes are very, very heavy. I think to be charging this type of delivery charge is pretty unacceptable, as it effectively constitutes a surplus on an already very expensive product and other baby furniture retailers (JL, M&S) make no such charge.
The website says that the M&P mattress is 'highly recommended'. In fact, you'll struggle to get one (or bedding) from elsewhere by virtue of the fact that all cotbed manufacturers seem to make them very slightly different sizes in order to tie you in to buying their mattresses, bedding and accessories. I didn't want one of their 'themed' looks so have just bought plain sheets from them and am buying a quilt, etc.. from elsewhere (with some clever tucking in). You may want to take this into account if the cotbed is being purchased as a gift but you don't have the spare cash to shell out on M&P accessories.
When I found out I was pregnant with my first child nearly five years ago, my dad and step mum lovingly put themselves forward to buy us a cot for the nursery. I was over the moon, and soon started looking around Mothercare, looking for a reasonably priced cot that wouldn't seem too much for someone to buy us as a gift. A few weeks later, they asked us to come over so we could all go shopping to buy said cot, and when we pulled in front of Mama's and Papa's my heart started to beat somewhat quicker. For any parents or parents to be, I'm sure you will be aware of the luxury brand that is Mamas and Papas, however it also carries an extremely heavy price tag.
Once inside the shop, I would have started cartwheeling with joy at the thought of owning something from their shop, had I not been 7 months pregnant and the size of a small car. I soon chose the one, and tried my hardest not to peak at the price, but it really was an impossible task. I couldn't believe my parents were about to pay £595 for a cot.... without the matress! They were overjoyed at my reaction and were keen to buy an item which would keep for more children and could possibly be kept in the family for many years to come.
A couple of weeks later and the cot was delivered. Once my husband had quickly assembled the cot we couldn't believe just how much one item of furniture could make a room. It really did, and was practical too with a drawer set into the cot which was deceptively large and held blankets, sheets and all sorts, and was made of beuatiful oak. We soon had a beautiful baby girl to put in the cot and as the months passed, we were able to lower the height of the matress within the cot so it would be suitable for the age range she was. When my daughter turned 18 months we made the cot into a cot bed and put a bed guard up so she couldn't fall out, and when she was two I gave birth to my second daughter and the life of the cot started full cycle again.
My second daughter is now two, and she had full use of the cot bed too, however we have just revamped their room and put them in bunk beds, so the cot has now been shipped off to my brother in law to give them a beautiful cot for their baby which is expected any day. When their baby is ready to go in a full sized bed, we hope to have moved into a house which holds a spare room, so we can take the cot back. I plan to take the sides off, make it into a day bed and have cushions upholstered. I plan to keep this cot in the family for when I have grandchildren (a long time away I know), and they can get use out of this beautiful piece of furniture.
A wonderful cot with a hefty price tag, but it's worth it! I promise!