“ Brand: Mamas & Papas / Type: Cots „
Time For Bed
When my son was born almost 4 years ago I decided that I wanted a crib, as although they are not necessary, they are adorable. However, he soon became mobile, so it was time to look for a cot. He was about 5 months when it became about the right time to make the transition for him into a cot. I started looking around prior to him becoming mobile to get an idea of what I wanted, as there is a vast array of different cots and cot beds with varying costs. It is advisable to put a lot of thought into what is best suited, as this is an expensive piece of equipment that will see a lot of use over a good couple of years.
After having a good look around and comparing what was on offer, and weighing up my options, I decided that I wanted a cot bed. I thought a cot bed would be better long term, as this would last longer. Plus, my son was shooting upwards rapidly. Cot beds are relatively expensive in comparison to a regular cot, so I took my time looking at what was on offer to ensure that I would be happy with my choice. I think it is wise to invest time and money into a cot, as it is an essential nursery item that gets a heavy amount of use.
> The Cost of a Good Night's Sleep
Having set a budget, I refined my options, and I found a few I liked the look of. After much thought and consideration, I decided on the Mamas & Papas Cot Bed. I liked the contemporary design, and the fact that it was a simple cot bed with no unnecessary extras. I just wanted a stylish well made cot bed that would last a considerable amount of time. I expected it to be of good quality, as it is manufactured from a reputable well-known company, and I had previous used a lot of their products when my daughter was little.
> Building up to Sleep Time
The cot bed comes flat packed and includes a pocket sprung mattress, which is another reason why I chose this particular cot from the Mamas & Papas range. With the cot coming supplied with a mattress it ensures that it is the correct fit, which is essential for the safety of baby, plus I wouldn't have the unnecessary worry of making sure that I had bought the correct sized mattress for the cot. It is also vital that the mattress is new and conforms to safety standards. The mattress comes fully wrapped in plastic wrap to keep it clean and protected with the wooden components packaged either side.
The cot bed can easily be assembled by one person, and it doesn't take long to put together. No tools are required, as a set of Allan keys are supplied to secure the cot together with the long screws and bolts. I was surprised at how quickly my partner managed to put it together. Once it is assembled it looks impressive. It is a lovely dark antique colour which will fit in with any décor. The slats have a smooth finish to them. It is a grand size measuring in at 102cm by 141cm by 71cm.
The mattress base can be adjusted to two different levels to accommodate a growing baby. Once you are ready to transition baby into a bed, the sides can be removed and the headboard and footrest can be reduced in size, and there is a set of wooden feet to mount onto the bottom of the bed. This transforms it into their first bed. The cot bed looks stunning, and is of a very high quality. The mattress is a snug fit, and it features a removable cover that easily unzips around the sides that can be machine washed to keep it in good clean hygienic condition. There are always accidents where little ones are concerned, so this is an essential feature.
> In For the Night
Once the cot is made up it looks adorable, even if it looked enormous compared to my little baby. However, this allows for plenty of growing room and rolling around. Babies should be placed on their back to sleep, in the feet-to-foot position of the cot. Once they are able to move, it is safe for them to change position. As my little boy was 5 months old, I was still swaddling him for bed. A cot sheet easily secures over the top and can be tucked in under the arms. A cot bumper can be used, however, it must be removed once they become mobile to prevent entrapment or suffocation.
The cot should be placed away from draughts, and cords for safety. We used the cot in our room to begin with, as I wasn't ready to move my baby into his own room. The cot squeezed in between the wall and my bed, so I was able to monitor my baby and attend to him easily. When he reached 6 months of age we put him into his own room. I positioned the cot at the back of the room on a free wall away from everything else. This ensured that he was out of the draft, away from the window, and anything else that could pose a hazard. He looked rather petite in his gigantic cot bed, and I could never imagine him filling it.
As the cot bed is large, it allowed him to roll about once he became mobile, and as he had plenty of space he wouldn't bump against the bars. He became incredibly active so I decided to use a baby sleeping bag. My son would sleep soundly in his cot and I would find him in every position imaginable. Luckily the cot is spacious enough for him to wriggle about. He did gnaw on the top of the cot bars and had left his mark behind, as well as grinding it down quite a bit. As he got older he would have a few toys in his cot to occupy him during the day at times, and these would often get thrown about and bashed about the sides.
> Time for My Big Boy Bed, Mummy
When my son was able to walk I kept him in the cot, and I was in no rush to transition him into a bed. My excitable toddler would no doubt be out of bed more than in bed. In fact, I never thought to change the cot to a bed, as he was quite happy at bedtime and he would never make a fuss. He would also sleep soundly and would wake up giggling and chatting away. He would often keep a couple of books in his cot to look at in the morning, which kept him happy enough. Once he turned three, I still didn't think to change his cot to a bed, simply because he had never tried to climb out, and he was more than happy. Eventually a couple of months later I decided it was time to try out the bed. We completely removed the front bars and left the rest, as we had misplaced the necessary parts to fully transform it into a bed. This didn't matter however.
My son was actually very good and he did stay in bed for the first few nights, and once he realised he could get out he did, so he could get a toy to play with in bed. I was pleased that the transition was easy and fuss free. The bed itself is low enough to the floor for him to feel confident to get in and out of bed independently. His bedroom is laminated so I do put a blanket on the floor when he goes to bed to cushion his fall if he gets too active in the night. He has rolled out of bed a few times in the night, but he has never been startled or woken from the fall, and he usually just climbs back into bed when he does realise he is on the floor.
> It's Not Just For Sleeping In
My son absolutely loves his bed, and he is always jumping in it and often plays on his bed during the day with his toys. If he's not playing on the bed, he is underneath playing in a crammed space which he can only just squeeze under. He finds it hilarious to bang his hands on the headboard or footrest, which I don't particularly like when I'm asleep. His bed is not only a comfortable place for him to sleep; it is also a play area that makes him feel happy and secure. He often lifts the mattress off the bed and throws it into the centre of the room to roll around on with his toys. Currently, his favorite game is to climb in between the fitted sheet and mattress. Most amusing.
He will be 4 in October, and the bed still has a sufficient amount of space, and is still in good enough condition to last him a while longer. I would be looking into buying him a new bed, however, we are currently looking to move house. Luckily his bed will last him a bit longer, so he won't have to part with it yet. Being a cheeky little toddler that likes to get into everything, take everything apart, and investigate anything he comes into contact with, he has unfortunately pulled at the mattress where it has worn from where he has been sleeping on it. He has continued to pull bits off the mattress; however, it is still good for sleeping on. He is just a curious toddler, and these things are to be expected.
> Nearly Time to Put the Cot to Rest
After almost four years of service, this cot bed has proven to be a brilliant buy, and has lasted an astounding amount of time with a growing child that is now a boisterous toddler. He has put the bed through its paces, and despite the fact that he is shooting upwards very rapidly, he still has sufficient space for his collection of bedtime books and torch to place at the top of the mattress, whilst still having plenty of space to wriggle about, as he does before he goes to sleep.
I cannot find fault with this cot, it has proven to be of excellent quality, and made to a high standard. With the amount of use it has had it is still in fairly good condition, with only a few teeth marks and scratches on the woodwork. The mattress has remained in good shape, other than the missing parts which my toddler decided would be better on the floor. I think it will be hard to part with his comfortable bed come play area once it is time to change. Many adorable moments and happy memories will be kept from this cot bed, and the time it has been with my son from jumping around giggling, reading books together and of course hiding under the bed. Happy Times!
Mama's & Papa's have proven once again that they produce good products that are built to last.
I fell in love with the Tuscany set the day I saw it but it is not without it's drawbacks. The cotbed is typical size made of Pine and has a lovely 'woven effect' solid panel on the front. This panel is coloured black and beige in a chequered pattern and is quite striking in effect. The sides can be placed at three different hights and it also comes with side panels for when you transform it into a bed. The bottom and sides are made of slats and on the whole the bed is very sturdy. One problem I discovered due to the solid front and back panels is that you cannot safely attach a cot bumper. My daughter was forever hitting her head on the side when she started moving in her sleep, although it didn't seem to bother her much. It does not come with a mattress and is flat pack, so you have to put it together yourself. Assembly isn't too difficult but you really do need two hands. The front and back panels were the hardest to assemble but once you have done them it is very easy to take apart and put back together. It takes around 8 weeks for delivery if like me you have to order it and is very expensive.