“ Brand: Mamas & Papas / Type: Cots „
Our son was originally in a standard sized cot from birth until about 15 months when his sister was born. He got a nice new cot bed and she had his old cot with a new matress. These things are pretty big! Suited for up to 7 years old, it can either be a cot with sides fitted or a small bed with no sides fitted. There are a few matresses available for this type of cot, we bought a Slumberland. It probably took about an hour, after ignoring the instructions that seemed to be for a wardrobe, to completely assemble and fit the bed. I have a few gripes about the assembly. The base that the mattress rests on is secured to the bed using a bent wire bolt. The threaded and of the bolt fits trhough a hole in the base then 'dog legs' off to a small hole in the wooden frame. Tightening the bolt secures the base. The ends of the bed pull apart to give a high slatted end for the cot and a lower end for the bed. The end of the wood stays rough and unfinished for the bed that I thought was a bit cheeky considering the cost of the bed. The lower leg assemblies are only glued together with two dowels each side so if like me you have trampolining kids, it comes apart quite easily and needs screwing together properly. This is dangerous as the bed base fixing wire bolts come out of their holes and dump the mattress at an angle onto the floor sending child crashing into end of bed. Not funny at 4am. The size of the mattress is a pain as well. Having tons of cot bedding, we had to go out and hunt, and I mean HUNT, for kids bedding the right size at a sane price. The mattress is quite large so single bed fitted sheets are to big, cot to small, plain sheets are still a bit big etc. etc. Overall, the bed size is good and will last but manufacture could be of a better design and quality considering the price.
When expecting our daughter we inherited my sister in laws cot which she used for her son. It is made by Mamas and Papas and is a nice cot, it is not cot bed sized though. It’s white and has a drop side. However it has a problem – it is bigger than most non Mamas and Papas costs so if you need a new mattress or bedding you either have to buy them from Mamas and Papas and they are quite expensive or you have to get them elsewhere in which case they tend to be more expensive than standard ones. Cot bed bedding is not the right size either. In the end we bought a mattress made to size however not Mamas and Papas and we use normal cot bedding however it is a bit too small and requires a bit of fiddling around with, for example I put the top sheet and blankets on sideways, not ideal but much cheaper. The other problem with this particular model is that it only has one mattress position so when baby is very young you have a long way down to reach, especially if they are asleep and you are trying to put them in the cot and not wake them. The good side to the cot being bigger is that it will last for longer and the drop side can be removed so that it can act as a first bed.
When chosing our cot we decided that a cotbed would be the best thing to do, I have heard so many tales of children struggling to get used to being in a bed from a cot. I know that you have to fork out a lot of money for them plus all the bedding, sheets, blankets etc are more expensive but it will last Jack now until he is about 4. When Jack was a newborn and putting him in the cot he looked lost in it as it was so big, but now he loves it. There is enough room for him to move around and he loves to roll from side to side. I usually find him upside down at the bottom some mornings. When we do make the step of letting him use it as a bed rather than a cot all we have to do is take the sides off, simple. I am sure that he will fall out several times before he gets the idea, but he is only 7 months at the moment so don't need to worry just yet.