“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Cots „
I bought this cotbed an year ago in anticipation for my little one to arrive. It seemed to have all the qualities that I was looking for in a cot and it claimed to be adjusted for grown up kinds also.
I am not too satisfied with this after all. There are other cots available that have storage space undermeath. The side rails do not slide all the way down to make it easy while puttng your baby to sleep. There are better cots around that have more adjustible side rails, more flexible and dismantelable pieces.
Storage is a big issue because I have very little space in my house.
The only plus of this cot is the wood that is thinck and seemingly of good quality. It looks like it can last a lifetime but again who knows?
It is available in a few shades. I got mine white to match the decor of the room
As far as sleeping my baby is concerned, I have had no problems so far. It's become a safe abode for my son.
We bought this bed back in 2002 for our daughter, We wanted a bed that was resonably priced and would last for a few good years. We found the Mothercare Arundel Cotbed fitted our needs.
My daughter is now 6 years old and the cotbed is still going strong and she will be saying goodbye to it this weekend (15/11/08) and hello to a new High Bed.
The cot bed however will still be around as in early 2009 we expecting our second child and if the bed has lasted 6 years I expect it will last another 6 years. we were glad we picked this cot bed back in 2002 as it has lasted well beyond our expectations. The bed is versatile (two positions) and converts easliy into a bed and its sturdy.
There are 2 things that I found a bit annoying, 1) the side does not come down so when the cot is in its lowest position you can feel your back pulling. I'm supprised Mothercare have not dealt with this in their latest version. 2) Storing the sides and footboard when converted to a bed is a slight problem id you lack space.
Overall, excellent value for money at the time and still going strong.
Updated 20th March. When my son was 18 months old, we realised that his existing cot(continental size), was really getting to small for him, and with another baby about to be born, felt that he should go into a new cot before the new baby arrived. We felt that this would avoid him thinking that his cot was being taken away from him for the new baby. With not much money to spend, I started looking around for a new cotbed for him. One that would last him and then my new baby for a few years to come. The cotbeds I saw in catalogs were cheep, but I wasn't sure of the quality. My next stop, as usual, was Mothercare world. Here I found the Arundel cotbed to be amongst their cheaper range. The Arundel offers a good quality solid pine cotbed that is easily assembled, easy to keep clean and very attractive to look at. Apart from plenty of room to stretch out and sleep, there's loads of room for my little boy's cuddly toy assortment without 'cramping his style'. The Arundel is mean't to last until a child is 4 years old but I plan to let my daughter use it at a later date, I'm sure it will wear well until then. Although a feature not required for toddlers, I do sometimes wish that the side could be lowered to make changing sheets easier and save the'old back', but apart from this, I really can't see the difference between this cotbed and the more expensive ones. The cot did not include a mattress in the price, but we opted for a traditionally sprung mattress with one side coated in a wipe clean surface. This is more than adequate for his needs, and can be turned over to the fabric side later on when he is dry at night. We are very pleased with our purchase. If you require good value for money, and good design, I suggest you take a look at your local Mothercare range.
First bed for your baby that converts into a cotbed for your growing toddler: Two position mattress base / Fixed sides for safety / Third section provided for simple conversion to a toddlers bed