“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Cots „
Buying a cot for your baby is for me perhaps one of the most important decisions you will face early on in your baby's young life. A moses basket at the start is very handy but your child will outgrow this in the space of a few months and then for the next couple of years at least until they get too big they will be using a cot bed so you need to get the right one. We searched around for our first child and found this Mothercare Bedside Cot and haven't looked back. He will soon be out of it and we will be using it for our second child. The cot set us back about £180 when we bought it a couple of years back now, but you can't put a price on your child's comfort and safety and them having a good nights sleep.
The cot itself looks good and is made of Beech wood with flat smooth bars on all of it's four sides. It fits in nicely with our other nursery furniture. If your child is teething it has two bars on opposite sides on the long sides that have protective plastic on them so your baby can gnaw on these if he or she wants to.
The cot is great as it's flexible in that you can adjust it so that the height of the matress changes as your child grows. When our son first went in it he was small so the mattress was high up and as he got bigger we had to keep lowering the height but it was easy enough to do really.
On one side it is attached with runners and slides up and locks in to position. Therefore it's easy to get in to see to your baby but also acts as a proper side when needed.
The cot itself was very easy to assemble when we got it which is great, but above all it's sturdy and durable and our child sleeps well in it as it's very comfortable which is all you can ask for really with anything like this. If you are looking for a cot bed then I would recommend this one as we have loved it since we bought it and will hopefully continue to re-use it for many years to come!
After struggling with a moses basket with my first baby I decided 2nd time round to buy a Mothercare Bedside cot. I breastfed my first baby and wanted to with my second but kept hurting my back lifting him horizontally in and out of his moses basket whilst trying to stay in bed.
I saw this cot in the Mothercare catalogue and had a look online and luckily got a 10% off voucher around the time I was looking to buy it. It cost £180 but with the many offers there are we got it for £162. It was out of stock online but they took the order and gave me an estimated delivery time and it only took about a month. I would make sure you order it in plenty of time though.
Its made of Beech wood with flat bars on all 4 sides. It has 2 teething rails which I'm sure will be good for those teething problems ahead. Its got 8 holes so you can align it perfectly with your mattress height and the instructions tell you how to work out which hole to use. It measures L127 x W66 x H106cm and you need a continental mattress 120x60cm with it - not included
The side is attached on runners at the sides and slides up and locks in to position when a proper side is needed and slides underneath the cot when not in use. I find it a very useful storage shelf for spare nappies etc.
It has lockable wheels which as most plastic wheels do slide with a push but as Ive got a wooden floor we left them off and its stayed in position well. I think you'd only need them on a carpet but I haven't moved it to put the side up in 4 months. Maybe I'll need them when she's older but even then you don't want it sliding around much.
The good thing about assembling this cot is that it comes in large pieces- quite different from the 40 or so rods we had to line up for our son's cot bed. You get the 4 sides and the base along with the usual screws, rods and alan key etc. The instructions are quite simple and we actually managed to build ours on our double bed as the doorway was too small.
The only thing we took ages to work out was how you fix the side when you want a proper cot side. You have to put the little plastic rods on the end into the lower slot then run the whole thing up to the top holes with the catches on. We managed to snap half of the plastic bit on the end trying to shove it in to the catches from the outside. (This might only make sense once you've tried it).
I love the fact I can sleep next to my baby and feed her in the night without having to get out of bed and I also change her nappy on there as well as its the perfect height. There's enough room at the other end for nappies, wipes and the book I'm reading so it takes the place of my bedside table.
I like to be able to rub her tummy while I'm lying next to her or slide her into bed once I've fed her. Its so handy and makes me wish I'd discovered it for my first baby. I would definately reccomend it to anyone especially breastfeeding mums!
Despite already having two children, by the time my youngest son was born in January 2008 we had given away all our baby equipment and needed to start again from scratch. We put off buying a cot as things had changed a lot in the ten years since I had last bought baby equipment and frankly I was totally bewildered by the choice available. We had a moses basket so we weren't desperately in need of a cot straight away.
As it turned out our youngest son hated the moses basket with a passion and would scream every time he was put in it. I spent several weeks awake most of the night wearily trying to get him to sleep in the basket and fighting the urge to fall asleep sitting up. With my two previous children, in this situation I would have had no qualms about letting them lie in my bed, but our youngest was slightly early, very small and I was terrified that I would roll on him or suffocate him in the night.
Browsing the Mothercare website, I found what I thought was the answer to all my problems. There before my eyes was a cot called a Bedside Cot, designed to push right up against the parents' bed so that baby feels as though he is right next to Mum and Dad while in reality he is still in his own space. The solution to all my prayers?
Ordering the cot was easy. I used Mothercare's online ordering system to order both cot and matching mattress and it was delivered less than a week later on a day to suit me. I even remembered to use Quidco and got a little bit of cashback. The cot was delivered when it was supposed to be without any problems.
**Putting it together**
The cot arrived flatpacked but it was really easy to put together. My non-DIY-loving husband managed to put it together without any help whic really is testament to how easy it was! The only slight problem was that a couple of the pieces were too small for his huge, clumsy fingers and he kept dropping them on the floor and cursing mildly, but that's about par for the course when he's making anything!
**Product Features and Appearance**
The cot has eight different height positions for the mattress base so it should be able to match up to any bed. We recently got a new mattress for our bed and had to move the mattress base up one notch on the cot, but again it was an easy job and with both mattresses we were able to match the height exactly. It is a little bit of trial and error to find the right height but it's not at all difficult.
Despite how the photo at the top of this review looks, the cot does actually have four sides, but the fourth side folds cleverly under the cot for easy storage. If you choose to use the cot in the traditional manner it is a very simple operation to fold the fourth side back out. When in the upright position, the fourth side can be put right up, or only halfway up to make it easier to place a sleeping baby into it.
The cot is, to my mind, a very attractive beech colour. It is quite simple and plain in design, meaning it is easy to wipe down when cleaning - no nasty grooves, rotating balls or engraving to trap dust, dirt or other nasties that could find their way into a baby's cot. (I'm thinking about the time when one of my older children learned to take their own nappy off.) One additional feature I liked was that it has plastic teething rails along both sides of the cot so baby isn't able to leave teething groves in the woodwork.
According to the Mothercare website the cot conforms to BS EN 716 and it's measurements are L127 x W66 x H106cm.
**Using the cot**
From the very first time we used it, when our baby was around eight weeks old, he seemed a lot more settled. As a breastfeeding Mum it was so simple to be able to lift him out of the cot during the night, feed him and place him back in without even having to get out of bed, which is brilliant during cold winter months when the bedroom is freezing! If he half wakes up, it is so simple to be able to quickly press play on the cot mobile or pat his chest or simply hold his hand until he falls back asleep and it is quite reassuring to have him right next to me while we sleep, safe in the knowledge that he's in his own bed and I can't roll onto him.
The cot seems to have a lot of space and I'm sure that it will be used until our baby is at least two. There is a review on the Mothercare website that claims a child has slept in it until they are five years old, which seems a bit excessive but shows how roomy it is! Having used it for one year so far, it still looks in immaculate condition.
Much as I would like to say this item is perfect, there are a few little niggles that I have with it and that's why I've reluctantly docked it one star. Firstly, it has wheels on the bottom and although they do have a locking mechanism, this does not seem to be very effective on laminate flooring. As I was worried about the cot drifting away from the bed during the night my husband put some small hooks into our beds and tied the cot legs to our bed with plastic ties which was fine for our ancient bed, but I would not have liked to have done this on a new bed.
Secondly, it does make everyday life slightly more difficult. I can't get out of bed on my side anymore and have to get out of my husband's side, or more often than not, crawl down to the bottom of the bed. Also, it makes it more difficult to make our bed each day. However, I feel that the benefits of the cot far outweigh these little problems.
The cost could also put some people off buying it. At £180 plus mattress cost it's not the most expensive cot in the world but not the cheapest either.
**Would I recommend it?**
Yes, I absolutely would. It may not be everybody's choice to have their baby sleep in their room (although current recommendations say to do this for at least six months) but for me the peace of mind and improved sleep has made this cot worth every penny. Plus, what could be better than waking to the sight of your gorgeous baby each morning?
8 position adjustable mattress base heights to line up with parents' bed. Side pulls out to be stowed beneath the cot at night before moving into position next to your bed. Suitable from birth to 2yrs.