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Mothercare Gliding crib
Despite what the internet, shops and adverts might tell you babies don't need every invention, gadget and item on sale. They do, however, require somewhere secure, warm and comfortable to sleep. I knew that when we first started looking for a baby bed that I didn't want a Moses basket, we have two lovely dogs but they can be a bit boisterous and I didn't want something flimsy, I wanted something more substantial and that wouldn't be so easily knocked over.
Even when we had come to a decision that we wanted to get a crib, we found that there was choice after choice available with cribs in a whole range of styles and with different functions. For example, would you like a gliding crib, a swinging crib, a stationary crib, a rectangular crib, a more circular shaped crib, a wooden crib, etc, ect? After much shopping around we opted for Mothercare's own gliding crib. In my opinion something about the gliding action felt a lot more soothing than the swinging or stationary cribs available.
After we had decided on the crib and it was delivered the next stage was building it. I can honestly say that the gliding crib was a piece of cake to put together, but then all I had to do was drink my cup of tea, sit in my rocking chair and watch the hubby do all the hard labour. From my supervisor capacity I can tell you that my husband didn't have any trouble assembling the separate pieces and the instructions were simple and relatively straight forward for flat pack furniture.
So is the gliding aspect of the crib worth the extra cost? I am honestly not sure, but I do think our baby likes it and often if she is just stirring I can reach in hold her hand and glide the crib back and forth until she falls back to sleep. However, during the day when she sleeps in her none gliding downstairs cot she still goes back to sleep if I just hold her hand or rub her tummy. Personally, I like the gliding aspect and when I'm tired it gives me something to do and something to focus on to keep me somewhat awake. The motion seems quite soothing and it's quite a controlled slow motion so unless you are really giving it some elbow grease then your little one shouldn't be jostled about. Even with only using one finger you can easily glide the crib back and forth, so it is really no effort to move. Just as a side note the gliding crib does come with an inbuilt bar (essentially a break) that you can click into place that will make the crib remain permanently stationary.
In my opinion one of the most important aspects of any crib and something that I would never have thought about before my precious bundle of joy was here is the space in between the vertical slats. I spend most nights, in fact all nights with my arm in between the wooden bars comforting my little one or in moments of paranoia placing my hand on her chest to check she's content and breathing regularly. Luckily the gliding crib is designed for my hand in mind and my arm fits quite comfortably in the space, but I doubt it would be suitable for my husband to quite as easily access our daughter and really the last thing you need through the night when you are tired is to move around more than is absolutely necessary.
The gliding crib feels pretty sturdy, which is what you would expect especially since you are going to be putting your precious baby in it. One of my best friends worked in Mothercare for years while she was studying for her Masters and she told me that the Gliding crib they had on display unlike the similar swinging crib never broke despite people being none too gentle with it. We have been using this crib for a while now on a very regular basis and so far it looks exactly like the day it was built and shows no signs of any wear or tear despite gliding back and forth for sometimes hours at a time.
I ordered our gliding crib direct from Mothercare's online store, but it can also be purchased in store. If you are thinking about buying this crib or any crib from Mothercare it is worth watching out for any special offers. Currently the gliding crib is retailing for a rather expensive £99.99 (not including a mattress), but I bought it when they had a 20% off nursery furniture offer and since then I have already seen this offer on again. For the price you do get a rather sturdy, nicely varnished solid wooden crib that I am sure will last through the current Inchy baby's needs and will still be useful with any future babies that we hope to have.
As I mentioned the gliding crib does not come with a mattress, which is yet another expense that needs be budgeted for. We had no problem with finding a choice of mattresses available for a reasonable price, but you might want to pay more attention to the exact dimensions of the crib if you plan on purchasing a mattress from anywhere other than Mothercare.
The only real complaint I have with the gliding crib is that I doubt I will get the full predicted six months worth of use from it, mainly because I feel like it is not wide enough and when little Inchy gets to be that bit older her arms will catch on the sides. Also it is worth noting that compared to a Moses basket the gliding crib really isn't all that practical to move around the house.
Despite having a few slight concerns about the longevity of the gliding crib I still believe that it is a solid, lovely crib that has so far served us well and will continue to do so for a little while yet. Therefore, I believe it deserves no less than four out of five stars and I would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a nice gliding crib.
As for specifics the gliding cribs dimensions are - L95 x W50 x H81cm (according to Mothercare's online website).