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Mothercare Hertford Cot
Before our little baby arrived we decided that we wanted to buy a cot for the living room rather than invest in a Moses basket. Really the decision was based around the fact that we have two dogs (including one rather large labradoodle) and we didn't want to have to worry about them running around and possibly knocking over something a little less substantial. I also thought that a cot would be good to allow the dogs to get to know the baby but each have their own separate space. I knew from the beginning that I wanted a cot rather than a cot bed, because we did not need nor want something too big downstairs and in our case it was only ever going to be a day bed and play area, so I wanted something nice, not too expensive and not too chunky, which all led me to the Mothercare Hertford Cot.
The Mothercare Hertford Cot is a rather basic no fuss standard sized cot, it is rather simple looking with wooden slats all the way around and it doesn't come with any extras. Personally, I really like the look of the Mothercare Hertford Cot but it is a very simple design and basic looking item of furniture, which has been ideal for what we wanted. However, I did opt for a heavier more detailed cot bed for her upstairs nursery where I wanted an item that was slightly more stylish than the Hertford cot offers.
As with all the furniture we have so far purchased from Mothercare the Hertford cot comes as a flat pack item that does require some assembly. I won't say that I built ours because I didn't, I used the heavily pregnant excuse to opt out of that chore and sat with a cup of tea to 'supervise' my husband's efforts. He didn't find any problems assembling the cot, the instructions and tools provided all seemed to be simple and straight forward and really it was suitable for a single person to build in about half an hour to forty -five minutes.
The cot really is a fairly standard cot that allows you to adjust it to the child's age and has the typical 3 height settings. It also fits the standard 56 x 118cm cot mattress, which unfortunately is not included in the price of the cot. In our experience we had no problem finding a mattress to fit the cot and in fact we had quite a few options to choose from.
Personally, I really like my Mothercare Hertford cot and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for something similar. Mothercare are currently selling the Hertford Cot for £59, but it is worth waiting until Mothercare run a special on nursery furniture, which so far in my experience they tend to do about a couple of times a year. For the price you do get a sturdy and reliable cot that will easily last the duration of your baby's needs, however, it is a very basic cot.
Overall - I like it a lot. It is a simple and sturdy cot that looks good in our living room where it's plain nature makes it easy to match in with other furniture.
In my opinion the Mothercare Hertford cot deserves no less than four out of five stars.