Product Type: Mothercare furniture
Newest Review: ... sturdy, measuring L145 x W77 x H90cm. You are required to buy a separate mattress- we spent just under £100 on this, but this was about w... more
Fab cot- disappointment as a bed!
Mothercare Jamestown Cot Bed
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Mothercare Jamestown Cot Bed
Advantages: Looks great and on the whole, is a decent cot
Disadvantages: Does not hold the mattress in place as a cotbed- slippery little number
This cotbed was the second cot that my son owned after a move back here from abroad. As he was sleeping in a travel cot, we were quite keen to get a comfy bed sorted for him as soon as possible and as we were first time parents, the obvious thing to do was to march down to Mothercare!
We needed to buy a complete set of nursery furniture, so the Jamestown range seemed an obvious choice as they had a 20% discount for buying three pieces from the collection. We thought we were being a bit clever by buying a cot that would be useful for some years on its conversion to a cotbed. The cot (and it's matching pieces of furniture) looked very sturdy/aesthetically pleasing, the price was right, the sales person was great- sold to the dithering couple in the back!
**The cotbed as a COT
PROS- it's nice and big and sturdy, measuring L145 x W77 x H90cm.
You are required to buy a separate mattress- we spent just under £100 on this, but this was about what we expected and gives you the freedom to choose which kind you'd like.
It has two different mattress heights, so that you can adjust it as your baby grows- dropping the base to the low level as he/she learns to stand.
It look lovely.
It's easy to put together (I did it all by myself, meaning that I could feel all smug and useful!).
It comes with two plastic side guards so that little teeth can't penetrate the wood.
CONS- it doesn't come with four plastic guards- meaning that you may greet your child one morning to find they have flecks of white paint all round their mouth after having chewed the bottom side of the cot. I wasn't very impressed by this! It's not toxic but is now damaged.
It doesn't have a drop-down side, but that's a matter of personal choice as to whether you want one.
**The cotbed as a BED
PROS-it still looks nice.
It's easy to take off the bottom rail and replace it with the new part.
CONS- major flaw!!! The base of this bed does not have any kind of ledge/lip at the sides once you have taken the side rails off, meaning that the mattress slips straight off as soon as your little one climbs onto it! I thought I was being thick and had missed something out- but after some research- alas no, I had put it together correctly. We have got round this by pushing the bed sideways to the wall- so that at least the mattress can only slip in one direction! It tends to stay put now unless my boy has a restless night- in which case we find the mattress dangling precariously with a six inch gap between the wall and the side of the mattress.
Also, it would be nice to have some form of ledge to prevent little one from tumbling out of bed when he's getting used to 'big boy's bed'. We use a bed guard now after finding him in a crying heap on the floor several times. Of course- the necessary bed guard now adds an extra problem if he decides to lean against it, bringing the mattress sliding off the side again- but he has learned not to do this!
In a nutshell- a good buy if you want to use it as a cot only. Not so functional as a bed. My sister in law is expecting now, so after using it as a bed for two months- we are going to pass this down to use in cot form and replace it with a new toddler bed- with a ledge!
NEW PARENT TIP- when buying a cotbed, ask for a demonstration of how it converts into a cotbed, or if this is not an option, ask the assistant to explain how the cotbed will function. I give this tip as I certainly wish I had been wise enough to do this!
Summary: Great in cot form, not up to scratch as a bed.