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      03.11.2009 22:12
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      a well made cot that will last several babies with a few good design features

      Why this cot
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      Prior to our son being born we shopped around for a suitable cot. We decided that we would go for a cot rather than a cot bed due to size and the fact that we had a high quality single bed that would be suitable for him to use as a toddler. We had several ideas about what we wanted the cot to include these were: adjustable height for ease of putting baby in, a drop size again for ease of putting baby in and changing the bedding. I also thought teething rails would be useful. So thus armed with our wish list we went shopping and selected this cot.


      What is it?
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      This is a beech cot measuring Length 126 x Width 66 x Height 102cm the size though smaller than a cot bed is slightly larger than some cots on the market and requires a continental size cot mattress size (60 x 120cm),. It comes flat packed for you to assemble. It has a 1 handed drop-side mechanism to allow you to get baby in and out of cot more easily. You can adjust the mattress position to 3 separate heights depending on yours and your child's needs. The tops of the rail have a protective teething covering. Both ends of the cot have curved tops. The ends also have open rails at the end and at the curved top of the end sections there is 3 "play beads" these turn as the child hits them and makes a small noise. Mothercare say this cot is suitable from birth to approximately 2 years old as with all the Mothercare range of cots it conforms to British Safety standards.



      Our experience and thoughts
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      After hubby had lugged this heavy cot out of the shop and in and out of the car we wished we had bought it only line but you live and learn and fortunately he didn't get a hernia!


      Assembly
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      We were both very pleasantly surprised how easy this was to put up. The instructions were very clear and the Allen key supplied fitted a treat. I think if I remember rightly it was all up within an hour. I certainly don't remember any cursing or swearing that sometimes accompanies flat pack furniture. It is a two person job putting it together as it is best for one person to hold bits as the other one screws and tightens. This is especially true of the barrel nuts for the base as if one person holds it they seem to go in better and quicker.


      In use
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      Once the mattress was in all it needed was the baby. Now our son had been in a Moses basket in our room till he was about 4 months but as he was getting too big for it the time had come to transfer him to the cot. To make the transition as easy as possible he had two nights with the Moses basket inside the cot then straight into the cot. He had no problems making the transition and if anything relished in the larger space to spread out in.

      The fact that there were bars at the bottom and the top of the cot made it easy for us to put his baby sensor mat under the mattress and feed the wire through the bars at the end. If the top of the cot had been solid wood we would have had to drill a hole for the wire so the bars made it easier for us with the sensor mat.

      The drop down side is the only part of the cot I am discontented with. The reason for this is as follows. The drop down is very stiff to use and whilst this is great at stopping my son as a toddler dropping the side himself it does mean I find it is very hard to drop it myself. There is an art to dropping the side you have to lift the top part with your hand at the same time as pushing the bottom inwards with your leg or foot and this drops the side down. Now whilst this palaver is ok and you can jiggle it around when getting baby out of the cot. The real problem is when you are putting a sleeping child into the cot and trying to hold them too without waking them up it just impossible to do or it is for me at least. This means more often than not I end up leaning over the top of the cot to lie him down which is not the best for my back.

      The teething rail has only been gnawed on by our son occasionally but it does its job well and stops me worrying that he will get a splinter in his mouth on the occasions he has tried it.

      The play beads are handy really on a morning and sometimes these alongside playing with his bears mean an extra 5 or 10 minutes of lie in time for us as the grown ups. This as I am sure most parents will identify with is something that makes the cot in our opinion worth the extra few pounds spent on the cot for them.

      Initially we had the mattress as the maximum height and this made it very easy for lifting baby in and out when he was little. As he has learnt to pull himself up and try to climb we have gradually lowered it to its bottom height. Again I would suggest when lowering the matters it is a two person job with holding the barrel nuts in place and keeping the bottom of the cot on a level needs a bit of coordination.

      The cot is very study and as mentioned earlier quite a heavy weight. This is a good thing in my opinion and experience because no matter how much my 21 month old toddler holds on to the side and practices his jumping moves, the cot doesn't rock or sway and I feel very confident that he can't make it fall over.

      Also I think this cot is an attractive piece of furniture and doesn't look out of place with other light wood pieces of furniture in his room. It is well made and I can see this lasting for several years and several children.

      Overall
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      Pros
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      * Sturdy and well made will last through several children
      * Adjustable height
      * Play beads can give you a few minutes extra in bed
      * Teething rail is handy for the odd chewing moment
      * A nice looking piece of furniture
      * Easy to assemble

      Cons
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      * Drop down side fiddly and difficult to use

      I would definitely recommend this as cot to most families especially as it will last and I think it is a good investment if you are having several children. It is also worth noting that it has won a prima baby and pregnancy reader award as a best buy.

      Where from
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      Available from Mothercare for £170 plus the cost of the mattress you select

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        14.06.2009 19:24
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        a satisfactory cot

        My son has been using this Jamieson playbead cot since 6 months - it only took him two nights to settle into it and he seems very happy. The cot itself looks very smart but until the cot was used for about a month the side did make an awful click noise to fit in the up position sometimes waking him which nearly drove me crazy! It still makes a noise but this has become much softer with use and i have to say the fact that you can drop the side with one hand easily does outweigh the noise factor overall. Another factor to remember is that the matress it comes with isnt maxi cool if you want that you just have to order that as an addition which is very easily done. My son does hit his head oftern on the sides as he is a wriggler and maybe next time i would opt for a cot bed but that is personal choice with the down side that a cot bed may not fit in your bedroom whereas we still have the cot in our room as he wakes so much and it does make life easier for us. On the whole a very safe suitable buy that i am satisfied with.

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        09.01.2009 12:43
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        Good quality sturdy cot well worth the money

        We bought this cot before our baby was due, we wanted to get everything sorted so we didnt have to worry about getting anything once it had arrived

        I first saw this cot in my brothers house & like it, it had a very solid feel to it & was not to big (the room it was going in was tiny so we needed a smaller size cot).

        It has 2 teething rails and 1 dropside which makes life a lot easier (some of the cheaper cots dont have this so you have to reach over the top of the cot).

        It has 2 positions for the base so when your child is small you can have it higher up & as they start to grow & stand up you can lower it so they cant climb/fall out of it.

        You can get this cot in 2 colours beech & white, (white comes with coloured beads).

        This cot usually costs around £150 from Mothercare with out a mattress (possibly another £40) but we managed to get ours on ebay for £99 (brand new) with a free mattress, it arrived quickly & there was not a mark on it so if you are thinking of purchasing this cot I strongly suggest looking on ebay first.

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        06.11.2002 03:40
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        Our DS originally slept in a Moses basket at the end of the bed because our flat was tiny and we couldn't fit a cot in the bedroom. However, DS turned out to be a huge baby and very quickly outgrew the basket. Therefore we somehow 'squeezed' this cot into our tiny room. We purchased this particular cot because it was on sale in Mothercare, and I had discount vouchers AND the beech matched our current furniture. (However it is available in a white fnish with coloured beads). My DH put the cot together very quickly (it comes flat packed) and we were quite pleased with his handywork. When we move, I sincerely hope we get dismantle it and put it together again (now where did I put the instructions?) This cot is standard-cot sized (approx 66cm by 128cm and 101cm tall). I should hope it would take DS up to the age where he can go into a bed. It only has 2 height positions. We have it at the maximum height and hardly bother using the drop-side yet but I expect to lower it whenever DS starts to pull himself up. The drop-side mechanism claims to be single-handed but I would also add single-footed to that too ie you have to do a kind of kick at the bottom aswell to adjust it. The cot also comes with teething rails which are long strips of plastic that fit over the two long sides. I'm not really sure how effective they are yet as DS doesn't chew them. I think you can also remove them when they are no longer needed. This cot does not come with a mattress and must be purchased seperately. However it takes a continental sized mattress and this makes buying fitted sheets more difficult. The play beads are good fun. There are three on each of the short ends. DS has just started to notice them. At first, they were very tight and didn't roll around but after much fiddling by stressed parents, they now fly around much to the delight of my son. I like this cot very much and am delighted with my choice. It doesn't feel completely solid but
        it is certainly very stable and I feel that my son is safe in it. I like the fact that there are no solid panels and he can see out very well. To conform to standards though, the bars are close together. There is apparantly a Playbead dresser that co-ordinates with the cot for that finishing touch. Lastly, there is lots of nice space underneath the cot to put toys and blankets etc. I would like to think that this cot is sturdy enough and durable enough to withstand DS early years and any future babies we may have.

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          12.01.2001 02:25
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          We bought this cot when my eldest son was just 4months as he had outgrown his crib, he is now 3 and we also used it for his baby brother who is now 18months. The first thing I noticed about this cot is how solid it feels compared to some other cots priced about the same. It has 2 teething rails and 1 dropside which is fairly easy to control with one hand (I had to put my foot underneath the side to lift it slighty to make it easier to drop with one hand which was no trouble) it also has 2 positions making it easier to put your baby down when hes still small without breaking your back and yet you can lower it as soon as they're pulling themselves upto standing so they dont fall out. My second son who is quite strong for his age used to stand in his cot shaking the sides something rotton - often we would imagine it toppling over with the force but it didnt - merely rocked slightly and made a noise (which he loved!! :)) We actually bought this cot in white which featured 3 playbeads (pale pink/pale blue/pale yellow) on each end of the cot which make a nice colourful change to the normally plain white cots. But it is also available in all beech which has 3 beech playbeads. I'm sure this cot would still be going strong today - enough to accomodate our new baby due in february - yet my eldest had other ideas - strategically painting it in a lovely shade of red nail varnish! Not matching the decor and absolutely refusing to budge I'm afraid it had to go ;) So if your looking for a sturdy cot thats built to last at a decent price I would definitely recomend this one...

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            11.01.2001 04:23
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            We have had this cot for 3 years, having bought it new for our eldest daughter, and it has been in constant use ever since, first with her, currently with our second, and it will also be used for our new baby next year. We chose the beech colour, though it was also available in white. The cot has 3 playbeads at each end, which my children started to become interested in when they were able to stand. They have both enjoyed standing up and playing with the beads, pushing them round and round! Other useful features of this cot include a 2 position base; a one handed drop side mechanism; and teething rails. Now I didn’t go looking for a cot with teething rails, I really couldn’t imagine that a baby would want to stand there chewing on the top of the cot – but trust me, they do! So to my surprise, this was a very useful feature. The cot comes flat packed and fits together using screws fastened by an allen key. The one supplied with the cot was only made of aluminium and has recently been thrown away as it had worn too much, but these keys are widely available so getting a new one isn’t a problem. The cot takes a continental sized mattress. Although this was not the cheapest cot on the market, it still looks as good as new after 3 years of use, and I would be happy to recommend it.

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          A modern and attractive solid beech dropside cot with 2 position mattress base, protective teething rails and playbeads.