We bought two of these Thomas beds for my two sons back when my youngest was 2 and my eldest was nearly 4. At the time we were travelling quite frequently down to London to stay at the grandparents house, and we also thought that these would be ideal when we stayed in other locations like centre parcs. My youngest was too big for most travel cots or cots by this stage, and my eldest wasn't really used to sleeping in high single beds due to him having a cot bed at home, and I thought that these looked a very good solution to the problem.
Ready beds are essentially inflatable beds that come with attached covers. In this case the design of this bed is that you have a sleeping bag that the child then sleeps in on top of this inflated mattress. The design of this one looked great with higher sides to prevent my younger child rolling out, and a cover that removed for when you get those inevitable wet beds with children of this age, plus, it all rolled down into a handy cylinder shaped bag with a strap to make it easier to travel with.
The reality of using these was never very good though. I don't know if this is because my children are both quite large boys for their age in height, or if they are exceptionally wriggly children, but we gave up on using these very quickly.
Firstly, each bed came with a pump and a tube to insert into a corresponding hole in the bed in order to inflate it. Both pumps were pretty rubbish, and my husband quickly took to using just the pipe to blow into the mattress manually. Then, my youngest got hold of one of the pipes and chewed on it, and it was not fit to use any more, so the pipes are quite easily damaged in my opinion.
Once blown up, the Thomas design is really appealing to children. The sleeping bag being attached seemed a good idea, but as the kids grew, they became more and more restricted in these beds. There is no pillow attached, so using just a normal pillow, it reduced the amount of room there was for a child in this bed.
The covers are pretty thin - this doesn't seem too bad in summer when the child is going to be really hot anyway from sleeping on the plastic underneath, but in winter, it is really not thick enough to keep a child warm.
If the covers needed washing, I never found it that tricky to take covers off and back on again.
The beds for us ended up being a bit of a failure. We used them for a while, but whenever the kids were on them, they slept very restlessly, so I would be constantly going in to them and settling them again or putting the covers back on. The only good thing was the side bumpers worked exactly as they should, and neither of my children ever rolled out of these beds, not that it would have hurt if they did really as it was about one foot off the carpetted floor.
Overall, I know some people swear by these, but I don't think the design of this particular bed is great, and it only suits very small children for a little while. We luckily picked these up quite cheaply at £10 each in a deal at costco. Ready beds can cost around £30 each, so at least I don't feel like I was completely wasting my money by using these.
I kind of wish I had gone straight for a waterproof mattress protector and a bed guard rail rather than wasting time with these.
Children need to have good quality sleep, and my children never did when sleeping on these beds, and I therefore struggle to recommend this one.
The dimensions on this bed are - L=155, W=67 & H=20cm
We went on holiday to center parcs earlier in the year and were a bit concerned about the sleeping arrangements for my son who, at the time had just turned two. He was just getting used to sleeping in his toddler bed at home so we were not confident about putting him in the single bed in our accommodation and he was now too big for a cot. Looking for a happy medium, we came across these ready beds in toys r us one day and decided to have a look online to find out more about them.
After a bit of research, we opted for a Thomas bed from Worlds Apart. Of all the characters that they did, this was by far the one he had shown most interest in. We purchased one from Amazon for just shy of £30. The idea of the bed is that it is a portable inflatable bed that can be easily transported and put up and down - so ideal for holidays, camping, sleep overs and stays at grandparent's houses etc. The bed is roughly the size of a toddler bed ( H130 x W61 x D23cm). The base of the bed pumps up (a basic plastic foot pump is included) and there is a bed head that wraps around the top too that pumps up. This adds a safety feature similar to that on his toddler bed at home so we felt that our son would feel secure in this too. This has pictures from the Thomas stories on too so gives him something interesting to look at as well. There is also a cover provided with a large picture of Thomas on. This is quite thin so good for summer months (when you are likely to be using on holiday) but you can supplement with a blanket for use all year round. The cover can be removed and washed in the washing machine.
The bed comes with it's own carry bag that it can be packed away in and transported easily. This is a good size although we did have difficulty putting the bed back in to this after use - we did manage it but it was never as neat as when we first got it!
In use, the bed was ok but not great. It didn't feel incredibly comfortable and actually felt pretty hard. It was easy to pump up but difficult to judge when there was enough air in it. It was easy to get it too pumped up and hard or not pumped up enough and therefore not supportive enough. My son equally did not find this very comfortable. It was noisy when he moved and was actually quite restrictive as he couldn't toss and turn very easily in it. The covers provided were thin and quite small too so he did not stay covered and warm for long - we were constantly covering him back up as he felt cold. He woke fairly frequently in the night too so it didn't really provide him with a good nights sleep.
Overall, I would say that the idea of this is much more appealing than the reality. I would possibly only use it again for emergencies and one night at that - not for a holiday. It is handy to have something like this in case of unexpected overnight stays but equally you need to be prepared for more disturbed nights! If it were a little bigger and perhaps more cushioned, it would have been considerably better.
-The train that has taken over our life-
My 2 year old son Will is obsessed with Thomas The Tank Engine, he has it all, the trains, tracks, stations, even Thomas DVD's that are kept in a Thomas DVD rack. His bedroom is a shrine to the little blue train, his bed & bedding, bedroom rug, lampshade, wardrobe and even his bedroom bin are all Thomas the Tank engine. Not to mention the vast collection of books and clothing. We hadn't meant to go with such a strict theme, it started with a small collection given to us by a friend and slowly other friends and family have added to it and it has spiraled out of control.
-We needed a spare bed, but which to choose-
We were then faced with a bit of a dilemma, we needed to get a spare bed for his cousins to use when they stay over, but as it would be used in Will's room we only had one real option, only something with a Thomas the tank engine theme would fit in with his room! I set about looking for one and came across the Thomas & Friends My First Ready Bed on the Argos website. It looked great, just right for what we needed, although I wasn't thrilled with the price at £34.99 it was a lot of money for something that didn't look like it would last a particularly long time.
The bed we got was not the one pictured, there are a couple of styles, and the one we received had pictures of not only Thomas but also James and Percy and was pretty much blue all over rather than the yellow in the picture above. It comes with a foot pump which at first I thought was nice as we have bought inflatable products before that haven't had one included and have had the hour long hunt for our electric pump, only to realize it's in my mother's garage or been lent to a friend. We then discovered that the pump seemed to fit the valve particularly badly and kept popping out, in the end we had to use our own pump anyway, but if it had fit properly it would have been a nice addition. Inflating it was quick and easy (once I'd found our pump behind the wardrobe).
Once it's inflated the bed seemed nice and solid, which is always a bonus with air beds. The sides of the bed didn't seem as raised as they did in the picture on the website, and I believe that their claim that they will give extra safety is nonsense, if your child is rolling about it most certainly wouldn't be enough to stop them from rolling all the way out.
It looks comfortable and both Will and his cousins have gotten a good nights sleep in there, although not at the same time, the bed is pretty small, it looked a lot bigger in the picture. My 18 month old nephew fits in it nicely but Will, who is I must admit is tall for his age, only just about fits into it, if he has even a little growth spurt any time soon chances are it would become too small for him.
-Its first use-
It was used for the first time a few months ago when babysitting my nephew overnight, it was still the middle of summer then and so was quite warm and the thin blanket that comes with the ready bed was sufficiently warm. If you were to use it on a cold night, or even in a tent when camping, you'd most certainly need extra blankets. We also gave him a pillow as he's used to sleeping with one and there isn't one built in or one supplied.
He got a good nights sleep on it and he is pretty fussy usually at night so I can only assume he was quite comfortable. I was a little concerned that he would get up and wander about since he hadn't been out of a cot very long but I could hear every movement he made which gave me piece of mind but did disturb my son a few times and the noisiness of an airbed is definitely something to bear in mind if you plan on using it in the room of another little one, particularly a light-sleeper. Will managed to spill juice on it the next day before I'd had chance to put it down, but it wiped down well and the blanket is removable so can be popped into the washing machine which was handy. Once the blanket was washed and dried it all packed away nicely into the carrier bag that comes with it.
For the price I paid I do feel a little let down by its small size and the blanket is very thin so it really isn't the all-in-one ready to go bed it claims to be as you will need to use separate blankets or a quilt with it. In future I will most likely not be buying a ready bed again and would hesitate to recommend it to a friend.
My son loves Thomas so when he has his cousins over for a sleepover he wanted a bed for them so he did not have to share his. So we went and brought this from Argos for around £30 which I thought was a little expensive but 1 it is Thomas the tank engine and 2 it is basically an air bed and a sleeping bag all in one so it seemed worth it.
The ready bed comes with a hand and foot pump for blowing it up this does not sit well in the whole and is pretty much useless but we already have an electric pump and it only took all of two minutes to fully inflate with this. It is fairly easy to inflate and the plug wits well to make sure the air does not escape.
Once inflated there are two arms at the side of the bed to stop little one from rolling out but these do no restrict the child from getting in and out of the bed. This makes it great for younger children as they will not just roll out while sleeping although the bed is very low to the floor anyway so they would not hurt themselves if they did manage to roll out.
It seems comfy enough I would not dare to sit on it as I do not think it would take my weight but both my son and his cousin agree that it is comfy enough for them and as the material is soft and the bed sits firm it seems like this is correct.
Although there is a head rest and a blanket provided with the bed both are thin and I would not trust them for use alone so I always provide the guest with a blanket and a pillow as otherwise I am sure they would freeze as the sleeping bag is really thin more like a sheet than a quilt.
The covers of the bed come on and off extremely easily and only take about 2 minute to remove them and they are machine washable which is great. They can go on a normal wash cycle in with everything else and when they come out they are nice and fresh the colours are still bright and it does not lose it shape. Then you can put them back on the bed as easily as they come off and it is as good as new again.
The bed does deflate in use but not very fast it takes around a week for it to fully deflate back to its flat self but as it usually only gets used once every few weeks this does not matter. If you are short on space you can deflate the bed and it rolls up into a storage bag which is provided when you first buy the bed so it does not take up much room and it is very convenient for transporting so when my son goes to stay at his cousins he take his bed with him which he loves as he tells me he's going camping.
Age recommendation is 2 years plus and we believe this is correct as my son had it from around that age but he still uses it now and he is nearly 5 although he looks large on it the bed can still support him and he still has a comfy night's sleep on there.
You can buy this bed from a lot of the major stores like Amazon, Argos and Tesco and they come in all different characters so if Thomas is not loved in your house I am sure you will find your child's favourite character.
It is very durable as I said my son has had this from when he was 2 and he is 5 in July and it is still going strong the colours are still as bright as they were and the novelty does not seem to have worn off as they still argue now when he has people stay over about who will be sleeping in the ready bed.
I would recommend this bed it seems a little pricey at first but it actually has turned out to be a big asset and perfect for when your child has a guest staying over.
My son has recently out grown his pop up travel cot and I was looking for something to replace it, a friend of mine came to stay with her little boy and she had a ready bed, what a great idea I thought so I got one for myself.
It comes in a handy bag, a bit like an army rucksack, but colourful, the bed inside is all attached together, with a small duvet that can be pulled half way down so your child can get into bed and then it stays in place all night despite lots of wriggling around. There is an inflatable head board also attached.
At first inflating the thing is a bit difficult as once you remove the pump (which needs 4 large batteries) the bed starts to deflate really quickly, so you need to practice at first . Its also heavier than I thought it would be.
Its easy to wash, as all the material bit of the bed is detachable. I have also slept on it myself when my little one had taken over my bed and I have to say it was very comfortable.
We have also taken it camping with us, which was very useful
Overall, it is definately worth investing in.
As I had previously had such a great experience with my daughters Winnie the Pooh bed. I knew when the time came for my son to move from cot to bed, I would buy another ready bed in as this method had been so succesful with my daughter.
My son loves Thomas the Tank engine. I was not really pleased with his choice as his nursery was decorated in Winnie the Pooh. I was worried that the design of this bed would clash against the Winnie the Pooh colours and decor. However, I decided to go ahead and get this bed as I knew my son would simply love this Thomas designed bed.
I also thought it would boost his confidence and make him feel older as the Winnie the Pooh design would perhaps seem a little childish for my little boy. I bought this Thomas the tank ready bed from toys r us for around £30 which was a considerable amount more than the Winnie the Pooh bed I had bought for his sister. However, I was willing to pay that extra amount as I thought it was worth the money.
This bed was very similar in structure to the worlds apart Winnie the Pooh bed that I had bought previous. There was a foot pump included in the price of the bed, but I personally found this a waste of time as the pump adaptor kept coming out of the air hole. I found it was much easier and effective to blow the bed up. It did take about five minutes to blow up and alot of puff but it was relatively easy.
The bed was lovely and comfortable. It was really bright and attractive in design. I loved the blue of the design as it was really clean and fresh. My son loved this bed and was desperate to sleep in it. However, I was very disappointed in the quality of this bed as it was much less reliable as the one I had bought for my daughter.
Firstly, It kept deflating. Slowly, but enough to make the bed quite flat by the morning. I was quite irritated by this as it meant I had to blow it up all the time which became quite exhausting and time consuming. It was not as sturdy or hard wearing as other ready beds. I liked the bumper sides as it gave me peace of mind regarding my son rolling off. But I found I was constantly checking him, as I was not at all trusting of this bed due to it's deflating.
My son thought that it was marvelous, but due to me having to move him in the night to repump the bed, I was finding he was quite tired and grumpy in the mornings. Therefore, he wasn't able to enjoy using this bed as much as I would have liked. I checked the bed for any leaks but there was nothing to be seen, so I just feel this bed was just not made to a high standard.
I liked the cover on the bed. I thought it was comfortable and light. Not too heavy and overpowering, but enough coverage to keep warm. My son loved this bed and thought it was a sign of him becoming a big boy. It really helped boost his confidence and promote his independence in sleeping in his own bed. It was just a shame that this bed kept going down. I felt that this bed was not worth the higher price tag.
I bought the Thomas The Tank Ready Bed as my 2-and-a-half yearold son is a huge fan of Thomas.
He wouldnt sleep in his own bed, so I decided to buy this in the hope it would encourage him to start sleeping on his own.
At first, it was great;the bed is easy to blow up with the pump included,and the design is lovely and bright - as soon as the bed was blown up my son started shouting "Thomas!"and immediately wanted to get in bed. Suucess! Or so I thought...
The bed de-inflated itself several times through the night, which was a major disappointment.
An hour after my son had gone to sleep, I checked on him to find him pretty much sleeping on the floor, as the readybed had almost entirely deinflated.
I woke him up, blew the bed back up and 4 hours later it was flat as a pancake again.
I checked for punctures in the morning and it all seemed fine, but the bed has never stayed inflated for more than 5 hours since we bought it, and as a result it was only used for that one night and never since.
A couple of years ago when my son was a year old we were having problems getting him to sleep in a bed. He had a really nice cot bed but he would scream and scream until the only way we could get him to sleep was in his buggy.
Now this obviously was not very ideal especially as he is quite a tall child and after months and months of him refusing to sleep in a bed we decided to look around for something different.
So one day I happened to notice a Thomas ready bed in Toys r Us for £30 , a lot of money but it got me thinking that if we could at least get him to sleep in it then we would all have some decent sleep.
~What do you get in the box?~
The airbed is made out of white PVC, you basically place it inside the cover
you will find a valve for the pump and then you just pump the bed up. It will take between 5 - 10 minutes to inflate the bed depends on how fit you are! You then just zip it up and it`s ready to be used.
Once the bed is inflated it has a built in headboard which is red and yellow and has Thomas & Friends written on the front. There are bolsters on both sides which is ideal for little ones as it helps them to stay on the bed instead of rolling off!
The sleeping bag has a bright colourful picture of Thomas and feels very soft it is attached to the bed.
Deflating the bed takes a little while but is easy to do , then it all fits in the carry bag and doesn`t take up much space.
~What do I think?~
Well from day 1 my son loved this bed and the best thing of all we all got some sleep! He slept in the ready bed for 6 months until christmas last year when his grandparents and uncles clubbed together to buy him a proper Thomas bed which is what he is in now.
We did find that he needed a pillow to give him just a little bit more comfort.
The only thing I don`t like about the bed is the sleeping bag is fixed to the bed, my son never liked sleeping inside it he liked sleeping on top with his blankets over him.
Taking the cover off is quite easy the zip has a safety feature so you will need a pin to open it. We used a spring from a clothes peg as it was just the right size. Putting the cover back on however can be quite tricky unless you want to deflate the airbed first!
Washing the cover again is very easy and ours got washed a lot and still looks new! I then popped it on the line for a couple of hours and was amazed as to how quickly it dried, I do not recommend tumble drying.
Recommended age is 2 - 5 years old, my son is very tall and is 3 , I think this will fit him for another year and we will be using it in October when we go on holiday.
Age 2 +
Size approx: 135 (l) x 71 (w) x 32 (h) cm
Price - £30 Tesco`s , Amazon, Toys R Us , Mothercare
The ready bed has only been around a few years. IT is basically a sleeping bag that is attached to an air bed and is available in a wide variety of designs.
My Son is a great fan of Thomas although he will no longer watch the TV program he still loves the toys and games connected with him. I managed to pick him up a Thomas the tank engine ready bed from a car boot for £3.50. It is currently available from Argos for £32.29 so I felt I got a real bargain.
I washed the covers at 40◦C and aired it on the line. It came out bright and new. I rolled it back into the storage bag and put it away until our holiday as I thought it would be ideal for sleeping in the caravan. It is very light and rolls up like a small sleeping bag.
When we arrived we picked his room which was the only room that had the floor space for it to go down. Blowing the bed up was one of the first things he could do so that he could get used to wear he was sleeping. Unfortunately when I got the pump out there was a split down the centre, it was along the line the seal but as it happened prior to me owning it I don't know how easily this happened. It then was I knew I had to blow it up with my own breath.
I was surprised how easily it inflated. It does have a flap valve which meant the air I had blown in stayed there and it was much easier than a lot of the valves you need to squeeze the top together.
It took less than five minutes to inflate and that was despite having to stop as my son decided he wanted to jump on it half inflated. He initially seemed quite impressed so we put it in his room with his sleeping companions: Lala, Fifi, Noddy and Iggle Piggle although there was not room for them and him in the bed. The blanket is thick enough for young children. I would think it would be ideal for average temperatures but it is difficult to see how it would work in a really hot room but extra blanket could be added on top if it is too cold. The zip had a large clasp so my son could get out without help.
The first night he did not like the idea of going to sleep in it and this emotion continued through the holiday. He seemed to wake up every time he moved then would cry for Mommy. He kept waking up so often he ended up in my bed every night at the latest by 11.30pm.
My son is the sort of child who has always loved his home comforts and never much liked his travel cot he wasn't comfy enough so I think it will be a couple of years before he takes to such adventures.
It is recommended for children two years and above and it is a great buy for most children but I recommend that you test your child out in it before going away if sleeping elsewhere is going to be a problem
An ideal ready to use bed that can is also portable, practical, comfortable and most importantly FUN The ready bed is an ideal transition from travel cot to bed. It is a fully portable inflatable bed which has a soft cover on the top of it. Its ideal for those nights at nannies or at a friends house and is especially good for the holidays as it packs away into its own travel bag The bed also comes with its own pump so it only takes a moment to inflate it and your ready for bed Size Length 135cm, Width 71cm The bed has a soft machine washable cover The bed comes with soft integral bed head and side bolsters for extra comfort and safety. Pump and carry bag included. Suitable from 2 years.