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Thomas & Friends My First Ready Bed- isn't the really useful bed it claims to be!
Worlds Apart Thomas & Friends My First Ready Bed
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Worlds Apart Thomas & Friends My First Ready Bed
Advantages: Inflated and deflated quickly, comes with a bag to store it in and stores away small
Disadvantages: Smaller than it looks, expensive, foot pump supplied is useless
-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.
Summary: An ok solution for needing a storable spare kids bed. But dont expect to use it for a long time.
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