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      08.01.2014 20:11

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      I love teddy moses basket on rocking base.We understand this is more for temporary sleeps and transportation, however, the base mattress is flimsy and lacks support.The hood fails completely in the fact that it doesn't hold and there is nothing to attach it to the head of the basket.The handles are shedding pieces of twine which drop into where the baby is laying and the general overall quality is not as luxurious as advertised.This was purchased via the internet, but we would recommend that you go to a specialist shop and try before you buy.In all, we feel quite ripped off.

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      25.09.2011 13:08
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      Have fun finding the perfect sleeping environment for baby

      Having a baby is a joyous occasion. The lead up to the big day is exciting, and all the preparations are made in advance, and all of the essential nursery equipment is sourced. One of the biggest and most important purchases is somewhere for baby to sleep. There are various types of cribs, cots, and Moses baskets to choose from, and all come at varying costs. The decision can depend on space, budget, safety and preference. This important piece of equipment needs careful thought, as it needs to be just right for you and your baby. A newborn can sleep in either a cot bed, Moses basket or crib from birth, so how do you know which one to choose?

      Here is an overview of cot beds, Moses baskets and cribs to help guide you in this important decision.


      ~~~ Moses Basket ~~~

      A Moses basket isn't necessary, however, a lot of new parents like the look of these, as they look 'cute'. A Moses basket is a wicker basket that usually features a hood, and two carry handles either side. The basket features a cotton lining, a thin mattress, and a matching cover. They generally retail around £25 - £40 on average. They are recommended for a baby up to 6 months of age, however, they may outgrow the basket before then, and they must be transitioned into a cot when they become mobile. This gives Moses baskets a short lifespan, however, they are adorable, and take up minimal space in the early months when baby sleeps in their parent's room. A Moses Basket can be placed inside a cot or put on a stand that is designed for Moses baskets. If using a stand, ensure that there are no hazards of this being knocked over by other children or pets.


      ~~~ Cribs ~~~

      Cribs generally retail around £60, which is considerably pricier than a Moses basket, and cribs have the same life expectancy. They are recommended for up to 6 months, or until a baby becomes mobile. This will vary with each child, and how quickly they grow and develop. They are available in a choice of wood colours and there are some which are painted white. They are beautifully constructed, and are very attractive which is why they are appealing. They may seem expensive, however, they are built to last, making a crib a worthy investment, as it can be used with subsequent children. However, a new mattress is required each time, for hygiene and safety reasons.


      ~~~ Cots ~~~

      Cots vary greatly in price, and can be found from as little as £29 and go right up to, and over the £200 mark. There is a vast choice of different styles and designed, and some which come with extra features such as an under bed drawer. Some cots come supplied with a mattress, and this makes it easier to ensure that the mattress is the correct fit. Baby can be placed into a cot from birth, and they will get at least two years use out of a cot. This is dependent on the child, as each child grows and develops at their own pace. If considering a cot, ensure that it will fit alongside your bed, as it is recommended that baby sleeps in the same room as their parents for the first six months. Cots can be dismantled, and stored to be used for subsequent children. Again, the mattress must be replaced for each child.


      ~~~ Cot beds ~~~

      Cot beds are the most cost effective purchase, as they can be used from birth and beyond, as they can eventually be converted into a bed. This negates the need to spend additional money, as this will last them for their early years of life. Cot beds are designed to last, and are a worthy investment. The prices on these vary greatly and are the most expensive out of the choices, generally starting from around the £200 mark. Whilst these are the most expensive, they give the most use, as no further purchases are needed until they need a full sized bed. If you are considering a cot bed, ensure to look at the measurements to see if it will fit in its intended place. Cot beds are fairly large, and need a good amount of space.


      ~~~ Mattresses ~~~

      The mattress needs to be specifically designed for the right piece of equipment. The fit needs to be exact, so measurements need to match up. It is essential that there are no gaps around the mattress for safety reasons. The mattress needs to be flame retardant and conform to safety standards. A new mattress is required with each child, as these can harbour germs and bacteria can build up over time. There are various different types of mattresses that vary in cost. To protect the mattress and prolong its life, use a mattress protector that is the correct fit to prevent it from becoming stained.


      When choosing a place for baby to sleep a lot of thought needs to go into it. The budget, space, and safety are determining factors. Consider which is best suited, and ensure that it is safe, and is constructed from safe non toxic materials, and that it is lead free. Inspect the equipment, and ensure that it meets all safety standards. Enjoy parenthood.

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        21.06.2010 11:35
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        Good, compact sleeping option for younger babies

        We had Moses baskets for both our sprogs when they were small, and I'd say these are excellent - and economical - sleeping and napping options for younger babies. We were (rather foolishly) living in a 'studio flat' in London when my daughter was born, and the compactness of her Moses basket was a real help while we were trying to deal with the lack of space in our accommodations: the basket was small enough to fit on its stand in the 'bedroom area' for night-time sleeping, and also would fit onto the (very sturdily constructed) low coffee table we had in the 'living area' part of the flat for during the day.

        That's the general review of Moses baskets and their stands finished. I recently tried to submit the following review of a Lollipop Lane Moses basket stand to the dooyoo database but was informed 'the product was already listed' (it isn't). As I'd alreaddy written it, the review of the stand appears below.

        A word to the wise: as the Lollipop Lane Moses basket stand requires a surprising amount of home assembly, start getting the thing erected well before the baby is actually on its way. We left ours till the eleventh hour, not realising how complex the assembly job would turn out to be, and definitely got caught short with this. Apparently it comes with its own tools (I was not involved in building the thing myself, as at the time my other half was putting it up I was....upstairs, somewhat engrossed in giving birth) but like all home-assembly furniture, it definitely helps to have your own set of eg. cross-head adjustable screwdrivers on hand while you're making it up.

        It's available for £15 from all sorts of outlets, including Asda stores and Amazon on the internet. The Lollipop Lane stand is an all-wood, nice quality (especially considering the price) pine stand that comes in a sort of an attractive, low-gloss 'honey' finish, which folds up nicely into a surprisingly small space. The whole thing weighs 3.5kg, but is sturdy enough (once assembled) for you to be confident putting your newborn in its Moses Basket in it. Despite the low price, it seems slightly sturdier / more stable in its construction / design than the previous Moses Basket stand we had (that one came from John Lewis about five years ago).

        Like all Moses Baskets, it's suitable from birth until the child can sit up unaided - or until the sprog's reached 15kg in weight (although the Moses Basket that comes with it is only for kids up to the weight 9kg, so I'm not sure where the extra supporting capacity will come in useful, really). It conforms with the usual British Safety Standards, which is always good to know.

        I understand - although I can't comment from personal experience as we got the Lollipop Lane 'Nature Trail' basket that Asda were selling alongside this - that it's of a standard size to take most Moses Baskets, including those from eg. Mothercare - though it would be worth checking this.

        This was an excellent-value buy that apart from the slight trouble of assembling it in a hurry I can't fault, and I was really happy with it.

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        28.09.2009 23:32
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        greta to buy if have the room as lasts for ages

        I was trying to right a review of the Caitlin Cotbed from Argos but it wasnt on the list but I had to share as I think its an absolute bargain!!
        When I got pregnant with my first child my mother in law offered to buy us a cot and omg I could not believe the prices of them! I saw this one when flicking through the Argos book and couldnt believe the price-I hadnt even considered one due to prices being so much but it seemed to make sense this was as cheap as a cot and would last much much longer. You have to buy a mattress for it seperate but all in all it cost about £140 for both.
        It arrived and I couldnt wait to set it up. Took about 20 minutes was quite easy but it was huge!! I had never seen one up so was shocked and when my daughter arrived she looked even smaller in it!
        You can have it on 3 different heights which is good as it can be lowered when they start climbing and also when the bars come off but it doenst go as high as a normal cot thats the only problem we had-you have to bend down to put baby in.
        My daughters got turned into a bed a few months back and to be honest without it I would have been gutted about having to go out and buy her a new bed lol Its perfect still plenty of room left in it I think it will last till shes about 7 years old!! So definetly a bargain.
        I also purchased again last year for my 2nd child. The colour was different when arrived alot lighter but it didnt bother me. Exactly the same quality and cannot believe what a bargain it was! I have looked in the new book and it looks like the have changed it to a more expensive one but looks the same with a different name.

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          14.05.2009 13:22
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          Moses basket particularly suitable for newborns

          When we were expecting my son we found the choice of nursery furniture overwhelming. Cots or cotbeds, cribs or moses baskets, and thats without considering the mattresses! In the end we decided on practicality. Whilst we originally favoured the idea of a cot-bed (supposedly lasts up to 5 years) we decided to just buy a plain, middle-range, low cost cot. We decided that when our little one grows out of the cot, we were probably going to invest in a bed for him anyway and so the cotbed would not be needed. We therefore bought a cheap but safe and sturdy cot from Mothercare, which meant that the money we saved on not buying the cotbed, could go towards a high quality mattress. We decided that a high quality, waterproof mattress would be worth spending the extra money on.

          After feeling very pleased with ourselves, our midwife spoiled it by saying ideally the baby should sleep in his parents room for the first 6 months to reduce to risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Sydrome). As our bedroom isn't big enough to fit the cot, this then meant we would need to decide between a moses basket and crib. We eventually decided on the moses basket with a rocking stand, so he could still be rocked to sleep but it had the added benefit of being easily transported from room to room as the basket could be lifted off the stand. This was particularly useful when keeping the moses basket in the living room for visitors.

          We found the moses basket great. Its handy to move around the house and also good in making the baby feel nice and secure. When we did try to put him in the cot the size seemed to overwhelm him and he didn't settle, whereas the moses basket is the perfect size for a little one. However, he wont be small enough to fit in the moses basket forever and so the cot will be used then

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          14.02.2009 16:40
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          are good for babies who like their sleep

          When I found I was pregnant everything was like a whirr, trying to think of what I needed to buy and where was the best place to get it etc. luckily my sister had had a baby just 10months before so I was given her Moses basket stand, just had to buy the Moses basket, I looked around for a few months and decided upon one from mother care, at £40 it was one of the cheaper ones, but matched the bedding id also decided I wanted for when I had bought a cot. I went down to mother care world to pick up my Moses basket, it was gorgeous, had a giraffe on it, very suitable for my little boy I was due to have! it came with a little blanket, although I had to use other blankets as well as my little boy was born in January when the weather was cold.

          The one thing I find with Moses baskets is that the hoods don't stay up, and ideally I wanted the hood to stay up during the night to keep my baby shaded from the night light that was on my bottle warmer.

          My little boy wasn't a big fan of his Moses basket; in fact he wasn't a fan of night time sleep so I didn't get much use out of this Moses basket. I did use it a few times during the day but then I started using a baby bouncer and my son preferred to sleep in that as he didn't like being flat on his back!

          A moses basket is very handy if you have a child that doesn't cry everytime you put him or her in there. Especially if you dont have much room in your home.

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            29.11.2008 19:46
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            Borrow a Moses Basket/crib if possible and buy a good Cotbed

            When I was pregnant with my daughter two years ago, I was given a Moses Basket by a friend who had used it for her baby. It came with a stand, a hood (which didn't attach to the basket properly so we didn't use it, but it seemed to be more to look pretty than anything) and she also lent me some bedding. All I needed to buy were some more sheets (fitted and non-fitted) as I would be changing them frequently with a newborn baby being sick a lot, and a new mattress, which cost about £25.00 from Mothercare. I probably wouldn't have bothered buying a Moses Basket otherwise, as babies do not stay in them for more than a few months, and need to go into a cot or cotbed when they start to roll over and pull themselves up. My daughter stayed in the Moses Basket until she was about five months old, when we put her in a travel cot for a few weeks as a temporary measure until my husband put the cot bed together. I found that the Moses Basket was very useful for a newborn baby, as they do not look as small in it compared to a large cot, and it was handy to have by the bed at night and then take into the living room in the day. I also used the stand to put the baby bath on when bathing my daughter, as I found it easier to sit by the bath rather than kneel on the floor.

            Once we had the cot bed assembled, my daughter started to sleep in there, and became used to it very quickly. From an early age (a few weeks old) she has slept in a sleeping bag, as we found that she was a very wriggly baby, and kept kicking the covers off. Now she is a toddler, and still very active,she still has a sleeping bag. The cotbed that I chose was from Babies'R Us and cost around £149.00. It is one of the type that has to be adjusted at the base to make it lower down, and the sides are non-moveable. I found this a little awkward at times when lifting my daughter out, as I have a curved spine (scoliosis) and need to be careful not to injure my back, but other than that it is a sturdy, good quality cotbed. It will last as a bed until she is about six years and then can be converted into a sofa, so we should get plenty of use out of it. I bought a mattress separately from Mothercare, costing about £80.00 for a good quality one, plus fitted sheets.

            My daughter is still sleeping in the cot, and I think we will keep her in that for another six months or so, until she is around two and a half years old, then convert it into a bed.

            To summarise, I would not recommend getting a Moses basket or a crib unless you really want one and can afford it. It is better to borrow them if you can, as they will not be used for very long before your baby goes into a bigger cot, as they grow and develop so quickly, that it can be an unnecessary expense.

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              17.10.2008 10:03
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              If you have spare money i would recommend moses baskets, or if on a low budget i wouldnt

              When i was pregnant with my twins one of the first things we talked about was how they would sleep once they were here. We were a little unsure of moses baskets as we wanted them to sleep together (after all they spent 8 months together in my tummy), we had room for a cotbed in our room so they could still be by our side anyway.

              Anyhow i was given 2 moses baskets asa present both were identical and were from mothercare, winnie the pooh traditiional designs. They were pretty much unisex and had a really light green and white check with some lilac.

              Thery both came with a small matress that fit inside and a hood which helped shade out some light, also a little quilt for over their blankets.

              We decided to use these after all they were a gift however im glad we didnt buy them ourselves. I loved the way i could take them anywhere around hte flat so they slept with me in the living room during the day. And they did look really snug, however at around 10 weeks old we decided it was time to put them in their cotbed as they were fastly outgrowing the moses basket.

              SO had i paid for the 2x moses baskets and stands we really wouldnt have got much use from t hem. I do say if your not on a tight budget get them but if you are low on money i wouldnt bother.

              They slept great in the cotbed together and i had no problems until they got too big to sleep together so we put them in their own at the side of each other.

              At 3 months old we put them in their own room, my partners a really noisy sleeper and i was waking up at every sound and movment they made, after that we all slept better.

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              16.09.2008 13:11
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              A comfortable bed for your little baby.

              Whilst I was pregnant with my son I decided that I would like to buy a Moses basket with stand as we wanted him to sleep in our room for the first few weeks. I visited Toys r us and saw that they had the 'I love my bear' Moses basket on special offer, it had been reduced down to £30 and the wooden rocking stand was only £10 so I decided to buy it there and then.

              The Moses basket was lovely, it was made out of the usual wicker material (if this is what it is, I think so!!) and it had a white furry lining inside with a small mattress, so that the material of the basket doesn't stick in the baby. It has a cream hood that you can lift up so that the baby is protected from some sound and light, the hood had little animals stuck onto the top of it with Velcro, so that the baby could look up at these, these could be removed if not required. It also came with a lovely little quilt with a bear on it, to go over the top of the blankets.

              The rocking, wooden stand was very easy to assemble, in fact I managed to do it all by myself without asking my husband for assistance!! The Moses basket fitted snugly in the stand and there was a plastic piece all the way around so that the basket couldn't slip off. I particularly liked this stand as it rocked, therefore when Rhys woke up we could easily rock him back to sleep without taking him out of the basket.

              The Moses basket was used all the time when we brought Rhys home as we had him downstairs in the basket for his daytime naps. Then on a night we would carry the stand and basket upstairs to put at the side of our bed. When Rhys was a couple of weeks old we would start putting him upstairs after his evening feed so that he was getting used to the whole bedtime routine.

              When Rhys was 3 weeks old my husband had to return to work, as my husband got up very early in the morning we were concerned that they would disturb each other throughout the night so we made the decision to put Rhys into his own nursery. The guidelines say that you should have your baby in your room until they are 6 months old, but a lot of my friends have put their baby in their own nursery at an early age and it resulted in them sleeping through the night from an early age, so this was the reason we decided to try it, plus we had monitors so knew that we would be able to hear Rhys throughout the night. The guidelines are there to basically guide you, at the end of the day you have to do what is right for all of you, plus I don't regret doing this for a second as Rhys has been sleeping 12 hours through the night ever since he was 10 weeks old!! I know a lot of mothers who still have their baby in their room with them at 4/5 months old and they still aren't sleeping through, but this is a personal decision, you must do what you feel is right.

              When we transferred Rhys into his own cot, we still let him sleep in his Moses basket which we placed in his cot, as I just felt he was too tiny to put him in his big cot all by himself!!! When Rhys was around 10 weeks we decided to stop letting him sleep in his Moses basket, as he was quite a big baby and he kept waking himself up through the night by banging his arms on the side of the basket, therefore we realised he needed more space to sleep comfortably.

              Although we only used the Moses basket for 10 weeks, I would definitely use one again, as in those first few weeks of Rhys' life it was a god send, as I could have Rhys right at the side of me rather than having to go up and down stairs every time he needed a feed!

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                10.09.2008 09:52
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                a secure environment for a newborn to sleep

                I fully intended to put my little one straight into a cot (as I'd heard moses baskets were expensive for a short term use), but was then given a moses basket by the generous colleagues at my workplace as I left. I am so glad that I got it.

                Firstly, the shape of the moses basket means that it is harder for the baby to roll of their back. When we were admitted to a children's ward when he was little, he was constantly rolling onto his side and out of the recommended "back to sleep" position. We had the basket on a stand at the side of my bed and this meant it was easier to reach across to comfort or soothe him in the night. Now he is in his cot, it's a squeeze to get my arm through the rails to reach him, and even with the drop side lowered, I can't reach him easily from bed. Thirdly, blankets and covers stayed in place better with the moses basket. I felt happier using blankets and sheets with a newborn as I could alter the amount covering him more easily, though now he is older he is in a sleeping bag.

                We were able to use a moses basket until he was 4 months old, but he is 25th centile for length so others may have to use it for less time.

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                  27.02.2008 22:06
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                  a great idea if you need something sturdy

                  Right from the begining i new my cot was going to be huge compared to the size of my baby as a new born but found a dillema when deciding what i was going to use for her to sleep in for the first few months.

                  I loved the pushchairs with car seat attachments so i didnt want a push chair with a removable basket type thing, sorry i dont know what these are called.

                  I wasnt sure about a moses basket as we have a very large rotty who is very boystrus and although he doesnt mean to he has a habit of walking into things a lot so i was worried he would knock the moses basket over.

                  In the end i brought me a wooden swinging crib from mothercare for £54 and i brought a lace canopy for it for £15.

                  I was over the moon with it, it was made of solid wood, you had the choice of having it swinging or you had a pin you could put into it to stop it swinging. It looked lovely and serverd the purpose brilliantly, it was very sturdy as it has two wooden legs that were as wide as the crib at each end and were joined with a gold coloured bar.

                  My swinging crib was also very big, both my daughters used it untill they began to roll over and try to pul them selves up but it would be more than big enough to use for up to 9 months

                  The matress on these are great, they have air holes in them to allow baby to breath if they accidentally roll onto there stomach but getting sheets for it was a nightmare, moses basket sheets are to small and cot sheets to big so i used to have to wrap the matress in a cot sheet a couple or times to make it fit.

                  These swinging cribs are available in a lot of differnt colours so you can match them to your furniture, i had one in my livingroom in mahogony and one in the nursery in white.

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                    17.01.2003 20:24
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                    Like most all mums, where new old or mums to be you only want the best for your children, so when I found out that I was pregnant I forced myself and my partner to troll around every baby shop I could find to get hold of the perfect everything for our baby. When I first saw the Arabella it was brand new and I loved it, this was the "must have" cot for my baby. But of course nothing us that easy and because it was brand new Mamas and Papas were having a lot of trouble supplying it. They were in the middle of opening quite a few of their own Super stores and because of that the small retailer that we were getting from were having trouble getting any stock from them. But our nearest Super store was still months away from opening so we couldn't get it direct from Mamas and Papas either and with my bump growing ever bigger and D-day rapidly approaching I was starting to panic. RELIEF - Exactly one week before our little bundle came kicking and screaming into the world our friendly local retailer came up with the goods, although at the time this cot-bed did cost us £230 and with an extra £50 for the Mamas and Papas mattress to go with it, I have to say that it was definately not the most cost effective option we could have gone for. Although there are plus point to this cot-bed, the drop-side make it easy to get baby in and out even when the mattress is on it lowest position and with the instructions I found it very easy to assemble (even with a massive bump, at 142cm x 72cm it is big enough to misplace your new born in and I do have to say that the Mamas and Papas mattress on it is probably better than the one that I sleep on at night. However, now my son is 18 months and the mattress is on the lowest position so I am constantly finding that the drop side seems to losen with all the use it gets and I seem to be forever looking out the screwdriver to tighten it. I would say that if I had to do it all again I would
                    look at the cheaper model they do exclusively for Toys r Us (the Mamas and Paps Nadia)it looks almost exactly the same and it comes in around £199.

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                      06.12.2001 04:05
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                      I worried relentlessly about everything when I was pregnant. Would the baby be OK? Would I cope? What milk formula should I buy? And what about the sleeping arrangements? I looked carefully at the options, my husband will vouch for this as I trailed him around every Mothercare branch within 40 miles! I eventually decided on a moses basket for the newborn baby, I though that it would be snug and I could keep it in my room. I bought a lovely one from Toys R Us and couldn't wait to see my baby in it. When I brought Joe home he protested rather vocally at being put anywhere near the basket. I persisted for a week until I gave in and he ended up sleeping in his bouncing seat - not ideal I know! Apparently a lot of babies do not like moses baskets as they can't see out of them. Rather than them seeing them as a snug, safe haven, they view them as a minature prison cell! So word of advice here try and borrow one before you buy or buy second hand as there are bound to be loads like mine that have never been used. When it came to the cot my choice was really between a cot and a cot bed. For those of you that don't know, a cot bed is a larger cot. The rails are removable and eventually you can convert it into a small bed. These usually last until the child is about 5 years old. I decided that this would be the most sensible option. It would be cost effective and would mean that Joe wouldn't have to make a big transistion from the cot to the bed. I bought a Mama and Papa's cotbed from the Argos catalogue (excellent delivery service!). The cot bed is really lovely made of solid pine. When the rails are taken off it will have a pine headboard and footboard. The base is height adjustable so that you can alter it as baby grows. This really did seem to be the perfect buy. I did however find that the cotbed bedding is significantly more expensive than the standard cot bedding. Also if you buy a cotbed do mak
                      e sure that you inform people as I got loads of bedding bought for me that was too small. The problem has come when Joe reached 12 months and I wanted to buy him a duvet. There was no problem with the actual duvet but it is near impossible to buy cotbed duvet covers! I have only been able to track down one Winnie the Pooh design which is to go out of circulation this month. You can buy cotbed duvets with attached covers but this means that you have to wash the whole duvet everytime which takes some drying. I now look like I am going to have to make some covers. I decorated Joe's nursery on the Noah's Ark theme never thinking that this may be a problem. I am in the process of complaining to the manufacturers about this huge gap in the bedding market, hope this warning helps someone out there, Thanks for reading.

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                        11.05.2001 22:11
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                        First time round I was pregnant I didn't have to worry about buying a cot as my sister gave me her old one. The cot was set up in the nursery ready and waiting but my son didn't sleep in it until he was about 4 months old. My sister had also given me her old pram (carrycot type), so baby slept in the carrycot on the pram chasis in the front room during the day, and at night the carrycot was taken out of the chasis and placed by the side of my bed on the floor, so I didn't need to worry about a Moses basket or anything. This time round I've been faced with having to buy both a new cot and a Moses basket. Unfortunately both the pram and the cot aren't fit to be used again (they were both secondhand when my sister got them). So, I've been looking around. What a dilemma! There's cribs, Moses baskets, cots and cotbeds. CRIBS These rock, glide or are stationery, but they don't come supplied with mattress or bedding. They are designed to be kept next to your bed and not moved around the house like a Moses basket or carrycot could be. They are also quite expensive - £59.99 - £99.99 (Mothercare). Then on top of that you still have to purchase mattress and bedding. They recommend that they can be used up until about 6 months. MOSES BASKET These come in varying states of luxury. The actual basket is either palm (cheaper) or wicker (more expensive). They come complete with a mattress, a light weight quilt and the apron and hood. These can be moved around the house with ease. They cost from £29.99 - £99.99 (Mothercare) and on top of that you can purchase a wooden stand at £19.99. They recommend that they can be used up until 6 months, though I've heard plenty of people say that their baby grew out of the Moses basket well before 6 months old. COTS Again these come without mattresses or bedding. There's many designs and prices to match. Most are available in the st
                        andard or the larger continental size. Most these days have a 2 or 3 position mattress base which enables you to raise the level of the mattress so that you don't have to bend so far to put your baby in the cot. Obviously you have it at the highest position whilst your baby is newborn, but as soon as they are able to sit up, move around more you would need to lower it. This is a good idea and one that I didn't have in my previous cot, but wished I'd had. Most also have teething rails, personally as my son never chewed his cot in the first place, they aren't a selling point with me. You'll also find that all but the cheapest of cots have a drop side and if you're lucky it can be operated by one hand. So there's lots of choice there, but not when it comes to colour. At the moment the wood effect seems to be "in". Unfortunately I want a white cot, this narrows my choice immensely. Out of the 14 cot and cotbeds on offer in Mothercare only 3 come in white. The cots range in price from £49.99 - £199.99 and on top of that you need to buy a mattress and bedding. COTBEDS These are exactly the same as the cots only they last a bit longer. When your child outgrows the cot, you just take the side bars off, adjust the head and foot and hey presto you have a junior bed. This is a good idea (though you do have to pay for it) and the mattress will obviously fit all the way through. Again you have to buy the mattress separately. The cotbeds range from £139.00 - £240.00 (Mothercare). MATTRESSES These too come in all shapes and sizes, they are either foam or sprung and usually have a wipeable surface. They range from £7.99 (Moses basket) right up to £99.99 (for a cotbed). In some cases the mattress can be as much as the cot. So, quite an expensive (and confusing) business isn't it. You may wonder why I've only quoted Mothercare. That's because that's the only shop in my town that sells
                        these things. We did have another but it shut down over a year ago, so Mothercare have the monopoly. I know that I could probably get these items cheaper over the internet, but call me old fashioned I like to see what I'm buying on items like this before handing over my money.

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