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28/03/2013 at 13:49
Been looking online but I'm worried they all look a bit flimsy and wont last the test of time with my ratbag!!
Now this may be a ridiculous question, but will I need to buy a new mattress? He has a cotbed at the minute but its really not great and needs something in the next few months. The sides have been down for a while and he has a bed guard atm. I'd like to buy something that is going to last, but not sure if I should just wait as long as possible then just get a single bed?!
28/03/2013 at 13:54
Isn't a cotbed the same size as a toddler bed? Our cotbed turned into a toddler sized bed. We used in until she was 4 and a half (she's not that tall though, a taller child would have outgrown it a bit sooner). It came from John Lewis.
28/03/2013 at 13:56
Well thats what I was thinking. Ours has really long ends and every time he leans on them im worried it'll break. It's big enough for him but im just worried he could break it. If I had known I would have bought a better cotbed that you can change the ends to smaller ones. PJ xx
28/03/2013 at 14:02
Can you just take the ends off or are they part of the base?
One option would be to buy a toddler bed, use it for a couple of years, then baby number 2 can use it. And you get a single for child number 1. Depends on your space of course. Otherwise you're not going to get the use out of it. I can recommend John Lewis I think it was about £250, though, and we used it as a cot first.
28/03/2013 at 14:13
Ikea used to do a bed that grew, you sort of slid it to make it longer, not sure I'm explaining it very well! But I wouldn't spend a lot on a particular toddler bed, it might just be best to get a normal bed with a new mattress, by the time he's getting towards teen years you'll probably need a new one then anyway and wont need to change the bed, just get a new mattress.
28/03/2013 at 14:18
I think if you go for a toddler bed then you aren't going to get much use out of it, unless you use it for little R and get big R a single bed.
If I were you I would just take the sides off and the bottom if it comes off and see how you go. If it breaks it breaks but if not he's got some use out of it and when it does break you can get him a single bed which will last him.
I got ours from Mothercare but used it as a cot first, it was really sturdy and lasted but it was over £350.
28/03/2013 at 16:21
My eldest 2 went straight from cotbed (with sides still on) to normal single bed - eldest at age 2 and 2nd child at age 18 months. Youngest will use the cotbed with the sides off when she's ready, no idea how long it will last. I wouldn't buy a specific toddler bed if I were you.
28/03/2013 at 16:38
we got the small single bed from mothercare which is bigger than a toddler bed but not quite as big as a single, we then got the matress from argos, M has been fine in it, we have got bed guards on.
28/03/2013 at 21:14
Where are you? We've literally (tonight) just turfed S out of her toddler bed and need to sell it (I was thinking £25). It's a wooden mothercare one, and we put a new better mattress from babymattressesonoline on it, which was excellent quality and reasonable price, so that wouldn't be too much to buy new.
Let me know if you are interested and I can PM you details and photos.
28/03/2013 at 22:59
We've got the Ikea Kritter bed for O, It's 160cm long and very sturdy (holds H's weight).
29/03/2013 at 03:12
We got the little critters one from Ikea for E and it is really sturdy- very impressed considering the price. I've slept in it with her and it's held both of us no problem! Our cot bed is much smaller so had to buy all new bedding including mattress. Our view was that she would probably wreck the bed as she is a jumper/climber/etc and would only be in it for a short while so we didn't want to spend a lot. She has told me her next bed will be a pirate bed because she is a fairy (I'm guessing this is Peter Pan/Tinkerbell related)
29/03/2013 at 08:22
We bought a lovely wooden John Lewis toddler bed on eBay for £25.00 and used our own cot bed mattress. My daughter is three in May and still has lots of room in it. For us we didnt know if we would buy bunk beds or not and this was a good cheap solution until we decided.
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