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22/01/2014 at 09:00
I'll be a first time Mum and totally flummuxed by all the things you can buy and I have no idea what is needed or what isn't and can be a waste of time and money. I know everyone's different on what they want for their baby.
H and I were thinking of going for a crib in our room for the first 6 months as I believe we will get more use out of this and it would be more value for money (we'd buy one in the sale), considering a moses basket could only be good for upto 3-4 months, am I right in thinking this and that a crib can be used upto 6 months, depending on the size of the baby?
After the crib we were thinking of moving the baby into the nursery into a cot/bed. The link here looks quite appealing but I need some expert advice from you to see if its a good package etc http://www.online4baby.com/cosatto-3-in-1-la-dee-dah-cot-bed-fibre-mattress-ivory?=u1=bounty
Then I guess we will need something for when we are downstairs for the baby to sit in, so we were thinking of getting a baby bouncer, would this work? Or what would you suggest?
I'm so sorry for being clueless and any advice will be gratefully received :)
Thank you all :)
22/01/2014 at 09:09
Just wanted to say I am also completely & utterly clueless and will be looking out for replies to this thread!
22/01/2014 at 09:14
We had a moses basket not a crib and we used to carry this up and down the stairs with us. Where is baby going to sleep downstairs during the day? when they are newborn they sleep loads and wouldnt be able to sleep in the bouncer for that amount of time as they need to lay flat. some people use the pram carrycot, but it depends what pram you get. I wouldnt spend a fortune on a bouncer some babies love them some not so. we had a swing which both of mine prefered to the bouncer. HTH
22/01/2014 at 09:22
We had a Moses basket which we brought up and down stairs for him to sleep him, O isn't a big baby and outgrew it at 10 weeks! We had a cotbed in his nursery but although it fitted in our room is was too big and bulky so we ended up buying a cheap cot in the mothercare sale for our room, now I wish I hadn't bothered with a cotbed, I would have put him straight in that at night and used my pram carrycot downstairs (I had a bugaboo chameleon which is fine for overnight sleeping). So you will need something that lays flat for day naps. We were given a swing which was good as he hates it! Our best investment for the early days was a play mat he has loved it since birth and still does at nearly 5 months. My advice would be if you can borrow a swing, Moses basket etc as if they like them you can purchase later or be glad you didn't waste money if they hate it!
22/01/2014 at 09:37
We had a moses basket for downstairs, and a crib for upstairs. He outgrew the crib at 7ish weeks and there was NO space in our wee room for a cot (only a sort of corridor all the way around the bed) so baby went in to cot in own room at 8 weeks.
This time we've a bigger bedroom, so the cot proper will be in there at the end of our bed. We'll have the pram's carrycot or moses basket downstairs, and moses basket in cot, or cot, for upstairs.
22/01/2014 at 09:40
I would say if you can fit a normal cotbed in your room from the beginning then go for that. We had a moses downstairs and a crib upstairs and to be honest the crib was a waste of money and was hardly used. Firstly she didnt like it for the first few weeks, and also once she was settled in the moses downstairs we didnt want to disturb her by transferring so just carried the moses upstairs and used the crib as a stand! She also grew out of both the crib and moses relatively early on as she was long, and also the crib is longer than the moses but no wider so she just kept getting her arms stuck, we ended up moving the cotbed into our room at about 3 months, and swapped the moses downstairs for a travel cot to be used as a play pen later.
I would say definitely get a bouncer, we've got a really simple one, about £15 off Amazon, nothing fancy and she absolutely loves it! She'll literally sit in it for hours kicking her leg and bouncing herself. I can also carry it from room to room while doing jobs or into the bathroom so she watches me have a shower!
22/01/2014 at 09:41
We had a moses basket too which was useful to take up and downstairs for naps etc, but it was a bigger one than the normal ones (can't get them now, plus it was borrowed so we can't get it this time either). I'm thinking I might go for a crib this time as they last longer, we've got a pram carrycot that is suitable for sleeping in (Quinny Buzz).
The cotbed is the right sort of thing (C still sleeps in his as a bed at 4y9m), but that one seems very expensive - we got ours in a set with drawers and big toy chest from Kiddicare, and the whole set was probably the same price.
A bouncy chair is definitely a good idea (we bought a cheap one just in case he didn't like it, fortunately he did, but they don't last long so never went for anything different), also agree playmats are great too.
22/01/2014 at 09:44
Go to Kiddicare for your cotbed, ours was about £120 for the cot and mattress and its great quality, next day free delivery too.
22/01/2014 at 09:52
We had a moses basket, until he outgrew it after a couple of weeks, so he went straight into his cotbed (in our room), he slept in his carrycot downstairs.He lasted nowhere near 3-4 months in his basket.
I like the cot you posted. We paid about that, but bought our cotbed and mattress separately, so we could choose which mattress we wanted.
This, but in pine www.woolworths.co.uk/.../1266708306.prd
with this mattress www.toysrus.co.uk/.../Thermorest-Dual-Core-System-Cotbed-Mattress-140-x-70-cm(0101084)
J still sleeps in his cotbed, so we are really getting our moneys worth.
A bouncer is good, if your baby likes it, not all babies do. Glad we only paid around £25 though, as J soon became too big for it. He spent most time on his playmat, or just on a blanket on the floor, with a toy arch over him.
22/01/2014 at 10:16
S was out of her Moses by 11 weeks. I'd always planned on putting her in her own room before 6 months but I wasn't quite ready at 11 weeks so we put the travel cot in our room for a few weeks before movin her into her cot bed in her own room around 14 weeks. For the first few weeks she slept downstairs either in the Moses basket or on me until we got a poddle pod and she slept on that on the armchair.
We had a basic bouncer which she hated for the first few weeks as she didn't have enough support in it. She eventually liked it which lasted a few weeks until she starte trying to escape from it!
22/01/2014 at 11:11
We obsessed for weeks about sleeping arrangements when I was pregnant! In the end, we opted for pram carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping for daytime naps, crib for in our room and cotbed for the nursery. S would only sleep in his carrycot at night when we first brought him home but then went into the crib after a few nights. He still sleeps in it now during the day, although he's long so I don't know if we will get more than another 3/4 weeks out of it. I reckon we've got about the same time left for crib use as well - he keeps getting his arms stuck in the night as it's narrow. We need a travel cot for our holidays so he will go in that when we buy it before he goes into his own room.
I think the cotbed you've picked is beautiful but expensive. We got a cotbed, wardrobe and changing unit/chest of drawers in the m&p sale for £550. It's lovely but can't comment on the cot yet as we've not used it.
22/01/2014 at 11:41
We had a moses basket from Mamas and Papas - F would sleep in it downstairs during the day and then we'd carry it up to our room when we went to bed. He didn't outgrow the moses basket until 5.5 months so at that point we moved him into his cot in his own room, albeit a few weeks short of the 6 months recommendation.
F has a cot bed similar to the one you posted, i.e. the sides come off and you're left with a head and footer. He's not 2 for another couple of weeks but still has the sides on the cot bed. We got ours after seeing the furniture range in Kiddicare but ended up buying from Silver Cross direct as they had it on offer at the same price and would come out and put it all together for us. The mattress came from Kiddicare, they were really helpful at guiding us to the right sort of mattress.
We also had a vibrating bouncy chair like this www.amazon.co.uk/.../ref=sr_1_4. It was invaluable and we got a lot of use out of it. As well as that, a playmat/playgym is really handy for them to lie on the floor stretching out and to encourage tummy time later on.
22/01/2014 at 13:56
Thank you for your replies, I will certainly think this over, plenty of food for thought. I'll have a look again later when at home and really muse over what is suitable for us, we don't know about little dude yet as he isn't here yet :)
22/01/2014 at 14:06
22/01/2014 at 14:42
All these replies just show how different babies are! We did similar to your plan and it worked well for us - crib upstairs in our room, cotbed in baby's room and bouncer downstairs, plus the carry cot from the pram. As it turned our, S didn't care much for sleeping in the carrycot - and actually would mainly only nap on someone in the day so I'm really glad we didn't buy something just for downstairs. We also bought a toddle pod once he'd arrived and we realised he wouldn't be put down to sleep easily, and sometimes he would also just sleep on his playmat, on the floor. The bouncer was definitely good for short naps though and also for awake time when I needed to do stuff. The crib lasted just under 6m and we had a MASSIVE baby! After that we used the travel cot for a couple of weeks then he went into his own room when he was 3 days shy of 6 months.
It is hard to know but it sounds like you have thought about what could work best with the info you have and I think that's all you can do!
22/01/2014 at 15:18
We had a travel cot for downstairs, crib in our room and cot bed in the nursery. The travel cot has a changing unit on it which we still use and instead of being used for sleeping in its a play pen. Crib lasted until 5 months (75th centile baby not he isn't small).
The cot you've linked to is extremely expensive. We used a bouncer every single day from a few weeks old but not for sleeping in.
22/01/2014 at 15:55
when people say they use the carry cot for downstairs naps, do you put it on the floor, or have your pram frame up in your living room? I'm not sure I'd want to wheel a pram into my lounge after the muck that I have push through on the school run.
22/01/2014 at 16:08
22/01/2014 at 16:17
thanks lamby. I just wondered, because moses baskets are always shown on a frame. Luke slept on the sofa in the day time and in his own room in a hospital cot at night time from the day he came home, so it's quite interesting reading through this kind of thread.
22/01/2014 at 16:33
I'm not even going to talk about A as his sleep was so utterly rubbish.
This time, we've got a Bugaboo carrycot which we'll use for daytime sleeps. Huge advantage of this is that it's not only portable around the house, but also if I need to go out to take A to nursery or whatever, it clips straight onto the pram and I won't need to wake the baby. I will be putting it on the floor (warm, carpeted house) and will have to supervise A to make sure he doesn't poke the baby!
For nighttime we've got a crib, but only because it was given to us. I'm crossing my fingers baby will fit in it for as close to 6m as possible, then we may try giving A a toddler bed and giving the baby A's cot, or just buying a new cot. We will wait and see.
I always recommend this: www.amazon.co.uk/.../ref=sr_1_2 (we have the older version) - it can be used for daytime naps as it has a kickstand to make it lie flat. Expensive but lasts ages.
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