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31/05/2013 at 22:47
Any reason not to do this?
We moved house last year and our bedroom is smaller than we had before. Struggling to decide what to do with baby as although we can just fit a crib in I doubt the baby would last in it til 6 months so we'd need something else to last till then
Was in mothercare today and they have a smaller than average travel cot with a bassinette and you can get a more padded mattress for it too. I think this would solve our problem re space and would be easy to move to get into our wardrobes as the crib would block it slightly.
No reason why this idea wouldn't work is there? Or any other solutions I haven't thought of?
31/05/2013 at 23:44
Do you already have the crib ? If so I would use that for as long as possible (zoe fitted ours until 6mths) and then decide at the point they grow out of it.
I think I would want to get a proper matress for travel cot, and think reaching down to put them in/out would be difficult, but then I'm rather short
01/06/2013 at 06:54
Why do you not think a crib would last 6 months? Is it one of the small compact ones? At 21 weeks tomorrow E still has about 25cm left at the top and can still sleep with her arms at her side. She's 91st percentile for height and just above 75th for weight so no little tiddler. I say this as the crib would always be my choice.
Personally I think a teeny baby wouldn't settle well on a big open low travel cot, but you could get lucky! Have you considered an amby nest? I don't know how long they last buttthey aren't quite so big.
01/06/2013 at 06:59
We used a travel cot after E outgrew the Moses basket. I got a full size one with a bassinette and got a better mattress for it too. It worked fine.
If you've already got the crib, I'd check the measurements against each other as a crib might be just as long as a smaller size travel cot.
01/06/2013 at 07:26
Thanks for the replies. Don't have the crib, well it was lent to a friend of a friend and I said we didn't want it back.
Little Madam - my other 2 only lasted in the crib until around 4 months and it was a standard sized one. It has a bassinette so wouldnt be low.
01/06/2013 at 07:42
Haha its terrible but I have no idea what that is haha. But hoping that it works for you.
Perhaps my little chunk isn't as chunky as everyone keep tell me!! Or perhaps I'm mean keep putting her in when it is too small. She can't roll but does have plenty of head height.
01/06/2013 at 07:46
Lol, it's like a top part to the travel cot so it sits higher.
Mine just didn't like the narrowness of a crib and their arms kept getting caught in the bars. They both rolled at a young ago too though. I think most babies last in cribs til 6 months
01/06/2013 at 07:47
Like this www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Bassinette-Travel-Cot/393527,default,pd.html
01/06/2013 at 07:58
How on earth did I miss those? They are fab! I clearly didn't do enough baby shopping haha.
Aww I see what you mean about width now.. I was just sat here thinking no way... surely her little ones weren't that long haha. If LO is the same that makes the travel cot option perhaps ideal.
01/06/2013 at 08:14
Kiddicare have a space saving cot
01/06/2013 at 08:15
Isaac was in one from day 1 until just before 6m. Its a graco one (suitable from birth) with a bassinet and I bought an additional mattress. It was fab, we've since used it at MILs and we're just about to take it on our first holiday. I did pay a bit more for it but as it was instead of a crib/Moses basket, I felt I should.
01/06/2013 at 08:19
Thanks McSquirtle, good to know someone has used one from day 1 :-)
01/06/2013 at 10:44
I'll be using it again (if its in good condition by then) too, if not I'll buy another. He much preferred the extra room either side of him once he got a bit older, and transitioning to his cot bed was plain sailing as its the same width. I was never keen on moses baskets as I don't think they have much longevity, and it was a good job as he was a big baby. I moved him into his own room just before we'd have to lower the bassinet so it was so easy to get him out. I think as long as you get a decent mattress its fine
01/06/2013 at 11:19
I'd be wanting to buy a travel cot at some point anyway as once baby is mobile I'll need somewhere to put him out of the toddlers reach lol. Think we're going to get it - seems to be the perfect solution
01/06/2013 at 12:05
N slept in a travel cot for four months, he was fine.
01/06/2013 at 12:12
My 2 were in their crib till 8 and 9 months. I had the Saplings one that kinda looks like a laundry basket, it was heavy cotton and folded flat for storage. Ill try find a link. It was a really good size and you know the size mine were, 50-75th centimes I think.
I would give you it but my friends mum has it now.
01/06/2013 at 12:14
I had it with beach wood. Says there its not washable but mine was washed loads with pukey Logan!
01/06/2013 at 12:21
Mmm, you're just giving me more options now lol. I quite like that, and it's good that it folds away but it's no wider than a normal crib and that's why my 2 didn't last in theirs til 6 months so not sure it would be worth the money. Decisions decisions :-)
01/06/2013 at 14:41
We had the katie sapling too. It does fold but you have to put screws in to secure it so it isn't something you could do on a daily basis. Also when folded the wooden frame is sil big, just flat. Too wide to fit through our loft hatch our under a single bed.
01/06/2013 at 15:57
I have a new plan now. Think I'm going to move the drawers out our room into the boys room and just put baby straight into the cot in our room, save me money :-)
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