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New mum Miranda Janatka tested the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib with her 2-month-old baby at home, trying it out for daytime naps and overnight sleep.
The crib looked immediately stylish. It also looked like it would be easy to assemble and fuss-free as it is only has a few parts to put together.
Is the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib easy to build?
It’s really easy to build as the frame and main part of the crib is already assembled. MFM Awards Editorial Judge Gemma found it took her less than a minute to put together.
The instructions clearly illustrate and label the parts and include a step-by-step guide for putting the crib together. They also explain how to make the crib rock and fold it back again to put away.
MFM Awards parent tester Laura said it’s the easiest and quickest bedside/travel cot she’s set up. She also found it easy to take down and put in the travel bag.
How does the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib compare to other bedside cribs you’ve used?
I use a Next2Me cot that attaches to the bed, which I prefer for night-time sleep as a new mum. I like being able to see my baby and reach across without getting out of bed. The Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib isn’t exactly a bedside crib, so doesn’t attach to the bed or have a side to come down, therefore the function is different.
However, I was previously using the pram as a space downstairs for naps, and have found this a much better alternative. The height is good and it keeps baby away from our dog (who is never left alone with our baby).
What age is the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib suitable for?
The Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib is suitable for babies from birth to around 6 months or 9kg, or until they are able to sit unaided or pull or push themselves up on their hands and knees.
Does the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib have a firm mattress?
Yes, the mattress is really firm. It has a plastic board underneath and a wedge on top, but my baby certainly didn’t seem to find it uncomfortable. When I pressed my hand in, it didn’t sink in or leave a shape behind.
Is it easy to get your baby in and out of the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib?
Yes. The sides don’t come down so you lift in and out from above which is easy to do.
MFM parent tester Laura found the fact that the crib is a fixed height makes it awkward to get your baby in and out when using it as a bedside crib. She was testing the crib with her newborn and felt having to get in and out of bed to get her baby out, rather than being able to reach them from where she was, more difficult. If you’d prefer a co-sleeping bedside crib that attaches to your bed, it’s probably worth checking out the Chicco Next2Me or Silver Cross Voyager co-sleeper instead.
Can you easily see your baby when they’re in the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib?
Yes. The sides are mesh which is a breathable fabric and a nice safety feature.
Is the crib easy to move around and store?
The crib is lightweight to carry in the bag it comes with, and is very easy to pack up and put away. I imagine taking it on holiday would be easy. The bag is smart and has handles. It folds to half its size and is quick to put away.
MFM parent tester Laura also found it easy to move the crib around the house while it’s still assembled. It’s therefore versatile for naps as you don’t have to take it to bits to move it to wherever you want your baby to sleep.
Is the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib smooth when it rocks?
The mechanism that allows it to rock, makes it swing in a C-shape so the rocking is very much a gliding back and forth gently without any jolting side to side. The rocking can be started by the parent, or baby when they stir or roll. Our parent tester Laura found the glide to be gentle and effective in helping her baby drift into a deeper sleep.
As the sides are fixed, there’s no need for a safety feature to prevent rocking when the crib isn’t safe (e.g. if the sides weren’t up properly). It does have a clip so you can control whether it moves or not.
Is the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib comfy for your baby?
Yes. The mattress is not particularly soft or padded, but I prefer this as it meets the safety requirements of a crib. The sides are breathable and there are no loose parts. I just put a cellular blanket on top of her.
A wedge headrest comes with the cot which is comfy and safe. It wedges into the top of the crib securely and has a nice incline that’s just enough to support baby’s head and hold it slightly up. The manufacturers say this can help reduce reflux symptoms and I found it helped my baby with her breathing when she slept. She had some fluid in her airways caused by the C-Section (apparently, they are not squeezed in the same way as vaginal births) and being raised slightly seemed to help her.
Is the crib robust and durable?
Yes, it feels very robust and durable. We have a dog, so I was keen to make sure the crib couldn’t be knocked over. The legs are solid and at steep angles, meaning it’s very stable. This is especially important as the crib glides from side to side slightly when the baby moves.
Is the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib easy to keep clean?
Very. The mattress cover unzips and can be washed at 40 degrees in the washing machine. I sponge spot cleaned the frame cover when required.
Does the crib have any in-built storage?
Are there any design elements of the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib you found particularly useful?
I really like the gliding mechanism. It moves gently in response to baby’s movement or you can initiate the movement (which will last a few seconds) by pushing the bassinet. There are battery operated rocking cribs that respond to sound which are too harsh. This moves just enough to help settle baby back to sleep.
What would you have wanted to know about the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib before you tried it?
To be careful when inserting the legs. You can actually push them in too far when assembling, which means they won’t click in properly and are difficult to get back out to fix.
What’s in the box?
- Bassinet (crib)
- Reflux wedge
- Travel bag
- 4 x legs
Are there any additional accessories that you can buy for the crib?
Who is the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib best for?
Parents and carers who aren’t comfortable with next-to cots that attach to the bed. I love mine, but I do know mums who move a lot in their sleep and therefore worry about having their baby so close. This crib makes a great alternative for night sleeping in a stand-alone crib and for naps.
MFM Awards Editorial Judge Gemma found that it offers more longevity and versatility than a moses basket, which is a similar size to the crib.
Is the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib worth the money?
Yes, it is. It’s good quality, solid, easy to assemble and a smart piece of kit. I didn’t know much about rocking cribs before I tested this one, and I know some don’t agree with rocking babies to sleep, however iit provided us with a great space for daytime naps, which I felt justified the £149 price tag.
How does the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib compare to other similar products on the market?
|Product||Weight (Kg)||Key feature||RRP (£)|
|Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib||6 Kg||Lightweight, gliding motion||£149.00|
|Chicco Next 2 Me Dream Bedside Sleeper Crib - Luna||9.9 Kg||Fold down side, fixed or rocking||£159.00|
|Purflo PurAir Breathable Crib||9.6 Kg||Mesh, breathable sides for easy viewing, lightweight||£189.00|
|Cozee Air Rocking Bedside Crib||10.5 Kg||Breathable mattress, rocking bars||£219.00|
Where can I buy the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib?
I would recommend the Babymore Gliding Crib to parents looking for a space to let their baby have naps in the day, or who don’t want a next-to cot but still want their baby close at night. My baby enjoyed rocking herself about and settled to sleep much faster than she did in her pram which we used before. I think it is very safe and I like being able to see baby in it.
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|Model||Air Motion Gliding Crib|
Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions||H:74cm W:63cm D:91cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:15cm W:48cm D:49cm|
|Child age (approx)||Birth to 6 months|
|Child weight||Up to 9kg|
|Drop down / Removable side||No|