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When your baby arrives it can feel like the days of a clutter-free, stylish environment are long gone. Finding a beautiful cot for a small space that fulfils your desire for simple, unfussy design is easier now the Bloom Alma Cot is here.
In the last four years my house has changed from a spotless, almost-chic oasis of calm to something resembling a cross between Toys R Us and a jumble sale. When I saw the Alma Cot I knew the fairies of good design and style at Bloom had come up with something very special.
Since it was launched in 2009, the Alma has been a real hit with parents looking to bring a little contemporary chic to the nursery. It’s an innovative, folding solid wood crib designed for small spaces, making it perfect for in-room and co-sleeping, grandparents house or second homes.
It folds up into a slim column making storage easy and has four (optional) lockable castors so you can move your baby between rooms, even when they are asleep. With two mattress heights it’s a great halfway house between flimsier Moses baskets and larger cot beds. And if the thought of a pink or blue nursery makes your grimace you’ll love the range of colours, including bright gala green and shocking harvest orange. Mind you, it does come in coconut white if you fancy something a little calmer!
It’s not just the ease of use that makes the Alma a good cot, Bloom has thought about all the little things. It’s safe, using low VOC paints for the finishes and has passed all the relevant EU & British standards (plus a few more around the world).
What we love
I’m quite a fan of this product. I first spotted it in John Lewis where I noticed its clean lines. When it arrived, unpacking and building it was a joy because we didn’t need any tools. We just unfolded it and popped Lily in it. There are no complicated instructions for folding it up, just lift out the mattress and base and fold away.
There is no way we’d get our full-sized cotbed in our room with Lily and we really wanted to sleep with her for the first six months. The Alma Cot solves the problem and during the day I fold it away to create even more room.
The quality of the Alma Cot and matching bedding is outstanding. Everything looks and feels luxurious and even with some serious washing the sheets looked great (with the added bonus that they didn’t need much ironing).
What to watch out for
You’ll need fairly deep pockets if you want a little piece of Bloom. It’s £300 for the cot, plus the cost of a mattress, mattress protector and sheets. This is quite a lot to pay out if you don’t get a whole lot of use from it.
Bloom says it will accommodate a baby up to age 2, depending on their weight (up to 50lb), but at 7 months of age, my very active daughter is almost ready for something bigger.
Although one of its selling points is that it can be easily transported, the Alma Cot is solid wood, so very heavy compared to a travel cot.
Who is the Bloom Alma Cot best for?
Style-conscious parents who have limited space but larger budgets.
One of the chicest cots around, the Bloom Alma Cot makes a stylish addition to any home if you have the money to splash out. If you’re short on space and prepared to put up with the limited life span then this high-quality cot would be great for your family.
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|Child age (approx)||Birth to 2 years|
Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions||H:83.2cm W:49.5cm D:94.4cm|
|Sleep height positions||2|
|Drop down / Removable side||No|
|Made from||Solid wood sourced from sustainable forests|
|Optional extras||Mattress (44cm x 89cm ), Cot Mattress Protector, Fitted Cot Organic Cotton Sheet (pack of 2), Embroidered Bumper (organic cotton cover)|