Mothercare Bedside Cot
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The Mothercare Bedside Cot is a traditional-looking cot with a twist, and while it might not be the most sturdy of cots, it’s both affordable and versatile and the answer to every bleary-eyed mums prayers.
Thanks to its drop-down side, the Mothercare Bedside Cot lets you and your baby sleep together side by side without the worries of co-sleeping. With its 8-position mattress base, you’d be hard pushed to find a bed this cot won’t fit snugly up against, keeping your baby within arms reach during those exhausting early months.
Conforming to 135 EN 716 safety standards, this cot also features protective teething rails, giving you peace of mind if your baby decides to take a bite.
What we love
Its versatility is fantastic and my son Sam slept soundly when I moved him from his Moses basket into this cot.
Having Sam so close without the hassle of a cot side made breastfeeding easier, as I could easily slide him back onto his own mattress after a feed. If Sam was unsettled in the night, I could reach over to soothe him without even having to get out of bed!
With four lockable castors, the Mothercare Bedside Cot is easy to manoeuvre. When the time came for Sam to move into his own room, we wheeled the cot right in, still fully assembled. The drop side is stowed neatly underneath and once it’s out of the way, you could easily forget it’s there.
This cot certainly came into it’s own when Sam was ill and needed the added reassurance of his mum being close by. I simply wheeled the cot back into our bedroom and dropped down the side.
The Mothercare Bedside Cot is relatively easy to assemble, but be sure to have an extra pair of hands around when it comes to adjusting the mattress height.
What to watch out for
It’s difficult to pick holes in this cot, but make sure it sits flush up against your bed. Every bed is different so it’s something to think about before placing an order. It might influence the type continental cot mattress you choose, too. There are four mattresses to choose from to suit every budget.
Sliding the side back up and locking it into place once it’s stowed underneath can also be fiddly. It’s clunky, too, so try to avoid doing this once your baby is sound asleep or else you’ll risk waking them up.
The small, plastic wheels have come under fire from some mums who feel they’re out of keeping with the attractive beech finish but this is a small complaint for a cot that delivers on all of its promises.
Who is the Mothercare Bedside Cot best for?
Breastfeeding mums and those wanting to snatch every moment of sleep.
The Mothercare Bedside Cot gets top marks for versatility and although it might not be one of the most stylish cots on the market, its drop down side is perfect for mums wanting their baby close by. The 8-position mattress base also helps ensure it will fit against most beds. The wheels – while not liked by all mums for their looks – make transferring the cot between rooms a breeze.