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Best bedside cot for co sleeping while breastfeeding that doesn't cost a small fortune?

(38 Posts)
FromageFrog Tue 23-Jul-13 12:33:17

I don't think I can stretch to nearly £300 for an 'arms reach', as much as I would love to.

Which one would you recommend?

mumoftwoboysS Fri 26-Jul-13 12:01:37

janey arms reach cots look good- can imagine in a flat or bungalow would be great but we have stairs. However I'm going to keep an eye out on EBAY as that's the way to do it, buy 2nd hand then buy a mattress to keep costs down- now just a matter of not being out bid!

mumoftwoboysS Fri 26-Jul-13 11:57:39

Ikea one sounds good but I need a small one for the space beside our bed. Just need to work on DH.....thing is we could probably borrow a moses basket for free but it's just not as GOOD!

VinegarDrinker Thu 25-Jul-13 14:51:49

Another vote for the Gulliver. We have definitely got our money's worth - DS still in his as a cot bed at 2y5m. We are doing the same with DD (3 weeks).

It has worked out the right height for our bed and we have attached it underneath with bungee cords.

CheeseFondueRocks Thu 25-Jul-13 14:39:00

The Ikea Gulliver can easily be adapted to any height. I have read of loads of people on here who have done it. You just have to drill 4 little extra holes. But yes, in our case, the height was exactly right.

MumOfTheMoos Thu 25-Jul-13 09:54:20

Obviously that's meant to say fully height adjustable!

MumOfTheMoos Thu 25-Jul-13 09:53:49

I had the troll from John Lewis, it cost £160 plus mattress and was fully Haleigh's adjustable plus on wheels and I used to wheel it around the flat to wherever we were (even into the bathroom when I was having a bath) it was fab! Also great for starting him napping in his own room as I just wheeled it in there.

qumquat Thu 25-Jul-13 09:48:16

With the ikea gulliver, is it likely to be the right height for the bed? Can you adjust it? Thanks!

We have the BabyBay as well, but DD only fit into it for about three months! We then just bought a child's cot (turns into a bed later) and removed one side. We were lucky that both our mattress height and its mattress height were the same. I wouldn't have liked having a height difference.

<Waves at Cheese from baby names thread> I can also help with any translation issues from amazon.de.

CheeseFondueRocks Wed 24-Jul-13 12:38:38

We also adapted the Ikea Gulliver cot. It's £60 at the moment.

If anyone needs a Amazon.de translation, feel free to PM me.

janey1234 Wed 24-Jul-13 09:59:47

I got an arms reach for £80 from eBay and a brand new mattress for c£60 from www.cots.ie

Gonnabmummy Wed 24-Jul-13 09:50:50

We've just moved the cot into our room and put the side down, cot against wall the bed right up against that.

PlantGirl Wed 24-Jul-13 09:32:06

I'm just using a normal cot sheet round the funny shaped baby bay cot and its fine. Haven't bought any of the specially fitted sheets.

tinierclanger Wed 24-Jul-13 08:36:28

Delivery from amazon.de was about 7 euro and there was a currency conversion fee as well. All in I paid £127.42. I put the page through google translate (!) and checked any important words individually but it's really very straightforward, same process as amazon uk so easy to follow.

I like the baby bay, it's great that you can get it to exactly the right height for the bed even a very low one like ours. Downside is having to buy a funny shaped mattress and sheets - I got them from baby mattresses online rather than getting the official ones. smile

MissHinky Tue 23-Jul-13 22:09:52

We've just had the BabyBay delivered today (from NCT Shop). It was just under £300 (which is a lot) but also includes a side to make it a stand alone crib if needs be and a mattress as well.

We were lucky that it was brought for us otherwise I'm not sure we'd have spent as much.

I adapted an ikea one and used it from birth. Neither inhabitant has seemed bothered about the big space and it's meant far more sleep for me.

filee777 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:45:11

We just got a normal cot, adjusted it to the right height, whacked a couple of L brackets in and it was fine

Cost about £30 including the price of the second hand cot

mumoftwoboysS Tue 23-Jul-13 20:43:03

damn I wish I'd known that before- was in France a few weeks ago! smile

PlantGirl Tue 23-Jul-13 20:23:52

Baby bay cots are much cheaper in France and Germany than here (I think less than £200, instead of 300 in uk). My parents are in France a lot and i got them to get one delivered from French amazon and bring it back in the car. Not an option for everyone, I know, but if you knew someone over there...

Smerlin Tue 23-Jul-13 15:50:18

I'm hiring the NCT bednest for £99- you can only extend the hire by one month past the 6 month agreement but not sure it would last any longer than that anyway tbh.

HazleNutt Tue 23-Jul-13 15:42:40

If you are interested in the Fabimax as well then the postage from German amazon is 14 eur and you have to order the 4th side separately, 27,90 eur:
www.amazon.de/FabiMax-Verschlussgitter-Beistellbett-BabyMax-basic/dp/B008U8ACL6/ref=pd_bxgy_by_img_z

fancyanother Tue 23-Jul-13 13:49:44

Kiddicare have one in their shop. Haven't looked into it properly as I no longer have a baby, but I looked at it and thought 'Oh thats good. It took me ages to get a cheap bedside cot'!

fertilityFTW Tue 23-Jul-13 13:49:16

We got a generic one off eBay for £40 (had this downstairs as I slept in the living room for a week or so after c-section) - and also have an Ikea Gulliver which we set up between our bed and the wall with one side off - this is great value as it'll last for ages as a proper 4-sided cot once DD is a little older rather than be practically useless after 6mths.

mumoftwoboysS Tue 23-Jul-13 13:46:17

last post! look on ebay too- some of those bednest cots are going - cheaper than full price tho you'd have to buy a new mattress...

mumoftwoboysS Tue 23-Jul-13 13:44:14

sorry another question- so does it come with a 4th side so you can put that side up if you decide to have it as a stand alone cot? The NCT cot does this.

mumoftwoboysS Tue 23-Jul-13 13:43:13

oh sorry- my question about buying from the german website should be for tinierclanger!

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