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Drop-side cot for Baby?

(19 Posts)
Bluebird126 Mon 04-Jul-16 18:56:41

Hi everyone,

My first baby is due end of Oct and we are looking around for a cot. My mum, who's 74 but fit and active has advised strongly in favour of a drop-side cot as she looks after my sister's heavy 15 month year old a lot and says she finds it really hard to lift him up and out of the cot. We both had drop-sides when we were babies apparently. She reckons it will be bad for my back as well.

I've seen a couple online but this afternoon in Mothercare we were informed that they don't stock them at all for health and safety reasons. Does anyone have experience of these being a problem/ bad for baby?

BendydickCuminsnatch Mon 04-Jul-16 18:59:49

Oh wow! I don't think I saw a single NON-dropside cot when we were looking last year confused I haven't heard anything about them being bad. We have the 'Eric' cot from John Lewis, cheap and cheerful, has mixed reviews but we've found it to be great.

embarrasseddoesntcutit Mon 04-Jul-16 23:26:49

There was a spate of incidents with drop side cots in the US. A few babies died. But our drop side cots are more rigorously tested I believe.

Bluebird126 Tue 05-Jul-16 11:13:18

Thanks for that, I think we'll go for drop-side from a reputable maker if that's the case.

BeardMinge Tue 05-Jul-16 14:39:52

We got an excellent drop side from John Lewis, we needed it because I'm only 4' 11".

It was an Anna cot, not sure if they still stock them. It had three height settings for the mattress, so you have them nice and high up when they are tiny and then drop it down as they get bigger. Once it's on the lowest setting you can use the drop side function to get them in and out. The reason I like this one in particular is you can operate it with one hand and your foot, so it's easy to drop the side even when you're holding a sleeping baby/toddler.

Bluebird126 Tue 05-Jul-16 15:32:31

Thanks Beard I'll take a look smile There's so much to do, all a bit overwhelming......

georgetteheyersbonnet Tue 05-Jul-16 15:35:36

Most retailers are phasing them out because of the safety concerns a pp mentioned. Several incidents with babies who got necks trapped IIRC.

BeardMinge Tue 05-Jul-16 16:09:14

Ah, they do still sell it, www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-anna-dropside-cot-white/p2053368

It's not the fanciest looking cot in the world, but it's well built and has been great for our daughter. She's on the verge of going into a big bed and I shall be sad to see it go!

cosmicglittergirl Tue 05-Jul-16 16:12:08

I have the Anna, works really well- my 2.9 still sleeps in it!

Hopelass Tue 05-Jul-16 16:14:04

We got ours from Babies r us. It's called "Henley" I think. Still use it now for DS (2.7) and will be using it for DS2 due in Oct. I'll have a look for a link.

Hopelass Tue 05-Jul-16 16:15:05

This is the exact one
http://www.toysrus.co.uk/mobile/babiesrus/henley-cotbed-in-cream/0115895

Hopelass Tue 05-Jul-16 16:16:54

That's weird having looked more closely that says it doesn't have a drop side but ours definitely does and it's identical!!

Northernlight22 Tue 05-Jul-16 21:32:56

Henley isn't drop size now, I was looking at it the other week. Haven't seen any drop size cots to be honest, we've just ended up getting a fixed side one.

Dlah Tue 05-Jul-16 22:00:56

We've just purchased the Anna cot from Kiddicare as we saw it made up and the drop side is really handy. I liked the fact it took a good amount of pressure (ie more than a child could muster) to drop it, so felt secure.

It does look like the one above someone's mentioned from JL but we got it for £110 with 1 year warranty at Kiddicare smile

Bluebird126 Wed 06-Jul-16 12:35:35

Thanks everyone for your advice, we are getting one today. I can't quite believe there will be a baby in it soon, this is my first pregnancy at the ripe old age of 45!! There are all these risks to think about that sometimes get in the way of the sheer excitement of buying stuff like little clothes and a cot, emotions all over the place right now!

BeardMinge Wed 06-Jul-16 12:43:22

Aw, congratulations! I was 40, and couldn't really cope with buying anything until I was about 30 weeks for the same reasons. Mind you, I'm now contemplating doing it all again at 42/43, I must be mad.

Hope it all goes smoothly for you, it's the best thing ever. smile

CarrieLouise25 Wed 06-Jul-16 12:45:25

I can't quite believe there will be a baby in it soon

If you do manage it, let me know. Our cot is still looking shiny and new and not slept in yet. He prefers our bed grin

Good luck OP. Hope it all goes well! x

BeardMinge Wed 06-Jul-16 13:46:04

Yeah, have to say, dd didn't go in the cot for a while as we had a snuzpod in our room for the first five months. They much prefer to be on someone for the first few weeks.

Bluebird126 Wed 06-Jul-16 20:44:36

Thank you Beard and good luck if you end up doing it again!

Ha ha Carrie I have heard others say that too but still exciting just getting the room ready!

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