“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Cots „
Babies. Lovely, wee, tiny things that need only be fed, changed and loved. So, why is it that that such simple needs seem to require a plethora of kit? Change mats, cots, baby baths..... I read an on-line blog once mocking the 'un-necesary' purchases that rookie parents to be make. The blogger then helpfully included a list of essentials that was at least a page long and mentioned items I had neither thought nor heard of. One item that was on my essential list was a cot and with this in mind, I turned to Ikea.
I've heard other mums recommend cot beds, rather than just a cot, as you get more use of them. My concern, more than money, was safety. When junior looks like he could climb and fall I want to be able to take the side off immediately, not wait until I've had a chance to shop around for a junior bed. Ikea do a mix of cots and cot beds. I looked on line then visited the Ikea store twice. Once to look at the range, take in the quality and choose a potential model, then a second time to buy the Gulliver. For the sake of completeness, I'll take you through the whole Ikea range, then focus on the cot bed that I chose.
Ikeas's current (2013) range includes six different cots of which 3 are technically cot-beds. Whilst almost all other cot beds I have seen (Mothercare, Mama's and Papa's etc) convert by removing BOTH sides to form a conventional bed, all Ikea cot beds convert by the removal of just ONE side to form what looks more like a day bed. None come with mattresses. They can be bought separately. The cots are, in ascending order of price, as follows:
1. Snigler - as the sides don't remove, this isn't a cot bed, it is just a cot. The base can be placed at two different heights. At £35 it's a bargain basement price. The model in the store looked anything but bargain basement. The wood is a lovely shade, looks natural and feels a little like rubber wood. I would have bought this one in a heart beat were it not for my concern that, come the day junior can hoist himself up 'n' over, I'd need to have a junior bed on hand pretty quickly. This cot has open bars all the way round.
2. Somnat - lime green, with open bars, again it has two mattress positions. The colour is quite nice but didn't really tie in with the rest of my nursery. This one is £45. This is a cot only.
3. Gulliver - comes in white or natural wood at £60. Two mattress positions. Open bar design. Converts by the removal of one side, to a cot bed.
4. Hensvik - white only £60. This has solid ends and is the only cot to have a shaped head and foot board. Whilst the style of all the other cots is modernistic, this one feels a little more traditional. The Hensvik does not convert to a bed.
5. Sundvik - this one comes in white or brown at £90. It has a solid end. Like the others, there are two mattress positions. One side can be removed to make a cot bed.
6. Stuva - white only, no drawers £130. White with drawers, (blue, pink, white, green, beech) £160. This one has solid ends and converts in the same way as the other cot beds. My thought on this one was that I didn't really need the drawers and it looked odd without them. I couldn't really see why Stuva is the most expensive in the range especially as it is particle board where as the cheapest, £35 Snigler is solid beech.
I chose the Gulliver as I liked the simple, modern design with it's clean lines. I also prefer the open bars around all of the cot rather than a solid header and footer. I elected to go for white as this allowed me to match the cot with lots of other items.
This cot was not hard to assemble, particularly as junior's Dad took the lead on this one due to my huge baby bump! Unlike some other Ikea items, there are not lots of components and no individual piece is hugely heavy or difficult to manipulate. It took under an hour to put this together.
** The verdict on the finished product**
The cot looks great and fits with other white Ikea pieces that we bought at the same time that are not from the Gulliver range. I notice that the white finish is slightly chipped/marked. I think this may have happened when it was being assembled. It makes me suspect that this may not be an item to be handed down the generations once a toddler has had their use of it! Whilst I'd rather the finish was perfect, I have read comments about marks in reviews of other more expensive white cots on other websites so perhaps it goes with the territory.
** Other hints and tips**
As mentioned, the mattress isn't included in the price. We selected the Vyssa Vinka at £40 as it was sprung and looked thick enough for a toddler to be comfy on. It fits neatly in the cot.
In terms of sheets, the Vyssa Vinka is designed to be used with the LEN fitted sheets which we bought, however, unless they shrink with washing, I would say that they are a little too big.
One final pointer - to convert to a cot bed you will need to retain both the instructions and an additional component which is a bar to go the length of the bed. Ours is tucked out of the way under the bed.
While I was pregnant I spent a long time looking for a cot. I intend on keeping my daughter in my bedroom for 6 months before moving her into her own room. Initially I wanted a cot bed with drawers underneath but after seeing the size of some of the models on display I decided I didn't have enough room to fit one in my bedroom and started looking for something smaller.
I was browsing in Ikea when I came across the 'Gulliver' cot. It comes in white and also pine. What I liked about the cot was the price. I didn't have a budget but I didn't want to spend an unneccesary amount of money on a cot. The cot costs £60.26. You have to buy a matress separately.
The cot itself has a bed base that can be placed at two levels, this is great for when the baby is small and makes it easier for lifting the baby in and out of the cot. Once the baby can sit up unaided you then lower the cot to the lower level. When your child is old enough to climb in and out of the bed you can also remove one side of the cot.
As with all Ikea products the cot comes flat packed. The dimensions are;
Width : 71 cm
Height : 12 cm
Length : 123 cm
Weight : 18.9 kg
It fitted easily in the back of my car which is a 3 door Vauxhall Astra with my rear seats folded so it was easy to get home.
To assemble the cot you need only a screwdriver. I let my partner assemble this as I am not great at assembling flat packed furniture. It took less than half an hour. The instructions were clear and well laid out. There were plenty of pictures too.
When assembled the cot is a decent size it measures;
Length: 123 cm
Width: 66 cm
Height: 80 cm
Bed width: 60 cm
Bed length: 120 cm
It fitted really well in my bedroom as it is smaller than other alternatives I had seen in the shops. The cots I chose was the white version. It has bars all around the cot as opposed to cots which have solid ends. The cot when assembled was very sturdy, the four corners of the cot are made of thick wood. It is also lightweight and was easy to move from room to room.
What also impressed me about this cot is that it is made of solid beech. I had seen more expensive cots made from plywood and other such materials. Ikea also stock the matresses for this cot. They have sprung matresses as well as foam ones. They range from £30 all the way up to £150 so there is something to suit every budget. They also stock matress protectors, sheets and you can also get teething rails for the side of the cot for when the baby is older.
My daughter has been in her cot for a few weeks now and she sleeps really well in there. I like the fact that the cot has bars all around so I can see her from all angles.
I would recommend this for anyone on a budget as the product is of really good quality and a great price. Ikea also stocks several accessories for all budgets. I have always liked Ikea and now I am looking into getting the matching furniture for when my daughter goes into her own room.
As first time parents on a budget- with not one 'hand me down' to look forward to- we had to tighten the old belt in a few departments. On rummaging round IKEA early on in my pregnancy, I remembered that the cots on display looked nice enough, so persuaded my husband that we should go back to have a closer look (both he and his wallet were more than willing to do so).
We chose the LEKSVIK cot more or less straight away. That said- the choice on display was pretty limited- it was this or a blue one which wasn't to our taste at all. Given that we knew ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about anything to do with baby furniture, and bought this cot on what was ore or less a whim- we didn't do too badly!
The antique stain kind of colour is classical looking and it stands as a handsome little piece of furniture in the nursery- easy to co-ordinate.
There are other pieces of furniture in this range (you will find that in the catalogue, some of the LEKSVIK bits look like they're different coloured wood to other bits- but they're not in real life!). We went back and chose a chest of drawers with a changing table top and another chest of drawers of a different size (I went into premature labour in the middle of the shopping trip intended to buy the drawers, so it took a third trip to buy these!).
It would be easy to extend your search for matching nursery furniture as other ranges also match- the IKEA staff are usually pretty good at advising.
The cot has two heights for both little baby, and for when he/she can sit up or stand and it becomes necessary to drop the base.
It's easy to put together, even for me...
It's nice and sturdy with no sharp edges or dodgy bits of poor quality. Good solid wood and nice hard base.
It converts into a cotbed (kind of). One side comes off, giving your older baby freedom to get in and out by themselves. We never tested it in this mode though, but it seemed a very practical toddler bed solution.
It's value for money. I think we paid just over £60 for it- it's currently £74.47. It certainly doesn't look cheap and the quality is good.
It doesn't hog floor space in your nursery as it's smaller than standard sized cots.
As mentioned above- it's small! Width : 79 cm, height : 12 cm, length : 121 cm. Mattress size- Width : 60 cm,
height : 9 cm, length : 120 cm.
This became a real issue for me as I admired other people's cots which looked huge in comparison! A rather irrational bug bear as to be fair, as when our baby came home after a long old hospital stay- he weighed under 4lb and looked like a marble in a paddling pool when he lay in it! But you know how it is- we all have a bit of 'bigger is better' within!
We owned this cot in Dubai when we lived there and moved back to the UK when my son was ten months old, leaving it behind, so as to how an older child would fare in it- I'm not convinced, but perhaps a toddler might command a little more space.
You need to buy your mattress, bedding and cot bumper (should you require one) from IKEA due to the sizing differences between UK standard and IKEA standard. This was not a problem for us as we bought the mattress with it (spending about £50) which was a also a good buy. But should you need new fitted sheets and your nearest IKEA is 50 miles away, it may become a little cumbersome!
Incidentally- the fitted sheets are very good to use in travel cots as they're smaller than other cot sheets!
On the whole it did us fine, was practical and functional and for the price, we couldn't really grumble.
I am reviewing the Leksvik Cot from Ikea.
When setting up the nursery for our son we wanted to ensure we were getting the best value for money. Just because he is our first child gave us no reason to unnecessarily splurge money - after all I was about to go on maternity leave.
Ikea had just opened in the area so we took a look around. I fell in love with the gender neutral colour of the furniture. My husband didn't want white as our house is magnolia!
The wood is a lovely mid brown colour and perfect for either gender and also makes the room feel lovely a warm too!
The cot does have fixed sides which I felt was fine while my son was a baby but now we are thinking of starting the transfer to a bed, it does mean we do not have that flexibility. The side does however come off and the cot comes with a panel to turn the cot into a one sided bed.
The base comes at 2 heights which is great for when baby starts to sit up. My son is 15 months old and as yet he has not even tried to climb out which is a bonus!
The cot itself is quite small. I am not the tallest of people and I really felt quite overwhelmed at the size of the average cot bed for sale. It is definitely suitable to see baby through to his first bed. We also found that the transfer from moses basket to bed was far easier as the cot did not consume our son.
The cot itself is £75 and so easy to put together. We managed it in about 15 minutes - me supervising of course!
The mattress is available at an extra cost. There are various types available and we got the mid range one which was between £12-£15. It is blue and white striped and does show any slight marks from dribbly babies! Bit of a shame I would say but certainly does not retain any smell as proved with a bout of baby's finest nappy gifts!
Ikea do sell bedding also which will fit the size perfectly but we bought cot bed bedding so is obviously quite large for it.
This cot is perfect for what we wanted. It wipes down so easily too and we really can see this cot being passed down to each of our future children.
Simple and gorgeous. Definitely worth a look!
Our first baby was not exactly born into a dream-home-set-up situation. No, the little bundle of joy made her arrival as a pleasant - if shock - surprise at a time when we were for various reasons living in very stupidly-chosen temporary accommodation (eg. while our at that stage, totally decrepit 'proper house' was getting fixed up to a standard which wouldn't give a building regulations inspector a heart attack). When the baby came me and my partner and were squeezed into a not-even-one-bedroom flat in London - a genuine, if not-very-manky bed-sit, no less.
Working under the assumption that for much of our evolutionary history as a species, human beings have lived in caves or generally one-roomed accommodation such as wooden shacks - or tents, a bed-sit in the East End of London didn't seem that bad really. It did however seem a tad pointless trying to do the whole 'let's decorate a nursery!' exercise in that environment. Particularly as for starters, we didn't even have a nursery. Number One's cot just got jammed into the only bit of suitable floor-space available for it (under the bedroom window) - and it was the cheapest British-Safety-Standards-certified cot available on the market at that time, which happened to be a £45 Sniglar model from Ikea.
You will see by the preceding long-winded preamble to this review of the Sniglar cot - in which I gone to some lengths to justify my selection of it - that I am still, even at this distance of years after making the original purchase somewhat guilty about having bought my daughter only the cheapest cot that money could buy. People think they have something to prove, when they're buying stuff for their offspring, immune to this kind of reasoning as I'd like to think I am, I'm clearly not.
It's a silly way of thinking about things for the Sniglar cot, el cheapo as it undoubtedly is, is perfectly fine as a basic piece of furniture. It's made of untreated beech wood, and though it requires home assembly, it comes with ready-assembled cot bar / railed sides and (at the time I bought it) a slatted wood mattress base - although I understand that in more recent versions, the bed base is made from fibreboard (which unfortunately doesn't exactly count as an improvement).
The cot is 124cm long, 80cm high and 60cm wide. The slatted bed base can be positioned at either of two heights - so when a baby's small and can't sit up yet, the mattress (not supplied) can go near the top of the top rail, but for an older baby the bed base can be moved right down - within maybe five inches of the floor - so the sprog can't climb out of the cot. The fixing for the base is a bit basic (it rests on four long screws) but seems sturdy enough, as does the structure of the cot as a whole, although obviously as a budget item, it hasn't been built to last 1000 years or anything like that.
I see on checking the Ikea specs for the Sniglar cot that the thing's actually GONE DOWN in price since 2005 and now you can buy it for £34.99! My daughter slept in hers quite happily for just under three years - from about six months old, before graduating to a bigger bed.
When our first child was born we were not in the best of financial situations so buying a family heirloom of a cot was out of the question we needed cheap and simple but we did not fancy the gamble of going to argos or somewhere similar as they are famous for bad quality furniture and usually there's no way of telling until you get home.
We decide to try ikea as a friend had a lovely cot which she bought for a very reasonable price from them.
The baby section is brilliant with plenty of cot options all of which come with their own range of accessories and in some cases bedroom furniture.
We went for a lovely plain white cot which matched a tall shelf unit we bought to go in the nursery.
The cot had two height settings a higher setting for the new born baby until she started to crawl and climb at which point the mattress could be lowered deeper into the cot bars.
We bought a sprung mattress and the cot and mattress are still going strong almost 4 years later with our second child. Overall i am very impressed, the construction is still as sturdy as the day we put it together which you wouldn't always expect from flat pack furniture.
Almost three years ago, I discovered I was expecting twins. This was great, and then I realised just how expensive children are! I needed solutions that were practical (having two babies is a lot of hard work!) and reasonably priced. My boyfriend and I trawled our way round numerous baby shops, and were astounded at the ludicrous prices charged for baby furniture! So flat-pack it was, and we trotted off to IKEA to see what they had to offer. The IKEA children's department is really good, there is a huge range of products - and when you buy furniture you can get loads of accessories to go with it. We bought bedding and mattresses (and some cuddly toys) on the same day and from the same place as the cots, which saved a lot of trouble.
We chose two Hensvik cots (now £79, but I think we got them for £59 each), which are plain white with bars on 3 sides and a decorative headboard end. The cots have a base that can be placed at two heights, a higher one for tiny babies that can't climb out, and lower for when they can. One side of the cot is removable so that is can be used as a bed as the child gets older, which we found very useful as it makes the transition from cot to bed easier, and means that buying proper beds can be delayed until the children are really old enough for them (and we have space for them - luckily IKEA also do bunk beds).
IKEA's range of cots is really good value, and the variety of styles available is great - it's far better value to get one from IKEA, and you'll probably end up with a more interesting design anyway.
When we were looking for a cot for our first baby, we wanted something a little different from the normal everyday cots. We decided to have a look in Ikea and found the perfect cot. It is rather unusual as it is oval shaped with wooden cot bars. I fell in love with it straight away as it was just what I was looking for. It has 2 height settings, the highest setting is used when the baby is newborn until the baby is trying to stand. We lowered the cot down to the lower setting when our daughter was around 9 months old. A lot of people who have seen the cot think that it is shorter than normal, but because it is oval shaped, the length is quite deceiving and it is just as long as any other cot. I did have a problem trying to get cot bumbers to fit it, as most are designed for rectangle shaped cots. In the end I was advised not to use cot bumbers anyway as they are dangerous for babies! You can use flat sheets, and I also have some fitted sheets that are good too. The only thing that I would change is that the plastic bar that covers the top of the cot is green. This was the only colour that they did it in. I think it would be better if the bar was a neutral colour like beige, as then it would match the decor of every nursery. For instance our nursery is lemon and orange. Apart from that, we have had no problems with it. If you are looking for a cot that is a bit different, then this is the cot for you.