I'm looking for a portacot to use for my little one (just 3 months). I THINK I want one with the bassinet level so its easy to get her in and out, but is it necessary?
I've come across the Valco Zephyr Portacot which seems pretty good - similar to the baby bjorn one but a fraction of the cost. I'm pretty keen on it too as there doesn't seem to be a weight limit, so the little one can use it for a while. BUT I'm just unsure of how hard it will be to get her in and out. AND if we have another baby later, if I should get one with a bassinet level.
Has anyone tried this or the baby bjorn? In particular with young babies, and how did you go? Would you recommend it, or more suitable when they are say 6 months plus?
I don't know that it matters how easy it is to get them in and out if you're only using it for short periods of time (which is all you're supposed to use them for). I had my DS1 in one for 6 months and I did find that reaching down over the sides constantly to resettle was very hard on my back. If the baby doesn't transfer easy in and out of the cot when asleep would also make it harder if you had to reach right down low to put them in as the baby may wake while doing this.
We used a Bruin brand one from Toys R Us and it has been brilliant.
It was used for day sleeps every day from when dd was about 5 months til she was 1 as I found it easier to have her near me than up in her room. It's also used for visits to grandparents and has been used on holiday on a few occasions.
It has a bassinette level which I would reccomend, and also has a change mat attachment, however this was a bit fiddly and we rarely bothered other than when on holidays.
It is very sturdy and easy to set up and also locks really well. DD is nearly 2 now and it still looks brand new despite having been used a lot for a portacot. It folds up well, and you can also use the wheels when folded to make it easier to move around.
We just got a cheapie from target. But it's worth buying a portable cot mattress as the bases can be quite firm. I think we got a 'love n care' folding travel cot mattress from pram warehouse. Makes it much more comfy for bubs. I also don't think you should worry too much about ease of putting baby in and out in a cot you will use occasionally.
I have 2 portacots, one for travelling, and one that lives at my parents house. One has a bassinet setting, and while I don't use it anymore, I much prefered it. I also bought both second hand, in as new condition, for under $40 each. Since they often don't get used much, they are a great item to save some money on, they are generally in good nick, and less than 1/3 the price.
I got two, second hand from friends. One lives at my parents so that none of my siblings have to take one to Nana's. You don't need the bassinet, your child will be rolling soon. So long as you get one in good condition, second hand is fine.
Also, whatever you do, DO NOT add any sort of mattress to them. It spins my mind how many people do that.