Ask any exhibitor – baby expo’s are gruelling hard work. Each of a stand that a visitor experience in a few short hours entails weeks of preparation beforehand, planning a stand, ordering stock and setting it all up. That is followed by a few full-packed days of talking to parents, answering questions (like which cot do you choose – a camp cot or a traditional cot) and giving advice. And then breaking it all down again, shipping orders, reorganizing everything. And yet I love every moment.
Many of you who are following my blog would have met me at a baby expo for the first time. And you will know that although BabyWombWorld is obviously a business that makes money, all that we do stems from our core mission, which is to make parents’ lives easier. Each product that we sell was chosen by the dad in me, who have small children himself and who believe that the product can enhance families’ lives.
And Baby Expos are where I find much of my inspiration. I know so well the look on pregnant couples’ faces when they arrive at the stand, clutching a list. That specific mix of excitement and slight trepidation, in search of items to ready their lives for this massive change on the horizon. And it is always interesting to see the list and hear their opinions on what items they think are most important.
One definite item on all parents’ lists is a bed of sorts for baby to sleep in. But should they opt for a camp cot or a traditional cot? I want to offer my personal opinion as a dad, based on my own experience with children. This experience led to us developing the BabyWombWorld Camp Cot and Co-Sleeper, which gives away my answer, I suppose. I truly believe that a camp-cot can fulfil in all your babies needs until they move to a single bed.
Camp cot or traditional cot
But let us start at the beginning. No matter your budget, all new mothers would love a beautiful nursery for their new babies. And let’s be honest – most camp cots are not that pretty. There is something about a beautifully carved wooden cot in a baby’s room, and I can understand why couples want that look. Sadly that is pretty much where the advantage of a wooden cot ends.
Wooden cots are typically heavy and big, and once they are set up you can’t really move them around the house. Few people will have space for a wooden cot in their own rooms, which will restrain baby’s sleep area to the nursery. While it would certainly be convenient if babies would sleep in their rooms from the start, we know that this often doesn’t work out. Many parents will want their little ones closer in the early months. And this is not only true for night-times. If you are busy in the house during the day, or having a barbecue outside you may well want to move baby closer to where you are. Without a camp cot you are going to be running to and fro to check on baby, or alternatively put baby on surfaces like other beds and couches which may not be safe to sleep on for various reasons.
Another reason why I dislike wooden cots is because of the risks of injury to baby. When a baby starts sitting and standing they can easily fall over and bump their head against the wooden side bars. To prevent this parents stack pillows and bumper pillows around the sides of the cot. But this can, in turn, increase the risk of cot death and smothering. Camp cots are made of mesh material and a lot softer, making it a lot safer in this regard.
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Once they start climbing, many little ones have also fallen from their cots. This happens more easily with a wooden cot as the sidebars are easier to hold on to. They also fall a lot higher from a wooden cot than from a camp cot.
Wooden cots are far more expensive than camp cots. Many parents start off buying a wooden cot in the pregnancy and then return for a camp cot once baby has arrived because it’s just more practical. I feel this is a waste of money in a time where there are many costs to cover. And in the end, it’s an item that you’re only going to use for a few years.
Lastly, what are you going to do with the cot once you no longer need it? A camp cot is easy to fold and store till your next baby comes along, while a wooden cot will take a lot more space. Many parents end up selling it almost as new as on the day they it was bought.
We took all of this into account when we developed the BabyWombWorld Camp Cot and Co-Sleeper. Our first mission was to address parents’ main concern, which was the look of the camp cot. Why should parents ruin the whole look of their nursery with a camp-cot in tacky colours? We wanted a premium-looking, stylish camp cot that will not stand back for any other baby cot when it comes to decorating the nursery. With its light grey/blue colour and luxurious-looking mélange fabric, I think we have achieved this.
Secondly, we wanted to have a camp cot that can be used as a co-sleeper as well. There are many moms who believe in co-sleeping, especially during the newborn phase. Co-sleeping also supports breastfeeding, which we passionately believe in. Our camp cot’s one side can drop, meaning that you can have baby right there next to you, but safely in their own bed (leaving you with a bit more space in yours!). And once you are done with co-sleeping or if you want to use the cot somewhere else, you can convert it back into a normal camping cot with an upper and lower level.
A last very big advantage of a camp cot is that it becomes baby’s sleep environment. They get used to the smell, and touch of their own bed. Much like you and your bed! I think most of you will agree your bed is the best! If baby is used to sleeping in a wooden cot he may really struggle when you travel and he suddenly needs to sleep in other cots/beds. If you have a camp cot you can take it along, and baby’s sleep will be far less disturbed.
So there you go, my two cents worth. Buy a product that is going to make your life easier without costing you an arm and a leg. You won’t regret it!