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    Default Portacot instead of a normal cot? Anyone done this?

    Hey girls, just wondering who has used just a portacot for their babies?
    i ws raised in one, as mum reasoned that we always had our own bed wherever we went. She put a proper cot mattress inside to make it comfortable and safe.

    Just wonderin if anyone else in this day and age has done it, and did you keep going with it or just ended up buying a proper cot?

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    Default Portacot instead of a normal cot? Anyone done this?

    I did it with dd2 she was in it from birth till she went into a normal bed at around 1 -1.5 years old.
    It worked well for me and I saved a few hundred in not buying a cot that would have only been used for a short time

    Considering doing again with this bub.

    Edit - I never added a mattress just used the mat provided with cot

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    Default Re: Portacot instead of a normal cot? Anyone done this?

    My sisters did,
    I believe they are not recommended for full time use though and it is highly advised against putting matresses in them, babies have gotten wedged between the matress and the sides and died.

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    Default Portacot instead of a normal cot? Anyone done this?

    My neighbour did it for their second child. He stayed in it for 18 months. Lack of space, the eldest child had her own room and he was in a portacot at the end of their bed.

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    Never put a normal mattress in one. It is very very dangerous, because the side are soft and baby can get very easily caught between the mattress and the side.

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    Both my girls slept in one once they grew out of their bassinet (dd2 is still in it) as I wanted to keep them in our room until 12 months old then they went/will go into their own room and into the proper cot.

    I have a friend who has had her dd & ds in one from birth until they went into a big bed. They were in a tight budget.

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    I wouldnt, i have heard they are not good for bubs back for long term use. If i did i would not put a normal matress in it. I have a portacot mattress cover(like a padded underlay) that makes it a bit softer, but not much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndigoJ View Post
    I wouldnt, i have heard they are not good for bubs back for long term use. If i did i would not put a normal matress in it. I have a portacot mattress cover(like a padded underlay) that makes it a bit softer, but not much.
    portacots are usually very low to the ground, so my thoughts are it would kill my back bending down that far every time bubs went to bed.

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    Default Portacot instead of a normal cot? Anyone done this?

    For me, not something I would do i dont think. I had a really good well padded portacot for DD for travelling and naps at my mums place and I wouldn't say that one was comfortable or supportive in her back for long term use. And as pp have said its not recommended to add extra mattresses I don't think.

    She had a cot that converted to a toddler bed and she's still using that now at nearly four. That worked well for us.

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    Default Portacot instead of a normal cot? Anyone done this?

    I wouldn't do it for my own sake more than anything! Bending down to pick bub up and put the dummy in, etc is not comfortable!


 

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