For a few weeks I had been researching travel cots as we have a few holidays coming up and a few trips to Devon and I wanted something for her that works great whilst she is still only a baby but something that will also grow with her.
Whilst researching I found on the market there are tonnes of ‘travel cots’ but nothing that stands out special until I had found the Joie Kubbie. This was two weeks before agreeing the review the product so they had already drawn me in. I hadn’t yet purchased the product due to payday being a few weeks away, therefore was delighted when I was gifted the item in exchange for an honest review.
The things that struck me when I was looking at the travel cots that enticed me with the Joie Kubbie are;
- The cot has the ability to be used at a side sleeper. This means that the side is able to come down and it is able to be strapped to the bed just like our set up at home, therefore Edith would be familiar to this and transition with ease.
- The cot also has two heights. This was a must for me, as someone who isn’t the tallest and struggles with a bad back, whilst she is small and unable to sit up being able to only bend at a slight angle is perfect for me.
- The cot has a front opening zip so when Edith is older she is also able to use it as a playpen which is fantastic. (Erin is also able to sit on the floor and talk to her when she’s lay down which is great as when I get ready I put her in the cot but she sometimes gets niggly on her own.)
- You can purchase the Joie Daydreamer which is a fantastic enhancement to the travel cot which is perfect for when your baby naps as it keeps baby at the optimal angle especially if they have reflux. Again great if your getting ready and baby wants to watch you. Joie have also sent the Daydreamer for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
How we got on with the products-
The Joie Kubbie sleep and Daydreamer came as two packages, both were slimline and were easy to open without hundreds of parts falling all over the floor. I opened the Joie Kubbie first and got the travel cot out with ease, the instructions were really easy to follow and putting the whole thing together took less than five minutes. One thing that really made the product feel safe and sturdy was the metal bars that go into the bottom of the mattress, I had never seen anything like that before.
The product is well made, it has a strong structure and puts your mind at ease, especially when you have a 6 year old hanging off the edge of your cot all the time!!
I also found the product to be so versatile and it was so easy to use. To get the higher sleeping position all you needed to do was insert a zipped section and pop the mattress in.
You are then able to pull down the sides with a simple press of two buttons and the side comes down, you are then able to strap the bedside cot to your bed to ensure the safety of your baby.
If you wanted to put the side back up and take out the higher mattress position it took less than two minutes to take everything out and didn’t cause anymore packing for when you are away as it fits all in the bag included, which ensure you can pack everything away and carry it with a handle.
To include the Joie Daydreamer to the cot, all you needed to do was clip the sides onto the top of the Kubbie and then put the material over the top to make it comfortable. Again this was so simple to do, I had done it with Edith in my arms and it took less than 1 minute.
When I put Edith into the Joie Daydreamer she absolutely loved it, she loved the fact she was able to watch me in it and was so comfortable at the angle it positioned her in, especially as she has reflux. The part she slept in was comfortable and well supported and felt safe. There was no chance of her being able to roll out due to the angle and positioning of this product which was great.
The only downside to the Daydreamer was that I wished it came in a travel bag so you are able to take it on holiday with ease. I did try and fit it in the Kubbie bag but unfortunately it wouldn’t fit. Although it would fit in a carrier bag, It’s as simple to take off as it is to put on.
I would say this is an absolute great piece of kit as an extension to your travel cot if you have a particularly clingy baby, colicky or that has reflux as its perfect for being able to relax in the knowledge your child is safe for naps and somewhere to sit when you are getting ready to go out.
Next we tested Edith in all areas of the Kubbie, she loved it, she had so much room in it and was able to kick around. The mattress was padded and comfortable and misdemeanours such as dribble and sick wipe off with ease. The Kubbie has breathable mesh sides so great for safe sleep. She slept like a dream in the Kubbie and it was perfect for my back. Unfortunately there are no pictures of the little monkey asleep as she has to sleep in a pitch black room! Therefore pictures aren’t the easiest to get!
When collapsing the Kubbie it goes down really easily you just have to remember to pull the middle in first and then collapse by the buttons on the side, but again this is a fantastic safety feature as Erin had tried to press every button going whilst Edith was in it. I don’t have any negatives to say about the Kubbie, but it would be good if it also came in some brighter colours, but this doesn’t affect the use and would just be personal preference.
You can buy the Joie Kubbie and the Joie Daydreamer from https://uk.joiebaby.com/