I find it best to start at the beginning, I am a massive cot bumper lover, although I know they are unsafe I still have loved them from afar.
Obviously knowing how unsafe they are with non breathable materials and long threads there was no chance I was ever going to add one to my babys cot.
Wait for it …
But I wanted too.
Jacob has happily settled into his cot a month back but we have still struggled with aspects of having him in a cot as opposed to a Moses basket, he is nosy for a start.
Being nosy is obviously not a really bad trait to have but it can make it massively tricky to tip toe out of view when you are trying to get him to self settle and he has even been known to vocalise his discovery of you hiding behind the door.
Our second biggest issue was his appendages … in this case his arms.
We managed to wrestle his chunky legs into a baby sleeping bag and have since stopped any more leg protruding escapades but the arms we were stumped with.
Now Jacob is a tummy sleeper and can roll in his sleeping bag to his front, after a dozens of times trying to turn him on to his back we have given up trying to get him to stay there … But we were really worried about his new fascination with hanging his arms between the bars.
Obviously not ideal and a baby that wakes with a dead arm is not a pleasant fellow to be around … so yes in my head I had considered a cot bumper.
However recently I got the chance to team up with the lovely folks at baby bundle who you may remember I wrote about when I reviewed their Widgey Plus Pregnancy & Sleep Pillow while I was pregnant.
Having time to look through their offerings I was immediately struck by this product as the concept alone could save my bacon.
The babybundle Safebreathe Cot Wrap is designed to do what a cot bumper does but far more safely. It is made from a unique safebreathe fabric which does what it says on the tin .. its breathable.
The cot wrap is designed to easily be adjusted with velcro fastenings as opposed to cords or ties that used to pose a risk to baby, it comes in a 2 sided option or 4 sides option and 5 different colours to choose from.
Since we have no issues with the bottom of his cot as it’s against the wall and the top opens to the rocking chair we have the 2 sided version to protect his arms along the length when he dangles them out.
When it arrived I was even more taken with the product, the intricate airflow holes in it cast a really striking design across it and the edges are trimmed with padding.
To fit the panels it’s really simple, open up the velcro on the ends and then feed through your last cot bar and back on itself so the fold ends up on the outside and it means there are no rough velcro bits left inside the cot.
Once one side is done you can do the other and pull taut to ensure its fitted properly. I also found that removing the mattress first helped get it taut and also to ensure it went below the mattress line so no little fingers or chunky arms could escape!
After fitting the mattress back in I did wonder if the drop side on the cot would be compromised with something obviously over it but ours still worked as it had done before.
So far we have had no more dead arms or stuck shoulders. It comes just high enough he can still see us if we are near the cot but still restricts he view of us in the doorway when we are checking on him so we love it.
Disclaimer: We were sent this item for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and options were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.