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My Friday trip to the Trafford Centre

baby on back asleep on a cot mattress

Another trip to the Trafford Centre

Last Friday me & my hubby went on an urgent trip to Selfridges at the Trafford Centre as I urgently needed a new laptop. Mine had been in meltdown since the Tuesday - so apologies if I was rather slow in replying to any queries last week.

Of course while I was there, I couldn't resist my usual visit to the Mamas & Papas store to check out the baby and children's mattresses that they currently have for sale.

Luckily, they had new stocks of the current brochure so I grabbed a couple so we can use them for reference to check out the size of any new Mamas & Papas cots and cot beds.

I had a very close look at their mattress display and I must add that I was rather impressed. The display stand was very "touchy & feely". However, there was no advice about the qualities of the mattresses or even the properties of the mattresses. In fact, there weren't even any prices on the display stand. Obviously, I would have had to ask for some assistance if I were about to buy a mattress as it did come across as rather overwhelming with the choices available.

Considering my experience, I realise how very difficult it is to choose the correct mattress for your baby or child. I really do hope that our website, live assistance and telephone advice can help overcome this problem for any of our customers. If you think we can improve it - please contact us and let us know your comments. We do offer a free fabric swatch request to help you decide which type of mattress cover to order if required.

Anyhow, after I had spent some time looking at the changing mats, I spotted an absolute bargain, a travel cot on sale for £35 - original price was £65. They were piled high in store & I almost bought one as I was babysitting on the Saturday for my three grandchildren who include Dallas, age 7 months. The travel cot I already have I have left at our caravan at Blackpool.

A member of staff came over to assist me. In the base of the travel cot was a  very basic 4 cm deep foam mattress. I asked him if that was included in the price of £35 as it seemed incredibly great value for money. He then informed me that the mattress was £24.99 extra which actually made the price of the travel cot look like a farce! I almost bought a travel cot but was put off by the "up-selling" adding on of the mattress.

Quite honestly - the mattress was just a piece of foam covered with a very basic fabric. It didn't even fold away! Similar things can be found in B & Q to be used as bench cushions.

I didn't buy the travel cot as I felt pressured to buy the additional mattress which of course would have been quite stupid of me. Our Dallas ended up sleeping in our Aldi "ball park" which we used to make a bed for her.

I have discovered from my trip - if you have a travel cot & need a perfectly fitting & comfortable mattress for it then maybe you should click onto Baby Mattresses Online or Children's Mattresses Online for a far superior mattress at very realistic prices.

Kathy - Baby & Children's Mattresses Online

17th November 2010, 20:38
Page updated 5th Oct 2015, 13:25
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