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Joie Baby Kubbie Sleep Review

RRP:
£100.00
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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2021 Shortlisted Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket
  • 2020 Bronze Best Travel Product Over £25
  • 2020 Bronze Best Travel Product Over £30
  • 2020 Shortlisted Best Sleep Product

The Joie Baby Kubbie Sleep is designed to keep your little one comfortable for a good night's sleep and close to you in the night. You can also lower one of the sides to reach them in the night.

We spoke to these real mum testers to get their review...

How did this product make your life easier?

Heidi Gately says: "I loved the idea of being able to use it as a playpen when away in a hotel. It is great to be able to get ready without worrying if my baby has his hands in sockets or wriggled under the bed! The mesh sides meant he didn’t feel as trapped because he could see me whilst he played. This aspect was the best part of the crib for an older baby."

Lucy Gumise says: "It’s a stylish compact design which is brilliant having the drop sides- great as a breastfeeding mum although not completely flush to my bed it worked well for us The cot feels sturdy and robust, the mesh sides are great for keeping an eye on baby and vice versa and the colour is neutral and in fashion currently."

Sophie Leadbeater says: "I love how compact and light the travel cot is. It's super easy to pack away and put up. It took me only a few a minutes to put it up the first time I used it and I only had to glance over the instructions to be able to do it. It has great features like being able to pull the side down to check on your little one whilst they are asleep and the two levels for a newborn baby and for an older baby who can sit up or stand."

Would you recommend this product to other parents?

Christy McKenzie says: "I'd recommend this product to a fellow mum if it was their first travel cot purchase. If bought when your little one was tiny you'd get the full benefit of the bassinet depth and, later, full depth and potentially get a lot of use out of it. - Overall the quality of the product is lovely - as nice as I've seen - It feels like it would be the only travel cot you'd need in their first year. - The styling is very smart and the fabric feels high quality and luxe yet practical - The build quality is top notch and the fold and erect mechanism easy to operate - The packed cot is as small as you could expect - The mesh sides are generous, sturdy not flimsy and offer good all round visibility."

Victoria Rowat says: "The small size of this cot is a massive pro as it would fit next to most beds, even in a hotel, and the raised newborn aspect is so nice. The cot also has the option of removing the newborn raised platform and the baby can then be put down to the bottom, super useful for when they can stand and climb. The box says it is from birth to 15kg. However, my 15 month old son is 12kg and he is too big for it. He has no space to move around at all. So if I were to recommend this product, I would also want to point out that it’s usefulness declines rapidly as the baby grows; Perfect for 0-6 months, then you’d need a new travel cot."

Heidi Gately says: "I would recommend this crib over others mainly due to it’s size and raised newborn platform. Most other travel cots on the market are large and the baby is essentially lying on a caged mat on the floor. This raised newborn platform allows the baby to be next to you and at your level which is so important in those early days. The small size also means that it can be put next to mum in most situations. However such advantage becomes disadvantage as the baby grows. There is a very limited lifespan to this product and the compact size means that the baby grows out of it very quickly! By the time you’re ready to remove the newborn platform, I expect your baby will be close to growing out of the cot anyway!"

Would you choose this product above all others on the market?

Lucy Gumise says: "I personally would choose one that sits flusher to my bed side so I didn’t actually have to get up to feed my baby - especially when at newborn stage I’d also look for one with a comfier looking mattress as the mattress/mat supplied feels thin - my baby is big so I’m unsure just how comfortable it would be to use frequently - odd mattress size it was so hard to find a suitable sheet !"

Sophie Leadbeater says: "It's the smallest travel cot when folded away that I have seen, and I have used a few! it feels strong and sturdy so you can feel confident that your baby is safe and cosy. I loved the side material so you can see through but it also wasn't too transparent that your baby could be distracted to go to sleep. I also loved the pull down side so you can check on them easily or feed them without lifting them over the top."

Christy McKenzie says: "I love a lot about this travel cot but for me personally it doesn't warrant Best Cot Crib or Moses Basket - The build quality suggests to me more than an occasional cot, but it feels more 'travel' than being THE bedside bassinet you'd use as your 0-6month option for when little one is still sharing your room. So I'm a little confused on where this product is aiming. - To get max value for money you'd be someone who travels with it frequently - not keep it under the grandparent's spare bed for the odd visit - which may not be everyone - The specs say suitable for up to 15kg but I feels it's definitely too small for this, unless your baby is a very immobile sleeper. My 10kg little one already moves far too much for this to be the travel cot of choice for us for anything other than the odd night. - The lowering cot side didn't hit the mark for me, being hard to operate and not sliding far enough down."

What changes would you make to this product?

Victoria Rowat says: "The carry handle can only be used when the zip of the travel bag is not fully fastened since the carry handle is actually located on the underside of the mattress, the bag itself has no straps. A shoulder strap would have been very useful, since this is not a lightweight product. The wheels seem incredibly useless. They can’t be used when it’s folded up, and when it’s erected, it has to be practically 90 degrees before the wheels will roll. I’m not really sure what the point of them is! There is a zip on one side of the mesh. My son loved this escape route. I did not."

Heidi Gately says: "The main disadvantage was the weight of the thing, it was not an easy item to transport! The carry bag didn’t have any straps so it was a bulky and heavy piece of baby paraphernalia! If a rucksack style travel bag was available for it, I would definitely have to buy one to go with it. Also there we straps and poles that had no specific place to put them other than in the top of the bag. I feel sure that I would lose these very easily and the newborn platform is very dependant on the addition of these poles"

Lucy Gumise says: "The mattress - it’s thin and there are support rods underneath that I’m sure baby may feel although he did stay asleep all night In the cot- dropping the side seems to tilt this too so I’d want that design element Reviewing if I had a choice myself. Other than that I do like the Kubbie a lot for it’s price point."

  • Author: Maria Martin Maria Martin
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Maria is the Online Editor for Mother&Baby. She is a biker, mama-of-one who enjoys baking and taking her little one to messy play. Maria's focus is around breastfeeding, post-partum depression and weaning. She aspires to help fellow mums through pregnancy, motherhood and beyond by discussing issues such as mental health and self-care. You can find Maria on Instagram and LinkedIn. Maria has won Bauer Media Awards for 2018 Digital Editor Of The Year and 2017 Digital Talent Of The Year. 

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