One of the hardest parts of having a newborn is the sleep deprivation. It doesn’t matter whether it is your first or fifth baby, it is exhausting. I spent a week living on adrenaline with Rex, able to wake up every hour of the night and still feel human in the morning. Around day 7, things started to change though and the reality was a lot more tiring!
I didn’t end up actually putting it together until the day he was born but thankfully it was really easy to assemble. The crib has five different heights so it can go alongside beds of varying heights and has long straps to attach it to different types of bed frame. You have the option to use it as a free standing crib with solid sides, or to have one side down so baby is right next to you. The box also includes a bag for if you want to travel with the crib but this is something we haven’t tried. It is easy to fold though and I am sure it will accompany us on an overnight trip in the future!
With a breastfed baby that wakes frequently in the night, the convenience of not having to stand up at night is fantastic. I can reach out and touch him to reassure him or help him put his dummy back in if he wants it without having to move. When he needs a feed, I can sit up and reach over to pick him up without having to get out of bed and it is easy to put him back down. I feel happy being close enough that I can hear his breathing and react to his cues and I hope he will fit in the crib until it isn’t safe any longer (usually around 9 months) as it is a generous size.
The Iora has a large basket underneath which I use to store nappies and wipes for night time changes and a few small toys so that we can play in the morning without having to get out of bed. I also have spare muslin cloths and blankets under there and there is plenty of space for more. I love how the colour of the crib goes well with our bedroom. It is also available in a lighter grey and a beautiful dark blue so you can plan to your interiors. The mattress is described as ‘ the most comfortable mattress your baby could ever dream of’ amd it does seems to be very comfortable as Rex is happy sleeping in there every night