Oliver Driver loves Nature Baby's Kalon Caravan Cot
Oliver Driver is back, with another baby on the way and more shopping to do.
After you have been a parent for a relatively short time, you begin to feel the guilt of all that waste you are putting out into the world. I don’t mean what’s in the nappies, but the nappies themselves, the cheap clothes that last two weeks as your baby doubles in size and the plastic toys that fall apart with two bangs of a baby’s fist. And the bigger stuff too – our ill-chosen change table is split and broken, and our kid isn’t even two yet. Now we have another on the way, I am more determined to do a better job of the old ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’. I want to make sure the things we buy stand the test of time: furniture and equipment that ‘grows’ and adapts with our child. Clothes that will see the backs of tens of children rather than just one or two.
In preparation for our second child in under 16 months, we set off to get another cot. As with everything in the baby world, there are a million options on the market. At Nature Baby there is only one cot, however. There is only one because it’s really, really good. I love that about stores like Nature Baby, they’ve done the research for you.
The Kalon Caravan cot is made of solid maple (a sustainable wood) and comes in a bunch of bold colours. The paint is natural and non–toxic so your kid can attempt to chew through the bars all they like. It is both clever and simple, beautiful and stylish. My favourite thing about the Kalon though is its longevity. When your baby is tiny, you can set the level of the bed higher up. Once baby is standing, you can lower the bed all the way down, trapping them safely inside. So far, so much like a lot of cribs, but the Kalon goes further. Once the need for bars is gone, the Kalon transforms into your child’s first bed, and a few years after that, into a divan-style chair that can be used well beyond the nursery years. Eventually you can pass it on or sell it, because I guarantee it will still be good as new. And that’s the point. I feel so much better buying something that’s going to last, both for our kids and for the children our friends and family may have in the future.
My wife’s grandfather built our bassinet by hand. It has so far held three generations of babies within its wicker walls and now our cot will join in this legacy. One day my great-grandchild may sleep in the cot my daughter now dreams within. To me, that’s worth the price.
Oliver Driver mostly directs television, film and theatre but he also owns a bar, two dogs and a motorcycle. He is dad to daughter Etta, and has recently found out another baby is on its way!