I have created this guide to buying a cot bed because a cot or cot bed will be one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make for your little one. It is also going to be one of the largest space takers too, so there are some things you will need to consider before you make your purchase.
The first thing to consider is “Do I want a cot or a cot bed and what is the difference?”
In simple terms, a cot is specifically designed for a baby/small infant and a cot bed is designed so that your baby can grow with it up until they are around eight or nine years old. This, of course, is the most cost effective choice you can make, providing you have the budget.
Factors to Consider
The most common aspects that concern buyers when choosing a cot bed are these:
- Simplicity of converting from cot to bed
- How easy it will be to adjust the height
Cot beds, as with cots, have similar features, which I have listed below:
Base Height Adjustment
A newborn baby will need to have the base higher so that it is easier to lift them in and out. Being able to lower the base as your baby grows is an important feature.
As your baby will ideally be sleeping with you for the first six months, having a movable cot bed is something that you should consider. Static legs mean that moving the cot bed around will be a bit of a struggle. Having wheels or castors fitted will make this so much easier.
Cot beds with fixed rails can be very cumbersome and pose a potential hazard as it makes it more difficult to lower your baby and lift them out. Having a side that can be dropped makes this far less of a struggle. You will find that many cot beds have different mechanisms for lowering the sides. Some can be operated by your foot, leaving both hands free; some can be operated with just one hand. *One thing to note is that the US has banned the use of drop-side cots since 2011. This is not the case in Europe although strict standards are in place, so make sure that your cot or cot bed has the BS EN 716: 2005 kite mark.
Safe Teething Rail
Many cots and cot beds now have this feature. As you baby starts to teeth and starts to stand, they will want to chew on something. Having a teething
rail fitted as standard will give you precious one something to chew on without damaging the cot and more importantly, keeping your baby safe.
I hope that you have found this simple guide to buying a cot or cot bed helpful.