Guide to Buying a Cot Bed – Essential Tips for Parents

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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 ConsiderBaby Reading

The most common aspects that concern buyers when choosing a cot bed are these:

  • Safety
  • Price
  • Simplicity of converting from cot to bed
  • Durability
  • How easy it will be to adjust the height

Features

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.

WheelsCot on Wheels

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.

Drop Rails

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 RailBaby Girl Teething

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.


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12 Comments on "Guide to Buying a Cot Bed – Essential Tips for Parents"

  1. Hi, Martyn

    Thanks for highlighting the importance of buying cots 🙂 This is a great guide and with some very good pointers too that will help parents to make the right decisions when it comes to the safety of their young children which is the most important thing. Neil

  2. Excellent post here! Was just talking to someone today about buying a safe bed for children. Point proven!! I was unaware of the safe teething rails and am extremely happy that I stumbled across your site! I wish you the best and I’ll be back soon when I’m shopping for a cot bed. Thanks!

    • Hi Paul. There are so many aspects of buying a cot bed that parents don’t necessarily consider. I hope that I can help point these out on my site. Thank you for the comment – Martyn

  3. Hi!

    One of my biggest fears, when I had the little ones, was them being in a safe crib.
    I had one who would escape from any setting!
    Great article, keep them coming.

    Shawn>>

    • Hi Shawn. I know, little ones can be expert escapology artists. It’s best to have a cot bed that is as safe as possible – Martyn

  4. I found this information here very useful! I have a baby on the way and i have had difficulty searching for cots online. This guide will help my search tremendously.

  5. Hi there! Very nice article about the cot beds. The layout, content and framework of the website is really attractive. I can’t wait for new content. Keep up the good work! Regards, Bob

  6. Hey there, nice article I really learned something today and thank you for talking about safety I also think it is very important.

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