Advice on choosing a cot bed for your baby's nursery, plus the opportunity to purchase a range of cot beds.
A cot bed is larger than a cot and adapts from a cot, when your baby is small to become a proper junior bed when you baby is older. Though a bit more expensive than a regular cot a cot bed is designed to have a longer lifespan. It can be a good investment as it will last your child after he or she has outgrown the cot.
A cot bed makes a good first bed as it is smaller than a single bed. Remember you will need a cot bed mattress and bedding.
What to look for when buying a cot bed
- Dropside mechanism - Look for a cot bed which is easy to operate single handed. Some models have the added convenience of a dropside that slides completely out of the way, i.e. right under the cot. This allows you to position your baby's bed up against the edge of your bed.
- Adjustable mattress - The ability to lift the mattress higher can be useful. It will make it easier to lift your baby in and out of the cot bed.
- Lockable swivel castors - These make it easier to manoeuvre the cot bed, always ensure the castors are locked when your baby is in the cot bed.
- Teething rails - These are useful when your baby is a bit older and starting to teeth. They allow your child to gnaw on the rail when their gums are hurting, without damaging the cot bed.
- Fun features - Some cot beds have rollers in between the bar at the top and bottom ends.
- Check your cot bed conforms with the BS EN 716-1 safety code, which ensures the cot is deep enough to prevent your baby from climbing out.
- Ensure the mattress fits the cot bed with no gaps.
- Make sure the bars of the cot bed are no more than 45mm to 65mm apart. To test this take a fizzy drink can with you when shopping, this should not fit through the gaps.