Advice on what to look for when purchasing a cot for your baby plus the opportunity to purchase a range of cots, travel cots, cot mattresses and bedding.
A cot is the most popular choice for a baby's bed. A cot will last your baby from birth until he or she is approximately three years old.
Cots are usually made from wood, with a mattress inside. Comfort and safety are essential when considering which cot to buy. Ensure the cot conforms to British safety standards.
You may wish to look for a cot with a dropside action, preferably one that can be operated with one hand.
It is useful to be able to adjust the mattress base, higher when your baby is small and lower as they grow and sit up. It is also good if you are suffering from back problems following the birth.
What to look for when buying a cot
- Dropside mechanism - Look for a cot which is easy to operate single handed. Some models have the added convenience of a dropsied 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.
- Lockable swivel castors - These make it easier to manoeuvre the cot, always ensure the castors are locked when your baby is in the cot.
- 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.
- Fun features - Some cots have rollers in between the bar at the top and bottom ends.
- Check your cot 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 with no gaps.
- Make sure the bars of the cot 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.