A new type of cot has been invented by a single mum in Northern Ireland.
|A single mother in Northern Ireland has invented a new type of cot and has just had it patented by Invest NI, reports the Derry Journal.
Jacqueline McKay, 24, said the adjustable cot was designed for babies aged up to three months.
Now that the design is patented she can begin to market her invention to local businesses, with a view to developing it into a viable product.
Ms McKay said that she got inspiration for the cot from her own experience of giving birth and bringing up her two sons as a single mother.
"I came up with the idea after the birth of my son, I was breastfeeding him and I was up with him for hours at a time every night," she told the newspaper.
"The pain after giving birth and having stitches and then breastfeeding really took it out of me and I was constantly feeling tired.
"I just thought to myself how great it would be if I could have my baby right beside me in a cot so I could lift him in and out without having to get up and down from my own bed."
The cot attaches to the side of a bed using a support structure which extends from the cot and is placed between the mattress and base of the bed.
Ms McKay describes the cot as a 'necessity' for new parents and it comes in a suitcase which can be used as a travel bag for nappies and other babies items when the baby is too old for the cot, and can even be used as a changing table.