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How To Choose A Baby Cot

Looking to buy the best baby cot? Check out our guide below and you’ll be well-placed to select the correct one for your needs.

When it comes to furnishing your nursery, a crib is almost always at the top of your list. The majority of other nursery equipment is optional; changing tables and rocking chairs are lovely to have, but they aren’t required. A secure sleeping area for the newborn, on the other hand, is a must. That usually entails a robust hardwood cot that is both safe and comfy for your baby.

A good cot should last several years, though for the first few months, you may want to try a smaller crib or Moses basket — we’ll go through these options later. Some cots may be converted into toddler beds, allowing you to use them for an extra year or two. Some of them can even be converted into beds for older children.

How do you pick the right cot for your baby?

What are the various sleeping alternatives for my baby?

A Moses basket is a tiny, lightweight, and portable resting area for very young newborns constructed of woven natural materials like palm or bamboo. While Moses baskets are convenient to tote around the home while your baby is young, they are only appropriate for usage up to 3-4 months and are no longer safe to use once your child is pulling up or rolling over on their own.


A crib is a larger bed that is usually made of slatted wood. It’s less portable than a Moses basket but still smaller than a full-size cot, so it’s a good alternative for preserving space in your bedroom for the first few months. The co-sleeping crib, which attaches to your own bed and allows you to sleep near to your infant without the risks of physical bed-sharing, has grown increasingly popular in recent years. From birth until roughly six months, both standard cribs and co-sleepers are appropriate.

Finally, we arrive at regular cots. These should last until your child is two to three years old, or longer for convertible cot beds, and are larger than any of the preceding options. A cot can be used from birth or as soon as your child outgrows their crib.

What should I look for in terms of safety features?

British Standard BS EN 716-2:20 must be met by all new cots sold in the UK. If you’re buying a cot from another country or a used one, be sure it includes the following features:

A gap between the slats of no less than 2.5cm (1in) and no more than 6.5cm (2.6in) to prevent your baby’s head from being stuck in the bars,


To prevent your infant from climbing out, leave at least 50cm between the top of the mattress and the top of the cot sides.


There are no steps for your baby to climb on, and no cut-outs for their feet to get stuck in.


What other features come in handy?

Adjustable height settings allow you to keep a small infant closer to the top of the cot for easier lifting, then lower the base as they grow bigger and more mobile. Many cots have a mechanism that allows you to safely lower the side of the cot so you don’t have to carry your toddler all the way over the side as your child grows. Check sure this mechanism works safely and smoothly if you’re buying used or getting a hand-me-down.

It’s also a plus if there’s a drawer or two under the cot. Storage normally adds to the cost, but it makes excellent use of otherwise unused space. In the case of a nappy burst or tummy distress in the middle of the night, you’ll be grateful you have muslins, spare linen, and nightclothes on hand.

The ability to convert to a larger bed is another worth considering: it can save you money while also allowing your child to adapt to a larger sleeping space with ease. A teething rail keeps your kid from biting his or her way through the cot railing. Also, wheels or castors can be useful for moving the cot from room to room or for cleaning underneath it – just make sure the brake mechanism is in good working order.

What can I do to make sure my child sleeps soundly?

According to studies, babies who sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months have a lower chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), so bring your baby’s cot or crib into your room. Make sure your baby sleeps on his or her back on a firm, level mattress, and that the mattress fits the cot snugly with no gaps around the edges. Avoid loose sheets and blankets by covering the mattress with a properly fitted sheet. Pillows and toys should be kept out of the cot, and cot bumpers and decorations should be avoided because they can cause strangulation. Keep the cot away from radiators and bright windows; the best temperature for sleeping is between 16° and 20°C.

Bestseller No. 1
White Solid Wood Baby Cot Bed ✔ Teething Rails ✔ Aloe Vera Foam Mattress ✔ Converts into a Toddler Bed ✔ 3 Position Mattress Base
  • The adjustable cot with three height positions. It can be easily converted into a junior bed.
  • Tooth rails to protect sensitive baby gums.
  • 6 cm foam mattress with luxurious hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial aloe vera cover. Removable and washable mattress cover.
  • Made in Europe according to European safety standards, painted with non-toxic, baby and eco-friendly natural paint. 12 month warranty on the cot and mattress.
  • Dimensions: approx. : W: 65 cm, L: 125 cm, H: 84 cm, lying surface: 120 x 60 cm
Bestseller No. 2
TIMON Convertible Wooden Baby Cot Bed + Deluxe Foam Mattress with Antibacterial Aloe Vera Cover (White)
  • Made from the natural solid beech wood
  • Convertible to a toddler bed for long-lasting use
  • Three base positions provide easier and safer access to the baby
  • Suitable from birth to approximately three years of age
  • Wood painted with the baby's natural non-toxic paints
Bestseller No. 3
Cot Bed Wooden Baby Cot Toddler Bed Premier Aloe Vera Water Repellent Mattress Orlando (Grey)
  • ⭐ Split end panel for converting into junior bed.⭐ Protective teething rails.
  • ⭐ Made with Organic New Zealand pine, strong & sturdy.⭐ NOT the lightweight version made with plywood which contains high formaldehyde emissions that could harm your baby's health.
  • ⭐ Size: 126*66 cm.⭐ Mattress Size : 120*60 CM⭐ Non-Toxic Eco paint, no sharp fixings.
  • ⭐ Aloe Vera Mattress Made In UK.⭐ Mattress cover can be removed for separate cleaning.
Bestseller No. 4
Francis Wooden Baby Cot Bed 120x60cm with FREE Deluxe Aloe Vera Mattress (Grey & Pine)
  • Unique French style made from sturdy natural pine wood
  • Converts to the toddler bed by using included wooden barrier
  • Three base positions provide easier and safer access to the baby
  • Suitable from birth to approximately three years of age
  • Wood painted with baby's safe non-toxic paints
Bestseller No. 5
Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot - Grey. Lightweight padded travel cot suitable from birth
  • Suitable from birth
  • Easy and fast to assemble
  • Padded mattress for a comfy nights sleep
  • Full padded top rails
Bestseller No. 6
MCC Brooklyn Baby Cot Crib with Water Repellent Mattress (Grey)
  • ⭐ Made from Organic New Zealand pine, strong & sturdy.
  • ⭐ Non-Toxic Eco paint, no sharp fixings.
  • ⭐ 3 Positions height adjustable base.
  • ⭐ Cot Size: 125 x 66 x 85 cm.
  • ⭐ Aloe Vera Mattress Size: 120 x 60 cm
SaleBestseller No. 7
Kinderkraft Baby Crib 3 in 1 LOVI, Cradle, Travel Cot, Rocker, Easy Folding and Unfolding, Adjustable Canopy, with Accessories, Mattress Cover, Included Toys, Transport Bag, for Newborn, 0-9 kg, Gray
  • ✅TRAVEL COT: for babies from birth to 9 kg or until the toddler starts to sit up by themselves (approx. 6 months). It has a rocking function, a built-in mosquito net and an adjustable hood. LOVI is light and easy to fold and take with you on a trip thanks to the included bag
  • ✅PRACTICAL: the cot has functional mesh sides, thanks to which a parent can always keep an eye on the child. In addition they provide an adequate air flow on hot days. Folding takes only a few seconds and its compact size makes it easy to transport
  • ✅FUNCTIONAL: the cot comes with a comfortable mattress with a cover that can be easily removed and cleaned. The rocking frame can be locked and unlocked to enable rocking. No need for tools to change the functions and folding makes LOVI practical and functional
  • ✅SOLID: the steel frame makes the cot stable and very strong. The upper layer of the mattress is covered with cotton which provides skin with proper air circulation. The hood and cot cover are made of easy-to-clean material
  • ✅ACCESSORIES: LOVI has an attached mattress and soft and pleasant to the touch toys with a mirror. They are completely removable and can be rearranged in a different order
Bestseller No. 8
White Solid Wood Baby Cot Bed & Deluxe Foam Mattress Converts into a Junior Bed ✔ 3 Position ✔ water repellent mattress liner
  • Protective teething rails. Split end panel for converting into junior bed.
  • 6 cm Deluxe Foam Mattress with luxurious hypoallergenic antibacterial Aloe Vera cover. Removable and washable mattress cover.
  • 3-position base (height adjustable that can match your baby growth).
  • Internal size: 120cm x 60cm x 85cm. External dimensions are 124cm x 67cm x 85cm. Non-Toxic Eco paint, no sharp fixings. Eco friendly and natural paint. Every wood product that we sell is manufactured in Europe & complies fully to every required standard for sale in the UK.
Bestseller No. 9
DENISE Wooden Baby Cot with Drawer 120x60cm + Foam Mattress + Safety Wooden Barrier + Teething Rails (White)
  • Made from the sturdy natural pine wood. Converts to the toddler bed by using included wooden barrier. Three mattress base positions provide easier and safer access to the baby.
  • Large covered drawer on runners (not the cheap version on the plastic wheels which scratches the floor). Teething rails prevent damage to the cot and protect baby's sensitive gums.
  • Deluxe foam mattress with antibacterial and hypoallergenic Aloe Vera cover. Highest quality resilience foam supports stable spine. Removable mattress cover for washing.
  • Suitable from birth to approximately three years of age. Wood painted with baby's safe non-toxic paints.
  • Meets British safety standards: BS EN 716-1 ✔ BS EN 71-3 ✔ BS 7177 ✔ BS 1877 ✔ 12 months warranty and support afterwards ✔
Bestseller No. 10
White Solid Wood Baby Cot Bed with Drawer & Deluxe Water Repellent Mattress Converts into a Junior Bed ✔ Height Adjustable ✔
  • Protective teething rails. Split end panel for converting into Toddler Bed. Large drawer for keeping baby's essential items close to hand.
  • 6cm Deluxe Foam Mattress with luxurious hypoallergenic anti-bacterial aloe vera cover. Removable and washable mattress cover.
  • 3-position base (height adjustable that can match your baby growth).
  • External dimensions are 124cm x 67cm x 85cm. Non-Toxic Eco paint, no sharp fixings. Eco friendly and natural paint.

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