choosing cots

Tips for Choosing a Cot – Cot Styles and Costs

Choosing a cot, with all the various cot styles is probably one of the most enjoyable aspects of getting yourself ready for a baby and getting the nursery ready. Regardless of that your baby might not be sleeping there for some months into the future (the advice from the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (SIDS) is babies sleep in your room right up until they are six months old) — there is still something fulfilling in giving the room a lick of paint, selecting new drapes or just setting up some shelving to deal with the bundles of cuddly toys which will soon be amassing.

choosing cotsTake into account as well you’ll want to be thinking of your personal comforts in addition to those of your baby. It is well worth investing some of your energy to organizing matters like a comfortable chair for feeding (low arm-rests are best; — you could have this in the nursery or your bedroom for night-time feeds if you are not comfortable feeding in bed.

Choosing Cots

A cot is among the few items you absolutely need for your baby, although however it’s not necessary to rush into purchasing one ready for your newborn. A Moses basket, carry cot or crib might be a lot more valuable when your baby is tiny — all of them have good points that may make the early days simpler for you. Cots are similarly acceptable for new babies. It’s all dependent on individual choice.

Selecting a Cot That Meets Your Needs

There are so many diverse types of cots around that lots of parents find the whole process of purchasing a cot a little bewildering. After all, along with a buggy or pram, it is usually the most important investment you will make for the baby, so you want to get it right first time. The primary differences, however, tend to be pretty simple.

Standard or Continental Size Cot?

Cots differ in dimensions. Standard- or UK-sized cots are several centimetres narrower compared to continental-sized cots, though they are usually the same length. For instance, the inside of the smallest standard-sized cot offered by Mothercare at the time of posting was 56.5 x 121cm, while the biggest continental-sized cot obtainable measured 63 x 122cm.

The most apparent benefit of a bigger cot is that your baby has additional space — this can be more important down the road if the cot is utilized for a place to relax in the mornings: to look at picture books or play with toys. Should your child and you be content to carry on using a cot until they are well into the toddling years, a more substantial cot can be a lot more helpful. These are also probably the most widely available sort and it is possible to usually pick from a much wider selection of designs.

Nevertheless, standard-sized cots are completely sufficient for any developing baby and they might be an even better option in case space in your house is confined. In addition they are usually less expensive compared to continental-sized cots. Although it is dependent upon the producer, you ought to be able purchase a standard-sized cot for $50-60 from a high-street nursery retailer. A continental-sized cot is very likely to be in the $100-200 cost range.

Fixed or Drop-side Cots?

The majority of cots offered have got drop-sides. One side of the cot will have a system that is built to allow you to lower the side in order to lift your baby in and out without difficulty, especially if you have the bottom placed at the lowest level. A few cots possess drop-mechanisms on both sides, so as long as the cot is not alongside a wall you are able to pick which side to use.

How beneficial a drop-side is is dependent mostly on the performance of the mechanism. A few models function far more efficiently than others. `Nudge and lift’ mechanisms, where you push the side of the cot into a position where it could be lowered, can be handy since you may operate them with one hand. A lot of parents still find it takes a while to master this, however. Other cots will have a trigger mechanism, a foot pedal or a couple of catches that you simply undo.

Drop-sides cots can certainly be helpful in the beginning, however strive to test several various sorts in the stores before you purchase, and select the one which appears simplest to work with. Many parents (particularly the taller ones) find the entire process over-fiddly and would rather lift their infant in and out without having to drop the cot side.

Height-adjustable Base Cots

The base height on most cots may be adjusted as your baby develops. A height-adjustable function is particularly helpful if you use a cot instead of a crib or Moses basket from birth. This means you’ll have the cot base on its highest setting for the initial few months, in order to lift your baby in and out of it without difficulty. After that, as soon as your baby begins to change position more and pull him- or herself up, it is possible to reposition the base at the lower level so that he or she remains safe inside the cot. Cots generally have either a two- or three-position base, though several have more. Two positions tend to be acceptable for the majority of people’s requirements.

Teething Rail

You will not recognize in the early days and nights if your newborn will likely be a cot-gnawer. Nevertheless, chomping on the edge of a cot can be a practice a lot of babies do appear to enjoy. The teeth-marks will definitely make your cot appear less than brand new within a couple of months, however they will not make it unusable. A teething rail is a protective cover lining the side-edges of the cot. Select a cot with one of them should you prefer to steer clear of the chance of damage. (Be aware that the danger is just to the cot, not to your baby!)


A number of cots have casters, which is often a handy characteristic to make relocating the cot out of your room to the baby’s room, or to another situation in the nursery, as easy as possible. Additionally, it results in less difficult cleaning beneath and around the cot.

Other Styles of Cots

You do not need to purchase a conventional cot. Additional designs and styles are commonly offered, which, in addition to looking a bit different, might have functions which meet your requirements better.

Cot Beds

A cot bed is a cot with detachable sides and end panel in order that it may be changed into a toddler-sized bed as required. They are more and more popular and seem to be a sensible method of prolonging the life span of a cot along with helping to make the move from a cot to a bed as smooth as it can be for your child. Cot beds are bigger than cots but aren’t automatically a lot more pricey — Mothercare, for instance, offers a simply designed cot bed for $139. Cot beds could be a sensible choice and suit many parents and children perfectly.

Nevertheless, you should consider your long term requirements prior to purchasing a cot bed. The primary drawback occurs when you have another child soon after having your first. In this instance you will require the cot once more just when you have transformed it into a bed and your first boy or girl is growing attached to it.

Purchasing a brand new bed, banishing your toddler from the cot bed and rebuilding it into a cot in addition to coping with an additional newborn might be a thing you would rather stay away from. An additional possible downside using cot beds is the fact that as cots they often have fixed- as opposed to drop-sides.

You can also consider that you may have to buy your little one a ‘grownup’ bed sooner or later, so why don’t you get it done when they move out of the cot? Cot beds are made for kids up to age six or so, but bear in mind the chance that your status-conscious three- or four-year-old may possibly begin resenting using a baby bed when their friends have ‘proper’ beds.

Bedside Cots

You can purchase cots having a detachable side to enable you to place the cot right alongside your bed and there is no barrier in between you and the baby. These types of cots possess a base that you can change to a wide range of different levels, which means that you and your baby’s beds can be aligned (the Brio bedside cot, $299.99 from Blooming Marvellous, features 27 possible height positions, and Mothercare makes a bedside cot with eight positions for $249). This can make night-time feeding less complicated. If you discover it is more difficult to relax with the baby so near, the cot can be simply converted into a standard cot.

Non-traditional Cots

In the more expensive end of the marketplace are ‘designer’ cots, designed to offer you and your child benefits traditional cots do not possess. Listed here are a few examples.

Jack Horner makes a corner-shaped cot that slots perfectly into a corner of a room. It is more or less diamond-shaped — the side which fits into the corner is triangular in shape, but the other side comes out into the room therefore there’s lots of room. This is an excellent alternative if you would like the maximum amount of free space as possible in the baby’s room without compromising on the size of the cot. It costs about $330.

Stokke makes an oval-shaped cot which, as soon as its life as a cot has ended, can be converted in to a junior bed (you need to pay extra for a bed kit), two seats, a sofa or a play house. It’s also possible to shell out extra for a kit that converts the cot into a cradle for the initial few weeks. Obviously you can get a lot of use from a cot such as this, however the exact same disadvantages can arise just like the cot bed previously mentioned), and with an outlay of close to $600 for the standard cot you will need to make sure the investment is worth it.

Urchin offers a four-poster cot for $395, that you can embellish with your own individual drapes or swags to give the nursery a regal look. The four-poster section is removable.

At the true high end end of the marketplace, you can purchase a cot bed that becomes a classy desk from The Natural Mat Company. Produced from American walnut and maple, it’s going to cost $2,550.

You’ll probably use the nursery for a whole variety of baby-focused activities, from Diaper changing to clothing storage, before your baby moves into the room. It helps you in the post-birth months if you’re able to have the basic redecorating and sorting done before the baby is born. On the other hand, it is practical to hold back before purchasing a lot of gear. You will develop feeling of the sorts of things you could usefully buy and the ones you’re able to do without, and you might, for instance, find out that you will be satisfied with changing diapers on the floor, so that expensive changing unit you had your eye on might have been an unneeded luxury.