Crib vs Cot: Everything You Need to Know

Baby furniture and the different terminologies can be confusing! After all, there are so many options on the market nowadays. The big question is, should you go for a crib, cot or cot bed? To save you the research, here’s everything you need in one place. 

Baby Cribs

A baby crib is a sleeping nest suitable from birth until around six months old. Small and snuggly, they might come in the form of a bedside crib (so you can be within touching reach of your baby), round crib or rocking crib. Whatever the style, these are the perfect fit to slot into your bedroom – we love how they don’t take up too much space. It’s important to note, from six months onwards your baby will grow out of its crib and need to transition to a cot or cot bed.

The Baby Cot Shop luxury newborn cribs:

Monroe Bedside Crib in Grey

Luxury Bedside Crib

This unisex co-sleeping crib folds down at one side, so you can bond, feed and cuddle your little one with ease. The breathable mesh material promotes airflow through both sides, so you can have peace of mind knowing baby is in a safe sleeping environment.  

Noel Canopy Crib in Cream 

Look no further than this for a magical crib. Woven in premium cotton fabrics complete with a fairy-tale style canopy, you’ll never want them to grow out of this dreamy crib. You’ll always treasure this, mums. 

Baby Cots

There are two types of baby cots to get your head around. First of all, cots are typically designed for your little one from birth until they’re around 2 years old. They’re compact, elegant pieces of furniture that don’t take up as much space as a child’s bed- cots usually do not convert to toddler beds. Then there are cot beds, which can be used from birth until around 5 years old- some, like the Juliet Cot pictured can be used into early teens. These grow with your child and adapt in time – naturally larger structures, cot beds have integrated removable sides and end panels for when those toddler days are over. A long-term solution, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to cots, it’s simply what works for you and your space. 

The Baby Cot Shop elegant baby cots:

Juliet Cot by Savio Firmino 

Savio Firmino UK

Created with your little prince or princess in mind, this timeless cot boasts hand-carved wooden details for an intricate, unique feel. It’ll look right at home in any lavish nursery, especially when it’s dressed with cushions at toys throughout the day. 

Tribeca Tufted Cot Bed

Personalised Luxury Baby Furniture

Designing a glamorous nursery? This baby to toddler cot bed is crafted in sculpted end panels and upholstered in a plush fabric (which can be personalised to your taste). Once your child reaches toddler age, you can remove the side panels. Easy! 

Read about the differences between a Moses Basket and Crib

Crib vs Cot: The Lowdown

The good news is your baby can sleep in a crib or cot from birth. That way you can use both from the day they make their debut into the world. It’s advisable that for the first 6 months baby sleeps in the same room as you. This allows you to be close by for feeding and cuddling. Our top tip? Look at the space in your room and your baby’s nursery. If you have a large setting, a cot bed is a great investment for the future, whilst if you want a special bonding sleeping arrangement, a crib is a no-brainer. 

Whichever you choose, safe sleeping requirements are vital for your newborn. Remember that baby must always sleep flat on their back and be positioned feet first at the bottom of the cot so they don’t wriggle down. 

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