Cot Buying Guide

How to buy a cot

Choosing your nursery furniture is one of the most memorable events you will experience after learning you are pregnant. Nursery furniture should be very carefully chosen, besides the obvious reason of safety, your baby will spend the better part of 2 years in a cot.

What is a cot?
Quite simply it’s the baby’s bed. In the UK there are two main sizes, a cot is smaller and measures 60 x 120cm internally. The larger size measures 70 x 140cm, it is typically called a cot-bed. The cot beds as the name suggests start off as a cot and later converts to a cot bed. Other sizes in the UK are------used by Boori, and Stokke®, a round cot which measures…. Stokke® actually starts off as a crib and ‘grows’ into a cot, and finally a bed. Mattresses are available from your Stokke® retailer to go with the range, Punkin Patch Interiors also makes bespoke mattresses in any shape or size in both organic and synthetic versions.

Adjustable base:
The mattress sits on a base made from wooden slats. This base for most cots sold in Britain is height-adjustable. This is designed to save you back! It makes carrying baby in and out of the cot easier. However the most crucial reason for the height-adjustable base is for your baby’s safety. As baby grows and develops, you move the base down. Most cots have two or three cot mattress levels. The highest level is safe for your newborn as they can’t make many movements yet., it makes picking her up easier too. Once baby starts to lift her head up, time to move down again. The lowest level is required once baby starts to stand.

Drop side.
Some cots have one side which drops down to make lifting baby out even easier. The sides should lock back into position for safety. This is not an essential feature and is slowly becoming less popular.

Wood or Iron
The choice is yours with traditional nurseries leaning more towards iron cots or sleigh style wooden ones. Some woods like Teak should be avoided as they can cause dermatitis in children.

Nursery furniture should be finished in lead-free, child safe paints if painted and if varnished, it should be free from harmful chemicals. Babies tend to gnaw at the railings of the cot while teething so it really has to be safe.

Cot safety is regulated by the British Safety standards which has a list of points to which all cots must adhere to preventing falls, strangulation, suffocation and entrapment. A cot that is made to the latest British safety standards is as safe as can be. The paints used in the finishes must be lead-free and with low VOCs.
As with all purchases, if in doubt always ask the sales assistant, they should be able to tell you everything you need to know.


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