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Baby cots buying guide

In terms of importance when purchasing baby essentials, your baby cot is arguably going to be the most vital piece of baby-related equipment that you will ever need to purchase. It will be the priciest, it will be the largest, and it will be the most-used item required when bringing up your newborn bundle of joy. Cots can range drastically in price depending on the materials used, as you can find some models for as little as £60, yet there are others which can be purchased for more than £1000 if you go for luxury materials like solid oak, for example. Your baby’s cot will be their safe place, it will be where they spend most of their time, and it will hopefully keep them as safe and as comfortable as they can possibly be. Because of this, you will need to ensure that you find the best baby cot that money can buy, so whether you’re shopping for baby cots online, or if you go and view them in person, here we’ll be giving you a simple yet effective guide to buying the perfect baby cot, before looking at three of the best cots currently on the market.

Bestseller No. 1
FREE UK Delivery ✔ White Solid Wood Baby Cot Bed & Deluxe Foam Mattress Converts into a Junior Bed ✔ 3 Position ✔ water repellent mattress liner
85 Reviews
FREE UK Delivery ✔ White Solid Wood Baby Cot Bed & Deluxe Foam Mattress Converts into a Junior Bed ✔ 3 Position ✔ water repellent mattress liner
  • Split end panel for converting into junior bed. NOT the lightweight version which contains high formaldehyde emissions that could harm your baby's health.
  • Deluxe Foam Mattress included and Water repellent mattress liner. Mattress cover can be removed for separate cleaning.
  • 3-position base (height adjustable that can match your baby growth). 3 detachable bars allowing your child getting in and out of the cot.
  • Cotbed dimensions: 124cm x 64cm x 80cm. 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. 2
MCC Brooklyn Baby Cot Crib With Water repellent Mattress
17 Reviews
MCC Brooklyn Baby Cot Crib With Water repellent Mattress
  • ✔ Made from Organic New Zealand pine, strong & sturdy.
  • ✔ Non-Toxic Eco paint, no sharp fixings.
  • ✔ 3 Positions height adjustable base.
  • ✔ Size: 125 x 66 cm
Bestseller No. 3
MCC Solid Wooden Baby Cot bed Sleigh Cotbed Toddler Bed & Premier Water repellent Mattress Made in England
1 Reviews
MCC Solid Wooden Baby Cot bed Sleigh Cotbed Toddler Bed & Premier Water repellent Mattress Made in England
  • Split end panel for converting into junior bed.
  • 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.
  • Non-Toxic Eco paint, no sharp fixings. Height adjustable base.
  • Cot size: 139*69*85 cm. Mattress Size: 120*60cm
  • Mattress Made In UK. Mattress cover can be removed for separate cleaning. Free Waterproof fitted sheet.
Bestseller No. 4
White Wooden Baby Cot with Drawer 120x60cm + 4' Foam Mattress + Safety Wooden Barrier + Teething Rails
27 Reviews
White Wooden Baby Cot with Drawer 120x60cm + 4" Foam Mattress + Safety Wooden Barrier + Teething Rails
  • Large covered storage drawer for keeping baby's essential items close to hand. Safety bumper that can be used at night and removed for the day. Teething rails to protect babys tender gums. Three base heights, three removable bars to allow children easily leave the bed.
  • Three times varnished with baby eco friendly and natural paint.
  • 4"(10cm) thick foam mattress with luxury hypo-allergenic, antibacterial cover.
  • 12 months warranty for cot bed and mattress.
  • Cot bed dimensions L124cm x W65cm x H90cm.Suitable for children up to 3 years old.
Bestseller No. 5
Kinder Valley Sydney Compact Cot (Natural)
36 Reviews
Kinder Valley Sydney Compact Cot (Natural)
  • 3 position base.
  • Teething rail.
  • Suitable from Newborn.
  • Lightweight ergonomic desgin. Easy to assemble and dismantle.
  • Space saver (ideal for small rooms)

Last update on 2017-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

What are baby cots? – Put simply, baby cots, or baby cribs, are specially constructed sleeping devices with solid bases and high sides to help keep your baby safe and comfortable whilst they sleep. If you imagine a small bed with high sides and bars, that is basically what you have when you imagine a baby cot.

What do you need to consider when buying a baby cot? – If you’re shopping for a baby cot, there are a number of things that you will need to consider, including the following:

How much room you have – Cots come in all shapes and sizes, and some are obviously larger than others. When you purchase a cot, you need to ensure that you have plenty of room for the cot, otherwise you may wish to go with a smaller model. To make your purchase easier, get the measurements of the baby cot you wish to purchase, and make sure it will fit comfortably in the room you wish for it to be kept in.

Teething rails – When babies are teething, they seemingly can’t get enough of chomping on the edge of their cots. To ensure your baby does not become ill or suffer an injury, make sure you get a cot with a teething rail. Teething rails are smooth, they are non-toxic, and they are nice and soft to help protect your baby’s gums, so they can chomp away without you worrying about them hurting themselves.

Safety – Safety will obviously be your number one concern when looking for a baby cot, so make sure you look into all of the safety features available. For example, you need a gap between the cot and the mattress to be no larger than 3cm, you need a cot built from strong and sturdy materials, you need one that has passed all necessary safety inspections, and you should ensure that you have put it together properly to ensure it is rigid and firm.

Do you want drop sides of fixed sides? – Drop side cots are the most common as they have special mechanisms on one side of them which allow the user to lower the side so you can easily get your baby in and out of their cot. Some have these mechanisms on both sides, and some have them on neither, as fixed side cots mean you have to lift and lower your baby into and out of the cot over the safety bars.

3 of the top baby cots on the market

Now that we’ve looked at what baby cots are, and some of the things that you need to look out for and consider before buying one, let’s now look at 3 of the top baby cots currently on the market. These include:

Kinder Valley Sydney compact cot – In a brilliant white finish, and made from solid pine, this Sydney compact cot from Kinder Valley is one of the most popular baby cots currently on the market. It has a three position base, it comes complete with a extra teething rails, it is suitable for newborns, it features round dowel sides, and is compatible with any form of kinder valley mattress. If you’re looking for a simple and basic cot that does exactly what it is supposed to, this is the perfect product for you.

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Kinder Valley Sydney Cot (White)
14 Reviews
Kinder Valley Sydney Cot (White)
  • 3 position base.
  • Teething rail.
  • Suitable from Newborn.
  • Lightweight ergonomic desgin. Easy to assemble and dismantle.
  • Dropside functionality.
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Kinder Valley 100 x 50cm Kinder Flow Mattress
48 Reviews
Kinder Valley 100 x 50cm Kinder Flow Mattress
  • A cover which offers protection against dust mites, which can aid the cause of eczema and asthma
  • water resistant but breathable and removable for washing in case of any accidental spillages.
  • high density polyester pad for superb comfort & support
  • This cover may be removed and cleaned separately using the zip at the bottom of the mattress [40c degrees max]
  • Conforms to BS1877 part 10 (1997) and BS7177 (2008)

Last update on 2017-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Adorable pink princess baby cot – By Conexus Trading, as you can probably guess from the name, this baby cot is perhaps better suited to girls rather than boys. Made from quality solid Beech wood, it is made to the highest of specs. With a pink and cream colour scheme, along with a princess and crown motif, it is a baby cot perfect for your adorable sleeping princess. With teething rails on both sides, as well as a 3 tier adjustable base height, it is varnished with a child-friendly varnish so you needn’t worry about your child’s health.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Tiny Love Take Along Mobile - Tiny Princess
268 Reviews
Tiny Love Take Along Mobile - Tiny Princess
  • Suitable from birth to approximately 6 months and stimulates baby's cognition, fine motor skills and senses
  • 3-in-1 mobile goes everywhere with your baby and gives a sense of familiarity while on-the-go
  • Three easy connectors for each baby gear products: Fits strollers, infant car seats, carrycots and cribs
  • Electronic mobile with 30 minutes of continuous pleasant music
  • Three engaging dangling toys that rotate to the music
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Tiny Love Soothe and Groove Mobile - Tiny Princess
74 Reviews
Tiny Love Soothe and Groove Mobile - Tiny Princess
  • Baby's first music box with endless choice of melodies (suitable from birth to 18 months)
  • Grows with your baby from mobile-crib with night light to portable music box
  • Movement performed by three rotating animal figures
  • Design with two high-quality speakers and plays up to 40 minutes of music
  • Six different musical categories with 18 different tunes

Last update on 2017-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

MCC Wooden Baby Cot bed – This baby cot bed is made from top quality New Zealand pinewood so it is very strong and sturdy. It features a height adjustable base, non-toxic paint which is eco-friendly, and has protective teething rails to ensure your baby’s gums are nice and healthy when they chomp away on the rails. The bed is made to meet and to exceed all current health and safety standards and criteria, so you can rest easy when you put your little bundle of joy down for their nap. There are even split end panels so later on down the line the cot can be converted into a junior bed.

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MCC Solid Wooden Baby Cot bed Sleigh Cotbed Toddler Bed & Premier Water repellent Mattress Made in England
1 Reviews
MCC Solid Wooden Baby Cot bed Sleigh Cotbed Toddler Bed & Premier Water repellent Mattress Made in England
  • Split end panel for converting into junior bed.
  • 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.
  • Non-Toxic Eco paint, no sharp fixings. Height adjustable base.
  • Cot size: 139*69*85 cm. Mattress Size: 120*60cm
  • Mattress Made In UK. Mattress cover can be removed for separate cleaning. Free Waterproof fitted sheet.
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
MCC Wooden Baby Cot Bed Toddler Bed Premier Water repellent Mattress
3 Reviews
MCC Wooden Baby Cot Bed Toddler Bed Premier Water repellent Mattress
  • 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. Non-Toxic Eco paint, no sharp fixings.
  • Height adjustable base.
  • Mattress cover can be removed for separate cleaning.

Last update on 2017-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API