Buying a baby cot for your baby is likely to be one of your biggest decisions to make when shopping for your new arrival. A crib is the centrepiece of your nursery and a place where your baby will spend many relaxing hours. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to research the type of cot you want.
Types of baby cots
There are many types and styles of baby cots available from wooden cribs to high-tech ergonomic ones, but there are basically two types of baby cots: classic cots and convertible cots.
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- Classic baby cots are cribs that are used for babies until they become toddlers. You then have to pack away the cot and buy your child a toddler bed.
- A convertible baby cot is a versatile crib that can be converted from a baby cot to a toddler’s bed. Some crib models even contain enough parts to make a twin-sized bed frame. Convertible cots are great value for money since they can last for a long time.
What to know about baby cots
Bedtime is one of the most peaceful times for babies, but it can also be the most dangerous. You also need to make sure your cot is safe for your child through all stages of growth, whether it is preventing SIDS or accidents. Think about the following when buying a crib.
1. Be careful with drop-side cots.
Drop-side cots have been used for a long time, and they are very convenient for parents as they can easily carry babies in and out of the cot. However, due to many reported cases of injuries, many countries have banned drop-side cots.
Cots without drop-sides can be harder to use as you have to bend over deeply. You should consider the safety issues before whether to choose a drop-side cot or not.
2. Check the bars
The space between your bars on your crib should be between 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm). This is the safest distance so that babies cannot get their hands or feet trapped, or get stuck between them.
3. Don’t use bumper pads.
It may be tempting to buy that cute nursery set with bumper padding. You may think that the padding protects your baby from bumping into the bars. But it can be more dangerous than good. Your baby can roll into the bumper pads and suffocate. You should avoid any kind of padding, blanket or pillow which can cause suffocation.
4. Consider wheels
Wheels are not a must-have on a cot, but they can be convenient if you would like to move the cot around, e.g. out of the sun, or next to your bed.
Alternatives to baby cots
Do you know that many parents choose not to have a baby cot altogether? If you have a small apartment, you might not want a bulky piece of furniture like a wooden crib taking up space.
Good alternatives include smaller pieces of furniture like a Moses basket or a co-sleeper or buying a portable playpen like a Graco Pack n Play that can fold away.
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