It’s a big investment and where your new baby will spend a lot of time. Number One – it needs to be safe. But what are the other things to consider when purchasing a cot?
- Think about how long you plan to use the cot. Do you want it to transition into a toddler bed when your baby is beginning to climb or ready to progress to a big kids bed?
- A side that comes down is a must have, saving your back each time you lift baby in and out.
- The cot you buy needs to meet Australian/New Zealand standard for cots, AS/NZS 2172:2003). More information can be found here… http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/975196
- If you are considering a second hand cot make sure it’s up to scratch by looking over it in person, checking for safety hazards and by locating an instruction manual for the brand and model.
- The rails need to be close enough to be safe (between 50 and 95mm in width).
- Choose a good quality mattress and sheet set (plus a fitted waterproof sheet! My pick is the Smart Dri fitted sheet https://www.livingtextiles.com.au )
- If you don’t have much space in the babies room a storage drawer underneath can be a great feature.
- Look at how complicated the cot is to put together and get some help assembling it if you need it, ensuring there is nothing protruding.
- Find out whether the cot is non-toxic. Babies can chew on the railings when they’re not sleeping! You can also get fitted rail covers like this… http://www.muffetskidz.com.au/products-page/cot-teething-rail-categories/cot-teething-rail-clear-2/