Cot Bed Guide
A bed is one of the most important purchases you will make for your new baby. It will need to be sturdy, safe and fit in with the style of your home. But what should you look out for when buying a cotbed? What's the difference between cots and cotbeds? And are there any special features you should know about? We've put together this guide to help you choose the right bed for your baby.
Differences Between Cots and Cotbeds
The world of baby beds can be confusing, particularly for first time parents. Are cots and cotbeds the same thing? Which should you go for? The main difference between cots and cotbeds is that cotbeds can be transformed into a toddler bed by removing the sides and end panel.
- Cots are generally smaller than cotbeds, measuring in at around 50-60cm in width.
- This smaller size means cots can be a good option for homes with limited space.
- The larger size of cotbeds means that they take up more space – but they also have plenty of space for your baby to move around.
- As cotbeds become toddler beds, they have more longevity than cots, meaning they're often better value for money.
What should you be looking out for when choosing your cotbed? What features will make your life easier? There is a huge array of cotbeds on the market, and you should acquaint yourself with some of the common features, in order to choose the one that's right for you and your baby.
Mattress Base Positions
Most cotbeds are height adjustable, with two or three mattress base positions.
- You should use the highest position for a newborn baby, until they can roll over when they are a few months old.
- The second position should be used until baby can pull themselves up to a standing position, usually at around a year.
- Use the third position until your baby begins climbing out of the bed – this usually happens from around 18 months
Cotbeds often come with a teething rail. These rails have a protective shield, usually made from nontoxic plastic, which will protect both your baby's teeth and the cotbed, when your child chews on it to relieve their teething pain.
Under Bed Storage
If you're short on space, you might want to look for a cotbed that comes with under bed storage. This usually comes in the form of a pull-out drawer.
Conversion to Day Bed
All cotbeds turn from baby bed to toddler bed, but some convert even further, into a day bed. This is ideal for putting in your child's bedroom or playroom, and makes a great option for extra seating.
Babies R Us Cotbeds
Here at Babies R Us, we have a great range of cotbeds, at all prices, so you're sure to find something that suits your family's taste, style and budget. We're going to take a closer look at a few of the cotbeds in our collection, to give you a better idea of the features and quality you can expect from our cotbeds.
Our beautiful Sleigh cotbeds are Babies R Us exclusives. Our Sleigh beds are a classic design, with a curved scroll design at the ends and recessed panels. They're perfect for family homes that are full of character, and will add a touch of luxury to your baby's room.
Sleigh Cotbed Features:
- Available in a selection of colours to perfectly match your style: antique finish, dark, white and cream.
- Can be converted into a day bed, once your baby has outgrown both the cot and toddler bed.
- Comes with an underbed storage drawer – perfect for baby rooms which are already bursting at the seams.
- The flat rail is a teething rail for baby to relieve teething pain on.
- Three position mattress base, for easy access at all stages of your baby's development.
Our Henley cotbeds come in a contemporary design, with sturdy ends and wide slats through which you can easily keep an eye on your baby. Their clean lines make them ideal for any family home.
Henley Cotbed Features:
- Two split ends allow for easy conversion into a toddler bed.
- Comes in a range of colours including grey, white, cream and antique, to fit in with your individual style.
- Three position mattress base makes it easier to get your baby in and out of bed, whether they're a tiny tot or a lively toddler.
- Teething rails.
Winnie the Pooh Cotbeds
Our gorgeous Winnie the Pooh cotbeds are exclusive to Babies R US. They come in a choice of two finishes – antique or dark, so you can choose the one which best co-ordinates with your home's interior. Both pictures feature a beautiful Winnie the Pooh engraving on the end of the bed, turning a functional cotbed into a feature piece.
Winnie the Pooh Cotbed Features:
- Three position mattress base, so your baby can sleep at the safest height for their age.
- Under bed storage drawer, an ideal place to keep baby's sleeping clothes.
- Teething rails, to protect baby's new teeth and your new cotbed.
- These cotbeds co-ordinate with our Winnie the Pooh Starry Night nursery range, so you can purchase a matching set of nursery furniture.
Olive & Henri Cotbed
Our beautiful Olive & Henri cotbed is ideal for any baby's nursery. Its light wood finish will be a perfect match for almost any home interior, and the engraving of Olive & Henri at the end of the bed adds a cute touch kids will love.
Olive & Henri Cotbed Cotbed Features:
- Pull out under bed storage drawer – ideal for stashing baby's toys, clothes and extra blankets.
- Teething rails will protect baby's teeth, as well as your lovely new cotbed.
- Three position mattress base for easy access.
- Co-ordinates with the Olive & Henri nursery range, for a beautifully matching baby room
Baby Sleep Safety
Now you know what to look for when buying your baby's cotbed, it's time to think about putting your baby to sleep safely. It's recommended that babies sleep in the same room as you for the first six months. There are some other common sense things you can do to keep your baby safe in their new cotbed.
- Always put your baby to sleep on its back. This has been proven to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Babies are very sensitive to overheating, so make sure their sleeping environment isn't too hot: 18°C is the optimum temperature.
- Don't smoke near your baby, as babies exposed to cigarette smoke are at increased risk of cot death.
- Babies should sleep in the "feet to foot" position – that is, with their feet at the base of the cot. This makes the chances of your baby getting tangled up in sheets and blankets far less likely.
- Place your baby's cotbed far away from radiators, windows, blinds and cords – including the cord of your baby monitor.
- When assembling your cotbed, make sure it's sturdy, without any wobbly parts. You should regularly tighten the fittings.
- Always put baby to sleep in their cotbed before you go to bed yourself. It can be tempting to let your baby sleep in your bed with you, but this can be dangerous - especially if you're extra tired and likely to sleep soundly.
- Don't put baby to sleep wearing a hat. As noted above, babies are prone to overheating, but the head is a vital way to lose heat.