Cot and mattress advice

Size matters: Your first decision is whether to choose a cot or a cot bed that converts into a toddler bed. Cot beds offer better value as the mattress can usually be kept once it is a bed, but they do take up more space and are less cosy.

Drop or not: Some models have a dropside that make it easier to reach down to pick up your cherub , especially if they have snuggled themselves into the furthest corner. These mechanisms can be noisy or fiddly to operate, though, and if the mattress is in one of its lower positions, the top can sometimes pop out of its runners. Due to safety concerns dropside cots have recently been banned in America.

Matresses: The Foundation for the Study of Infant Death (FSID) advises that all babies have a new mattress that is both firm and flat, without holes or tears, and should have a waterproof layer that can be wiped. It especially warns against ventilated models, which have holes into which fluids can seep. Many now have a removable top-layer that can be washed and is often made of materials said to prevent the child getting clammy.

stokke 

BEST FOR...  LONGEVITY 

Stokke Sleepi
£540, stokke.com

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playbead

BEST...   VALUE 

Mothercare Playbead Dropside Cot
£180, mothercare.com

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bloom alma papa

BEST FOR...  SMALL SPACES 

Bloom Alma Papa
£500, bloombaby.co.uk

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mamut cot

BEST FOR...  A BOLD STATEMENT 

Mammut Cot
£130, ikea.com

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bori

BEST FOR...  VERSATILITY 

Boori Urbane Byron Cot Bed
£329 mothercare.com

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Nscessity

BEST FOR...  CO-SLEEPING 

Nscessity BabyBay Bedside Crib
£235, nscessity.co.uk

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East Coast nursery

BEST FOR...  A TODDLER BED 

East Coast Nursery Katie Cot Bed
£225, eastcoastnursery.co.uk

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Written by Alex Pell

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