Cots: A Buyers Guide
Having a baby is one of the most exciting things in the world! One thing you will need to prepare before your baby comes out would be your baby’s very first cotor baby bed. Some mothers would let their newborn sleep in ababy bedfrom birth though some put their infant in a basket or sleep with them for the first few days of the baby’s life.
A cot will be one of the most expensive furniture you will be purchasing for your baby. But naturally, we want the best things for our little bundle of joy – so here are some tips in looking for the best baby bed with the most reasonable price that would suit your baby’s needs.
Here are the top 5 factors you need to consider in buying a cot:
Safety for the Cot
The baby bed is where your baby will be spending the first 3 to 6 months of their life, sleeping and playing in it. He will be sleeping in this until he is 3 years old. Safety is your top priority. It should be strong and sturdy. The bases should be firm and mounted firmly on the floor. Make sure there are no points or rough edges on the railings that may hurt your little one.
In the United Kingdom, there are safety standards set that manufacturers need to meet before they can get their product out for sale in the market. Cots should confirm to BS EN 716-2:2008 which makes sure that the distance of the bars in your baby bed are of the correct distance, should be no less than 2.5cm and no more than 5cm. This is to make sure that your baby’s head or hand won’t get stuck in between them. The government standard also makes sure that the baby bed is deep enough for the baby to be safe in
- Price of the Cot – A baby bed is very, very expensive. Probably one of the most expensive investment you will make when you decide to have a baby. In the UK, the basic cots range around£70 and the most luxurious wooden classic cots around £700. That is a lot of money to invest on so you definitely have to make sure you’re buying something that is worth your money and your little one.
- Can the Cod be converted to a toddler bed? – For the best value for your money, you would like a baby bed that is easily converted to a toddler bed. Cots are suitable for new born babies to 24 months. The have 4 sides to make sure your baby doesn’t fall off. New baby bed designs have emerged wherein your baby bed can be converted to a toddler bed. Buying a baby bed instead of a crib or a bassinet will give you more value for your money since your baby will be using this until he is 7 years old! This would make your baby beda pretty good investment.
- Drop Side – Make sure the baby bed you purchase has a drop side. This feature is very useful especially for stay at home mothers who are busy cleaning and doing chores plus taking care of toddlers. They can take the baby in and out of the baby bedwith ease.
- Durability of the Cot– Will this piece of furniture last long? We always ask this question when we buy an equipment or furniture. We want something that is of high quality and that meets the safety standards. This is an investment and we need to guarantee that it will last.
Since cots are very expensive, some look into buying one second-hand ones. This is acceptable but you need to inspect the item thoroughly. Make sure the base is firmly in place. The side bars spaces are still intact. The safety standard sticker should still be there. And there should be any markings on the frame or rough edges from being worn out. These things might harm your baby. Also if you decide you buy a second-hand baby bed, make sure you disinfect it thoroughly before your baby goes in. You don’t want your baby to be touching bugs and sleeping with them.
Cots come in different forms and sizes. Some have additional features like the bedside cots. These are my personal favourite. The bedside cots are very innovative. It has one removable side that you can position right next to your bed to make feeding a lot easier especially at night. Some cots have mounted wheels for them to be easier to move to another room and make it easier for us to clean the underneath it. There are also travel cots; these are portable ones you can carry with you.
Some cots turn into furniture, they’re designed with a long term perspective. From your newborn’s baby bed, it turns into a baby bed for your kid until he’s seven; then it turns into a sofa. This would be the perfect choice for those who plan to have 2 or 3 kids or for those who are just starting a family.
The mattress is also an important detail in this piece of baby furniture. Your mattress need to fit it perfectly without too much space on the sides. Pick a mattress with height. Some mattress have 2 or 3 heights. You can adjust the height of the baby bed based on this.
Picking the perfect baby bedfor your little angel is an exciting task for any expecting mothers. Picking your beddings and sheets is part of it too. Most manufacturers design cots that matches some furniture for the nursery.
There is a wide variety to choose from and there are so many designs and features you want to consider – or maybe have them all at once! Investing in expensive cots is a wise decision. Make sure you buy a durable and high quality baby bed for your baby. Make sure you have your baby bedand all your baby needs before your baby arrives. Make sure you have fun decorating your nursery too. Take note of these tips because your little one deserves the best!