Choosing the perfect cot or cotbed for your baby to sleep in can seem a daunting task with so many to pick from. As well as deciding on something that’ll sit well in your baby’s nursery, you want one that’s safe and not too difficult to put together.
We’ve spoken to 583 parents and parents-to-be about the sleep products they’ve used with their babies. We’ve also spoken to sleep expert, Lucy Shrimpton, and sleep charity, The Lullaby Trust, to build our list of the very best cot and cotbeds. There are options for different budgets, and various designs with different functions to suit a variety of tastes and requirements.
Lucy Shrimpton advises parents to think practically when choosing a sleep product. She says, “Know where you want your child to sleep, for example do you want something that will last from newborn to 3 years and above. Or do you want something smaller that you can upgrade? Really understand your objectives, the life of the product and where it’s going to fit.”
Top 10 best cot in UK
Here come our 10 best cot. Every product has specific features to serve multiple purposes. Find out which one pleases you most!
1. SnuzKot Skandi Cot
The SnuzKot comes in a number of different colour and style variations, all with the brand’s signature curvy shape. It transforms to a minimal-looking toddler bed, with an interim 3-sided option to help with the transition. An extension kit and mattress extender can then be purchased separately to take it up to 10 years.
For a cotbed, the SnuzKot has a compact footprint that makes it great for smaller nurseries. The downside of this is the non-standard mattress size (68cm x 117cm) which essentially means you have to buy the matching SnuzSurface mattress. You may struggle to find fitted sheets that fit perfectly too; even Snuz’s own are made to fit cotbeds up to 140cm x 70cm cotbeds, so have to be carefully tucked in.
Putting it together takes some time, with our reviewer Carolyn stating, “The instructions don’t seem to flow very well.” Once constructed, it’s easy to move and there are 3 height levels for growing babies.
2. Tutti Bambini Rio Cot
The Tutti Bambini Rio cot bed would look at home in any nursery. It is a contemporary cot bed and comes in 3 colour options – white, dove grey with oak accents, or white with dove grey accents. The cot top changer is the same colour as the main colour of the cot bed.
It has 3 mattress positions, which you can adjust as your baby grows. It converts to a day bed, or a toddler bed when your baby is ready. It is suitable from birth to around 6 years old. It has fixed sides, so they don’t slide down, but both sides have teething rails to help protect your baby’s gums.
This cot bed also comes with a cot top changer. It attaches securely to the top of the cot and gives you a safe changing area for your baby. It is also just at the right height to help prevent strain to your back.
3. Snüzpod 3
The Snüzpod attaches to the side of your bed, giving your baby a safe space to sleep while allowing you easy access to your newborn. The upper section can be lifted off and used as a portable bassinet – handy if you want to bring your baby into a different room for daytime naps – and the whole thing can be easily converted into a standalone crib when it’s time for your child to move to their own room. This model offers nine height settings, so you can match the crib height perfectly to your mattress, and an incline feature lets you safely prop your baby up to reduce acid reflux.
4. Obaby Stamford Classic Sleigh Cot
This wonderfully crafted Sleigh cot bed features a timeless design that will suit any nursery. A practical choice, the mattress base can be adjusted to three different levels as your child grows. Once they as they outgrow the cot itself, it can be seamlessly altered into a comfortable junior bed. Additionally, it has a 70L storage drawer underneath and comes with teething rails to protect your baby’s gums. However, as this is the biggest cot in our ranking, it may not be suitable for those with limited space.
5. Zatnec Wooden Baby Cot
This is a J. Zatnec Wooden cot bed and it’s exactly what you would want from a cot bed: sturdy, simple and practical. It won’t take hours to assemble when you take it home and even has space underneath the cot bed which you can use for storage. Multi-tasking is a big plus from any piece of nursery furniture. This cot bed also has three different mattress heights, which means it’ll work for just about anyone and a more practical purchase than a fixed-height cot bed.
6. Tutti Bambini CoZee
The CoZee Bedside Crib has been designed to help you develop that special bond with your little one and can also be used as a standalone crib. It’s innovative 30 second open and fold mechanism also allows you to use the crib on the move, making the CoZee. Bedside Crib your baby’s home away from home.
7. Julius Zöllner
The cot was created for parents who care about modern design and safety. The furniture is characterized by clear lines and high stability and easy handling. With the conversion side the cot turns into a comfortable bed for kids. The design is characterized by clear lines, high stability and easy handling. A timeless furniture for modern children’s rooms. The Maldo cot is particularly easy to assemble. It consists exclusively of four side parts and the slatted frame and is securely fixed with a few screws. In additon, the slatted frame can be adjusted in height in 3 ways. After birth, the highest level can be comfortably reached by the parents. As soon as the baby becomes active, the lower levels offer a high level of safety.
8. Snuzkot Skandi Cot
Create a nursery unique to you with the SnüzKot cotbed. It grows with your child from birth, providing a comfortable and cosy environment as a cot, then converting to a stylish toddler bed for use up to four years old.
When extended to a Junior bed, your child can keep the bed they love for up to ten years, lasting longer than a standard cot bed. To do this, you’ll need to purchase the extension kit and the extension mattress separately. Why not mix and match with the changing units, dressers and bedding in the Snuz range to create your bespoke nursery style?
9.Tutti Bambini Roma Wooden Sleigh Cot
The Roma Space Saver Sleigh Cot Bed is a beautifully crafted compact part of Italian style furniture from Tutti Bambini, which you can easily fit even into a very little nursery. Besides compact dimensions, it features all benefits of full-size cot bed, and you can use it in in three fantastic modes (cot, bed and sofa bed) up to approx. 4 years old of your child and even after. The three height positions mattress base allows you to easily adjust this excellent cot bed to your little one’s age. Two teething rails on both sides are specially made to protect your baby delicate teeth and gums.
By detaching the sides you can transform your Roma Cot into a sophisticated look bed. Exclude just one side you can convert your cot bed into a beautiful sofa bed, which provides a convenient seating after your child grows out of bed. Integrated under bed drawer allows you to store bedding, baby essentials or toys. This furniture is made of durable New Zealand Pine wood and is compliant with British Standards for Safety and Performance.
10. Rio Wooden Cot
The Rio Cot Bed from Tutti Bambini includes a handy, space saving cot top changer and a hypoallergenic, breathable fibre mattress. Suitable for use from birth with a three position mattress height, once your little one is ready for their big bed, the Rio easily converts into a junior bed that can be used up to 6 years old approx. The Rio will give a contemporary feel to any nursery with its pure white painted finish and dove grey accents. Made from New Zealand pine, Rio offers exceptional quality for a great value price.
How to choose the best cot?
Working out where your new baby will sleep is all part of good preparation for the arrival of your little one. When it comes to cots, you might feel pressured into buying the latest or most expensive product on the market. Also, there might be a cheaper or preloved option, or maybe even a hand-me-down available.
Regardless of the cot you choose, it’s always important to check safety features. Checking for all these things can take time, but can give you peace of mind when trying to create a safe space for your child when they sleep.
Regardless of the type, or condition of the cot you choose, it is important to check the safety features.
Even though a cot is available for sale, in store or online, doesn’t mean that it has been tested against or complies with Australian safety standards.
What to look out for
Make sure that the cot you plan to use has a sticker on it showing its compliance with Australian Standard AS/ NZS 2172: 2003. This standard applies to all household cots regardless if they are new, second hand, antique or even family heirlooms. If a cot meets this standard, you know that the design has been tested to meet recognised safety standards.
The main guidelines for cot structures to follow include:
The majority of cot sides will have vertical bars or panels. Each of these should be between 5 cm and 9.5 cm apart. This is to avoid trapping your child’s arms or legs between the bars. Beware of any parts jutting out from the structure of the cot. Any part of the cot which is considered a protrusion should be less than 5 mm. You should also consider a mattress that is firm. This can help prevent Sudden Infant Death in Infancy. Visit Rednose.com.au for more information on safe mattresses. Ensure that the side of your cot rail is high enough so that your child cannot climb out. Also, check that the highest setting for the side rail is comfortable for anyone who needs to lift up your child from the cot. This way, you can avoid any back strain for yourself as well.
I’m hoping this guide was helpful. Choosing the best cot doesn’t have to be hard, but you need to know what you want in terms of features and what you have to take into account given your room and listening limitations.