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Cot, crib, baby bed… there are numerous ways to describe the place where you lay your precious baby’s head to rest, and likewise, there are numerous cots out there to choose from.
The aim is to wade through the options and work out which option is the most suitable for your space, in line with your decor - and most importantly - safest for your baby.
When it comes to choosing the right cot for your baby, it’s important to take into account the size, the shape, the materials used, the look and feel and above all, the safety of the cot. Read more below...
It's important to look for something with panels and bars surrounding the sides so that your baby receives adequate air flow. All cots sold in Australia need to comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2172-2003, even if they’re made overseas. Also be wary with second-hand items, as even if they meet these safety guidelines, they can become unsafe overtime, due to damage and general wear and tear. For this reason it’s always best to buy new, so you can be sure the safety standards are in line with Australia’s legal requirements.
You should always ensure your cot is painted with non-toxic paint, and if you’re unsure it’s well worth purchasing teething rails to ensure your baby doesn’t start chewing on the side rails - as they so often do!
The most important factor for comfort in your baby’s cot, is selecting the right mattress. This is also important for safety, as the mattress placed in any cot should fit properly, reaching all sides of the cot comfortably with no gaps between the mattress and the bars. When it comes to mattress firmness, comfort and safety go hand-in-hand. It’s important not to purchase anything too soft, which could result in a breathing obstruction. Look for a mattress with an ‘infant’ side and a ‘toddler’ side, so that you can switch the firmness as your baby grows.
To coincide with Australian safety requirements, the panels of any cot should be spaced between 50 mm and 95 mm apart, as bigger gaps can trap a baby's head, arms or legs. If the bars or panels are made from flexible material, the maximum spacing between the bars or panels should be less than 95 mm.
In terms of design, that’s really up to you and the style you think will fit best in your nursery. As cots can be a big investment, many parents tend to choose white or natural wood finish cots, as these can be unisex. A recent trend is the option for acrylic clear panels in place of traditional wooden rails.
Many parents opt for a cot that can transition with their child. Most cots cater to this, either coming complete with a toddler railing, or having one available to purchase alongside the cot. This simple addition of the railing means that when the time comes the cot can be transformed into a toddler bed and used up until they’re at least three or four.
These wide-style acrylic side panels have recently become a firm favourite among parents, as they create less a jail-style look, and more of a translucent, chic look into your baby’s cot.
For a cot to provide real longevity and ease-of-use for parents, it’s important to find a cot that means you can safely and securely lower your baby into the cot without too much struggle. The highest level, reserved for newborns, should be lowered as soon as your baby can sit up without assistance.
It’s also important to stick to a fitted mattress sheet on your cot, without a lambswool covering, or any other kind of comforter, as these can also prove too soft and result in a potential breathing obstruction.
Though bumpers can look gorgeous tied around the rails of your cot, Red Nose guidelines state that they are unsafe to have in a cot due to potential breathing obstructions. The same guidelines state that a baby’s bed should be clear of blankets, toys and pillows.
If you want your baby’s cot to go the extra mile, check out whether it comes with a toddler transition rail. This attachment allows you to remove one side of the cot and fit it with a shortened side rail that allows toddlers to get in and out of bed as they wish. Generally these attachments mean the bed can be used up to around four years of age, provided your child doesn’t outgrow the length of the cot. Some cots come complete with the toddler transition rail, and others sell them separately.
The Stokke® Sleepi Mini is an evolving cot that grows with your child while maintaining a comforting familiarity with its distinctive oval shape.
The Stokke® Sleepi Mini can be used from newborn to the age of approximately 10 (with the use of the junior extension and junior mattress!)
It features maximum air circulation for comfortable sleep, lockable swivel wheels that allow you to move from room-to-room, as well as a height adjustable mattress base that makes it easier to lift your baby in and out of the cot.
Stokke® Sleepi Mini’s unique oval shape creates a safe nest for your baby. It is made from durable solid beech wood, and comes with a pressure resistant, hypoallergenic PU foam mattress with removable cover. Rods and a perforated mattress bottom mean maximum air circulation as your baby sleeps. Once old enough for a bigger bed, simply add the junior extension kits and junior mattress, as removable side rails mean your toddler can have easy access to their bed.
"I absolutely adore this cot. It fits in our small nursery easily and is easy to move around with the wheels underneath. So far, I love this cot and has been an absolute dream. Honestly wanted to go and buy another one for our toddler as her toddler bed! Lots if sheet and bedding options these days so was able to get a few different colours. I love this cot!" - Lem
"I really love this cot! It is my favourite baby item. I have only had it for 15 months so far, but I have had no trouble with it. I have the natural wood one and it matches everything. There are no chips or dents despite the other kids and a teething baby. Easy to assemble, the first cot I have felt I could assemble myself. No moving sides to pinch small (and big) fingers. Easy to lower the height and move from room to room. I can't think of anything negative to say about it. I'm sure I'll be using it for a couple more years due to its versatility." - Emma
The Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1 Convertible Cot is the perfect centrepiece for your modern nursery. The cot coverts easily to transform into a daybed or toddler bed in just a few easy steps, making it easy to use it how you need to. With a contrasting two-toned finish, gently tapered feet and elegant lines, the Babyletto Scoot is the perfect choice for parents who are looking for a beautiful, functional, safe and design-savvy cot for their baby.
"We had weighed up the safety and costs of a few cots prior to purchasing the Babyletto Scoot Cot. In the end, we landed on this because it met our strict standards and aesthetic for our house. We cannot fault it in any way. It is solid, our baby loves to sleep in it and we are looking forward to her using it for the next few years, and passing it on even then. Great purchase.” - Est2020, 8 September 2020
Minimalist beauty meets delightful design with the Tasman Eco Rio Cot.
Strong and sturdy, Tasman Eco Baby Cots are built to last. Rio Cot, is manufactured from Radiata Pine Timber, sourced from sustainable forests globally, as well as Melamine and MDF materials, this is the cot you want if you regard comfort and safety as a top priority. Better still, all stains and finishes are non-toxic and in compliance with AS/NZS 2172:2013.
It's all about longevity with this minimalistic beauty from Tasman Eco. The Rio Cot can be converted from a bassinet height, to cot height and then to a toddler bed. It is recommended that the cot is used from birth until around 3.5 years.
Perfect for the minimalist or Scandinavian-themed nursery, this chic cot will complete the look of your nursery and provide a comfortable and safe sleeping space for your baby, now and well into toddlerhood.
Designed to last, every SnüzKot is made using sustainably sourced wood, without the use of MDF, chipboard or veneer. Better still, the SnüzKot will well and truly grow with your baby, converting to a toddler bed up to 4 years, and with the additional junior bed extension kit, you can use the SnüzKot until your child is approximately 10 years old.
With the luxury of two mattress heights available, this cot is well and truly able to meet the needs of your growing baby, continuing to provide a safe and comfortable sleep space all year round. The accompanying SnüzKot accessories, such as the mattress and mattress protector, will complete the look and finish of your cot, and assist in providing adequate comfort as your baby sleeps.
“Love it! Such a great stylish piece of furniture for the baby’s room. Slightly more expensive than others but means that it lasts them a lot longer than others.” - BenMumford1
Edwards & Co Baby
Nursery perfection comes to life with the signature rose gold Ellie Cot. This show stopping addition to the Incy family has proved popular since its launch in 2013 and continues to stand as the corner stone in nurseries all over the world.
Its metallic rose gold finish is achieved through a chrome plating process in a non-toxic, low VOC, water based paint, which means it not only looks good, but is 100% babe safe and won’t chip or tarnish over time. Our Ellie comes with two adjustable mattress heights and the ability to convert into a Toddler Bed with the addition of a matching Ellie Conversion Kit.
With its bold design and lustrous finish, the Ellie Cot is bound to add an element of opulence to your nursery, no matter your style.
• Dimensions: 79cm W x 139.1cm L x 113cm H• Expertly crafted from strong and sturdy aluminium• Chrome plated in a non-toxic, low VOC metallic rose gold paint• Two adjustable mattress heights• Fixed side rails (no drop sides)• Converts to a toddler bed when matched with Ellie Conversion Kit (sold separately)*Please note, conversion kits will only be compatible with Ellie Cots purchased after the 31st of June 2014• Fits a standard 131cm x 70cm x 12cm cot mattress (sold separately)• Simple assembly required• Made in Taiwan• 10 year manufacturing warranty• Meets Australian and New Zealand safety standards as/nzs 2172.2003• For best cleaning results, wipe over with a soft, micro fibre cloth
“I pre ordered my Ellie cot and delivery was 2 weeks away. I received my cot almost exactly 2 weeks later. It is my absolute favourite purchase I have made for my nursery. My husband had it built in no time and I can’t help but smile every time I see it.”
If you are looking for a safe and elegant cot, packed with great features, grows with your child, at a hot price, look no further as the Lulu Cot is for you!
The babyhood Lulu Cot has babyhood’s famous smooth single hand internal drop side, so no heavy bending and trying to stretch across the length of the cot, so it is better for your back and shoulders.
The Lulu Cot uses a natural timber which varies in colour. In the lighter beech colour, there is a variation in tone between the slats and the frame, giving the cot a natural two toned appearance, so perfectly on trend with a Scandi style for your baby’s nursery. Made from clear A grade New Zealand plantation timber, it has a 2 level base adjustment and lots of great features in a large cot, at a fantastic price.
– Ergonomically designed to save your back with babyhood’s famous smooth single hand internal drop side.– Grows with your child, as the base levels adjust from bassinet, to cot and to toddler bed.– Better for you and your baby as it is sustainable with real clear A grade NZ plantation timber.– An elegant modern style which is always on trend.– Stylish for your baby boy or girl’s nursery as it is gender neutral.– Two level base adjustment for your growing baby.
With a smaller foot print than standard size cribs, yet spacious enough for baby to rest comfortably up to 4 years, Alma Papa’s European sizing is perfect for urban living. Brooklyn-inspired, Papa’s clean lines & modern arches combine beautifully, creating a substantial solid wood crib with a bold presence.
– beautiful, modern solid wood crib– 2 mattress heights allow use as a bassinet & full-size crib– Patented compact-fold construction for easy storage & transport (durable storage bag available separately)– Open slats on all four sides maximise all important air-flow– 4 lockable castors for room-to-room mobility
Anyone who is looking for a cot that will fit perfectly within a smaller space while still providing longevity as your child grows.
You can rest assured with the luxury "Crystalline" Cot, you're baby will get the most comfortable night sleep ever and as parents, we all know how important that is in their first few months.
A cot that feels solid and long-lasting, and provides a comfortable and safe sleeping environment for your baby.
Smooth spindles span the circumference of this round cot, allowing for increased airflow and a more comfortable night's sleep for baby. These dainty spindles coupled with the unique shape offer optimum visibility, especially when placed in the parents bedroom, making the Oasis Oval Cot an ideal alternative to traditional bedside sleepers during those early stages.
A sustainable sleeping option for your baby that doesn't compromise safety and style.
Stokke® Sleepi™ is an evolving bed that grows with your child while maintaining a comforting familiarity with its distinctive oval shape.
- Can be used from newborn to the age of 10 with junior extension and junior mattress- Maximum air circulation for comfortable sleep- Lockable swivel wheels and height adjustable mattress base- Removable side rails for your toddler’s easy access- Style with optional textiles and accessories
“I really love this cot! It is my favourite baby item. I have only had it for 15 months so far, but I have had no trouble with it. I fell in love with it when I saw it at the shop, but it was more money than I wanted to spend as this was our fourth baby. The other cot we had only made it to baby number three and I felt that I should probably buy a cheaper one as this was the last baby I would have and I needed a new pram and car seat as well. It was a lovely surprise when it was delivered to our door courtesy of my fantastic mum! I have the natural wood one and it matches everything. There are no chips or dents despite the other kids and a teething baby. Easy to assemble, the first cot I have felt I could assemble myself. No moving sides to pinch small (and big) fingers. Easy to lower the height and move from room to room. I feel that the lower level is lower than the other cot I had, but I'm not sure. The mattress is thinner than the old cot mattress I had so that is probably why it feels lower, sometimes it strains my back a bit to put her down but I don't know how that could be changed. I can't think of anything negative to say about it. I'm sure I'll be using it for a couple more years due to its versatility.”
The Modena Cot bed has a beautiful contemporary design combining a classic oak finish with modern white detailing. The Modena converts into a toddler bed and sofa bed making it the perfect choice for any nursery designed to grow with your little one.
Built to last, the Modena cot bed is suitable from birth up to approximately 6 years. The Modena cot has 2 positions, highest position is suitable for newborn to approx. 6mths and the lowest position is suitable from 6mths+. Once your baby is able to sit up then you must have the baby in the lowest position. You can then go to the Toddler bed set up once your child is closer to 2 yrs.
"Being high risk, it was hard to buy furniture without having seen the cot in real life. But the cot is definitely as pictured. I didn’t notice at first but this cot also comes with teething side rail covers as well which was lovely. Easy to put together and the external assembled measurements for us is as follows: L - 139.5 cm W - 75 cm H - 85 cm Ordering with Iltutto.com.au was the best decision ever. Whole process and delivery was simple and any questions were addressed in a friendly manner and quickly. Would not hesitate to recommend and order from Iltutto again. Thank you again Iltutto!”
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