Had you ever thought that Choosing a cot for your baby would be this challenging? The baby products manufacturing industry developed amazingly over a decade. A few years back parents had hardly any choice when it comes to decorating a baby’s nursery.
There is now an overwhelming amount of product available which at times become very confusing for expecting parents so here is our Real Life Guide On How To Choose The Best Cot For Your Baby covering all the aspects with a complete guide for finding the best cot/cot bed for your little one, so you won’t regret your decision of buying a cot for your baby.
1. Decide Which Cot Is Right For Your Baby?
Its a personal choice but………… professional guidance suggests keeping the baby in the same room as yours for the first six months.
So decide early and if co-sleeping is an option for you then there are loads of co-sleeping cribs are available with loads of helpful features for tall or petite mums. What could be better than having a 3in1 crib (means a crib, daybed and a rocker) so you can get some rest.
Most cribs come to a very thin mattress and mostly they are not breathable and makes babies very hot and it also increases the emission of the VOC’s. Read this guide “how to choose the safest mattress for your baby “
Consider buying at Amazon where delivery and return is easier for busy parents. Have a backup buying option just in case but mostly what you want is either out of stock or very long delivery dates. We suggest finding a crib in your second trimester is better so if you want a return, exchange or delivery dates are long; you have plenty of time.
2: Nursery Space And Baby Cot:
If your nursery is spacious, you can buy a baby bed bundle that has everything from a cot to a baby changer and cupboards. Where space is limited, you may want to consider furnish it adequately if you need some space-saving ideas over Pinterest ( we loved the idea of using a Chester as a changer check here)
3.Be Practical: Buy Convertable Cot/Toddler Bed For Your Baby
Most cots which are convertible into a bed are very strong. It’s also safe as the height of the floor is very suitable. If you like the transition of your toddler to a bed easier opt for a cot bed. Toddlers also love to see themselves as big children and it’s very amusing for them to change their cot into a big childbed. Loads of baby cots come with conversion kits. Just need to invest in a bed rail which is even used for up to 5 more years.
4.Co-ordinating Furniture With Cot
If you want a seamless look to the nursery, look in the brands which make matching change tables, dressers and cupboards. usually, you can buy a package to save more.
5. Look Into Additional Features Of The Cot For Your Baby
Organic Paints and material
Mattress heights adjustable: Most of the cots have adjustable height positions, so you can gain easy access to them in the early days. As they grow and start standing up, you can fix the base to a lower position, so they can’t climb out of the cot.
Getting A Special Mattress: Try to buy a special mattress in a bundle with the same retailer to save on shipment and cost. As mostly you can get a discount. Crib mattresses come in different variety. The Best Crib Mattresses Types Available for 2021 are Breathable crib mattress, Dual-Sided Crib Mattress, Organic Cotton Crib Mattress, Spring Coil Portable Crib Mattress, Waterproof crib mattress, Foam Crib and Toddler Mattress, lightweight crib mattress. You can read a full guide here.
Nappy Changer Top: Babies are expensive but I think getting too many stuff and hoarding it (as mostly these things are not handy and space taking) is a waste of money. It’s quite logical to buy a cot or crib with a nappy changer top than having a separate nappy changer. Or consider a nappy changer with a storage unit for baby items like toys or clothes or a Chester with a changing top table.
Cot Drawers: I think these are the must add for f a cor. Midwives and doctors advise using layers on the baby to keep them warm so you shouldn’t be using a thick quilt. Having Several Baby blankets and storing them is an issue but a cot with a drawer underneath is very helpful as you can put them away and find them when you need them: just under the baby’s cot.
Cot Mobile: A cot mobile with a night light or soft toys can keep your little one entertained and also helpful for sensory development. You can find a cot with built cot mobile or buy a separate with white noise or night light function.
Teething Rail on a cot:
Some cots come with a silicone bar on the cot bar which can be very useful when baby’s start standing up to protect from hurting if they bump on it or they can use it as a teether and not harm themselves with any paint or toxic furniture polishes on the cot.
Many travel cots have this feature or we have seen some custom made cots with a built co nappy organizer which is durable and you can have all the creams and lotions handy too. Also available in detachable version so can be hung over any cot for your baby
In short, your baby cot doesn’t serve one purpose. It a sleeping bed, baby den, and toddler bed (if convertible) and much more …… your best bet? Get a convertible cot for your baby as it also stands the test when your growing baby starts walking and jumping or sleeping.