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Cots and costbeds

Cots & Cot beds

Larger bedtime options for sleeping babes

What are cots and cot beds?

We all know and love a traditional cot, and fast growing in popularity is a new nursery rival - the cot bed!
Cotbeds are big cots that turn into toddler beds. You just whip off the removable sides and end panel, and you’ve got a cosy, little bed for a toddler that’s low to the ground. 

Which one is right for you?

Loving the cot bed:

Cot beds cost more, but they last longer. Most are plenty big enough until your toddler is around five, and can then be used as a cute little sofa that lasts their entire childhood.

Loving the cot:

Cots are smaller than cot beds, so they fit more easily into your bedroom or a small nursery. Also remember, you’ll have to buy a single bed for your fast-growing toddler at some point, so you could move your baby straight from a cot to a single.

Some parents feel a big cot bed leaves their newborn looking a bit lost!

You’ll need to invest in a special mattress and bedding because they’re bigger than a cot, but smaller than a single bed.

But at the end of the day, they’re both great products, so whichever you go for, think about these features:

  • range of heights for mattress – two or three levels is ideal
  • protective teething rails – for babies who love to chew!
  • drop rails – to ease the strain on your back
  • storage – every little bit helps!
  • lockable wheels – can come in handy!

How much do cots and cot beds cost?

Cots start at around £50, and cot beds start around £70.

Top tips for buying cots and cot beds

When you’ve chosen a cot or cot bed, you also need to buy a mattress. Ideally, you should buy a new mattress for each new baby, but whether it’s second hand or new, make sure the mattress you choose is clean, dry, flat, firm and well-fitting.

Avoid duvets, quilts, pillows, electric blankets or hot water bottles with tiny babies. And never put your baby to sleep on a cushion, bean bag, pillow or waterbed.

Ready to buy?

Take a look at some of the popular cots and cot beds below.

Mamas & Papas Lucia Cot/Junior Bed

RRP: £219 - Buy now

A traditionally designed cot to give your child a good night's sleep from birth to 4 years

  • Converts to a toddler bed for older children
  • Three height attachments
  • Wipe clean finish and teething rail for little biters
  • Compact design, perfect for smaller bedrooms and nurseries

Age: from birth to 4 years or 25kg
Dimensions:  H99cm x W77cm x L144cm  

Why we love the Mamas & Papas Lucia Cot/Junior Bed....

  • A one-stop cot from birth to toddlerhood!
  • Lovely traditional design that fits with any nursery colour scheme
  • Easy to assemble and to convert to toddler bed
  • Available in two finishes

Boori Sleigh Cotbed

RRP: £599 - Buy now

Beautifully designed sleigh-style cot bed in solid wood

  • Converts to a toddler bed and then a sofa for older children
  • Two base heights for easy parental access to baby
  • Wipe clean solid wood finish 
  • Includes a toddler guard panel to use with toddler bed
  • Tested to meet Greenguard Gold accreditation for optimum indoor air quality

Age: from birth to around 5 years
Dimensions: H98cm x W80cm x L157cm

Why we love the Boori Sleigh Cotbed ....

  • A cot that truly grows with baby to become a toddler bed and then a sofa
  • Contemporary design with solid construction
  • Straight-froward flat pack home assembly
  • Available in white and dark wood finish to complement any style of nursery

Silver Cross Nostalgia cot bed

RRP: £400 - Buy now

A traditionally styled wooden cot bed from a heritage brand

  • Easily converts from cot to toddler bed for older children
  • Three base positions allow the cot to grow with baby
  • The base has a useful full-length pull out drawer with pewter-effect handles
  • Baby-safe teething rails
  • Takes a 1400x700 mattress

Age: from birth to around 4 years
Dimensions: H95cm x W78cm x L148cm

Why our mums love the Silver Cross Nostalgia cot bed ....

  • It's has traditional styling and is a very generous size
  • The under-cot drawer is fab for spare linen for middle-of-night bed changes
  • It's sturdy and strong and exudes quality
  • Comes from a tried-and-trusted British brand
  • There are other matching pieces of nursery furniture in the Nostalgia range

Obaby B is for Bear cot bed

RRP: £189.99 - Buy now

Wooden cot with traditional styling and cute bear motif

  • Available in stained wood or white finish
  • Easily converts to toddler bed by removing end panels
  • Three base heights make it easy to get baby in and out
  • Uses a 140 x 69cm mattress

Age: from birth to around 4 years
Weight: 22.3kg
Dimensions: H103 x W79 x D148cm

Why we love the Obaby B is for Bear cot bed ....

  • Babies and toddlers will love the cute bear design! 
  • There are other matching bear-themed furniture items in the range
  • Comes in two colour options so will work with other furniture and colour schemes
  • Easy to assemble and very sturdy once made up

Graco Contour Electra travel cot

RRP: £118.99 - Buy now

 A robust travel cot which can also be used as a playpen

  • Has toy bar which includes night light and music centre 
  • Vibrating bassinet mattress to help soothe baby to sleep
  • Raised bassinet for use with newborns, and babies up to 7kg
  • Folds down in 60 seconds
  • Has 7 feet, two with lockable wheels for stability
  • Comes with carry bag

Age: from birth to around 3 years
Weight: 13kg
Dimensions: H91cm x W73cm x D104cm

Why we love the Graco Contour Electra travel cot ....

  • It's an complete entrainment system for babies with the soft toy bar and vibrating mattress!
  • It is ultra quick to fold down and packs neatly in its own travel bag which has holes for the wheels so it can be pulled
  • Can be used at home for daytime naps or as a playpen (or to chuck all the toys in for quick tidy-ups!)
  • Comes in three gender neutral colour-ways

Tutti Bambini Katie Mini Cot Bed + Drawer

RRP: £239 - Buy now

An elegant compact cot which can evolve into a junior bed or sofa

  • Fixed side cot bed in stylish sleigh design
  • Has useful storage drawer underneath
  • Can convert into junior bed or sofa when outgrown
  • Has teething rails for safe chewing!
  • Requires a 60 x 120cm mattress

Age: from birth to around 4 years
Weight: 34kg
Dimensions: H102cm x W138cm x D67cm

Why we love the Tutti Bambini Katie Mini Cot Bed + Drawer ....

  • Users rave about it's compact design which is smaller than a regular cot, but still turns into a functional toddler bed
  • The integrated drawer is great for extra storage
  • Cot feels robust and sturdy once assembled
  • Made from wipe clean solid pine in a white or a stylish dark espresso finish

Saplings Kirsty cot bed

RRP: £179.99 - Buy now

Excellent value cot bed which comes in a range of finishes

  • Three position mattress base
  • Uses a 170x70cm mattress
  • Comes in white, country and natural finishes
  • Flat-packed for easy self-assembly
  • Solid wood construction which can be wiped clean

Age: from birth to around 6/7 years
Weight: 23.2kg
Dimensions: H92cm x W74xm x L144cm

Why we love the Saplings Kirsty cot bed ....

  • Excellent value for money without compromising on style or quality
  • Very easy to put together and to convert to junior bed
  • Its fresh, simple design and three neutral colour-ways will fit in to any nursery colour scheme
  • Can be used with a cot top changing unit and roller-way drawer from the same range

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