Cot Bed Or Cot: What Is Best For Your Baby? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

Once your baby grows out of a Moses basket or bassinet, which most parents use for a newborn, he or she will need to move into a cot or cot bed πŸ’•πŸ’•.

But what is best for your baby? There are pros and cons with each πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡:

πŸ› Cots

β˜” Cots are generally smaller than cot beds – around 50-60cm wide – so if your baby’s bed will be in your room until he or she is six months old.

β˜” Cot prices start at around Β£70 for a basic cot, up to around Β£700 for a luxury solid-oak model.

β˜” If you’re planning on more than one child with a small age gap between them, a cot may be more suitable, as you’ll more than likely use the cot for the new baby and buy a single bed for your older child.

β˜” You can buy bedside cots with a removable side, so you can position it right next to your bed. You can adjust the base so your baby’s mattress lines up with yours, which makes night-time feeding easier.

πŸ› Cot Beds

β˜” A cot bed is a cot with removable sides and a removable end panel that can be converted into a toddler-sized bed.

β˜” Your child could outgrow an old-fashioned crib or cot by the time they reach one or two years old. The big advantage with a cot bed is that it will last years longer than a cot, because you can use it as a junior bed.

β˜” Cot beds are larger than cots – generally around 70cm wide – so they give your baby a bit more space to roll about and stretch their arms. They’re not necessarily that much more expensive.

β˜” Most cot beds will last until a child is seven or eight years old. But this will depend on their weight, and how much wear and tear they put the bed through.

β˜” If you have the space, it might make sense to buy a cot bed from the outset, as it will last longer and you can avoid the hassle of having to buy two separate pieces of furniture.

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