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 💕💕.
But what is best for your baby? There are pros and cons with each 👇👇👇:
☔ 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.
☔ Cot prices start at around £70 for a basic cot, up to around £700 for a luxury solid-oak model.
☔ 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.
☔ 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.
🛏 Cot Beds
☔ A cot bed is a cot with removable sides and a removable end panel that can be converted into a toddler-sized bed.
☔ 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.
☔ 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.
☔ 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.
☔ 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.