What First Time Mums Should Look For in a Cot

There are so many things to think about when becoming a new mum and organizing for your new bundle of joy can quickly add up. With cot prices ranging from $100 to $1000, it can be a little confusing choosing the right cot to fit your family’s needs.

Buying a cot is probably the single most essential piece of furniture your baby needs, it provides security for your baby, somewhere that is safe from harm, comfort for your knowing your baby won’t fall and hurt themselves and also provides a sanctuary for a healthy sleeping habit.

Considering your baby will be in the cot from early months until its toddler years, it is worth shopping around and investing in a suitable one that will last.  There are also the options of cot beds to consider which can transform into a small bed when your baby is ready to move on from the cot. Cot beds can be a sound investment and can last until your child is 7 or 8 years of age.

Factors to consider


When it comes to buying a cot or cot bed, safety is the most important factor for any parent. So ensure the cot has a label to meet Australian Standard for Cots (AS/NZS 2172:2003). Even second hand cots sold in Australia must meet these standards so if you are thinking of purchasing a used cot, check the labelling. The mattress should fit firmly with less than 20mm gap on sides and ends, there should be a distance of 600mm between the top of the mattress base to the top edge of the cot.

Cot Size

Think about how long you will be using the cot for. It is becoming more common for parents to go with a larger cot that has the advantage to convert into a toddler bed. Considering babies develop and growth so quick, a larger cot will offer more room to accommodate your babies growth. Cot beds also make it easier for the child to transition to a toddler bed compared to a standard size bed where it is higher and more difficult for the toddler to get in and out independently.

Adjustable Base

Having at least two height adjustable positions for the base adds to the functionality of the cot. You will be repeatedly lifting your baby in and out of your cot during the early stages so being able to set the base to the highest position will ease the stress put on your back. As the baby grows, setting the height adjustable base to its lowest position would keep your baby secure and safe when they become more active.

Drop Sides

Where one side of the cot is able to be lowered to make it easier to lift your child in and out is known as a drop side. They are usually pushed on one side to lower it in position or use a foot pedal to assist; this is useful when laying your child in the cot as sometimes it can be a little awkward if the base is at its lowest position.