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Six Important Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Baby Cot

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Your newborn baby will spend almost 20 hours every day on the baby cot sleeping. This is why parents of newborns or those expecting a baby soon should purchase a baby cot that is comfortable. This will ensure that your baby is relaxed and comfy at all times. For you to find the perfect baby bed, there are factors that you should consider. These are as follows.

Design and size

The available space for the crib will determine the shape and size of the cot that you will purchase for your child. Depending on the number of kids that you plan to have, the cot is one furniture piece that you might use for a long time. Therefore, it is advisable that you opt for a classic design that will withstand the test of time.   

Fixed side or drop rail

Depending on your personal preference, you can choose a fixed bed or a drop rail cot. Most cots will have a drop rail that makes it easier for parents to lift their child in and out of the cot as he/she grows. Drop sides ensure that parents do not have to bend over the cot from above. Depending on your needs or how safe you want your child to be, you can choose between a cot with a drop rail or one that has fixed sides.

Converts to toddler bed

Most parents would love to have the transition from a baby cot to a mini bed before the baby is old enough to start using a larger bed. In such a case, buying a cot bed will be your best option. Babies are swifter when they learn to walk on their own or move in their bed. Therefore, it is essential to guarantee their security. It would be great if the cot can easily be converted into a toddler bed, and your child will use the bed that they have been used to for a long time.

Materials used

Today, Modern fashionable baby costs and cribs are made from a wide variety of materials. Make sure that you go for cots that are made from high-quality materials. Most parents prefer cribs made from solid wood because of their durability and classic look. You should not compromise on the safety of your child by opting for inexpensive cribs. This is because economical cribs may chip off easily and pose a danger to your baby. 

Gaps between the slats or railings

The crib railings or slats should be sturdy, and the gaps between them should be less than 2 and 3/8th of an inch. If the gaps are bigger than this, then there is a risk of the baby’s legs or hands getting stuck between the gaps. Additionally, if you are purchasing a painted crib, you must ensure that the paint used is non-toxic. This is because teething babies may chew on the railings and swallow toxic paint. 


It is important to consider the weight of the baby crib and how portable it is. This is important because, occasionally, you may be forced to move the cot, especially when the child is sick. A cot that has casters or wheels on its legs will make it easier for you to move it around. However, baby beds that have casters tend to be less stable and less secure for your baby.

The color of the cot that you choose should blend perfectly with the existing décor. Baby cots come in a wide range of styles, material, and colors. With lots of choices available, you will not have a challenge finding a cot color that blends perfectly with your home décor.

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