Buying the baby cot is at the top of the to-do list for expecting parents. But it’s not as easy as dropping into your local shopping centre and picking one up. It takes a fair bit of research to find a cot that ticks all your boxes and will suit your needs longterm.
Here is our ultimate baby cot buying guide with the top considerations so you don’t suffer buyer’s remorse as soon as you bring bub home from hospital.
Does it suit our style?
Try to work out a nursery style before you start shopping for cots. Not every cot will suit every nursery look. With such a wide range of brands around, there is a perfect fit for any taste. Go for the Scandinavian look with wooden furniture, a modern look with a metallic cot as your statement piece or choose a minimalist nursery with white furniture. The choice is yours!
Is it part of a nursery series?
Why not make your life easy and rely on nursery brands to do the styling for you? Many cots are part of a broader furniture series that guarantees your nursery is as stylish as can be for your precious bub. We are talking change tables, drawer cabinets and other storage pieces. Why not bundle your nursery furniture and negotiate a discount with the store so you can watch the savings roll in?
Does it sit within our budget?
Agree on your overall budget for all your baby items and then allocate a set amount for your cot. It helps to prepare before you start shopping so you don’t fall in love with a statement piece that’s out of your reach. Another consideration is whether you invest in a cot that grows with baby from newborn until toddler or whether you go for a lower cost cot that isn’t as adaptable but is affordable right now.
How bulky is it?
Work out your room size and have a clear idea of the space you have available for the cot. You’d be surprised by the size variations in cots. Some are compact and easily fit through doorways while others need to stay in the room once assembled as they are too bulky. So check those cot measurements before getting out your credit card!
Does it take the entire family to assemble?
Let’s face it. We all hate flat pack instructions that cause arguments with hubby. Do yourself a favour and read reviews and specifications of the cots you are considering to eliminate the ones that are just too hard. There is nothing worse than being eight months pregnant and having to roll around the floor to get that final screw in.
Does it grow with bub?
Many cot brands understand that having to buy a bassinet, a cot and then a toddler bed is less than ideal. We love a cot that is flexible and can grow with your little one. It saves the headaches of storing those pieces that bub has outgrown for #2 and lets you invest in a high-quality furniture item that will go the distance.
Is it co-sleeping friendly?
Those early nights where mum has to get up every two hours to feed bub are challenging. Some cots can be used as co-sleepers which allows mum to simply roll over, attend to bub and get back to sleep without leaving the bed. That gets three ticks from us!
Is it height adjustable?
Lifting a bub or toddler in and out of their cot can put some serious pressure on your back. Buying a height-adjustable cot can make all the difference in those early months when you are still recovering from your pregnancy. Not having to bend over as much to lift bub can seem irrelevant now, but wait until you have to do it several times a day and your physio is your best friend. You can thank us later!
How far out do we need to order?
And last, but not least, one of the most important considerations. You’d be surprised how far out you have to order with some nursery brands to get your hands on your dream cot. So better get in early to not miss out!