Bringing home your new-born baby is a daunting task for first-time parents. Undoubtedly the most important piece of furniture you will purchase for your new-born is a cot or a crib. Babies sleep for the majority of the first few weeks, so ensuring that you have chosen the right cot and have established a bedtime routine is essential.
There are so many different cots and cribs available that if you didn’t have a preference beforehand it can be hard to choose one.
In the early days of bringing home baby, some parents prefer a basic Moses basket as it is easy to carry around and babies are small enough to sleep soundly in them. As they get older a more stable solution is necessary and this is where a cot or a crib is a better option.
Some cots and cribs have a rocking action which is soothing to your new-born, whilst others have adjustable options such as removable sides so that the cot converts into a bed.
If you are a first-time parent, be wary of cute and pretty cots and cribs that look beautiful but won’t last long. It is better for your baby to be comfortable and secure than it is for them to look adorable.
Here are our recommendations:
Amazing value for money with this cot from Ikea. The base can be adjusted to two different heights and it is also ventilated to provide good air circulation for your new-born. Made from strong beech wood, you do have to assemble it and mattresses are sold separately.
Another self-assembly cot here but this one is really good value if you can be bothered. It features three small drawers at the base underneath the main body of the cot, and you can remove the sides as your baby grows to convert the cot into a toddler bed. There are two different height adjustments to this cot and the mattress is sold separately.
A great budget buy from Marks & Spencer that is made from sturdy beech wood and available in grey (shown) or white. The height of the cot can be raised three times and you get free delivery and installation.
This is the perfect cot bed for new mums who are breast-feeding and want their babies next to them during the night. This crib has a pull down side where you can easily access your baby and not only that but it has won several awards for its innovative design. Lightweight so great if used as a travel cot too.
Beautifully designed rocking crib from Oliver Furniture’s Seaside Collection that is sure to become an heirloom piece, handed down through the generations. It features classical tongue and groove end panels with bars at the sides, you can rock the crib or keep it still by changing the position of the pegs on the feet.
This is a perfect solution to smaller nurseries as it combines a cot top changer and under-bed storage unit that saves space. The sleigh design goes with any other Mia furniture so you can mix and match and this cot bed is designed to fit with any Mamas & Papas changing mat.
This cot bed is made from solid oak wood and can be converted into a junior bed by removing the sides as the baby grows up. Finished with a natural oak and white painted edges, you can also remove the footboard to create extra room when converting it to a bed.
This is a convertible cot bed that can be adjusted into a toddler bed by removing the sides. Made using birch ply with painted detailing, this collection also features other pieces including a chest-of-drawers and a rocking horse. The cot bed has two height adjustments for the base and is made using non-toxic materials.