Best selling cots 2020: where to buy a cot for your baby

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  • Finding the best cot for your baby is a big deal. After all, it’s where your baby will sleep soundly (we hope!) during nap time and at night for the next couple of years until it's time for a big kid's bed.

    As with lots of baby essentials, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to buying the best cot for your baby. Stores like John Lewis, Mamas and Papas, and Amazon are great places to start looking. They have a wide range of cots to suit all budgets and design tastes, and they’ll be taking part in the upcoming Black Friday 2020 UK sales in November.

    When shopping for a cot, a good rule of thumb is to spend as much as you can afford – a cot is such an important piece of furniture that it’s not something to cut corners on. Remember, too, that a well-made, sturdy cot can be used again if you have another baby. A premium brand cot could even become a family heirloom to be used by future generations!

    When shopping for a cot, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the latest advice on safe sleep. Following this advice can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Your baby should sleep in a cot or a Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months of life. Measure the space available in your bedroom before you start shopping so you know whether the cot you like will fit. You should also place your baby on her back when she’s going to sleep, never on her front or on her side, and always buy a new mattress for a baby – don’t re-use cot mattresses. 

    Our cot-buying guide will make choosing your little one’s cot much easier. We’ve got some safety tips to keep in mind when shopping, as well as some top sellers from well-known baby stores around the UK.

    The best-selling cots and where to buy them

    First up, it’s time to have a look at some of the bestselling cots in the UK and where you can buy them.

    Boots’ bestselling cot: Tutti Bambini Lucas Sleigh Cot

    Boots cot

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    Key features Key reasons to buy
    • Underbed drawer
    • Three-position base
    • Protective teething rails
    • Matching furniture available
    • Converts to a toddler bed

    Age range: Suitable from birth up to approximately six years | Priced: £259.99

    The Tutti Bambini Lucas Sleigh Cot has a three-position bed base and a fully integrated under bed drawer to store baby’s essentials. It can convert into a toddler bed, making it usable up until your child is approximately six years old. It also has two protective teething rails and a fixed side for ultimate protection and safety for your baby, and peace of mind for you as a parent. Matching furniture is available if you’re keen to have everything in your baby’s nursery coordinated. (We wouldn’t blame you!) Other pieces in the line include a wardrobe and a chest changer.

    GoodtoKnow consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: Tutti Bambini is a family-owned firm and the brand is synonymous with stylish nursery furniture – both traditional and modern – that’s built to last. The three-position bed base on this cot means you can lower the height as your little one grows, reducing the chances of your baby climbing out! The fact that it converts to a bed that can be used all the way up to age six means it’s excellent value for money compared to other cots. Invest in this, and you won’t need to shell out on your baby’s first bed in a couple of years’ time.

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    Mamas and Papas’ bestselling cot: Atlas Cotbed

    Mama's and Papa's Atlas cot

    Credit: Mamas and Papas

     

    Key features Key reasons to buy
    • Three base heights
    • Simple, classic design
    • Can be bought in installments
    • Available in wood or white
    • Can be used up until age four

    Age range: Birth to approximately four years old | Priced: £279

    The popular Atlas cot has three cot base heights, making it easier to lay baby down when it’s time for sleep. It can be used from birth and converts to a toddler bed, for use until your child is approximately four years old. The Atlas cot does not come with a mattress, so you’ll need to purchase one that fits. Mamas and Papas recommends a 140 x 70 x 10cm mattress, which you can purchase here. It can also be paid for in instalments if you’d prefer.

    We’re also expecting some winning deals on cots and cribs in some of the best Argos Black Friday deals in 2020, so if you can hang on until then before buying a new cot, you’re in for some solid sales.

    GoodtoKnow consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: Mamas and Papas make beautifully-designed pushchairs, buggies, baby clothing, and nursery furniture in a wide range of modern and traditional styles. They also stock a number of other premium baby brands. This minimalist cot is a modern twist on a classic design – perfect for style-conscious parents who love a bit of Scandi-chic! It’s great value too – you won’t need to invest in a first bed when your baby outgrows this cot, because it converts to a toddler bed.

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    Amazon’s bestselling cot: White Wooden Baby Cot with Drawer

    Amazon cot

    Credit: Amazon

     

    Key features Key reasons to buy
    • Teething friendly rails
    • Large drawer
    • Three adjustable positions
    • Comes with a free mattress
    • Converts to a toddler bed

    Age range:  Suitable for babies up to three years | Priced: £139.999

    Amazon’s bestselling cot is made from natural solid pine and comes with a free foam 6cm Aloe Vera mattress. Its large rollaway drawer is ideal for storing your baby’s essentials, and the rails are teething friendly to protect sensitive gums. The cot converts into a toddler bed, usable until your child is approximately three years old. When it’s in use as a cot, it has three adjustable positions. It’s an Amazon’s Choice product and has received an average of 4.5/5 stars, based on more than 500 reviews.

    GoodtoKnow consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: This is an affordable cot bed that would make a beautiful centrepiece in any stylish nursery. We love the under-bed storage drawer – it’s the perfect place to stash spare nappies and sleepwear to help make night feeds and nappy changes that little bit easier. This doesn’t have the longevity of other cot beds but it’s still good value for money, especially when you factor in that the mattress is included.

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    John Lewis and Partners’ bestselling cot: Alex Cotbed

    John Lewis and Partners cot

    Credit: John Lewis and Partners

    Key features Key reasons to buy
    • Suitable from birth
    • Comes with teething rails
    • Mattress can be bought online too
    • Converts to a toddler bed
    • Three base positions

    Age range: Suitable from birth | Priced £125

    This cot is made from solid pine and can convert to a toddler bed by removing the side rails and dividing the cot ends. The bed comes supplied with teething rails and has three mattress base positions. The mattress is sold separately and can be bought online here. It costs £30. This cot has a 12-month guarantee.

    GoodtoKnow consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: You can’t beat John Lewis when it comes to excellent quality nursery furniture that won’t break the bank. We love the understated, stylish design of this contemporary cot bed, which looks like it should be significantly more expensive. According to reviews, it’s strong, sturdy, and easy to assemble.

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    Ikea’s bestselling cot: Gulliver Cot

    Ikea bestselling cot

    Credit: Ikea

     

    Key features Key reasons to buy
    • Can be placed at two heights
    • One side of the cot can be removed
    • Comes with an easy-assembly guide
    • Affordable at £65
    • Well-ventilated

    Age range: Suitable from birth | Priced: £65

    Features: Ikea’s Gulliver cot has two adjustable height settings, and one side can be removed when the child is big enough to climb in and out. Its durable materials have been tested to ensure they give the support a baby needs for a good night’s sleep. The cot base is also well ventilated, providing good air circulation for a pleasant sleeping climate. The mattress and bed linens do not come with the cot and can be bought separately.

    GoodtoKnow consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: We had to look twice at the price of this – it’s not often you find a cot for less than £100. Ikea’s baby gear is stylish, sturdy, and supremely affordable, making it ideal if you’re shopping for a cot for occasional use at the grandparents’ house. This is a little smaller than other cots, so it’s ideal for your baby’s first six months if you’re short on space for a full-sized cot in your room.

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    How to save money when buying a cot

    We’re all about saving money here at GoodtoKnow so we’re sharing some of our top tips for buying a cot on the cheap.

    • Online vs in store: When it comes to buying a new cot, it’s always helpful to go to the shop and see it for yourself before you buy online. Sometimes stores offer discount prices when you buy in-store, and sometimes they have better deals online – either way, you should try to see the cot before you buy it if you can.
    • Second hand: Some baby products really are best bought from new but if you’re really short on money and can’t make an exception, second hand would work. Just make sure it complies with the safety regulations, has a BIS number and, if you’re buying online, collect it in person so you can make sure it’s in safe, working condition. You’ll need to buy a brand new mattress – a second-hand cot mattress is a big safety no-no.
    • Sales: Holding off until there are sales on is a great idea – Black Friday, Boxing Day sales, January sales, and end-of-season sales are great for bagging a bargain.
    • Vouchers and discount codes: It’s always worth having a look on Google to find out if there are any recent discount codes for the store you’re buying from – even if it’s free delivery, it’ll make a difference to your overall budget.

    Cot safety guidelines

    All cots sold must comply with British safety standards. If it bears the code BSEN716, the cot is safe to use. When buying a cot mattress, look out for the BSI number BS 1877-10:1997.

    There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a cot for your baby, including the following:

    • Cot bars: These should be vertical, with a distance of no more than 6.5cm between the bars to ensure your baby’s limbs don’t get stuck between them.
    • Depth and space: The distance between the top of the mattress and the top of the cot sides should be at least 50cm, to prevent your baby from climbing out of the cot.
    • Circulation: Some experts recommend cots with four sides that have bars to allow air to circulate freely around your baby.

    Mattress safety guidelines

    Not only does the cot need to comply with a variety of rules and regulations; the mattress does too.

    • New is best: Buying a new mattress is recommended. It must be clean, dry, free from cracks and tears with no sagging.
    • Firm: Choose a firm mattress rather than a soft one, and make sure it’s no thinner than 8cm.
    • Size matters: There are two sizes of cot mattresses – standard and continental. Check which one is compatible with the cot you choose.
    • Hygiene: It’s a good idea to choose a mattress with a removable, machine-washable cover. We hate to mention it, but nappies sometimes leak! A mattress protector is also a good idea.

    For more information on both cot and mattress safety, our baby bed safety guide has all the info you need in regards to keeping your little one as safe as possible.

    So-called budget brands are sometimes a cause for debate. It goes without saying that safety is a priority when shopping for a cot, but cheaper brands still have to pass product quality and safety tests, and are sometimes manufactured by the same companies as more exclusive cot brands.

    Second-hand cots are okay but do check that they comply with the latest British safety standards.

    Anything else to consider when buying a cot?

    Yes, think about where you’ll place it – ideally, a cot should be kept well away from radiators to reduce the risk of your baby overheating. Don’t place the cot near windows or looped window blind cords either if you have them, as these are a safety risk.