Expensive cots always do not offer better service than less expensive ones. In many expensive models the thick cot bed mattress creates less height and that may account for the baby’s fall or an accident. Thus, you need to check out some options while you go shopping for the baby cot bed and mattress.
Things to look out for when buying a baby cot
1. Choose a cot that offers a good height from the base of the cot bed mattress to the top of the moving cot rail.
2. Buy a cot with open sides that offers free circulation of air in order to prevent suffocation and sweating of the baby.
3. Since a baby remains in the cot for most of the time make sure to buy a cot that is strong and sturdy without any broken slats.
4. Used cots in various shapes and sizes helps to save a lot of money. If you are on a tight budget, used cots in good conditions are a great option.
5. Wheeled cots are also great as they provide the advantage of being shifted.
6. Select cots with drop sides and adjustable base height that enables you to get your baby in and out easily.
7. Cots must meet the minimum safety requirements.
8. The crib should have a firm, tight-fitting mattress. The distance between crib slats should be no more than 6 centimeters.
9. Ensure that the drop sides are at least 23 centimeters above the mattress support when lowered and at least 66 centimeters when raised.
10. Avoid all decorative touches that could break off and be a potential choking hazard.
11. Go for a cot with a teething rail that allows a protective plastic coating around the edges, to prevent your baby chewing on the wooden slats of the cot.
How to select a good baby cot mattress
A good cot mattress is one that has no more than 1 inch gap between the mattress and the cot sides and end since the baby seems to get stuck in the gaps.
A strong and well fitting mattress with a waterproof mattress protector but devoid of all plastic packaging ensures that the baby doesn’t get chocked.
Soft bedding, including sheep or lambskins, under the bottom sheet should be avoided to restrict any suffocating condition. A Baby cot mattress that retains your handprint on being pushed is hazardous for your baby.
A bark filled mattress, a pillow, pillow top mattress, a water bed, cushion, bean bag or sofa do not pass the safe hand test as they do not regain their original shape after being firmly touched but retain the handprints. These should thus be avoided.
Thus, with the above points in mind, you can make an excellent purchase of Baby cot and cot bed mattress that would last you for years and keep your baby safe.