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Best Cot Beds in 2021

Updated 18-04-2021 – Lucy Walters

Cot beds are a little different from cots. They’re designed to be converted into a toddler bed, so they are suitable from birth to 4 years old, or older. A cot is suitable from birth to 2 years old. That’s not the only difference between a cot bed and a cot. Both sides of a cot bed drop down, whereas a cot usually only allows one side to drop down to give you access to your baby. A cot bed is a little larger than a cot, but a little smaller than a single bed. They can help your child with the transition into a larger bed on their own. As they are sized differently from cots, and single beds, cot beds need their own specially sized bedding and mattresses. But they do last longer than a cot and can help a toddler feel more secure than in a single bed. Here are our top ten cot beds.

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ProductBest forRatings
Little Babes LTD Sleigh Mason Cot Bed
Little Babes LTD Sleigh Mason Cot Bed
Best Cot Bed9.9
Tutti Bambini Louis Cot Bed
Tutti Bambini Louis Cot Bed
Best Premium Cot Bed9.8
MCC Orlando Cot Bed
MCC Orlando Cot Bed
Best Value for Money Cot Bed9.7
Babymore Velvet Deluxe Cot Bed
Babymore Velvet Deluxe Cot Bed
Best Luxurious Cot Bed9.6
Tutti Bambini Rio Cot Bed
Tutti Bambini Rio Cot Bed
Best Cot Bed for Nappy Changing9.5
Obaby Grace Inspire Cot Bed
Obaby Grace Inspire
Best Simplistic Cot Bed9.3
Babymore Eva Sleigh Cot Bed
Babymore Eva Sleigh Cot Bed
Best Cot Bed for Easy Access9.2
East Coast Angelina Cot Bed
East Coast Angelina
Best Classic-looking Cot Bed9.1
Kinder Valley Cot Bed
Kinder Valley Cot Bed
Best Cot Bed for Comfort9
Steens Lotta Cot Bed
Steens Lotta Cot Bed
Best Cot Bed with Vintage Look8.9

Little Babes LTD Sleigh Mason Cot Bed

1 Little Babes LTD Sleigh Mason Cot Bed

Best Cot Bed

The Sleigh Mason Cot Bed from Little Babes is a super stylish addition to any nursery. It has a sleek modern design and a number of huge selling points. It is a spacious cot bed, which gives plenty of room for restless sleepers, and means that when it is converted to a toddler bed, it is suitable until your child is 5 or 6 of age. The crib is easy to be converted to a toddler bed, but it can also be converted to a sofa. There’s also a drawer that slides underneath the cot bed, giving you more nursery storage without taking up more floor space.

This cot bed comes with a mattress, which is a hypoallergenic high-density foam mattress that provides your baby or toddler with a firm yet comfortable support as they sleep. The mattress comes with a removable water-resistant Freshtec fabric cover. This cover can be machine washed.

The Little Babes Sleigh Mason Cot Bed offers 3 mattress positions. The first is suitable for very young babies, as it is quite high. This does put less stress on your back as you’re lifting the baby out of the bed and placing them back in. The second and third positions are lower down in the cot bed, so your more active baby won’t climb or fall out. Made from quality pine wood and ply, this product is one of the durable options you can find on the market.

Key features:
  • Stylish grey colour
  • Teething rail on one side
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Drawer included
Specifications:
Material Pine and plywood
Mattress included Yes
Size H103.5cm x W79.7cm x L153.5cm
Tutti Bambini Louis Cot Bed

2 Tutti Bambini Louis Cot Bed

Best Premium Cot Bed

The Tutti Bambini Louis Cot Bed is a matte white, stylish classically shaped cot bed. It has a traditional sleigh shape, with long elegant curves. It would fit in well with any traditional nursery decor.

The Louis cot bed has three mattress base positions, so you can alter it as your baby grows. It will then convert into a toddler bed, or a sofa/day bed when your baby is ready. It is a fixed side cot, with teething rails on both sides.

There’s also a drawer that slides underneath the cot – perfect for storing sheets, blankets, clothes, or anything else you would want close to hand at bedtime. This cot doesn’t come with a mattress, so you will need to purchase a cot bed mattress separately.

The Louis cot bed matches perfectly with Tutti Bambini’s Marie nursery furniture, which includes a wardrobe, a changer, a shelf, and a toy box.

Key features:
  • White matte finish
  • Fixed sides
  • Teething rails
  • 3 mattress positions
Specifications:
Material American Ash
Mattress included No
Size H101cm x W75cm x L176cm
MCC Orlando Cot Bed

3 MCC Orlando Cot Bed

Best Value for Money Cot Bed

The MCC Orlando cot bed features a stylish, modern colour, with a classic, simple design. It is perfect for any nursery in any style.

It is made from strong, sturdy New Zealand pine, and is painted grey with non-toxic eco-friendly paint. It has 3 mattress positions, starting in a high position, and eventually converting to a toddler bed as your child grows.

This cot bed has fixed sides on both sides, so it doesn’t slide down for access. The sides do have teething rails, so they won’t hurt your baby during the teething phase.

This cot bed comes with a mattress, which has an open cell structure to prevent heat retention. It is a firm, but comfortable mattress. The mattress comes with a mattress cover, which is breathable, water-repellent, and quilted for extra comfort. It is made from non-allergenic, non-woven polyester. The cover is removable and can be machine washed.

Key features:
  • Grey colour
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Removable, washable mattress cover
  • Non-toxic eco paint
Specifications:
Material New Zealand Pine
Mattress included Yes
Size H80 cm x W66 x L126
Babymore Velvet Deluxe Cot Bed

4 Babymore Velvet Deluxe Cot Bed

Best Luxurious Cot Bed

The Babymore Velvet Deluxe cot bed is one of the few luxurious cot bed models available out there. It has a traditional cot bed shape, with white painted wood, and velvet upholstery. It is a 2017 Made For Mums bronze award winner.

This cot bed has a 5 cm thick wood construction, so it’s incredibly sturdy as a cot bed, a day bed, or a toddler bed. It can be used from birth to 5 years old. It has 3 mattress base positions. You can change the position as you need, according to your baby’s growth. It also has teething rails on both sides to protect your baby’s mouth and gums during the teething stage.

It has padded velvet ends with diamante details. There is some padding on the inside of the end panels as well. The velvet material may seem impractical, but it can be easily wiped clean and is water-resistant as well.

Key features:
  • White with grey velvet
  • Teething rails
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Diamante details
Specifications:
Material Solid wood and velvet upholstery
Mattress included No
Size H 95 cm x W 74 x L 156
Tutti Bambini Rio Cot Bed

5 Tutti Bambini Rio Cot Bed

Best Cot Bed for Nappy Changing

The Tutti Bambini Rio cot bed would look at home in any nursery. It is a contemporary cot bed and comes in 3 colour options – white, dove grey with oak accents, or white with dove grey accents. The cot top changer is the same colour as the main colour of the cot bed.

It has 3 mattress positions, which you can adjust as your baby grows. It converts to a day bed, or a toddler bed when your baby is ready. It is suitable from birth to around 6 years old. It has fixed sides, so they don’t slide down, but both sides have teething rails to help protect your baby’s gums.

This cot bed also comes with a cot top changer. It attaches securely to the top of the cot and gives you a safe changing area for your baby. It is also just at the right height to help prevent strain to your back.

Key features:
  • Cot top changer
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Teething rails on both sides
  • 3 colour options
Specifications:
Material New Zealand pine
Mattress included No
Size H 95 cm x W 87 cm x L 145 cm
Obaby Grace Inspire

6 Obaby Grace Inspire

Best Simplistic Cot Bed

The Obaby Grace Inspire cot bed is a stylish cot bed with a royal theme. It keeps a simple design, but has great functionality, and would suit any nursery.

There are two design options. The Little Princess theme features a pink pattern, crown, and text print, as well as pink accents. The Little Prince theme is in blue, with a blue crown, text, and pattern. The crown, text, and pattern are made from a high-quality print.

It is made from FSC certified timber. This means that all the wood is sourced from responsibly maintained and eco-conscious forests.

There are teething rails on both sides, so your baby’s teeth and gums are protected. This cot bed has 3 mattress positions, so you can change the base setting depending on the age, size, and abilities of your baby. It will convert to a toddler bed, or a day bed when your child is ready.

Key features:
  • Little Princess/Little Prince options
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Teething rails on both sides
  • Easy assembly
Specifications:
Material FSC certified timber
Mattress included No
Size J=H 93 cm x W 78 cm x L 144 cm
Babymore Eva Sleigh Cot Bed

7 Babymore Eva Sleigh Cot Bed

Best Cot Bed for Easy Access

The Babymore Eva Sleigh cot bed, as the name suggests, comes in a sleigh shape, with slats the whole way around so you always have a view in it to see your baby. It is a solid pine construction and has been painted in a neutral white with non-toxic paint.

It has teething rails on either side, to keep your teething baby’s gums and baby teeth free from harm. It also has a drawer underneath for extra storage.

It has three mattress positions, so you can adjust the cot bed as your baby grows, before converting it into a toddler bed, or a day bed. One of the sides of this cot bed is a dropside. You can use just one hand to drop it down, making it easier to take your baby out or put your baby to bed.

The Eva Sleigh Cot Bed comes with a mattress. It is a foam mattress that is quite firm and comfortable. The mattress also has a removable, washable cover.

Key features:
  • Drop side
  • Teething rails
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Under cot drawer
Specifications:
Material Solid pine
Mattress included Yes
Size H 100 cm x W 66 cm x L 137 cm
East Coast Angelina

8 East Coast Angelina

Best Classic-looking Cot Bed

The East Coast Angelina is a classic cot bed, with gentle curves, panelling, and clean white colour. It is a traditional cot bed, with a simple and elegant style.

It is a fixed side cot bed, but both sides have teething rails. It has 3 mattress positions, so you can change the mattress height depending on your baby’s abilities. This means that as your baby learns to climb and pull themselves up, you can lower the mattress height, so they won’t fall out.

It has panelled ends with a gentle roll at the top. The ends are also split ends, so they look in proportion to the bed when you convert it to a toddler bed.

Key features:
  • Panelled ends
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Teething rails
  • Fixed sides
Specifications:
Material Pine
Mattress included No
Size H91cm x W77 cm x  L144 cm
Kinder Valley Cot Bed

9 Kinder Valley Cot Bed

Best Cot Bed for Comfort

The Kinder Valley cot bed has a New England contemporary design. It is a sturdy unit that will last your baby from birth until around 3 years old.

It is made from pine, which makes it very durable, and comes in two colour options – natural and white. It has split end panels. Part of the end panel is removed when you convert this cot bed to a toddler bed, which makes it look more proportional to the rest of the bed.

It is a fixed side cot bed, and both side rails have teething rails on top. It doesn’t have too much height, which allows you to easily reach in, and out. It has 3 mattress positions so you can adjust the height of your mattress as your baby grows.

The Kinder Valley Cot Bed comes with a Kinder Valley Flow mattress. It is made from a hypoallergenic high-density polyester, covered in a breathable material. The cover is removable and washable.

Key features:
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Contemporary design
  • Up to 3 years old
  • Low height
Specifications:
Material Pine
Mattress included Yes
Size H80 cm x W76 cm x L144 cm
Steens Lotta Cot Bed

10 Steens Lotta Cot Bed

Best Cot Bed with Vintage Look

The Steens Lotta cot bed has a whitewash vintage look and a vintage shape. It is incredibly chic and unique.

It has a solid, sturdy construction, and is made from solid pine. The sides have slats so you can see your baby. One of the sides has a roll-top that comes over the height of the rest of the cot, giving it a really unusual look.

The whitewash look is light, and allows you to see the grain of the solid pine. It is also non-toxic and completely safe for your baby. The product also quite compact for a cot bed, so would be perfect in a smaller nursery as a space saver.

Key features:
  • Whitewash color
  • 3 mattress positions
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to put together
Specifications:
Material Solid pine
Mattress included No
Size H 98.4 cm  x W 76.4 cm x L 156 cm

How to Choose a Cot Bed: Buyer’s Guide

As you will be using the cot bed for your little one for several years, because some models are big enough to be used until kids turn 7 or 8 years old, depending on their height and weight, you need to choose one that can withstand all the abuse that your kid puts it through, and of course, make sure that it comes with some specific features.

 

Safety Standards

The cot bed you choose should meet the European Safety Standards and be marked with a British Standard Institution (BSI) number, either BS xxxx or BS EN xxxx followed by a date. This shows that the products meet certain safety requirements like the cot is deep enough for babies’ safety, the mattress fits snugly around all the sides, the bars a set to be a specific distance apart, and there are no areas where babies could potentially get harmed.

 

Ease of Use

The cot bed you choose should be easy for you to use right from the start because even a single faulty aspect can be extremely frustrating for a parent, especially because you are likely to be sleep-deprived for the most part with a baby to take care of. Make sure that the dropside of the cot bed is low enough so that you can bend down comfortably to pick up or put down your child without hurting your back; also, the dropside should be secure enough to not be opened by a child, but easy for you to operate, and its operation must be smooth as well; and, when you move it down, it should stop at least a few centimetres above the ground to prevent it from crushing your feet.

 

Height-adjustable Base

Many cot bed models come with a height-adjustable base, allowing you to customise the same based on your child’s growth. When you have an infant who is just a few weeks or months old, the base can be set on the highest level, enabling you to easily lift your baby and place them down. When your little one grows and begins to move around, turning side-to-side, crawling, etc., you can set the cot bed’s base to the lowest level so they don’t fall out and injure themselves. The middle or second base position is for when you use the cot bed as a toddler bed when the lowest position will be too close to the ground for this mode.

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Teething Rails

Chewing the edges of the cot bed happens to be a common practice in teething children. To prevent any injury to your child or damage to the cot bed, choose a model that comes with non-toxic teething rails, so you don’t have to worry about your baby getting harmed, either by getting hit or investing the varnish or paint, and the rails do a great job protecting their developing, delicate gums.

 

Manoeuvrability

Manoeuvrability is one of the factors you should consider because there will be times when you may have to move the cot bed to a different place. For instance, you may want to have your baby in your room during the first few months for easy access and then move the cot bed to their room, or when your baby is sick and constantly needs your attention. For this, you need to look for cot bed models that come with mounted wheels or casters.

 

Material

When it comes to the material of construction for the best cot beds, you get to choose between solid wood and MDF. MDF is medium-density fibreboard, which is basically engineered wood that has high density than plywood. If you choose to go with solid wood, your options include pine wood, mahogany, etc., and these cot beds are more expensive than those made from MDF. Do check that the solid wood is used throughout the construction and not just a finish on an MDF cot bed.

 

FAQs

Can I use a cot bed for my baby from birth?

Of course, you can. Cot beds are designed to be suitable for babies right from birth all the way up to even 7 or 8 years of age. You can simply position the base at its highest setting and use it for your newborn.

 

Can you take one side off of a cot bed?

Yes, cot beds are designed in such a way that you can take off just one side to make it a toddler bed before your little one moves on to their big girl/boy bed. This is known to make the transition smooth and comfortable for kids.

 

What is the difference between a cot bed and a cot?

A cot bed is typically larger than a cot but smaller than a single bed, and it has removable sides and also an end panel. The end panel is in place to help with converting the cot bed into a toddler bed that stays quite low than a standard single bed. And cot beds are more expensive than cots, but you get twice the value because you get to use them for several years.

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