Best cots, cribs and cot beds for style, function and safe sleep

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Best cots, cribs and cot beds

by Bryony Firth-Bernard |
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Before your bundle of joy is born, you will need to buy a crib or cot bed so that your baby has a safe and comfortable sleeping spot for day and night, and that's where our list of the best cot beds and cribs comes in. Newborn babies can sleep anywhere between eight and 16 hours a day, so it's essential to find the best cot bed or crib for your baby for safe co-sleeping – getting good sleep is essential for their development.

A crib or cot is a bed designed for a baby, which has high sides, so they don't fall out. Some cribs are also bedside cribs – a bassinet-style cot that can attach to the side of your bed for safe co-sleeping. When baby is over 6 months, these can sometimes be used as standalone cribs and moved to a different place in your bedroom or into their own nursery. A cot bed is slightly larger and has removable sides, so you can turn it into a toddler bed when your child is old enough.

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Whether you're looking for a bedside crib for safe co-sleeping or a baby travel cot for your next family holiday, we've got an option for you on our list. You'll find a range of options for different budgets and needs, with some options that can grow with your baby.

Best cots, cribs and cot beds at a glance:

Cots and cribs:

Best crib overall: Graco Sweet2Sleep - Buy now on Amazon UK

Best cot for versatility: Maxi-Cosi Iora Air Co-Sleeper Crib - Buy now on Amazon UK

Cot beds:

Best cot bed overall: John Lewis Charlotte Cot Bed - Buy now on John Lewis

Best cot for small spaces: Babymore Space Saver Cot - Buy now on Amazon UK

All our product recommendations have been put to the test by our real mum testers, taking into consideration how long the cot bed could be used for, the safety features, the size, the mattress, the ease of assembly and, of course, value for money.

Take a look at our guide to choosing the best crib for you and your baby.

How we tried and tested these cots, cribs and cot beds

When selecting the best cots, cribs and cot beds, we have a number of ways to make sure that what we’re recommending is the best available for you and your little one. By combining real-world testing from our burgeoning army of mum testers, the extensive knowledge of our experienced editorial team, and insights from our thriving mum community on our Facebook group #mumtribe, we’re able to discover the products mums really like best and why, helping us highlight those that meet what you really want.

For the essential products, our annual Mother&Baby Awards shortlist the top products tested, and you can find full reviews from our mum testers provided on the product page. The winners and runners-up for each category then appear in our top picks article for that product, along with other products that were rated highly by our team. Find out more about how we test and what considerations we take into account in our testing process.

Testing the best cribs, cots and cot beds

To fully put these cribs, cots and cot beds through their paces, we called on our team of mum testers to try them out over the course of a few weeks with their babies and toddlers. We asked them to consider various factors that we know to be important to parents when they’re looking for the best cribs, cots and cot beds for their little ones. These included how easy they were to put together, their design, support, comfort and value for money. We also asked them to give each a score out of 5, and score each of the criteria individually.

By thoroughly testing and reviewing these key aspects of a crib, cot or cot bed, we’ve been able to compare and contrast each to be sure that you’re getting the most in-depth and firsthand feedback from parents just like you, helping you to make an informed decision when buying the best cribs, cots and cot beds for your baby.

The Best Cots, Cribs and Cot Beds for 2024

Cribs and cots

Best crib overall

Graco Sweet2Sleep Bedside CribMother&Baby/Naivette Bluff

The Graco Sweet2Sleep is a recent Gold Winner for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

This well-deserving award-winner ticks a lot of boxes for new parents. Not only is it easy to put together, it’s designed to be easy to use as well, with an adjustable side rail that can be moved with one hand. One of our testers felt that her "baby [was] more secure" in the Graco Sweet2Sleep compared to options with a zip pull-down version while another tester noted that the easy access side rail helped when she was recovering from the birth.

As well as being convenient and easy to use, the drop-down side rail allows for safer co-sleeping and makes night time feeds easy. Even when the side rail is up, the mesh panel provides clear visibility so you can watch your baby sleeping peacefully while enjoying a restful night yourself. Parents felt this offered a greater bonding opportunity, keeping your baby close-by, within easy reach and allowing you to see them at all times. 

You don't need to worry about it fitting your bed, as there are 11 height adjustments to choose from, and it also works well as a travel cot, as it's lightweight and easy to store and transport in its own carry bag. Parents noted that this allowed them to keep the cot downstairs and carry it upstairs when they went to bed, making it a more versatile option. Plus, with four tilting options when not attached to the bed, you can change the position to soothe indigestion and tummy discomfort, enhancing your baby's comfort throughout the night.

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2024, where it won Gold for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket.

Read our full Graco Sweet2Sleep review.

Pros

  • Lightweight so can be moved around easily
  • Adjustable, with 11 settings to fit different bed heights
  • Easy-access side rail can be moved with just one hand
  • Mesh side panel allows you to see your baby easily
  • Folds down for easy storage and use as a travel cot with its own bag
  • Wrap-around bed strap for security
  • Locking wheels

Cons

  • No storage underneath
Age:From birth to approx. 9 months (9kg)
Dimensions:95 cm x 68.5 cm x 81 cm
Weight:8.6kg

Best crib for versatility

Maxi-Cosi Iora Bedside CribMother&Baby/Features Editor, Robyn Cann

The Maxi-Cosi Iora Air won the Bronze award for Best Cot, Crib, or Moses Basket at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024, and has proven equally popular with parents. Dual purpose, the Maxi-Cosi Iora Air can be used as both a co-sleeper and stand-alone crib, providing versatility for nap and bed times. This also allows parents to start out co-sleeping and transition to a stand-alone crib when the time is right, allowing your baby to stay in the same bed for 6 months. The rocking mechanism is a handy and easy to use feature that allows you to rock your baby to sleep when needed though some users found the rocking function slightly stiff at first.

Parents noted that the all-round mesh improved airflow and breathability, as well as allowing them to see the baby without dropping the side. Five different height positions and an easy co-sleeping slide function keep your baby close, safe, and secure, with the option to adjust one side higher to alleviate reflux. It’s designed to suit your baby from 0-6 months, and many reviewers praised the size and depth as allowing the baby plenty of space. 

Unlike the Graco Sweet2Sleep, the Maxi-Cosi Iora Air boasts a storage basket underneath for essential items, though some parents mentioned that this is hard to reach when in bed as it sits snug against the side of the bed. It is foldable and comes with a carry bag so reviewers felt it could also be used as a travel cot. Testers also praised the stylish, contemporary design and eco-friendly 100% recycled fabric.

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2024, where it won Bronze for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket.

Read our full Maxi-Cosi Iora Air review.

Pros

  • Versatile as both a co-sleeper and stand-alone crib
  • Easy to fold for storage and transport
  • Large storage basket underneath
  • Easy to use
  • Hidden wheels to allow easy movement when needed
  • Rocking function
  • One side can be raised to help with reflux
  • Comes with storage bag
  • Made from recycled fabrics and has a full mesh exterior

Cons

  • Some reviewers thought the mattress was too firm
Age:From birth to six months
Dimensions:64 cm x 97 cm x 74.7 cm
Weight:12.8 kg

Best gliding crib

Winner of the Gold award at the 2023 Mother&Baby Awards for Best Cot, Crib, or Moses Basket, the Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib boasts a gentle gliding motion that’s activated by the baby’s movement to soothe them back to sleep. Parents praised this feature in particular, noting the ‘smooth glide’ with one saying that “as soon as I placed my newborn in this crib, he settled immediately. I love the fact that I can rock him whilst I am in bed.”

While this crib doesn’t offer the co-sleeping potential of others we tested, it has an optimum height of 74cm and can be positioned close to the bed for easy night feeds and the mesh panels on two sides allow you to see your baby with ease. One of our mum testers noted that “The mesh sides also make it easy to see baby when lying in bed and this gives additional peace of mind”, while another felt this was also beneficial for her baby who seemed to “appreciate the mesh sides, as she is able to see everything that is going on around”.

The standalone design and lightweight construction - weighing only 6kg it’s one of the lightest we tested – make it easy to move from room to room if needed and the handy travel bag allows you to transport it easily for trips away. One parent noted that "this cot is an absolute dream to assemble... it's lightweight and easy to move about, but also feels sturdy." It proved popular with testers on other practicalities, including the machine-washable crib cover, mattress cover, and reflux wedge cover.  

The Reflux wedge is a good addition, helping to ease any discomfort from reflux while the mattress has a breathable fibre core and is chemical free so provides peace of mind for parents, while being comfortable for the baby. 

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2023, where it won Gold for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket.

Read our full Babymore Air Motion Gliding Crib review.

Pros

  • Gliding motion activated by movement to help soothe baby to sleep
  • Lightweight to allow for transporting to other rooms or on trips away
  • Stylish and simple design fits into most decors
  • Mesh on two sides to allow better visibility for parents and baby
  • Low sides to allow easier access
  • Easy to assemble
  • Comes with a travel bag
  • Comes with reflux wedge to help ease discomfort

Cons

  • Can only be rocked side-to-side
  • No storage underneath
Age:From birth - 9kg
Dimensions:91 cm x 63 cm x 74 cm
Weight:6kg

Best affordable crib

Winner of the Bronze award for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket at the Mother&Baby Awards 2023, the Graco Side-by-Side Bedside Bassinet offers excellent value without compromising on features. Designed with convenience in mind, the Graco Side-By-Side is lightweight and easily portable, with a one-step fold mechanism which allows for quick setup and storage. Not only does it function as a bedside bassinet, but it also converts into a travel-size infant bed with the removal of its lower legs, making it a practical choice for family trips or visits.

The spacious sleeping area and mesh sides allow you to see your baby easily, providing you with peace of mind. One reviewer felt the large storage basket was helpful for keeping baby essentials within easy reach, and noted this was particularly helpful when she was recovering from a C-Section. While our reviewer said the height of the crib was adequate - "not too low down or high up" - it can't be adjusted, making it less adaptable than some others on our list. 

Though it comes complete with a premium quilted mattress that claims to be easy to clean, some reviewers suggested it would benefit from adding a waterproof mattress protector. 

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2023, where it won Bronze for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket.

Read our full Graco Side-By-Side review.

Pros

  • Compact for smaller spaces
  • Easy to put up and take down for both storage and transport
  • Budget-friendly and good value for money
  • Large basket underneath for storing essential items
  • Travel bag included
  • Transforms into infant travel bed

Cons

  • Height is not adjustable, so best to check it's right for your needs
  • Some reviewers found the mattress too firm and felt it needed a waterproof protector
Age:From birth - 9kg
Dimensions:87 cm x 58 cm x 46.5cm
Weight:7.8kg

Best crib for travel

Sleeping baby in the Chicco Next2Me CribMother&Baby

The Chicco Next2Me Pop Up was shortlisted for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket in our 2024 Mother&Baby Awards.

Chicco's Next2Me range is well-known for quality, usability and design, and the Chicco Next2Me Pop Up continues that trend. Shortlisted in the 2024 Mother&Baby Awards, the Pop Up is exceptionally versatile and can be used as a co-sleeper, standalone cot and travel cot. Our reviewer appreciated this versatility and noted that “it should be the only bed you’ll need for the first six months of your baby’s life”. 

It can be attached to the bed using the included straps while the six height levels mean it can be adjusted to suit the height of your bed. It can also be tilted if your baby is suffering from colic or reflux, although this feature can't be used if it's in co-sleeping mode. It also has the added bonus of foldable feet so it can even be attached to beds with storage compartments. Two wheels on the feet mean it can be moved around easily if needed.

It is also one of the best cots to use as a travel cot and our reviewer particularly liked that it opens up and folds flat "in just three seconds", without needing to remove any parts, making it perfect for travel. In terms of appearance, our tester felt it wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing on the market, but it's built to last and feels well-made. 

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2024, where it was shortlisted for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket.

Read our full Chicco Next2Me Pop Up review.

Pros

  • Multi-use as a co-sleeper, standalone crib and travel cot
  • Folds away quickly for storage or travel
  • Tilt feature available for babies with colic or reflux
  • Six height adjustments to suit different bed heights
  • Can be used as a travel cot
  • Comes with travel bag

Cons

  • Tilt feature can't be used in co-sleeping mode
  • Some testers felt it wasn't as aesthetically pleasing as other options
Age:From birth - 9kg
Dimensions:82 cm x 80 cm x 97 cm
Weight:10.5 kg

Best multi-use cot

The Kinderkraft SOFI cot is a versatile 4-in-1 solution that's a baby cot, bassinet, travel bed, and playpen all rolled into one, offering exceptional value for money. Not only that, but the cot's safety has been confirmed by tests performed by the renowned INTERTEK laboratory, offering valuable peace of mind for new parents.

The mattress has two levels so at the highest level it can be used a cot with handy storage underneath, but when your baby has outgrown the cot, the mattress can be lowered to the floor to use it as a playpen. Whether sleeping or playing, the cot is partially made of breathable mesh to allow better ventilation and a good view of your baby. A simple rocking feature can help to soothe babies and one of our testers appreciated how easy this was, saying “the clever rocking feet which can be easily flipped out to enable the cot to rock are a wonderful feature-offering that extra level of comfort for baby.”

As a travel cot, the Kinderkraft SOFI can be assembled and folded up in five seconds and our testers appreciated the speed and ease of use with one saying “it is by far the easiest travel cot I have ever put up – it takes mere seconds to snap the legs into place”. However, check the measurements to be sure it will fit in your car as one tester felt it was “quite bulky. Most travel cots fold down a lot smaller and so this would take up a lot of room in the car boot”.

Read our full Kinderkraft SOFI cot review.

Pros

  • Easy and quick to assemble in 5 seconds
  • Modern design
  • Four-in-one cot, bassinet, travel cot and playpen
  • Easy to clean
  • Rocking function to soothe baby to sleep
  • Great for travel as lightweight and folds flat
  • Plenty of storage underneath
  • Offers value for money as a 4-in-1 product

Cons

  • May be too snug for larger babies
Age:Birth - 15kg
Dimensions:41.3 cm x 63 cm x 71 cm
Weight:8.7 kg

Most stylish bedside crib

Expert rating:
4.5
SnuzPod4 Bedside Crib Mother&Baby/Carly Duffy

The SnuzPod4 is the UK's "best-selling bedside crib", and it's definitely one of the most aesthetically pleasing options on our list with seven colour options to choose from. It’s also brilliantly versatile, and while it’s designed primarily as a bedside crib, we love that the bassinet base can be removed so you can move your baby around the house for naps. It’s also one of the slimmer models on the market, so ideal if you don’t have a lot of space by your bed though our tester felt her larger baby might outgrow the cot before 6 months. 

The clever ComfortAir breathable system ensures your baby remains at an optimal temperature during bed and nap times with a combination of air-flow vents, breathable mesh liner, and ventilation in the base increase airflow. The two mesh sides have the added benefit of allowing you to see in and your baby to see out. Babies with reflux can be raised with its ‘reflux leg’ which can be added to the end of the crib to create a gentle incline. As with other cribs we tested, this can only be used when the cot is in standalone mode with the sides raised. 

It does have a rocking feature, but our parent reviewer noted that it rocks "side-to-side in a jolty way, as opposed to a smoother, rocking chair style movement", and that tools are needed to adjust the height and to change it from bedside crib to bassinet.

Read our full SnuzPod4 review.

Pros

  • Available in seven colours to suit your home
  • Lift-off bassinet to use around the house
  • Lightweight for easy movement around the house
  • Machine-washable liner
  • Height adjustable to suit the height of your bed
  • A more compact, slimline option for smaller spaces

Cons

  • No storage space underneath
  • More complicated to assemble than other models
  • Needs tools to adjust height
Age:Birth - 6 months
Dimensions:100 cm x 49 cm x 95 cm
Weight:11.5 kg

Best smart cot

SNOO Smart SleeperMother&Baby/Emily Gilbert

If your little one is a fussy sleeper and you really value your eight hours, the SNOO Smart Sleeper cot could well be a game-changer. Loved by parents worldwide and a favourite with celebrities, it responds to your baby's cries by gently (and quietly) rocking your baby to sleep, paired with soothing white noises that mimic the inside of the womb. 

While it doesn't have a drop-down side, you can purchase shorter legs if it's too high for your bed, which our tester found was necessary for their bedroom and allowed them to look into the cot rather than having to sit up and look over. 

Our reviewer found that it was simple to put together and plug in, it looks great, and it comes with everything you need to get started - SNOO sacks, mattress and sheet included. Plus, the swaddle sacks ensure baby is kept on their back at all times. It’s worth considering that to make full use of the SNOO, you need to follow a few steps, including swaddling your baby and clipping the sleep sack into the cot. Overall, parents felt it helped their babies to get into a good sleep routine, with one parent commenting that “the Snoo really helped soothe our baby at bedtime, making it easier to put her down at night”.

It's a clever piece of kit, with a mobile app, a weaning feature, access to sleep consultants, and much more, but it is an investment, so may be out of budget for some parents.

Read our full SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Cot review.

Pros

  • Modern, sleek design
  • Soothes baby with gentle movement and white noise
  • Responds to your baby's movement to soothe and naturally sleep train
  • Easy to assemble
  • Links to mobile app, where you can receive sleep reports
  • Comes with a variety of accessories

Cons

  • Can only be used as a cot, so not as versatile as other options
  • Not height adjustable (but shorter legs are available)
  • No storage underneath
Age:Birth - 6 months
Dimensions:90.8 cm × 48.3 cm × 81.9 cm
Weight:17.4 kg

Best cot for small spaces

If you don't have a lot of space, this compact and stylish Babymore Space Saver Cot is ideal for your home and comfy for your baby. Though it can only be used as a cot, it boasts several features that make it more versatile. This includes four mattress heights which one of our testers appreciated, noting that they could “set the bed base at the highest position so I don't have to bend over to pick up my little girl. I had a very sore back after giving birth, so having this space-saver cot has made my recovery easier." As your baby grows, you can lower the mattress height to create a safer sleep environment. It can also be moved around the room easily thanks to the wheels (though these can be left off if not needed), and one tester felt this allowed her to “move it easily in and out to get past it next to my bed”. 

While it will last longer than a crib or bassinet and is suitable from birth to approximately 12 months, some parents felt it would be better if it was able to last a little longer. However, this was still seen as a great, affordable option for those with limited space.

Read our full Babymore Space Saver Cot review.

Pros

  • Four mattress heights to allow it to grow with your baby
  • Two protective teething rails to keep teeth marks at bay
  • Compact size means it's ideal for smaller bedrooms but still spacious enough to last up to 12 months
  • Removable wheels give you the option to move the cot around or leave off if it can be stationary
  • Budget-friendly and great value for money

Cons

  • Only suitable for up to 12 months which some testers felt wasn't long enough
  • One reviewer felt it would be better if it converted to a toddler bed
Age:From birth 12 months
Dimensions:40.9 cm x 21.7 cm x 35.8 cm
Weight:12 kg

Cot beds

Best cot bed overall

The John Lewis Charlotte Cot Bed was awarded Silver for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024. 

This solid pine Charlotte Cot Bed from John Lewis & Partners is at the top of our list thanks to its high-quality build, its lovely design, its ability to convert into a toddler bed and three height adjustments. These features mean it should grow with your baby until they’re around four years old, offering great value for money. In the early months, the higher mattress height will allow you to easily reach your baby, while the lower settings make it safer when your baby is more mobile. Once they’re old enough to move into a toddler bed, the sides can be removed, and the included footboard added to make it into a bed. 

Our testers noted that it was easy to put together, even for one person, that the space underneath is handy for storage, and that even though it doesn’t come with a mattress, its standard size means it's easy to buy sheets and a mattress. A teething rail feature on the sides protects the tops of the rail, though one of our testers felt it marked quite easily, so other areas might show wear after time.

Parents particularly liked the design of the cot bed, and our tester agreed, noting that “the design was very modern but also classic, meaning it can be used for generations - can be put up for other children and will still be trendy enough to have in a nursery”. 

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2024, where it won Silver for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket.

Read our full John Lewis Charlotte Cot Bed review.

Pros

  • High-quality wood to add a classic feel
  • Easy to assemble in around 30 minutes
  • Converts into toddler bed, so should last from birth to 4 years old
  • The classic design makes it a timeless addition to the nursery
  • Three mattress heights allow it to grow with your baby
  • Comes with teething rails to protect the tops of the side rails

Cons

  • One tester felt the paint came off easily
  • Mattress sold separately but is a standard size so easy to buy
Age:Birth to four years
Dimensions:147 cm x 84 cm
Weight:23.1kg

Best classic cot bed

CuddleCo Clara Cot BedCuddleCo

The CuddleCo Clara Cot Bed was a Silver winner for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket in our 2023 Mother&Baby Awards.

The traditional design of the CuddleCo Clara cot bed is suited to classic nursery designs and is part of a range of furniture which has the added benefit of allowing you to buy matching pieces, including wardrobes, shelves and changing tables. But it’s not just beautiful, it’s also functional, boasting three mattress heights and the potential to turn it into a toddler bed so it can suit newborns up to children of five years old. Our reviewers appreciated this flexibility, with one mum saying “My child is now standing and having the lowest position means they can stand safely without trying to climb over the sides. Safety is a big concern of mine and had no concerns with this product whatsoever, I found it to be very sturdy and well built". 

As it's built last, our reviewers found that the price was justified and offered good value for money, with tester mum, Laura, saying “I love that it turns into a toddler bed as this makes the price fully justifiable as this is going to last a long time”. The only thing that might put some parents off is the lack of storage space underneath, so it's worth bearing that in mind if your nursery is on the smaller side. The mattress is not included but is a standard size of 140 x 70cm so can be bought easily from most retailers.

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2023, where it won Silver for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket.

Read our full CuddleCo Clara Cot Bed review.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • High-quality craftsmanship means it should last longer
  • Three mattress heights to allow it to grow with your baby
  • Can convert into a toddler bed, so should last until your child is 5 years old
  • Value for money due to its quality and versatility

Cons

  • No space for storage under the bed, which may be an issue for smaller spaces
  • Mattress sold separately, but this is a standard size and easy to find
Age:From birth to five years
Dimensions:88 cm x 157 cm x 82 cm
Weight:Not listed

Best cot bed for storage

The Mamas&Papas Franklin Cot Bed won Gold in the Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket category in our 2022 Mother&Baby Awards.

For a cot bed that stands the test of time, look no further than the Mamas&Papas Franklin Cot Bed. A Gold award winner in the 2022 Mother&Baby awards, it’s still as popular as ever with parents. This cot bed will see you through from newborn to around 4 years old. The two mattress heights allow it to grow with your baby, so it can be raised when your baby is newborn, making it easier to place them into the cot. When they become more mobile, the lower setting makes it safer, so you don’t need to worry about them climbing out. Our testers also loved the added features, such as the useful drawer which mum tester Katrina pointed out “has a soft close function which is much better than some cheaper cots with drawers”. It also boasts hanging rails which are useful for hanging clothes, muslin cloths or blankets, while the anti-bite plastic strip along the top of the cot protects the top rails from teeth. 

With an ample storage drawer, it's great for those with limited space or who want to keep their space neat and tidy. While it’s one of the more expensive options on our list, the high quality craftsmanship and the fact it converts into a toddler bed meant our reviewers felt it offered good value for money, with Emma noting that “it will be passed down to younger siblings as it’s so sturdy and well made it will last through the years”. 

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2022, where it won Bronze for Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket.

Read our full Mamas & Papas Franklin Cot Bed review.

Pros

  • Stylish, high-quality design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Three mattress heights
  • Converts to toddler bed
  • Excellent storage
  • Soft-close drawer

Cons

  • May be too tall for shorter parents
Age:From birth to four years
Dimensions:155 cm x 75 cm x 91 cm
Weight: Not listed

Best cot bed for style

Snuz Fino Cot BedMother&Baby/Matt Tomkins

With four colour choices, this stylish cot bed could suit any nursery, meaning it could grow with your child and also be passed on to other children, making it good value for money. Our tester was also impressed with the quality, suggesting that ‘the SnuzFino is sleek and stylish, and thanks to its solid construction, should stay as such throughout its lifespan”. For those who like to create a coordinating scheme, the range includes the SnuzFino Changing Unit and Wardrobe. Looks and aesthetics aside, it’s also a brilliantly practical option, with two height settings for the mattress, which will allow it to grow with your baby. With that in mind, the SnuzFino can take your baby from newborn to 18 months old. 

After that point, you’ll need to have the Toddler Kit (sold separately), which should allow the bed to last until your child is four years old. The cot bed can be purchased separately if you don't want the toddler conversion kit, but given the price, it makes sense to opt for the kit, and our dad tester thought this was a great addition, commenting that “the toddler kit is a nice touch, with the fabric canopy offering a really cosy feel”. It's the unique design of the toddler kit which really sets the SnuzFino Cot Bed apart from its peers, creating a cocoon with the fabric canopy over the top. 

The mattress is a standard size, so you could buy one from any retailer, but Snuz sells its own range of mattresses, which includes the Mother&Baby award-winning SnuzSurface Duo

Read our full SnuzFino Cot Bed review.

Pros

  • Chic design with a choice of colours to suit most nursery schemes
  • High-quality build makes it easy to assemble and should last well
  • Converts into toddler bed with the addition of a Toddler Kit (sold separately)
  • Two mattress heights to allow it to grow with your baby from newborn to 18 months
  • Storage space underneath
  • The unique design of the Toddler Kit includes a canopy to create a cosy escape for toddlers

Cons

  • Mattress sold separately but is a standard size, and Snuz have their own award-winning range
Age:From birth to four years
Dimensions:153 cm x 74 cm x 88.5 cm
Weight:31.5 kg

Best luxury cot bed

Mother & Baby/Samantha Ball

Silver Cross is known for its luxury products, and the Westport Cot Bed is no different. With its mid-century minimalist design and chic oak finish, it looks stunning and will suit contemporary Scandi-design nurseries. But it’s also functional and practical, with three heights for the mattress and the potential to transform it easily into a toddler bed so it can last from newborn to around 4 years old. The mattress isn’t included, but is a standard size and Silver Cross have a range of options if you want to buy it all together. 

Our tester praised the sturdiness of the cot bed, noting that although it is difficult to move when it’s assembled, when her daughter shuffles around in bed, “it doesn't move with her whereas our last one would rock slightly and occasionally knock against the wall”. With high sides and the three height options for the mattress, it's great for those with kids who might be tall enough to climb out. Our reviewer found this reassuring, commenting that “the sides of the cot are high enough that they come up to her armpits, not her waist, so when she leans on the side she isn't at risk of falling out”. However, some reviewers found that the high sides might make it harder for shorter people to reach down fully when the mattress is at its lowest level. 

Read our full Silver Cross Westport Cot Bed review.

Pros

  • Beautiful minimalist design means it will fit well in most nurseries
  • Has higher sides which are good for taller babies once they start standing
  • Space underneath is useful for storage in smaller spaces
  • Converts to a toddler bed so can last to around 4 years old
  • Three mattress heights allow it to grow with your baby

Cons

  • On the heavier side, so needs two people to assemble and move
  • Mattress sold separately but is a standard size, and options are also available from Silver Cross
Age:From birth to four years
Dimensions:144.5 cm x 75 cm x 102 cm
Weight:Not listed

What's the difference between cribs, bedside cots and Moses baskets?

Wondering what exactly is a 'crib'? Well, 'crib' is the American English term for 'cot' (which is used in British English), and is a bed designed specifically for a baby with high sides to prevent them from falling out. You can get lots of different styles, from bedside cribs which are used for co-sleeping, to travel cots that are compact and easy to transport, and even rocking cribs to help soothe your baby to sleep. It all depends on what you're looking for.

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Cot beds and cribs – All you need to know

Choosing the right cot for you and your baby

There are a few things to bear in mind when purchasing cot beds and cribs. We've pulled a checklist below of the things you should consider when buying a crib:

1. How easy is it to assemble? — are you pretty hands-on and a DIY queen or king, or would you prefer something more straightforward to assemble? Some cribs are significantly easier to put up than others, so remember to think about this before purchasing.

2. Do you want to co-sleep? — if you do, then you'll need to look for a bedside crib, as these have been designed specifically for safe co-sleeping with your baby. They come with a panel that you can zip down and can be pulled close enough to your bed so that you're close to your baby without bed-sharing. Also, make sure it is suitable for your bed. Your baby's mattress should be in line with your own. Many cribs have different height adjustments so this is possible.

3. How much space have you got? — some cribs are naturally bigger than others, especially ones that are designed to grow with your baby and can convert into toddler/day beds, so keep this in mind.

4. Does it include a mattress? — another key thing to consider. If it doesn't, then this will have to be purchased separately, which could end up being quite expensive. Check out our guide on how to choose a baby mattress if you need a little helping hand. We've also hand-picked a roundup of the best cot mattresses for your baby's comfort and safety.

Cot safety

To ensure you're buying the safest crib possible for your baby, the NHS advises to make sure it meets the British safety standard BS EN 716. You should be able to find this number either in the instructions or on the cot itself. Other important features to look out for include:

• There's no space between the mattress and crib for the baby's head to get stuck.

• The distance between each bar shouldn't be more than 6.5cm (2.5 inches), so your baby's head cannot get trapped. They should also be smooth and secure.

• The cot must be sturdy.

• Any moving parts should work smoothly and not allow fingers or clothing to get trapped.

• Cot bumpers aren't advised, as they can cause the baby to overheat or get tangled in the fastenings.

• Never leave anything with ties in the cot with the baby as they might get caught around their neck and could choke.

• For the first six months, the safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back in a cot in the same room as you.

Why won't my baby sleep in a cot?

If your baby is struggling to settle in their cot, it may be because they've gotten used to sleeping in their Moses basket or even in your arms. As well as this, other development milestones can have an impact on their sleep, such as teething, growth spurts and illness.

According to Emily McInnes from Sound Asleep Coaching, this is very common so you're certainly not alone if your baby is refusing to settle in their cot. "We have to remember that a newborn baby is used to being right next to you for 9 months in the womb and then they have to adjust to life in the wider world. It is biologically normal and appropriate for a baby to want to be near their caregiver for cuddles and comfort. You are their safe space and unfortunately no cot will compare to your cuddles!" To help you through this transition, Emily offered Mother&Baby her tips on what you can do to support your little one to become more familiar with their cot. This includes:

- Start to familiarise your baby with their cot for naps in the daytime. Provide them comfort, reassurance and touch throughout but aim to leave them in their sleep space

- Try to incorporate some sleep associations such as white noise to help calm your baby and this can also help to create an association with that particular sound and sleep

- You can put a piece of material such as a square of muslin cloth that smells of you in their crib whilst they fall asleep and then remove this in line with the safe sleep guidelines. The smell of you may help to settle them and provide reassurance

- Rocking, patting and shushing are great techniques which you can do to support sleep in their cot

Should a baby sleep in a cot straight away?

According to the NHS, for the first six months of baby's life, they should sleep in a cot, crib or Moses basket in the same room as you for all sleep. The kind of cot you choose really depends on your budget, space and preference as a parent.

When should a baby move from a Moses basket or bedside cot to a cot?

Once they've passed the six-month mark, they can move into their larger cot in their nursery. This is the point when your baby might be getting too large for a Moses basket and need their own space.

When should a toddler transition from a cot to a bed?

Moving your toddler to a toddler bed is a big step. According to Sarah Ockwell-Smith, author of The Gentle Sleep Book, you should think about moving your little one from a cot to a toddler bed between 18 months and 3 and a half.

Signs they're ready for the big move is that they're regularly climbing out of their cot, waking more in the night, and you often find them with their arms and legs poking out of the cot.

If your toddler is struggling with this transition, Emily McInnes suggests making it a gradual process over 1-2 weeks. "The key is the 'acclimatisation' part to the process. When your child becomes familiar with their new sleep space, they are much more likely to feel more secure and will hopefully be more willing to sleep in their bed." She suggests:

- Create lots of positive associations with their bedroom and toddler bed - you can use play therapy in the day time to do this. Read them books on their bed, play some games in their room and make it an exciting new environment (longer term I would avoid toys in the bedroom as this can be associated with play and stimulation)

- You can get them to help you choose their new bedding. This will help to make them feel involved and part of the transition process

- Start putting your child to sleep in their toddler bed for naps in the daytime and then build up to nighttime sleep

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About the experts

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well-known parenting expert and a highly regarded popular childcare author who specialises in the psychology and science of parenting, 'gentle parenting' and attachment theory, with a particular interest in child sleep. She has authored 14 parenting books, translated into over 30 languages, which have sold over half a million copies.

Emily McInnes is a Paediatric Nurse and Certified Holistic Sleep Coach. She has over ten years experience in the healthcare setting and has a passion for supporting parents with their child's sleep. She has a vast amount of knowledge in paediatric sleep which she is passionate about sharing with the wider community to educate and reassure parents about the biologically normal sleep behaviours of babies and toddlers. Follow her at Sound Asleep Coaching.

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