When you're buying a cot for your new arrival there are a few things you need to consider before making your purchase.
Top of your priority list should be safety. Most cots are now fixed side, which means they no longer have one side which can slide up and down. Cots which have a drop down side are banned in most countries and should be avoided. Broken latches and sides put on incorrectly can leave gaps in the cot which can result in injury to your baby.
A good cot should have a round 3-4 mattress levels, this allows you to adjust the height of your cot as your baby grows. Putting less stress on your back when lowering your little one into bed. The majority of cots on sale in NZ should be fixed side. Be wary of buying a second hand cot that has a drop side.
CONS OF A DROP-SIDE COT
Wear and tear on latches can become a serious safety concern with drop-sides mechanisms failing
Due to moving parts, drop-side cots are not always as sturdy as fixed cots
Often cannot easily be converted to a toddler bed
Often more expensive than the fixed-side equivalent
Starting to be phased out with manufacturers and retailers due to declining popularity
Another thing to consider when purchasing a cot is functionality. Are you able to convert it to a toddler bed? Does it include the toddler conversion? A great cot to buy is one that has a bassinet level for the mattress for your newborn. Once baby starts to sit move it down to the next level and so on, until you are at the base of the cot. Buying a cot that coverts into a toddler bed and eventually a day bed gives you value for money. Even better if the toddler conversion is included. Check out the range of Babyletto 3in1 cots here.
You have to love the look of your cot too. After all, you will be in the nursery a lot over the next two years. Think about the colour palette you want for the whole room and find a cot that works with that. Neutral colours never date and will always look in fashion. Bright whites look fresh and new. Most good brands of cots have matching change tables and drawers to finish the complete look of your nursery. If you plan on having more children think of it as a good investment as it may cost $700 to $900 but over 4 to 6 years you will get lots of wear out of it. Link to all nursery furniture here.