What are some Features to look for when buying a Cot?
A cot will be attractive to look at and fun for your baby if wooden play beads or something similar are set into the respective cot ends. However, these are not essential as toys can easily be attached to a cot.
One or both sides of the cot should be able to drop in order to help you put down and pick up your baby more easily. One or two handed drop is available. Check whether you need one or two hands to operate the mechanism which drops the side of the cot. If possible, go for the one handed designs as you will most likely hold baby in your other arm.
Some cots can be bought with castors, as it facilitates the process of cleaning. If the cot does have castors, ensure that they are lockable, as an energetic baby might make the cot move around.
Mattress base height
Look for adjustable levels (usually two or three) where the mattress sits in the cot. Start by placing the mattress at the top for easy access. Lower it as your baby grows finishing on the lowest height when your baby is sitting up or standing.
Once baby is able to stand, he might try out his new teeth on the top of the cot. Plastic strips running along the wooden edge will protect your baby from getting a mouthful of splinters, and the cot from being damaged.
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