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It is important to provide a safe sleeping surface for your baby. Only use a firm mattress that fits snugly into the cot. Don't use cot bumpers or soft bedding as these have been associated with fatal sleep accidents. Don't use extra mattresses.
All cots sold in Australia need to comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2172-2003 which specifies safe measurements concerning the height of the cot sides, the size of the gaps in the cot as well as between the mattress and cot edges. For more information on the Standard, visit Product Safety Australia.
Here, Bounty Editors recommend their top cot picks.
1/5 The Boori Sleigh Expandable Cot Bed, RRP $1,199.95, cleverly converts from a cot bed (in a high or low position), to a toddler bed and then, with a conversion kit, to a full-size single bed.
2/5 The JUCA cot, RRP $1899, has 3 defined mattress levels, controlled by a remote control. At the highest level a baby can be safely lifted from the cot, without undue bending and strain on their carer's lower back.
3/5 The Cocoon Nest 4 in 1, $1,199.99, has a unique design. It converts from bassinet, cot, toddler bed and then, to further compliment this creative design, the NEST then evolves into a table and chairs set.
4/5 The Stokke 'Home' cot, RRP $1299, is suitable from birth to about 5 years. The height adjustable mattress bottom makes lifting your child in and out easier and the house shape allows for individualisation.
5/5 The IKEA Stuva/Fritids cot, $399, features handy storage drawers at the base and when your child is big enough, one cot side can be removed for a toddler conversion.