Whether you are having your first child or your 4th choosing a cot is an important decision. For those of you who have already had kids you can probably get away with using the cot you already have. For those of you who haven’t already got a cot or threw away the old one we have some friendly advice for you.
Your little one will spend more time in their cot than anywhere else in the early stages of their life so it’s important you choose the right one. It is important it is comfortable and mainly it is important it’s safe. Before long your newborn will be an active child, crawling, fidgeting and moving around. You need to know the cot will withstand the activity and not cause any lasting damage.
Here are some tips to help you ensure the safety of the cot;
All cots in the UK meet the British Standard BSEN716. Check any cots you look at or purchase for this code.
Make sure the gaps between the bars of the cot aren’t too wide. You don’t want your little one getting up to mischief or worse get their arms and legs stuck in the gaps. The gap should measure between 4.5cm and 6.5cm.
Ensure the bars are high enough. If you don’t you run the risk of your child climbing out of the cot.
Be wary of second-hand cots. Whilst upcycling is fantastic just make sure you put your newborns safety first. Check the paint coating on any second hand cot to ensure there is no lead in the paint. Lead can cause breathing and neurological problems for babies.
Cots with mesh sides have been proven to be unsafe.
Ensure there are no horizontal bars and structures for your baby to use a ladder or climbing frame
Ensure you place the cot away from any curtains or material that could lead to strangulation.
There should of course be no protruding nails or parts that you or your little one may hurt yourself on.
Make sure there is enough room your baby to enjoy the space.
Use blankets and baby comforters to make it a safe and welcoming place for your child.
Choosing a cot is an exciting time for any new parents and hopefully with the advice in this article you can help create a welcoming and safe place for your newborn to grow and develop.