Find the best baby cot for you - one that's long-lasting, secure, comfortable and easy to assemble
Getting the best cot is one of the most valuable purchases you can make for your baby. Not only does it bring them joy by providing them with their own sleeping space, but it also keeps them comfortable and, above all, safe.
Most baby cots are used from 0-6 months old. A standard cot will usually last until your child is two years old, but there are plenty that convert into toddler beds and can last right up until they are ten (with the suitable conversion kit). Some baby cots have built-in storage and others can be adjusted to different levels to keep babies safe when they’re able to move around or pull themselves up.
Also available are compact baby cots that are better suited to smaller rooms. While many parents opt for a moses basket or bedside crib for the first 4-6 months, a baby can grow out of this quite quickly. This is why more and more parents are buying cots or cot beds for their newborns to use from day one straight through to toddlerhood.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite tried-and-tested baby cots, alongside a short guide on what to look out for when shopping for the best cot for your newborn or impending arrival.
How to choose the best baby cot for you
When buying a baby cot, the main factors to consider are size, safety standards, style, and budget. Read more on these below.
What are the advantages of buying a baby cot?
A baby cot is sturdier and safer than a moses basket and some can convert into cot beds. This means you can save money by choosing one place for your baby to sleep for a longer period of time. Another advantage is that your baby can learn to sleep in one place for a longer stint of their life without being disturbed. They will be familiar with their cot and won’t need to make a transition into an alternative, alien bed. This creates a feeling of safety and relaxation for your baby, which will hopefully help them settle that little bit easier.
What size cot should I buy?
Cots are smaller than cot beds, at around 50-60cm wide, meaning they may fit in your room easier (the NHS recommends that a baby sleeps in the same room as their parents until they’re six months old). The length of a baby cot, however, can vary between 90cm to around 140cm, so if you have a nursery with limited space, you might want to opt for a cot that’s shorter.
If space isn’t an issue, a longer bed will likely last the little one until they are much older and could be a cost effective solution. There is also the option to buy a bedside cot with a removable side, so it can be positioned to the side of your own bed.
What safety standards should a baby cot meet?
When it comes to cots and cot beds, there are some safety requirements to adhere to. For example, under one particular European Standard (EN 716-1:2017), the gap between the bars of the cot should not be larger than 6.5cm so your baby’s limbs can’t get stuck in between them. It’s also recommended that the distance between the top of the mattress and the top of the cot sides is at least 50cm, to prevent your baby from climbing out, while other experts recommend that a cot has bars on all four sides to help with air flow.
How do baby cots cost?
Baby cots can cost anywhere between £100 and £700, or more. For a bed with a decent size and spec, you can expect an average price of around £150-£350. Some beds come with the mattress included and though these may seem pricier at first, they work out to be more cost-effective than buying the frame and the mattress separately.
Do I need extra features?
There are a few extra features to look out for when shopping around for a good baby cot. These include things like teething rails to protect the baby’s gums and the cot itself, adjustable cot base height, and extra space for storage by way of drawers or built-in shelves. Other features include toddler bed conversion options and the choice to add a mattress with a protective cover to your order.
The best baby cot you can buy in 2022
1. SnuzKot Haze Grey Skandi: The best minimalist baby cot
Price: £380 | Buy now from Snuz
The minimal design is what gives this cot by Snuz its sleek, modern feel. It’s beautifully made and easy to assemble, which makes life a whole lot easier when you have a million and one things to remember before the new baby’s arrival (or perhaps the baby is already here and you need a quick set up).
The cot has three mattress height options and makes a great addition to any bedroom or nursery as it doesn’t take up too much space. We also love that it comes packaged in several boxes, making it easier to carry up stairs before putting it together (although bear in mind that this means more packaging to dispose of afterwards). If you buy the SnuzKot Junior Bed Extension kit for £80, you can also use this versatile cot for a child up to 10 years old.
Key specs – Age: 0 months to 4 years as standard (extension kit for use until 10 years); Mattress height positions: 3; Size: 72 X 133 X 89cm (WLH); Material: Wood and plywood frame, stainless steel fixings; Other details: Self-assembly required, mattress sold separately
2. Ickle Bubba Coleby Space Saver: The best compact baby cot
Price: £149 | Buy now from Baby Planet
For a complete cot package, we love this option from Ickle Bubba as it’s only £150, with the mattress included. Suitable from birth to 18 months old, the mattress can be moved into three positions to help keep the baby as safe as possible, also saving your back from aching while bending over to take the baby in and out of the cot. It’s great quality for the price and it’s simple to clean too.
Your baby can sleep comfortably on the included fibre mattress, which has a good thickness of 10 cm, is breathable and hypoallergenic and comes with a water-resistant removable cover. The cot itself is a handy, compact size, iseasy to assemble and feels sturdy, giving parents peace of mind that their baby is safe while they sleep. It also has a teething rail for when the baby starts to get their teeth into everything.
Key specs – Age: 0-18 months; Mattress height positions: 3; Size: 56 X 104 X 89cm (WLH); Material: Solid and MDF wood, fibre mattress; Other details: Self-assembly required, mattress included, 4yr warranty
3. Ikea Sniglar Cot: The best budget baby cot
Price: £60 | Buy now from IKEA
The transition from a moses basket to a cot doesn’t have to be costly or take up too much space. The Sniglar cot from IKEA is a simple and cute solution to help keep your baby comfortable in a new sleep setting. Made of solid beech wood, this cot is durable and wipes clean effortlessly.
As with most Ikea cots and cot beds, including this one, the mattress and cot bedding is sold separately. However, purchasing an IKEA mattress and cover still keeps the overall price down to a minimum compared to some other good baby cots (although it’s worth factoring in IKEA’s delivery costs too). It’s easy to assemble and goes with any decor, so it won’t look out of place in the parents’ room and can be styled in any nursery when your baby moves to their own space.
Key specs – Age: Not listed; Mattress height positions: 3; Size: 66 X 124 X 80cm (WLH); Material: Solid beech; Other details: Self-assembly required (assembly service offered for £27), mattress sold separately
4. SNOO Smart Sleeper: The best premium baby cot
Price: £1,145 | Buy now from Happiest Baby
One of the most popular and innovative cots to hit the market, the Smart Sleeper by SNOO is a clever, albeit expensive, cot that uses app connectivity to aid your baby into the most comfortable sleep possible. Using womb-like motions and sounds, this cot will help buy you an extra hour to catch up on some sleep (or to tidy up, cook, do the laundry, or scroll through your phone).
Having a newborn is hard, but having a SNOO can help babies learn to keep to a routine and limit the amount of times that they (and you) wake up at night. When they do, the cot springs into action and soothes them back to sleep. It also has superior safety features and ensures that the baby is on its back and that the blankets haven’t unravelled.
Key specs – Age: 0-6 months; Mattress height positions: 3; Size: 48.3 X 90.8 X 81.9cm (WLH); Material: Wood and plywood frame, stainless steel fixings; Other details: Self-assembly required, mattress included, water-resistant cover included, 1yr warranty, three ivory organic cotton SNOO sleep sacks (S, M and L) included
5. John Lewis Anyday Elementary Cot: The best value baby cot
Price: £95 | Buy now from John Lewis
A sturdy cot with a decent price tag is actually not too hard to come by these days, as evidenced by this John Lewis elementary cot. The beloved and trusted brand has once again delivered a good value baby product that is suitable until your child is two years old. The cot has two heights and is ideal for newborns as well as older babies.
This cot is easy to assemble, wipes clean and, if you fancy making it a bit more plush, you can purchase John Lewis’ premium fibre mattress for the perfect pairing. The cot’s simple, crisp white colour also makes it an ideal match for any nursery decor scheme.
Key specs – Age: 0-24 months; Mattress height positions: 2; Size: 65 X 124 X 93.5cm (WLH); Material: Solid pine; Other details: Self-assembly, mattress sold separately
6. Mamas & Papas Petite Cot: The best baby cot for smaller rooms
Price: £99 | Buy now from Mamas & Papas
Made to be kept in your bedroom or small nurseries, the Petite Cot from Mamas & Papas has two cot base heights. It’s compact, easy to assemble and has an extremely sturdy build overall. The price is so reasonable that many parents opt to use this affordable, well-made and compact cot as an extra sleep solution to keep at the grandparents’ house for when they visit.
Its pure white design can blend in with many nursery colour schemes, and it’s made to fit the small Mamas & Papas cot mattress perfectly. You can buy the two separately, or you can opt for the cot and mattress bundle. We love how super cute this small cot looks, and that for the price it will last until your baby is 18 months old.
Key specs – Age: 0-18 months; Mattress height positions: 2; Size: 63.5 X 95.5 X 89.5cm (WLH); Material: Not specified; Other details: Self-assembly required, mattress sold separately
7. Mack + Milo Amburgey Cot: The best baby cot with mattress
Price: £198 | Buy now from Wayfair
This is a sturdy cot that will keep the baby comfortable, happy and super safe to keep parents’ mind at ease. An added bonus is the cot’s built-in drawer, which can be used as storage for sheets, blankets, clothes, or any other bits and bobs. It comes with a teething rail, has a convenient two-position adjustable mattress height, and can be converted into a toddler bed when your baby has grown up.
As well as being a quality cot at a reasonable price, it also comes with a 6cm depth mattress included. It’s available in four colourways (pine, grey, matte mint and white) to help match any nursery style.
Key specs – Age: 0-36 months; Mattress height positions: 2; Size: 65 X 124 X 90cm (WLH); Material: Solid pine wood; Other details: Self-assembly, mattress included, converts to toddler bed, toddler guard rails included, 1yr warranty