Best cots and cot beds for babies

Choosing the perfect cot or cotbed for your baby to sleep in can seem a daunting task, there are so many to choose from. However, our mums and their babies have tried and tested, and found the best cots on the market

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1. Babymore Eva sleigh cot bed, £199, MFM Silver Award Winner

  • Suitable age: from birth to 4 years
  • Mattress base positions: 3
  • Size: L137, W66, H100 cm
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This charming cot won over our judges with its classic design and practical touches. Our silver award winner has a very smooth, single-hand drop side mechanism, which makes putting baby to bed that much easier.

The 3 bed base positions mean you can adjust it easily as baby grows and it also converts into a toddler bed or day bed. The drawer underneath the base is really handy too, as parents need all the storage space they can get when little ones arrive. 

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Babymore Eva sleigh cot bed:

“What a beautiful bed for any baby. This style of cot really is my dream style. It is really easy to set up. I love the idea of the drop bar, and it really is incredibly simple to convert it. The instructions are quite simple, but very easy to follow.” Mum of 1, Joanna

“This is a good looking, classic cot. It is sturdy with the added bonus of a drawer. I love the single hand drop mechanism. It is great especially when I wake up in the middle of the night to pick up my son and then put him back again. I also love the 3 adjustable bed base positions. It is good value for money taking into account this can be used by my child up to 4 years.” Mum of 2, Vanessa

 Available from: Amazon, Tesco and Babymore


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2. Urbane by Boori Lucia Convertible Plus, £449

  • Suitable age: from birth up to 5 years
  • Mattress base positions: 2
  • Size: H89, W78, L144cm

This cot ticks all the boxes when it comes to choosing the perfect cot for your baby to sleep in. Designed to last, it converts from cot to toddler bed, which is suitable from birth to around 5 years and then converts to a full size double bed with sofa (Convertible Plus Conversion kit required, sold separately.)

The cot has 2 adjustable height positions to allow for your growing baby, it is not the cheapest, at £399, but it likely to stand the test of time, as it is well made.

When tested, our review said: “I love that on conversion to a toddler bed, only one side of the cot comes down. I think having the bars up on one side will give my tot a sense of security when transitioning from a cot to a bed. Following on from that, the cot bed can then be converted into a double bed, using an add-on kit. Or you can raise the base again and keep the cot bed as a ‘love seat’. It makes this cot bed, in my opinion, incredible value for money”. 

Available from: Amazon and Wayfair


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3. Stamford Sleigh Cot Bed, by Obaby, £319.99

  • Suitable age: from birthup to 4 years
  • Mattress base positions: 3
  • Size: L154, W76, H91cm

Solid, durable and designed to last beyond baby years and into toddlerhood – the silver winner – Stamford Sleigh Cot Bed offers parents three heights to keep your baby safe as they grow and as an added extra; protective teething rails.

The end panels slide down and the sides can be removed to create a larger toddler bed, while the smart drawer at the bottom provides much needed extra storage space in your nursery. 

Like most cots on the market, the cost is significant, but the Stamford Sleigh Cot Bed has been created to last for the first four or five years of childhood and with its heavy wooded design, can be passed on to another baby, making this a great investment bed for your family. 

When tested, our review said: “I love the storage element of this cot the drawer is large and easily accessible. It is extremely heavy which I see as a good point as my son is very much a climber and in between that stage where your transitioning from a cot to a bed I always fear that cheap brand cots may tip but I had no concerns with the Stamford”.

Available from: Amazon, Argos and Mothercare


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4. Silver Cross Windsor Cot Bed, £550

  • Suitable age: from birth to 3 years
  • Mattress base positions: 3
  • Size: L160, W76, H100cm

The Windsor is designed as a luxurious sleigh style bed, with three adjustable heights that allow the base to move up and down as your baby grows. The cot can also be transformed into a day bed and finally into a toddler bed, making this a great addition to your nursery.

A sleek drawer sits underneath the cot and is a very useful extra storage area. 

Available from: Pram Centre and Baby&Co


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5. Chesterton Cot Bed, by TeddyOne, £999

  • Suitable age: from birth to 6 years
  • Mattress base positions: 3
  • Size (cotbed): W81, L150, H103cm

British designed and custom made, this high-end cot bed is for the design conscious family. The Chesterton cot bed can be converted from cot to toddler bed to bed, by using conversion panels, which are included in the price.  

A nifty feature on the Chesterton is the base support system, which can be raised or lowered by a single person in minutes, without needing to take the cot apart.

And as the Chesterton comes with larger-sized mattress it should be able to fit a 6-year-old child, making it a good investment. 

Available from: TeddyOne


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6. Ikea Gonatt cotbed, £180

  • Suitable age: from birth to 5 years
  • Mattress base positions: 2
  • Size: L143.2, W75, H111 cm

Ikea is always a good value option worth checking out by those on a budget, and it has a variety of cotbeds that are practical, versatile and easy to set up. This cot bed comes with two different heights, and you can remove the side to convert it to a toddler bed.

The cot base is well ventilated to encourage air circulation.

Available from: Ikea


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7. Troll Scandy Cotbed, £329

Suitable age: from birth to 7 years

Mattress base positions: 2

Size: H88 x W75.6 x D151cm

Troll is a great nursery furniture manufacturer in Latvia, which uses wood from its local birch forests for much of its products and is constantly looking for new ways to reduce its environmental footprint.

Its cotbeds are wonderfully stylish with different ranges to suit every taste. Its Scandy range has a minimalist, contemporary Scandinavian look, with contrast feet. It is adjustable to two positions and made with solid birchwood and smooth MDF panels.  This cotbed is also fantastically long lasting and one of the few of the market to be safety tested to hold up to 40kg! 

Available from: John Lewis

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