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. Silver Cross Notting Hill Cot Bed, £395

Suitable age: from birth to 3 years

Mattress base positions: 3

Size: L152, D75, H85cm

When it comes to producing high quality, reliable products for kids, Silver Cross rarely fail to deliver. Sitting at the upper end in price on our list, the stylish Notting Hill Cot Bed will see you through the newborn days right until your toddler is ready for their first ‘proper bed’, when you can take down the sides.

In comparison to other similar-priced cots, the Silver Cross has less storage than the OBaby Stamford, but one more mattress base position than the Troll Scandy. Mainly though, it’s the sleek, high gloss white finish and signature trustworthy stamps of Silver Cross you pay for here.

Available from: Silver Cross, Mothercare and Winstanleys Pramworld

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2. Boori Eton Convertible Plus Cot Bed, £649

Suitable age: from birth and beyond (with conversion kit, sold separately)

Mattress base positions: 2

Size: L142cm, D81, H85

This cot bed takes growing with your child to a whole new level; while most of those on our list can be transformed into a toddler bed, with the help of a conversion kit (sold separately), the Boori Eton Convertible Plus Cot Bed goes one better to turn into a double bed, making it the longest-lasting choice in our list.

At £649, it’s the second most expensive after Pottery Barn’s Blythe Cot Bed, but it’s made from solid wood and as one of our reviewers says: “As there’s also the option to raise the base to keep the cot bed as a love seat, it makes it, in my opinion, incredible value for money.”

Available from: Boori, Amazon and John Lewis

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3. Izziwotnot Bailey Sleigh Cot Bed, £339

Suitable age: from birth to 4 years

Mattress base positions: 3

Size: L158, D77, H100cm

Sleigh beds have long been the choice for style-conscious parents and the Izziwotnot Bailey Sleigh Cot Bed is one of three of this type in our round-up, all of which convert to a toddler bed.

Only slightly cheaper than the OBaby Stamford, and without a handy drawer, its design has a slightly more delicate vibe. It doesn’t have the £199 price tag of the Babymore Eva, but in comparison to both designs, it is the biggest in length and depth, which means plenty of room for those sleepy arms and legs as they grow longer. Our reviewer said: “It manages to pull off classic and contemporary, all rolled into one.”

Available from: Amazon, PramCentre.co.uk and Simply Baby

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4. Pottery Barn Kids Blythe Cot Bed, £1,099

Suitable age: from birth to 4 years

Mattress base positions: 2

Size: L137, D80, H104cm

If it’s high-end luxury you’re after for your baby’s nursery, you’ve got it with the endlessly chic Pottery Barn Kids Blythe Cot Bed.

It’s the most expensive on our list for good reason; with a French-inspired design featuring pin-tucked upholstery and available in two beautiful shades (vintage grey or vintage simply white), it’s also the tallest cot in our list, making it a standout, extravagant option.

It only has two mattress height options, where you might expect three for the price, but it does convert into a toddler bed and will certainly add an opulent touch to your child’s naps.

Available from: Pottery Barn and John Lewis

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5. John Lewis & Partners Eric Cot, £79

Suitable age: from birth to 2 years

Mattress base positions: 2

Size: D93, W67.5, H124.5cm

For a budget option that doesn’t skimp on quality design, you can’t go far wrong with this John Lewis & Partners Eric Cot.

At just £79, it’s second only in price to the Ikea Sniglar cot on our list, which offers a much more basic feel for £40.

Both cots have two mattress base positions, but the Eric more than earns its higher price tag with a dropped side, offering easy access to baby, teething rails and a 1 year guarantee. It’s also made from solid pine wood, so is a sturdy choice and with a modern grey finish, it has a simple, yet contemporary feel.

Available from: John Lewis

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6. Mothercare Ashworth Dropside Cot, £130

Suitable age: from birth to 2 years

Mattress base positions: 3

Size: 6, D68.7, H98cm

With its sleek lines and curved edges, this modern cot gives you everything your baby might need in their first two years of sleep. It has three mattress positions in comparison to other budget cots on our list that only have two and it’s a step up in quality and design.

Its closest competitor on our round-up, the Obaby Lily Cot, is £10 more expensive and remarkably similar in look and functionality; both have teething rails and while the OBaby is a smidge bigger, the Ashworth is made of 100% birchwood and has a handy drop-side, ideal for bleary-eyed 3am access to your baby.

Available from: Mothercare

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7. OBaby Stamford Classic Sleigh Cot Bed, £349.99

Suitable age: from birth to 4 years

Mattress base positions: 3

Size: L154, D76, H91cm

One of two cot beds in our line up with a drawer underneath – and who doesn’t love extra nursery storage space – the Stamford Sleigh Cot Bed is solid, durable and designed to last into toddlerhood.

At £10 more than the Izziwotnot Bailey Sleigh, it’s the most expensive on our list in a sleigh style and the cost is not insignificant, especially in comparison to the Babymore Eva Sleigh Bed, at £199.

But it has a very solid construction, a five-year guarantee and various add-ons to create your whole nursery, so it can be passed on to another baby, making it a good investment.

Our reviewer says: “I love the storage element of this cot – the drawer is large and easily accessible.”

Available from: OBaby, Amazon and Mothercare

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8. Babymore Eva Sleigh Cot Bed, £199

Suitable age: from birth to 4 years

Mattress base positions: 3

Size: L137, D66, H100cm

A silver award winner in last year’s MFM awards, the Babymore Eva Sleigh Cot Bed is the third and final sleigh bed in our edit, and arguably the most impressive. Unlike the Izziewotnot Baby Sleigh and the Obaby Stamford Classic, it has a drop-side and a drawer, plus it’s made from solid pine wood and available in three shades. Oh and did we mention it’s over £100 less than the other two?

Admittedly it’s the smallest in length and depth, but considering it can be used up to the age of 4, it looks and feels much more than its £199 price tag. Our reviewer says: “What a beautiful bed for any baby. This style of cot really is my dream style.”

Available from: Babymore, Amazon and Precious Little One

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9. Ikea Sniglar Cot, £40

Suitable age: from birth to 2 years

Mattress base positions: 2

Size: L124, D66, H80cm

Ikea is a one-stop-shop for anyone on a budget and the Sniglar cot is no exception. Launched in 2008, the simple design has proved to be a major winner with parents, as it’s been a bestseller ever since.

At just £40, it’s the best value cot on our round-up by quite a margin and with a slim profile and neat frame, it’s just the ticket if you’re tight on space or if you need a more permanent sleeping arrangement at a grandparent’s house.

Our reviewer says: “Cost-conscious parents will be the first to reach out for the Sniglar but anyone who appreciates unfussy design will be won over.”

Available from: Ikea

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10. Troll Scandy Cot Bed, £329

Suitable age: from birth to 7 years

Mattress base positions: 2

Size: L151cm, D75.6, H88cm

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.

While it’s closest in price to two of the sleigh beds on our list, what makes the Scandy Cot Bed stand out from the crowd is its minimalist, trend-setting Scandinavian design; just the choice for parents who want to lead in the style stakes.

Made from solid birchwood, it’s also fantastically long lasting and one of the few on the market to be safety tested to hold up to 40kg!

Available from: John Lewis

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11. OBaby Lily Cot, £139.99

Suitable age: from birth to 2 years

Mattress base positions: 3

Size: L125, D70, H99cm

The second OBaby cot in our list, the Lily Cot is a much more pared-back option than its sibling, the OBaby Stamford Classic Sleigh Cot Bed.

At more than £200 cheaper, it’s also better value, although it has around half the lifespan.

A rival to the Mothercare Ashworth Dropside Cot (number 6) in style, price and functionality, it has the best range of colours we’ve come across, with five to choose from and it boasts a free 5-year guarantee.

With three mattress base positions, a teething rail and an understated, elegant look, it ticks all our boxes for a great first bed for baby.

Available from: Amazon, Mothercare and Kiddies Kingdom

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