Types of Cot Beds
The best baby cot beds come in a variety of shapes and sizes – all of them having different functions that you might appreciate. Here are the most popular options when it comes to baby cot beds.
Standard Cot Beds
Standard cot beds are the ones that you are likely to find in every nursery. They have removable sides, and they can be turned into a toddler-sized bed when your little one grows up. They are generally bigger than a standard cot – which is why they are a great choice for babies that are well over one or two years old.
Drop-Sided Cot Beds
Some cot beds will also have a rail on the side that can be dropped down – therefore offering you better access to your child. This drop side can be removed when the baby grows up, turning it into a toddler bed.
Drop-sided cot beds are a great choice if you are a short mother (or father) or have a large tummy. This way, you may benefit by gently resting on the drop side’s top as you are putting down the baby.
A drop-sided cot bed will also have a nudge-and-lift mechanism – one that allows you to push the side of the cot into a position that can be lowered automatically. This is a great feature when you’re holding your baby, and you only have one free hand. Other trigger mechanisms may also be included in the cot bed.
Sleigh Cot Beds
Sleigh cot beds are fairly popular among parents, mostly because of their look of solidity and grandeur – which is very appealing. The name “sleigh cot beds” was given because they have a relatively wavy design that differentiates them from regular cot beds. Most standard cot beds feature all-straight sides.
A sleigh cot bed can either be fixed rail or drop side, depending on your preference. You may also remove the side rails to turn it into an actual toddler bed when the baby grows up.
Cot Beds with Drawers
Some of the best cot beds will utilize the dead space between the legs and the floor – and transform it into a drawer. It is a great choice for small nurseries, where every inch of space is important. If the drawer is absent, some cot beds at least make use of shelves.
Cot Bed Materials
Cot beds are made from a variety of different materials – the most popular kind being wood. That being said, there are two types of wood for furniture that are popular among people buying cot beds.
Also known as “softwood,” pine wood is a very popular material that is generally used for painted furniture. White, cream, or ivory bed cots are well-suited to pine since it can take the paint and stains fairly well. Plus, most of the time, pine wood is knot-free – which is why the colour tends to be fairly smooth. It is also a very affordable option, making it perfect for those who are shopping for quality – while still being on a budget.
Also referred to as “hardwood,” this material is more durable than softwood (pine wood) – making it the kind of furniture that survives through generations. This is exactly why this material is perfect for cot beds; you’ll know that regardless of how much your baby grows or fusses around, they will be safe from falling. Plus, oak has that feeling of grandeur that makes it look better. It’s indeed more expensive – but at the same time, you have the assurance that it is more durable.
There’s no actual picking of which material makes for the best cot beds. Both are equally stylish and beautiful, and they have their own unique features. Depending on your preferences and lifestyle, you can choose the one that suits your purposes the best.