How To Choose The Right Cot For Your Baby
Being expectant may be magical, but with it comes lots of little moments of anxiety that every mom-to-be has to go through. Finding the right cot for your little one is one of these moments.
It is only natural to want your newborn to sleep in the safest, most perfect place possible. Most of the time, you already have a rough idea of what you want the baby cot to look like. Whether it will be the traditional rectangular shape, a round shape, or even the one that is attached to your bed; it is essential not to forget to get to the nitty gritty when it comes to determining the safety and comfort of your baby.
Here Are Some Of Those Small Details That You Have To Keep In Mind When Buying A Baby Cot:
The most important safety feature in baby cots are rails or a way to prevent your little one from falling out of the cot. This is a feature that you should not compromise on for obvious reasons.
The rails can come with sides that slide down or they can be permanently fixed upright. Both ways are okay if properly secured. The one with sides that slide down should have a functional lock to enhance safety. The ones with permanent sides should be at least waist-high to make it easier for you to reach for your baby in the cot.
You will likely have to purchase a mattress for your baby cot separately. This is good because you get to personally hand-pick the right mattress for your baby. The mattress is the most important part because newborns sleep a whole lot and your baby will spend most of his early days sleeping on that mattress. Make sure you get one that is soft and comfortable but also firm.
Times are hard, and no one wants to make major purchases like cots and sleeping spaces over and over. Therefore, you need to be smart as you buy your little one’s cot.
Keep in mind that your baby will not stay a baby forever. They will soon outgrow a tiny cot. So what can you do? You probably don’t want to be stuck with a baby cot that not only has no use but is also taking up precious space!
The solution is to buy a cot that you can convert into a bed once the baby outgrows it. This saves you money and also saves you space in the house by preventing the cot from becoming future junk.
The style you go for should be convenient for both you and your baby. There are regular stand-alone cots in various designs, cots that attach to your bed so you don’t have to get up and walk in the middle of the night, low mattress cots for ease of picking up your baby, collapsible cots that can be folded up and shoved in the trunk if you travel a lot… the list is endless!
Indoor space is a precious commodity these days. You have to make do with whatever space you have, no matter how small it is. Therefore, cots that come with some extra storage space are always great. If it also comes with a changing tray, even better!
Babies need a lot of stuff, from clothes to diapers to blankets and everything in between. You are going to need to put all these things somewhere that will be easily reachable when you need them.
At the end of the day, a high level of comfort and safety is the ultimate goal when looking for a baby cot since your baby will spend most of her early days sleeping. When your baby is comfortable, she will be happy and content. And that means a much easier time for mom and dad!