Choosing the right cot or cot bed

Cot and cot bed guide

 

A cot or cot bed is one of the most important purchases you will make for your new baby. There are many things you look for, but primarily, it will need to be sturdy and safe.

The most common questions we get asked by end users when we demonstrate at shows when buying a cot or cot bed….

  1. What’s the difference between a cot and a cot bed?
  2. How long will it last for?
  3. Will it fit in my nursery?
  4. Which Stamford Sleigh is right for me?

 

  1. What’s the difference between a cot and a cot bed?

Lets keep it simple.

  • Cots are usually smaller than cot beds, ideal for smaller nurseries.
  • Cots do not convert into a toddler bed as your child grows, cot beds do.
  • Cot beds are bigger as they convert from a cot, into a toddler bed. As they are multi-purpose, they last your child longer, offering better value to money.
  • Day beds are handy as you can still use the bed as extra seating with no age restriction.
  1. How long will it last for?
  • Cot

All cots, regardless of size of mattress, are suitable until your child can climb out of them, this is usually around 18 months old, but can be both shorter and longer dependant on the child.

  • Cot Bed

In cot mode, as above. Once converted to a toddler bed, it will depend on the growth of your child. Generally a cot bed with a mattress size of 120 x 60cm will last to 3 to 4 years old. A cot bed with a 140 x 70cm mattress size can be used to approximately 4 years.

  • Day Bed

Once you have had the use as a cot and toddler bed, you can continue to use as a day bed, there is no age limit. This is ideal for putting in your child’s bedroom or playroom, and makes a great option for extra seating.

Three position base

Our Stamford cot and cot beds have different features, but they do all have three position bases.

  • Top position – keep on this position for a couple of months, until your little one can role over
  • Middle position – should be used until they can pull themselves up
  • Bottom position – once your child can climb out of the cot, they need to be introduced to a toddler bed
  1. Will it fit in my nursery?

Have a look at the table below to see at a glance the mattress and space you require.

Product Mattress Size (cm) External Dimensions (cm)
Space Saver Cot 100 x 50 114 x 55
Mini Cot Bed 120 x 60 134 x 66
Classic Cot Bed 140 x 70 154 x 76
Luxe Cot Bed 140 x 70 160 x 77

 

Take into account our other Stamford furniture you may require to compliment your nursery.

Product External Dimensions (cm)
Changing Unit 90 x 50
Tall Chest of Drawers 78 x 38
Single Wardrobe 76 x 50
Double Wardrobe 111 x 50
Toy Box 78 x 40
Shelf 76 x 25
Cot Top Changer 88 x 57
  1. Which Stamford Sleigh is right for me?

Here are some key features that may help you decide which Stamford cot or cot bed is best for you.

Stamford Sleigh Space Saver Cot

Requires mattress size 100 x 50cm

Under drawer fits underneath on castors

Teething rails on both sides

External dimensions 114 x 55cm

 

Stamford Sleigh Mini Cot Bed

Requires mattress size 120 x 60cm

Under drawer fits underneath on runners attached to the cot bed

Teething rails on both sides

External dimensions 134 x 66cm

Converts into a toddler bed once they grow out of the cot

Converts into a day bed once they grow out of the toddler bed

Can accommodate the Stamford cot top changer

 

Stamford Sleigh Classic Cot Bed

Requires mattress size 140 x 70cm

Under drawer fits underneath on castors

Teething rails on both sides

External dimensions 154 x 76cm

Converts into a toddler bed once they grow out of the cot

Can accommodate the Stamford cot top changer

 

Stamford Sleigh Luxe Cot Bed

Requires mattress size 140 x 70cm

Under drawer fits underneath on runners attached to the cot bed

Teething rails on front side

External dimensions 154 x 76cm

Converts into a toddler bed once they grow out of the cot

Add included safety rail to stop your little one falling out

Use toddler bed without safety rail once they have mastered not falling out

Converts into a useful day bed for lounging and relaxing