They pack up into a funky little bag, come in all sort of fun colors and every household with a baby needs one. But even if your tiny bundle sleeps like an absolute dream in it, travel cots are best saved for holidays and nights away.
While they’re safe, convenient and extremely transportable, ergonomically speaking, travel cots are just not meant to be used every day because:
1. They’re not built for baby back-patting
Babies in travel cots are just a few centimeters above the ground so you have to bend over a long way to pat bub’s back.
2. Projectile vomiting and travel cots don’t mix
For safety reasons, most portable-cots have a dense mesh which make up the walls of the cot. Take my word for this – vomit and diarrhea are virtually impossible to clean from the mesh.
3. They’re not very long
Bubs grow out of travel cots quite quickly as many are shorter than regular cots making them only okay for occasional use.
4. They’re hardly “furniture”
Made of plastic and nylon and mesh, these structures are really only made to be put up at night and then hidden away in their bag during the day.
Are You Buying a Family Heirloom
Sitting in the corner of the nursery my mother created for grand kids was the old brass cot that my grandma and my father slept in.
She had it restored to ensure the paint was baby chew-safe and had a mattress custom-made to properly fit the cot and to safety standards. Even then, it was more a decoration filled with stuffed toys, as she preferred the safety of brand new cot.
I wonder if my great grandmother knew that when she went out to get a cot for her first child about 100 years ago that that baby bed would have little bodies sleeping in it for the next century plus.
Buying a cot is much more than making a choice and making the payment – the cot you buy for your family of kids to sleep in could well become a family heirloom. At the very least it will probably the main sleeping place for each of your babies for the first two years of their lives.
The tradition making of beautiful and elegant or modern and stylish cots is still strong.
From the very funky Bloom Luxo Sleep cot to one of the more classic Boori, these could be in your family for generations to come.
Inspired By The Circus
How often do you come across a product that your fall in love with straight away no matter how long the wait…you just have to have it? That is how we felt when we saw the Caravan Crib from Kalon Studios. It’s a breath of fresh air…and just love, love, love the bright contemporary colors it is available in mixed with the natural timber base.
Inspired by the storybook circus wagon, the Caravan Crib plays with classic form and contemporary, ultra-bold colors. Thoughtfully considered, the Caravan Crib meets modern parent’s needs;
Safety (solid construction, stationary sides, conforms to the highest safety standards and 100% visibility of your child from all sides), Green (fully sustainable and made from the highest quality FSC Certified domestic Maple and with 100% non-toxic and/or food safe materials + finishes), Practical (adjustable mattress height and toddler bed conversion), Great Design (modern form, contemporary palate, lots of options) and Domestically Made in the U.S.A.
- Available in 100% raw maple or with Black, Red, Yellow, Blue or Green rails for the ultimate in pop, contemporary design.
- Contemporary, Playful Design
- 6 Bright Color Options
- Stationary Side Crib
- Converts to Platform Style Toddler Bed (no additional kit required)
- 100% Visibility – Open on all Four Sides
- 2-Point Adjustable Mattress Height
- Easy Assembly
- Non-Toxic/Food Safe
- Conforms to ASTM, CPSC and Health Canada Regulations
- Fits standard crib mattress (27 1/4″ W x 51 5/8″ L and between 4″-6″ thick)
Things You Should Know
Whether you are looking to purchase a new cot or considering a per-loved cot, make sure it meets the following requirements:
- All cots sold in Australia need to comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2172-2003 and be sure to check that it has not been part of a product recall.
- The bars or panels should be spaced between 50mm and 95mm apart – bigger gaps can trap a baby’s head, arms or legs.
- The cot should have a minimum depth of 600mm from the base of the mattress to the top of the cot.
- A new well fitting, clean and firm mattress. Always make sure the mattress fits snugly to within 20mm at the sides and the end
- Check that there are no spaces between 30mm and 50mm that could trap your child’s arms or legs.
- Check that there are no small holes or openings between 5mm and 12mm that could trap your child’s fingers.
- Place the cot in a safe spot and use locking brakes on cots with castor wheels.
Safety Considerations For Cots
When setting up the nursery:
Position the cot away from heaters, power points, low level shelves, windows or curtain and blind cords. Cords are a strangulation hazard.
- Never use electric blankets or hot water bottles for babies or young children.
- Don’t hang anything like pictures or mirrors nearby, as there is a danger of the item falling into the cot. Do not leave mobiles or toys with stretch or elastic cords within reach of your child.
- Bumpers and toys placed in your babies cot may look appealing but these items have been identified as products that can reduce the air flow to a small baby which can be a contributing factor related to the cause of SIDS. They can also act as climbing aid for the child to climb out of the cot so best to keep the cot uncluttered.
- Do not use pillows for children under two years old. It is safer not to use a pillow at all for children younger than two or until they are moved to a big beg bed.
- Do not place small objects that could cause your child to choke in the cot or within reach.
- Follow the SIDS recommendations when investing in linen and making your baby’s cot.
- Regularly check that nuts and bolts are tight, as per the maintenance instructions supplied with the cot.
- Before your baby can sit up you can adjust the cot to ‘baby’ (to the highest position) to avoid adult back pain, but lower the cot to the lowest position just before your baby starts sitting up.