Cots are one of the biggest (both financially and physically) investments you will make when kitting out the nursery. Regular cots are designed to provide a safe sleeping environment until between 18 months and three years. As a rule, once they start attempting to climb out, it’s time to transition to a ‘grown up’ bed.
It is well worth making your money go further with a cot bed, which can be converted for junior use and can last from five to 10 years. If the conversion kit is sold separately, buy it at the same time as the cot to protect against discontinued items. And, do make sure you check mattress suitability before you buy, as many cots and cot beds are only safe for use with a maximum mattress depth of 10cm.
1. Find a fashion forward cot
You’ve embraced the trend for ombre colour-graduating on everything from lamps to rugs, and even your hair dye, and now you can go for it in the nursery, too. Check out the new Ombre version of the award-winning SnüzKot Skandi, which not only converts to a toddler bed but, with the additional junior bed extension kit, can keep on going right up to baby’s 10th birthday (shhh, don’t even think about it now). It measures H89cm x W133cm x D72cm.
2. Choose a cot with a big drawer for storage
There’s no such thing as too much storage in a child's room and we promise you the deep drawer below this handsome Chantilly cot will come in mighty handy once the newborn gifts start flowing in. The base has three positions to help with lifting baby in and out, and it measures H97.5cm x W156.5cm x D77.5cm.
3. Pick a whimsical style for a traditional nursery
Like something out of a fairytale, this Juliette cot has a charmingly nostalgic design. Made from steel tubing, painted off-white, it’s sturdier than it looks, and you shouldn’t have any problems with little teeth marks on the top rails (naturally it conforms to all the relevant safety standards, too)! There are two base position options, and it measure H91cm x W126cm x D65cm.
4. Love Scandi style? We've found the ideal cot
Adorable in cot mode, this stylish Scandi-inspired Lawson convertible cot is even cuter in toddler bed format. The solid pine frame is built to last – we love the cosy wood and white paint colour combo – and it has three heights in cot mode for easy access. It measures H88cm x W145cm x D75cm.
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5. From cot to toddler to child bed
We’ll admit this Sebra Cotbed costs a pretty penny, but it'll take your little one up to seven years so can easily be justified as a worthy investment. It comes in the most stylish trend-led shades – the grey is a perfect unisex choice if you’re opting for a surprise on the gender front – and a special antibacterial finish helps prevent bacterial growth. It measures H88cm x W112.5cm x D70cm.
6. Clear view for a contemporary style cot
As smart ideas go, the acrylic panelled sides in this Sloan cot from Pottery Barn Kids is right up there with the best. Not only does it achieve a clearer view of baby – perfect for when peeking in the nursery door, without wanting to get too floorboard-creakingly close – but it also shows off that super-sweet bedding that gives you all the feels. Crafted using traditional techniques, like mortise and tenon joints, it is certainly built to last and measures H93cm x W137cm x D76cm.
7. Love Mid-century style? Choose a cot with a retro edge
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, stop the search. This 1950s inspired Little Interiors cot by Danish brand Done by Deer is uniquely striking. Switch the cot bars for a low-level bed guard to transition into toddler bed mode, and lose it entirely to create a comfortable day bed. It comes in four shades and measures H66cm x W125cm x D92cm.
8. Pick a three-in-one cot bed for longevity
Taking multifunctional children’s beds to new levels, Stokke’s Home Bed transitions from cot, to toddler bed, to sofa/play house. Optional extras include a fabric roof canopy or full-on tent cover with fabric roof and sides for extra role-play realism. You can also add a changing tray for a space-saving nappy station. It measures H164cm x W137cm x D75cm.
Find more children's beds in our dedicated buyer's guide.
9. Go all-white for a room that's easy to change up
You don’t need to be a mad cat lady to fall hard for the simple kitten motif on this Mistigri cot bed. Part of a set that includes wardrobe and changing station, all adorned with the cute kitty, the cot bed is height adjustable and solidly made from wood. It measures H90cm x W123.4cm x D67cm.
10. A cot with a design twist
Metal hairpin legs elevates this Ironwood cot in the style stakes, adding enough design difference to stand out, without going OTT. The grey stained timber-look finish is pretty smart, too, and we love that it can be boosted with matching storage and the super stylish accessories for which Mini Maison is famous. It measures H95cm x W125cm x D65cm.