Getting a Cot Bed and Cot Bedding

Posted on 11 August 2010

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A cot bed, or what’s called a crib in the United States, is the first choice for beds for very young children in most European countries and the United States. A cot bed features bars on all four sides of the bed that serve to keep your baby from falling out and injuring him/herself. The ones that are better designed also prevent your baby or toddler from crawling out when they get older, which is important for safety.
When choosing a cot bed, there are a few key features that are important for making things as easy as possible. For one, you want an easy slide down mechanism that drops down one side of the cot bed so that you don’t have to strain your back bending over to pick up and put down baby. Doing so involves an awkward and unnatural motion, and can result in back injuries even when your baby doesn’t weigh all that much. The same goes for feeding baby while in the cot bed or changing diapers. You will want to be able to drop the side down using only one hand, as busy parents usually have one, if not both hands full. If you will need to move the cot bed from place to place on a fairly regular basis, you will want to get a model that has castors. Make sure the castors are lockable, as you want the bed to remain stationary at certain times.
Extra features which may not be necessary are chewable rails, which can be good for teething children. Otherwise, they will chew the bars themselves and this could result in damage to the bed. Some models are also available with toys built into the bars or between bars, and these can be fun for infants and toddlers to play with. In terms of making things more comfortable for parents, an adjustable cot bed mattress may be a good idea. This allows you to raise the mattress to a higher level, which makes changing diapers and the like much easier on the back.
In terms of cot bedding, there are many choices out there from sheets to cot bed duvet covers. All the cot bed bedding you could ever need can be found made just for cot beds, and it might behoove you to just get a cot bedding set instead of choosing each piece of bedding individually. When it comes to cot beds and cot bedding, having a good idea of what you want can make it much easier to pick from the many models on the market.

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