What are the benefits of a co-sleeper? A cot bed is longer and wider than standard cots, so it grows with your child. Or you could choose a co-sleeper, a cot that you can attach to the side of your bed. To help you decide, find out what works for other BabyCentre parents.
SIDS is a rare condition. What you experience in hospital will probably influence what you do at home. Looking back, I wish I had bought two cot beds.
What are the benefits of a cot? When she's big enough she'll go straight into a single bed like I did. I don't see the point in spending money on lots of different beds and bedding! They are bigger and more expensive than normal cots, and toddler beds are quite cheap. You might not even need to buy a toddler bed if your baby moves into a normal-sized bed. Traditional cots are smaller than cot beds. My daughter would have outgrown a cot before she was ready for a bed.
There's not much of a price difference between cots and cot beds, and it's handy to have the extra flexibility. Unlike cots, cot beds don't tend to have them but they are much more practical.
When my baby was teething , I hurt my back having to constantly lift him in and out over the bars. Our next baby can use the cot bed for five or six years. It's pretty good value! Looking back, I wish I had bought two cot beds.
By our daughter's first birthday , the cot was already too small for her. She kept banging her arms on the sides and waking herself up. In the end, we had to buy a toddler bed for our eldest so our youngest could have the cot bed. My little one was in her crib for the first six months.
We changed the cot bed into a bed just after her first birthday.
My daughter is 28 months and she can't climb out of it yet because it's much bigger than a cot. If you have a big baby, you may have to buy a toddler bed sooner than you'd planned.
We turned it into a cot bed and he was much happier. A toddler bed would have been too big for him at that age. It takes up less room in the nursery.
We also avoided having to pay for a cot and then a toddler bed. Our son could easily go from the co-sleeper straight into a bed.
At first we put the carrycot in the co-sleeper because our little one didn't like the big space. Now she goes to bed in her cot and we bring her into her co-sleeper when we go to bed. I like not having to get out of bed when she wakes up for a feed.
I don't know how I'd have got through the early days without it. I could just roll over and feed my baby before he started getting upset and crying.
I rarely had to get out of bed unless he needed a nappy change. I started off with our baby next to us and as he got older we gradually moved the cot further away from our bed. This meant that we never had the transition from a Moses basket or family bed to a cot. We also take it with us when we travel. It's not only a full-sized cot, but also a playpen and travel cot. I wish I hadn't bothered with a Moses basket and just used the co-sleeper from the start.
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