Frequently asked questions
A cot and a crib are both the same thing, a small bed and/or sleeping space for your little one to sleep in their early years, normally from when they are born until about 3 to 4 years of age. The key difference between the terms cot and crib is simply how they are used in different countries. Cot is used with Australia and the UK, British-English and crib is normally used in the USA. Other than this, there are no other differences.
The two biggest differences between a cot bed and a cot (also known as a compact cot) are their size and the time in which you can use them.
Cot beds and cots (compact cots) are different in size, a cot is the smaller option. If you don’t have loads of space in your nursery, a cot or compact cot is a great option. They ensure plenty of space for other nursery furniture items. However, if you do have space to use a cot bed is a great option and offers more conversion options in the future, as your little one grows.
The time in which you can use a compact cot or cot, versus a cot bed vary. A compact cot or cot will be with your little one until they are 2 years old, the only conversion options here are bassinet height vs. cot height. Whereas a cot bed can convert from bassinet height, to cot height and then to a toddler bed, so with your child from newborn years until around 5 to 6 years old.
All of our cots (full and compact sizes) come with the option of the newborn (bassinet) height.
The bigger consideration around if you need both a bassinet and a cot is how you plan on using them. Having your newborn close by it critical in the early months and sometimes a fixed cot doesn’t allow for this (space restrictions in your room etc). A bassinet solves this.
Bassinets often come on wheels and comfortably fit through standard doors allowing you to have a safe sleeping space for your little one wherever you may be in the house.
Dropside cots are not banned in Australia. Australia has a fantastic global reputation when it comes to safety in baby products. The Australian standard AS/NZS 2172: 2013, identify dropside cots as safe, if they meet the guidelines outlined in the standard.
Dropside cots are regulated safely in most countries, except for the United States, who have banned the use of dropside cots. The United States banned dropside cots due to the lack of quality in construction and the standard they had used was ineffective in testing the use of a dropside cot. The Australian standard, AS/NZS 2172: 2013, has ensured that dropside cots are a safe and secure option for families searching for a new baby cot.