Baby Cot Bed
Of all the items on your baby-shopping list, baby cot beds probably will be among the most challenging to select. There’s a vast array of cribs on the market, ranging from economy and mid priced models to high-end cribs with hand-painted details.

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Whether your baby sleeps in a baby cot bed from the get-go or starts with a moses basket or swinging crib or rocking crib (an alternative for your baby’s first four months or so), you’ll want a baby cotbed that’s durable and safe and matches your tastes and budget.

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1. Buy new cot beb. If possible, avoid buying or accepting a used crib. Older models may not meet current safety standards or may be in disrepair.

2. Decide about drop sides. Do you want a crib with both sides that drop so that you can get your baby from either side, a crib with one side that drops, or one with stationary sides?

3. Check construction and workmanship. The simplest in-store test is to shake the crib slightly to see if the frame seems loose. But be aware that display models aren’t always as tightly assembled as they could be. Without applying excessive pressure, try rotating each slat to see if it’s well secured to the railings. You shouldn’t find loose bars on a new crib.

4. Buy the cot bed mattress at the same time. In the store, pair the mattress and crib you plan to buy to make sure they’re a good fit. (Mattresses typically are sold separately. If you can place more than two fingers between the mattress and the crib frame, the fit isn’t snug enough.

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