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Your little cherub will need quality sleep to grow into a healthy youngster, and at the same time give you needed respite between nappy changes, feeds, clean-ups, and everything else you’ll need to juggle. As a parent, it’s also important to ensure your baby can catch some z’s soundly and safely, whether you’re at home or out and about. That’s where having the right cot can make all the difference. Canstar Blue’s review reveals the best-rated brands so you can snooze on the rest.
A cot is an essential and hefty purchase for new parents, and one deserving of much consideration. In fact, one in three Aussies we surveyed (34%) actually researched what kind of baby cot they should buy, and a fifth (20%) asked friends and/or family for advice. Leading factors in purchase decisions were a sale (25%), matching other baby furniture (25%), needing a cot that could travel (21%), and finally, brand name (16%).
Canstar Blue surveyed 339 Australians for their feedback on the baby cot(s) they’ve purchased and used for their child/children in the last three years.
Respondents rate their satisfaction with their cot brand from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Seasoned winner Boori has done it again, winning first place in our cots ratings. Boori was rated five stars in most categories including comfort and support, design and style, durability and quality, ease of use, additional features, weight and size, and overall satisfaction.
IKEA nestled into second place, scoring five stars for comfort and support, value for money, and weight and size, while Big W brought in an additional win for weight and size.
Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.
Boori was born out of an independent nursery store in Sydney back in 1993. The brand combines classic heritage with contemporary trends to create nursery and kids’ furniture for every day and is now global, with stores across six countries. For kid’s bedding and furniture, Boori stocks everything from cots, and bassinets to nursery sets, toddler and single beds, as well as study and play furniture and storage solutions. For cots, prices start from $399.95 for the Neat Compact Cot (pictured) and reach up to $2,199 for the Sleigh Expandable Cot Bed 2-Piece Nursery Room Set. The cot bed features a solid frame made from Australian Araucaria wood, top and drawer sides, hand-carved details, and textured grain. It can be converted into a toddler and single bed (conversion kit sold separately). For bassinets, prices range from $329.95, up to $499.95.
Cots and bassinets are a safe sleep choice for a newborn bub, and the main difference between the two comes down to size and portability.
|Cots||· Can be used for longer (i.e. converts into a toddler bed)
· Sturdy design (less risk of tipping)
· Wider variety of styles, colours and sizes
|· Larger and take up more space
· Heavier and harder to move
· More expensive to buy
|Bassinets||· Portable and foldable
· Easy to fit in small living spaces
· More affordable
|· Can only be used for the first few months
· Less durable
· Pose a tripping hazard
First, you’ll need to decide the type of infant bed you want, depending on your room size, preference, special features (i.e. drop side, co-sleeper, etc.) and whether you need a convertible option or not. Our survey found these were the most common options for Aussies:
If you’re short on time and busy getting ready to welcome your new arrival, you may not want to fiddle around and spend days putting your cot together. Our survey found that more than half of parents (59%) bought a baby bed that required assembly. If you’re a practical parent, you’ll want something that’s quick to put together and convert into a bigger bed for when bub is ready.
Cots sold in Australia should comply with the Consumer Protection Notice No. 6 of 2005, which sets out the mandatory requirements for the design, testing and construction of household cots. Some of these requirements include:
These regulations are particularly important to check if you’re buying a second-hand or antique piece.
Our survey found that Aussies spend an average of $267 on a new cot. This is a good reference price, but remember that costs will vary greatly depending on the bed type you’re after, retailer, model, brand, etc. You can find models for under $200 from department stores like Big W and Kmart, and up to $5,000 or more, so we’d say aiming for a mid-range option is probably the sweet spot. Just compare prices and brands online first, before making your final decision, and keep our review in mind.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
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