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Questionnaire: Which is the Right Cot for You?

There are lots of things to consider when you're buying a cot, so what's the right one for you, your home and your baby?

Posted: 29 October 2009
by Debra Stottor

You may think that there’s little to choose between all the cots available, that it’s down to price, colour and whether you want clean lines or elaborate detail. As ever when it comes to choosing baby equipment, it’s never quite so simple: there are cots, cot beds, cots that convert to sofas, cots with removable sides – and then you have the issue of style and materials. Solid wood or MDF? White or natural finish? To help point you in the right direction, try our quiz and see if our suggestions suit your style. For more about different cots, see our buyer's guide. Which is the Right Cot for You?

1 Would you consider having your baby sleep in the same bed as you?
a) Definitely, it’s all part of the bonding process
b) I’m sure she’ll doze off with me after night-time feeds occasionally
c) No, my partner and I need our own space, and I think the baby will too

2 Which of the following best describes your home décor?
a) Eclectic –junkshop finds, family heirlooms and bold use of colour
b) Tasteful but not too exuberant, most things match
c) Cool, ultra-modern and veering towards minimalism; quite design-led

3 Would you consider using a second-hand cot?
a) Yes, it’s great to have stuff with a bit of history
b) Yes, as long as it’s in good working order
c) Yes, but it would have to meet our design requirements

4 How many children are you planning to have?
a) Haven’t given it much thought, but at least three
b) Probably two, it seems sensible
c) We’ll see how we get along with this one first

5 How long do you expect your cot to last?
a) If it can last for all the children we have, that’s fine by me
b) It would be good to have something that our child can continue to use once he’s beyond the cot stage
c) I want one that is built to last, that we could perhaps pass on to future generations

6 Do you have any preference regarding materials?
a) I’d like it to be environmentally friendly
b) As long as it sits well in the nursery, I don’t mind too much
c) Solid wood will probably be most durable

7 What about colour?
a) I’d like a jolly nursery, so if we got a plain cot we’d brighten the room with the bedding and soft furnishings
b) Classic plain white would be nice
c) Why paint over something as beautiful as natural wood?

8 Do you like embellished details or other decoration on a cot?
a) They can look quite nice, but I’m not worried either way
b) If it co-ordinates with the rest of the nursery furniture, that’s fine
c) Generally no, but I’d consider it if it were subtle and tasteful

9 How big will your nursery be?
a) We’ll probably put the baby in the small bedroom, so we can still have friends to stay in the bigger room
b) It’s not huge but it will easily fit a bed in once he’s older
c) Estate agents would classify it as a double bedroom, so quite spacious for a baby

10 How big’s your budget?
a) As small as possible
b) I’ll splash out for the right cot, but would prefer not to overspend
c) I’m more than happy to splash the cash to create the perfect environment for my child

The verdict…
Mostly As
Your home and life are probably a bit chaotic, and there’s probably no unified theme or design ethos to your nursery. You do want it to look good, and be a cosy welcoming haven for your baby, but you’re creative enough to add details after you’ve sourced the furniture. You’re not too worried if it doesn’t all co-ordinate perfectly, and you want it to be fun. Chances are, you won’t be kitting out the nursery for a while, as your baby will be in your room, so you’ll have a feel for his character by the time you get around to it. Don’t let your haphazard nature get in the way of investing wisely.

Cosatto Olivia (about £120) and Mamas & Papas Close & Cosy Bedside cot (£200) – both have a removable side so you can position it next to your bed, very convenient for night-time feeds. www.cosatto.com and www.mamasandpapas.co.uk
Mothercare Aylesbury cot bed in white or antique – at £150 it won’t break the bank and will convert to a child’s bed later on. www.mothercare.com
Green Baby Classic range – cot bed (£215) and changing table (£99) are made of naturally oiled beech from sustainable European forests. www.greenbaby.co.uk
Cosatto Olivia Cot

Cosatto Olivia, £120

Mostly Bs
You’re neat and tidy and like order in your life, but you’re not too obsessive about every last detail. I suspect you’ll be decorating the nursery well before the baby arrives – that will be one less thing to worry about later. A matching set of furniture can look lovely in the nursery, but do consider whether it will sit as well in a child’s bedroom as in a baby’s – wardrobe and chest of drawers/changing table are big investments so you want them to last.

Summerhouse collection by Mamas & Papas – classic styling in white. Range includes cot bed (£340), wardrobe (£590), dresser (£470), cot top changer (£70) and storage chest (£150)
Sherbourne range at John Lewis: Cot bed £200, plus co-ordinating furniture
The White company does a beautiful white-painted rubberwood cot for £295, plus a good selection of co-ordinating furniture. www.thewhitecompany.co.uk
Push the boat out: Boori range, available from Mothercare – incredibly adaptable cot bed (Sleigh and Paddington convert from cot to bed to sofa), plus classic style wardrobe, chest of drawers, 3-tier changer, tallboy, bookcase. Not cheap, but it feels like real furniture. Cot bed prices start at £375 for the Classic. Available in white, English oak and heritage teak finishes. www.mothercare.com
The White Company Classic Cot Bed

The White Company
Classic Cot Bed, £295

Mostly Cs
You’ve got the designer wardrobe and now you want the nursery to match. Your home could grace the pages of any interiors magazine and you know that the nursery can reflect this rather than look like someone else has chosen for you. Don’t lose sight of the fact that your baby will grow up to develop his own tastes – and they might not match yours! And don’t worry if not every detail is right – your baby will be happy in his room because you’ll love him and make him feel secure. Designer labels will mean nothing to him for a few years yet.

Simon Horn collection – cot bed turns into a sofa, armoire to TV cabinet, changing table to chest of drawers. Louis Philippe styling gives a timeless, elegant look. The cot bed will cost more than £2,000 so not one for those with a tight budget. www.simonhorn.com
John Lewis Deco range in solid oak (cotbed £550) – wardrobe and chest of drawers also available. Also in white, which is cheaper but not as nice to look at (unless you really like white, that is). www.johnlewis.com
Budget option: Kyoto range from Mothercare – clean lines, light oak finish. Cot bed, wardrobe, dresser and underbed drawer. Good looking and ideal for small spaces. www.mothercare.com
Mothercare Kyoto Cot

Mothercare Kyoto Cot, £220

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