Cots review

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  • Updated:27 Nov 2008
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles - What to buy

Childcare Harbour XT 091132-007

Price $350

Good points 

  • Passed all our safety tests. 
  • Passed all information requirements. 
  • Converts to a junior bed (bed rails supplied).

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular.

Kingparrot Scout

Price $470

Good points

  • Passed all our safety tests.
  • Converts to a junior bed.

Bad points

  • Minor failure of information requirements.

Love n Care Classic

Price $599

Good points

  • Passed all our safety tests.
  • Passed all information requirements.
  • Converts to a junior bed (bed rails supplied).
  • Has a storage drawer under the cot.

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular.

Sunbury Dreamtime C102

Price $525

Good points

  • Passed all our safety tests.
  • Converts to a junior bed (bed rails supplied).

Bad points

  • Minor failure of information requirements.

 

Product profiles - the rest

  • The Grotime, IKEA, Regent and Swallow also passed our safety tests and are recommended, but have some niggling bad points. 
  • The Delta and Mother's Choice failed safety tests. The risk of these failures causing an incident or injury may be small, but the failures are nevertheless unacceptable.

Grotime C34 babe

Price $349

Good points

  • Passed all our safety tests.
  • Compact design.
  • Mattress supplied.

Bad points

  • Information re the supplied mattress was inconsistent; if you ever need to buy a new mattress for this cot,
    the correct dimensions are 690 x 1000 x 100mm. The manufacturer advised that they have since upgraded this cot to address the information error.
  • Dropside buttons are a bit slippery to operate.

IKEA Leksvik

Price $349

Good points

  • Passed all our safety tests. 
  • Converts to a junior bed (bed conversion end trims supplied).

Bad points

  • Minor failure of information requirements.
  • Tedious to assemble, though the instructions are reasonably good.

Regent Nu Gembrook

Price $499

Good points

  • Passed all our safety tests.

Bad points

  • Minor failure of information requirements.
  • Dropside isn't very smooth to operate.

The manufacturer advised that a junior bed conversion kit will be included as an option in future.

Swallow Jessie

Price $289

Good points

  • Passed all our safety tests. 
  • Passed all information requirements. 
  • Converts to a junior bed.

Bad points

  • It has a protruding dropside release lever; it passed our safety tests but could be better designed.

Delta Jasmine

Price $550

Good points

  • Nothing in particular.

Bad points

  • Failed safety tests. It has a protrusion hazard. When the mattress base is in the lower position,
    the upper base support sticks out too far – which a child could bump its head against.
  • The cot also has a finger trap between the base rail and the rear (fixed) side;
    this small gap may be due to manufacturing variations.
  • Minor failure of information requirements.

The manufacturer advised that they have had this cot certified to the A/NZ standard. The problems we found may be due to manufacturing variations.

Mother's Choice Bellevue

Price $199

Good points

  • Nothing in particular.

Bad points

  • Failed a safety test. It failed the depth test with the mattress base in either upper or lower position.
    When using the maximum recommended mattress (150mm thick) the distance from mattress top to the
    top of the dropside when raised is too little, increasing the chance a child in the cot could climb or fall out. 
  •  Minor failure of information requirements.

The manufacturer disagreed with our findings regarding the safety failure, and said the information labelling has now been corrected.

 

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