Skip to content   Skip to footer navigation 

Baby cots lift their game

But is the one in your home safe? CHOICE shares what to look for

For the first time ever, cot manufacturers have passed all of our key safety tests, but the one in your home might still be unsafe.

"68% of the cots we tested between 2012 and 2017 failed to meet some of our key safety requirements, so it's a welcome development that each of the 10 cots put through our most recent test passed the safety component," says CHOICE spokesperson Nicky Breen.

Unfortunately, the latest batch of cot mattresses we tested still had issues.

CHOICE tested 13 cot mattresses with the cots, with 2 out of the 13 failing crucial safety tests.

"Although the cot mattress tests were better than in previous years, given the risks to infants from a poor mattress include suffocation and head entrapment, any key safety failure is simply not good enough," Breen says.

Key issues CHOICE experts say to watch out for are:

  1. Is the cot deep enough to stop a child from falling out?
  2. Does the mattress fit snugly around all sides?
  3. Are there any head entrapment hazards?
  4. Are there any sharp edges or protruding parts?
  5. Can you see any limb or finger entrapment hazards?

More information on buying a safe cot can be found in our cot buying guide.

For more on product safety laws, go to CHOICE scores cot safety win.

Media contact: Jonathan Brown, 0430 172 669 – media@choice.com.au

Editor's testing notes:

We check that the mattress is firm enough not to pose a suffocation risk. A gap of even a few centimetres between the cot wall and the mattress could cause suffocation, so we also make sure the claimed measurements are accurate.

The latest mattresses to fail key CHOICE safety tests are:

1. Leander Comfort +7

2. Love N Care Innerspring Mattress

For more information go to https://www.choice.com.au/babies-and-kids/baby-furniture/cots/review-and-compare/cot-mattresses

IMAGES:

Is the cot deep enough to stop a child from falling out?

is the cot deep enough

Does the mattress fit snugly around all sides?

cot mattress fit snugly

Are there any head entrapment hazards?

head entrapment

Can you see any limb or finger entrapment hazards?

limb entrapment