Some brands asleep on safety
Parents and their babies can sleep a little easier knowing that the latest cots to pass through our labs are safe.
All 10 newly tested cots passed our key safety tests – a welcome surprise after a shocking 68% failed to meet key safety requirements between 2012 and 2017.
However, four out of 13 cot mattresses failed on safety, with two posing serious safety hazards.
The risks of an unsafe cot can include head or limb entrapment, strangulation, choking, suffocation and falls.
While all cots available in Australia should meet the mandatory safety standard, we've found many don't. That's why we continue to call for stronger product safety laws.
"Parents shouldn't have to rely on a nonprofit consumer organisation like CHOICE to test products for safety and push individual businesses to fix products that are already on the market and endangering children," says Sarah Agar, CHOICE's head of campaigns and policy.
Many of the cots that failed our safety tests in the past are still available for sale
Our latest test batch includes many of the big-name brands that you'll see at retail stores, but despite these manufacturers finally lifting their game, dangerous cots remain on the market.
"Many of the cots that failed our safety tests in the past are still available for sale," warns Kim Gilmour, who heads up our household product testing.
"And with more consumers turning to online marketplaces to buy cheap cots these days, we plan to check if these sellers' cots meet safety standards, too."
Our full review compares cots from brands including Ikea, Leander, Love N Care and more.
Our test results will tell you which models:
- meet Australian standards as well as our high safety requirements
- are the easiest to assemble
- have the features you need.
Our testers also give you key points about each product, both good and bad.
- If you're not ready to become a member, you can still get lots of tips on what to look for in our guide to buying a cot, while how we test cots gives you a detailed explanation of our rigorous safety testing.
Cot mattresses not up to scratch
What good is a safe cot if the mattress isn't safe as well? Two out of 13 cot mattresses failed key safety requirements in our latest cot mattress reviews – an improvement on previous results, but still not good enough.
Our safety test involves checking 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.
Cot mattresses can be legally sold without meeting any safety requirements at all
Unlike cots, there's no mandatory safety standard in Australia for cot mattresses, only a voluntary one.
Cot mattresses can be legally sold without meeting any safety requirements at all. This makes our testing at CHOICE – and our fight for better product safety laws – all the more crucial.
"We need a more proactive approach to product safety from businesses operating in all markets – introducing a general safety provision into our law is the way to achieve this," says Agar.