We lab test and review the latest cots to help you find the safest and easiest to assemble for you and your baby.
Safety recall: The ACCC has recalled cots which fail CHOICE tests:
Our expert testers review dozens of cots to see which ones meet Australian standards, as well as our high safety requirements. Our report reveals which cots:
Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which models meet Australian standards, as well as important specifications like weight and dimensions. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top. Our testers also give you key points about each product, both good and bad.
This review also includes previously tested models that are now discontinued; to see them, select the filter to the left under Related products.
List of brands we tested in this review.
Recommended or typical retail price.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 129 and 1499
For more on how we decide what models to recommend, see 'How we test cots' at choice.com.au/cots.
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A side that can be lowered for easy access when putting baby to bed or taking them from the cot.
Whether the cot is able to be converted into a children's bed. This is either supplied with the cot or available as an optional extra.
Whether the cot passed our key safety tests. For more, see 'How we test cots' at choice.com.au/cots.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Plastic strips on the top edges of the cot, so that neither baby nor cot is damaged if it's chewed on.
Wheels make the cot easier to move around (but should have lockable brakes on at least two wheels).
If the cot has wheels, there should be lockable brakes on at least two of them, to stop the cot rolling freely.
Based on our safety performance test. Our Recommended models meet all safety requirements and score at least 80%, but may fail some very minor information requirements (such as instructions and labelling). At the moment we don't take our new ease of assembly scores into account when calculating our overall scores because we don't have assembly data available for previously-tested models.
Some lower-scoring models may still be worth considering if they meet all key safety requirements, but fail some minor points (such as finger entrapment).
Models we don't recommend fail at least one major safety requirement.