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Cot reviews


We test more than 80 cots in the CHOICE labs, including models from Boori, Ikea, Childcare and more.

Last updated: 30th June 2015

Whether it's your baby's first bed or they're moving on from a bassinet, a cot is an important purchase. It's essential to your child's comfort, health and safety to choose the right one.

We've tested over 80 cots from a multitude of manufacturers to see which ones meet our high standards for safety, durability and ease of use, while also suiting your individual needs and your budget, helping both you and your baby rest easy once the decision's made.

For more background on our rigorous reviews, see how we test cots.

We ordered a Baby 1st Homestead cot. The sample we received failed numerous safety tests including suffocation hazards from cot ends, a dropside that can become higher than the upper surface of the mattress (potential finger entrapment), and a dropside mechanism failure. The recommended mattress width also leaves too much of a gap between the side of the cot and the mattress (suffocation hazard).

After raising our concerns with the importer it told us a sample model had been accidentally shipped to us from the warehouse, which we think is unacceptable. This model is marked as "Homesread" (not "Homestead") on the box and has a September 2012 date of manufacture. The two remaining sample models have been accounted for.

The importer told us that new models (marked as "Homestead") have a correct name and mattress size label, amended cot width and mattress base, improved dropside mechanism and rounded corners. We have not tested the "correct" version and to avoid confusion we've left the "Homesread" model out of the table.

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