Best cot beds 2021: tried and tested cot beds for your baby and toddler

Want to know which is the best cot bed for your little bundle of joy? We've asked the experts - a panel of parents - to put some to the test and tell us which one is the best cot bed.
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  • The best cot bed for you will suit your budget, decor, and your child’s stage of development. A cot bed is a brilliant buy because your baby can sleep in it right up until toddlerhood – and then you can convert it to a big kid bed. But how do you know, from the endless different ones on sale, which is the best cot bed for your baby or child?

    We asked our baby gear editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, which is the best cot money can buy. She drew up a shortlist and then assembled a panel of mums to put each one to the test. All the cot beds featured are suitable from birth. Our testers tried them out over a period of several weeks with their babies, aged between 12 weeks and two years old. To help you decide which is the best cot bed for you, read on to find out what our testers thought of the ones they tried.

    Best cot bed at a glance

    The Little Wren Cot Bed from Great Little Trading Company gets our vote as the best cot bed overall. Its design appeal is off the charts and it looks like a luxurious, high-end product – without a premium price tag. In particular, we like the stylish look and feel of this cot bed. It’s also a real bonus that you don’t need to buy any pricy extras because they’re all included. That means no annoying hidden extra costs.

    Best cotbed overall: Little Wren Cot Bed – Great Little Trading Company| £375
    Best premium cotbed: Willox Adjustable Cot Bed – La Redoute | £475
    Best budget cotbed: Mack + Milo Amburgey Cot Bed with Mattress – Wayfair | £139.99
    Franklin Cot Bed – Mamas & Papas | £469
    Cot Bed Skandi Natural – SnuzKot | £349
    Midi Cot Bed – Mokee | £199
    Oasis Oval Cot – Boori | £359
    Coleby Mini Cot Bed – Ickle Bubba | £149

    Things to consider when buying a cot bed for your baby or child

    The benefit of a cot bed is the fact that it converts from a cot to a bed. This means you won’t need to buy a toddler bed when your baby outgrows the cot and is ready for sleeping in a big kid bed. In other words, you’ll save money. And who doesn’t like doing that?!

    But the other advantage of a cot bed is that it can help your child transition from sleeping in a cot to moving into a bed. That’s a big change, and the familiarity of going to sleep in the same piece of furniture can help to smooth this important transition.

    Before you choose the best cot bed for you, remember that your baby should sleep in the same room as you for the first six months. So if you plan to use a cot bed from birth, check the dimensions to ensure it will fit in your bedroom. Some cot beds are bulkier than others.  If you’re short on space in your room, choose one of the more compact models.

    Alternatively, you could use a Moses basket beside your bed for the first six months. After that, you could move your baby into a cot bed in the nursery. Finally, consider the design and style of your baby’s room. Since a cot bed will be in use for longer than a standard cot, choose one that will suit the look and feel of your little one’s first bedroom.

    1. Best cot bed overall: Great Little Trading Company Little Wren Cot Bed

    Best cot beds overall: Great Little Trading Company Little Wren Cot Bed

    Credit: Great Little Trading Company

    A robust and stylish contemporary cot bed

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Dimensions: 93 x 145 x 74.5 cm | Mattress required: 140 x 70 x 10 cm

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Classic, beautiful design
    ✅ Safe, robust and sturdy
    ✅ Easy to assemble and adjust 
    ❌ Drawer sold separately
    ❌ Costlier than other cots – but worth it

    VIEW AT GREAT LITTLE TRADING COMPANY| £375

    The Little Wren Cot Bed from the Great Little Trading Company is made from solid pine with a white painted finish. It’s suitable from birth to four years. It has three mattress height settings, so you can lower the base as your baby gets older. This makes it easy to reach your newborn, but also prevents toddlers from climbing out. The cot has fixed side panels and converts to a first bed with a toddler rail included. The cot bed recommended mattress is sold separately (£125).

    This is a timeless, stylish and robust cot bed that will look beautiful in any nursery. “There is a real sense of class about it,” says Donna, who tested it with her seven-month-old daughter. Daisy. “It oozes quality and you can tell it will last many years.”

    When it came to assembling the cot bed, Donna found the instructions easy to follow. “I put it together on my own during one of Daisy’s short naps. After putting the base too low to start with, I had to change the height. It was really straightforward to adjust.”

    Although it’s expensive, Donna feels this cot bed is worth the price because it’s so well-made. “It has a solid pine frame and sturdy plywood base, and with the Nutkin mattress you have a beautiful, well-made cot bed which feels like it will last for years,” she says. “I previously looked at mattresses costing around £50 and the difference in quality is vast, showing it’s well worth spending more money for a better quality cot bed mattress.”

    To convert the cot into a toddler bed, you simply remove one of the cot’s side panels and attach the toddler rail supplied. In addition, under-cot storage drawers and a range of matching colour furniture are sold separately.

    “The stand-out feature of this cot is how robust it is,” adds Donna. “It’s sturdy but light enough to move easily when I’m changing Daisy’s cot sheets. And it’s really beautiful to look at.”

    2. Best premium cot beds: La Redoute Willox Adjustable Cot Bed 

    Best premium cotbeds: La Redoute Willox Adjustable Cot Bed

    Credit: La Redoute

    A beautifully designed, vintage-style cot bed

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 88.5 x 75.5 x 149.5 cm | Mattress required: 70 x 140cm

    Pros Cons
    Beautiful and unique
    ✅ Usable for many years
    ✅ Well-made 
    ❌ Expensive

    VIEW AT LA REDOUTE | £499

    This is a sturdy and stylish cot bed with three adjustable heights so you can adjust it as your baby grows. Eventually, you can remove the bars to create a bench-style bed.

    Our tester, Gemma Fromage-Crawford, is mum to Boden, 13 months. She built the cot bed in an hour and found the instructions easy to follow. “The Willox Adjustable Cot Bed is available in two colours – off-white or green – and we opted for green as it looked very unique,” she says. “I was curious to see the colour in real-life as colours can look different online. I wasn’t disappointed; it’s a beautiful shade of green. Previously, I had only considered a traditional white cot bed but this has totally changed my mind. And even though it’s described as vintage, it’s a stunning, stylish piece that would look great in a modern nursery.”

    At bedtime, the cot bed easily stood up to the ‘trampoline test’ inflicted on it by our little tester. Boden. “Like many other little ones, Boden loves to hold onto the frame and bounce up and down,” says Gemma. “He also uses the bars to pull himself up to a standing position, so the frame takes a lot of his weight. From an online description or photo, you can’t always judge how robust baby furniture will be, but the Willox seems very sturdy and well-made.”

    Overall, Gemma was wowed by this cot. “Boden seemed very happy and content in it – he drifted off easily and slept well,” she says. “The cot is a beautiful, unique addition to our nursery. The only problem is that now we’re tempted to buy all the matching furniture.”

    3. Best budget cot beds: Mack & Milo Amburgey Cot Bed with Mattress

    Mack & Milo Amburgey Cot Bed with Mattress is our pick as the best budget cot bed

    Credit: Wayfair

    A highly affordable cot bed with mattress and storage drawer included

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Dimensions: 90 x 65 x 124 cm | Mattress required: 60 x 120cm (included)

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Sleek and stylish
    ✅ Handy storage drawer
    ✅ Toddler bed guard included 
    ❌ Less sturdy than other cot beds
    ❌ Tricky instructions
    ❌ Visible screws

    VIEW AT WAYFAIR | £139.99

    This simple but stylish solid pine cot bed is suitable from birth to three years. It comes with a mattress included and has an in-built storage drawer. If you’re looking for serious value for money, this is the best cot bed for you.

    Our tester, Emma, wasn’t expecting this to be a premium product. However, she was pleasantly surprised when she put it to the test with her one-year-old son, Charlie. “The quality was beyond what I expected for the price,” she says. “It’s a lovely, simple design that looks great in my son’s room.”

    The cot was easy to assemble, although the instructions are a little complicated. Adjusting the base height and converting the cot to a toddler bed is very straightforward, however.

    The large storage drawer and adjustable base are what make this a brilliant buy. “A storage drawer is a feature I’d expect on a premium cot bed, not a budget model – it’s so useful and helps make a busy toddler’s mess a bit more manageable,” says Emma. “I felt confident loading it with blankets, toys and all sorts of things I want to be hidden away. I really like that there’s an extra base panel for when the mattress position is higher, too. This keeps the contents of the drawer covered, so the sleek, minimal design isn’t spoiled.”

    Emma found the cot rattled when her toddler shook the sides and says the finish is a little less luxurious than other cots – something we’d expect, given that this cot bed costs less than £150. “The screws that hold the bed together are visible on the edges of the wood, which detracts a little from the overall minimal, stylish look,” she says. “The edge of the toddler bed guard also seems a little sharp on the corners.”

    That said, if you’re buying a cot bed on a budget and want more than the basics in terms of style and design without spending more, this is the best cot bed for you.

    4. Mamas & Papas Franklin Cot Bed

    Mamas & Papas Franklin Cot Bed

    Credut: Mamas and Papas

    A luxurious, sturdy cot bed with storage drawer and hanging rail

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Dimensions: 91 x 75 x 155 cm | Mattress required: 140 x 70 x 10cm

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Excellent build quality
    ✅ Easy to convert to a bed
    ✅ Under bed storage
    ❌ Less compact than other cot beds
    ❌ Expensive – but it’s a premium product 

    VIEW AT MAMAS & PAPAS | £469

    This cot bed is available in white or grey. It has an under-bed storage drawer to help save space and a handy hanging rail for storing muslins or blankets.  It’s suitable from birth to four years, and the adjustable base has two height positions. Teething rails are included.

    Annie Quinn, mum to 12-week-old Leo, put it to the test. “My first impressions were that it looked very stylish and the drawer would come in very handy,” she says. “The whole process from delivery to assembly couldn’t have been easier. This is a beautiful, stylish cot bed that will save you money and a lot of hassle in the long run.”

    Putting the cot together was a doddle. “We’ve put together many many flat packs in the past, but compare to how easy this was to assemble. The instructions were so easy to read and every element was labelled alphabetically, making it foolproof, even for those who’ve never put together flat-pack furniture before.”

    Our tester’s favourite feature of this cot bed is the storage drawer. “This may seem like a minor detail, but when you have limited storage space in your home, a drawer beneath the cot is a major help. I keep bed sheets, blankets, swaddles and towels in it.”

    Overall, Annie feels this is a classy and well-made cot bed. “At first glance, this seems a bit pricey, especially if you’re on a budget,” she says. “But you can see the quality and craftsmanship the moment you look at it. It’s a real statement piece. I haven’t stopped talking about it or taking photos of it. I am genuinely so happy with this cot bed and would recommend it to anyone.”

    5. SnüzKot Skandi Cot Bed

    SnüzKot Skandi Cot Bed is our pick as one of the best

    Credit: SnüzKot

    A beautiful, Scandinavian-style cot bed that can be used up to age ten

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Dimensions:  72 x 133 x 89 cm | Mattress required: 68 x 117 (SnuzSurface SnuzKot Mattress)

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Looks beautiful
    ✅ Will last a long time
    ✅ Great quality mattress
    ❌ Complicated to assemble
    ❌ Expensive (mattress and extension kit additional expenses)

    VIEW AT SNUZKOT | £349

    The SnüzKot is an elegant cot bed available in 16 different designs and an array of different colours. It can be used from birth up to age four, or until your child is 10 years old if you buy the extension kit (sold separately). The cot has three mattress settings, so you can adjust the height as your little one grows. If longevity is a priority, this is well worth investing in.

    Kate Wills tested it with her son, Blake, aged six months. It took her a while to assemble, but she felt it was well worth the effort. “It took two of us about 90 minutes to put together but now it’s assembled, it goes really well in our nursery and looks amazing,” she says. “We’re really happy with it, and my baby seems to like sleeping in it. I feel she’s really safe as it’s so sturdy. The recommended mattress (£150) is an expensive additional expense but it’s very good quality.”

    Although this is a fairly expensive cot bed, our tester thinks it compares well with other similar designs. “It’s significantly less expensive than many other similar Scandi-inspired cots, but the fact that it can be used up to age four (or even ten) makes it a true investment piece,” she says.

    The finish on the wood wasn’t flawless, according to Kate, but that’s likely due to the fact that it’s made from natural beech wood with no MDF or veneer. The assembled cot bed looks “really beautiful” and Kate feels it looks more expensive than it is. “I think this is ideal for anyone who loves stylishly designed products if you can cope with it being a little tricky to assemble,” she says. “And if you’re looking for a contemporary cot bed that’s the perfect balance of aesthetics and long-lasting functionality, this is it.”

    6. Mokee Midi Cot Bed 

    Mokee Midi Cot Bed is our pick as one of the best cot beds

    Credit: Mokee

    A stylish, simplistic cot at a great price

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Dimensions:  143.6 x 74.4 x 84  cm | Mattress required: 140 cm x 70 cm

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Stylish design
    ✅ Slatted sides make checking on baby easier
    ✅ Comfortable and cosy
    ❌ Slatted base seemed less robust than other cots

    VIEW AT MOKEE | £175

    The Midi Cot Bed from Mokee impressed us with its longevity – it’s suitable from birth to five years. Highly affordable, it comes in four colours with lots of matching accessories available to buy separately. That’s handy if you’re kitting out a nursery and want to coordinate your look to match your cot. It’s made from high-quality beechwood with a removable panel to transform the cot into a toddler bed. It also has an impressive range of mattress base positions (seven in total), depending on the age and size of your baby.

    Gabrielle Nash put it to the test with her daughter Milla, aged two. She instantly loved the “stylish but simplistic” design, and found the cot easy to assemble. “The open, slatted design makes it easy to check on your sleeping child, and the mattress seems very good quality and comfortable,” she says. “We tested this as a toddler bed by removing the panel, and our daughter took to it really well. I think she likes the feeling of being in a cot whilst having the accessibility of a bed. She’s now had six nights’ undisturbed sleep, which is a miracle!”

    There are times when a budget buy can be a false economy. There’s little point buying a cheaper model if you’ll only end up replacing it because it doesn’t stand the test of time. But that’s not an issue with this cot bed. Whether you’re kitting out the nursery on a budget or just don’t want to spend over the odds on the cot, this a good choice of cot bed for saving yourself some money. When it comes to value for money, Gabrielle was particularly impressed with this cot bed. “It combines affordability with style and safety, which is obviously so important with baby products. It’s excellent value for money but it looks great in our baby’s room.”

    7. Boori Oasis Oval Cot 

    Boori Oasis Oval Cot Bed

    Credit: Boori

    A curved, compact cot bed made from sustainable wood

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Dimensions:  83 x 70 x 125 cm | Mattress required: 119 x 64 cm (Oval)

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Very appealing, stylish design
    ✅ More compact than other cot beds
    ✅ Easy to assemble
    ❌ Oval bedding and mattress are expensive extras
    ❌ Less robust than heavier cots
    ❌ Only two base heights

    VIEW AT BOORI OASIS OVAL COT | £349

    The Oasis Oval Cot by Boori is a distinctive, curved cot bed made from sustainable solid wood. It has two base heights; a high setting for babies and a lower level for pre-toddlers. It converts easily from a cot to a stylish toddler bed. Unlike any of the other cot beds we tested, this has lockable castors. This means it’s easy to move between rooms. Alternatively, you can position it close to your bed at night instead of using a Moses basket or bedside crib from birth.

    Jill Reilly, mum to Grace, aged six months, put this cot bed to the test. She found the cot “exceedingly easy” to put together. “That’s a real bonus for a time-stretched parent,” she says. The oval design was a particular hit with Jill. “When Robyn rolls around in the cot, she doesn’t get stuck in a corner as she might in a rectangular cot,” she says. “The shape means it can take centre stage in a child’s bedroom, rather than being shoved up against a wall. It’s also smaller than many cots, so it’s good for a smaller nursery. The fact that it’s suitable from birth is a huge selling point. Since it’s so compact, it doesn’t feel too overbearing next to the bed. This means you could realistically use it instead of a bedside crib.”

    Another advantage of the size and shape of this cot is the fact that it fits through standard door frames. This means it’s super easy to move into a nursery or toddler bedroom as required.

    When your child becomes a toddler, one end can be removed and you add a foot bar so the child can climb in and out. Later on, you’ll also have the option of removing the side to turn the bed into a child’s sofa. “I am a little nervous that entry via the foot of the bed may be slightly bizarre for a toddler,” says Jill. “Also, it may be tricky when she needs to get out of bed quickly. However, it’s great that you don’t have to worry about little ones falling out of bed, or buy a separate bed guard.”

    8. Ickle Bubba Coleby Mini Cot Bed  

    Ickle Bubba Coleby Mini Cot Bed is our pick as one of the best cot beds

    Credit: Ickle Bubba

    An inexpensive, compact cot bed

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐| Dimensions: 95 x 65 x 124 cm| Mattress required: 120 x 60 cm

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Compact
    ✅ Sturdy
    ✅ Stylish
    ❌ Storage drawer not included
    ❌ Patchy paint finish

    VIEW AT ICKLE BUBBA | £149

    This ‘mini’ model is smaller than standard cot beds, so it’s a good choice if you’re short on space. It’s also a practical choice if you’re looking for a neutral cot bed that will look good alongside existing nursery decor or furniture.

    The Coleby Mini Cotbed is designed for use up to around four years. It has three mattress positions, meaning you can lower the base to prevent your little one from climbing out. When it’s time to move on from a cot, it’s easy to convert to a toddler bed. For extra storage, an under drawer is sold separately. A cot top changer is also available in the same range.

    Our tester, Catherine Lofthouse, tried this cot bed out with her son Robin, aged 19 months. She liked the compact design and neutral colour. In addition, she found it easy to assemble.

    “One of the screw holes hadn’t been drilled all the way through and the paint finish was a little patchy in places, but nonetheless I had this assembled by myself in less than 50 minutes,” says Catherine. “It’s a sleek and stylish cot bed that would look good in any nursery. It’s also narrow enough to fit through a standard doorway without needing to be taken apart and reassembled. That means it’s handy if you plan to move it into another bedroom in future.”

    If you’re looking for something robust enough to suit an energetic toddler, this is ideal. “It feels very solid and well built, with very little ‘give’ in the structure,” says Catherine. “My ‘wriggle bum toddler put it through its paces by thrashing about at night and trying to wobble the sides when he wakes up. It has coped with everything he’s thrown at it.”

    Overall, this is impressively sturdy and built to last, yet super affordable.

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