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Choosing the Perfect Cot Bed Size

Choosing the Perfect Cot Bed Size

Linda Ladley |

As a new mum, the excitement of preparing your little one's nursery can sometimes be tinged with a touch of overwhelm.

One crucial aspect of nursery planning is selecting the right cot bed size. With a variety of options available, including Next to Me cribs, space saver cots, mini cot beds, and traditional cot beds, it's essential to understand their differences and choose the one that best fits your needs and available space.

In this guide, we'll explore these four popular cot bed sizes, helping you make an informed decision and create a cozy haven for your precious bundle of joy.

In summary here's an overview:

  Space Saver Cot Cot Mini Cot Bed Standard Cot Bed
Mattress Size 100 x 50 cm 120 x 60cm 120 x 60 cm  140 x 70 cm
Age* Birth - 18 Months Birth - 3 years Birth - 3 years Birth - 4 years
Converts to a Toddler Bed No No Yes Yes
    1. Next to Me Cribs: Keeping Your Baby Close

    For new mums who prefer to have their baby right by their side during the early months, Next to Me cribs are an excellent choice. These innovative cribs offer the convenience of having your baby within arm's reach, promoting bonding and facilitating nighttime care without having to leave your bed.

    Next to Me cribs are designed to attach securely to the side of your own bed, allowing you to easily tend to your baby's needs throughout the night. They often come with adjustable heights and mesh sides, enabling a safe and breathable sleeping environment for your little one. Some models can even be detached from the parent bed and used as a standalone crib.

    1. Space Saver Cots: Compact and Cleverly Designed

    When space is at a premium, or you're working with a smaller nursery, a space saver cot can be a real game-changer. These ingenious cots are specifically crafted to maximize functionality without compromising on comfort. Designed with a smaller footprint, they offer a snug sleeping area for your little one while leaving ample space for other nursery essentials.

    Space saver cots often feature clever storage solutions, such as integrated drawers or under-bed compartments, providing a convenient way to keep your baby's essentials close at hand. Their compact size makes them a popular choice for urban dwellers or those living in cozy apartments.

    1. Mini Cot Beds: Perfect for Newborns and Small Spaces

    Mini cot beds bridge the gap between cribs and traditional cot beds, catering to the needs of newborns and infants offering a safe and secure environment for your little angel to rest and grow. Mini cot beds are ideal if you have limited space or if you prefer to have your baby close by in your bedroom during those early months.

    These beds are designed to accommodate your baby's growth. Mini cot beds come with adjustable mattress heights, allowing you to lower the sleeping surface as your baby becomes more mobile. The models convert into toddler beds or daybeds, ensuring long-term usability and value for money.

    1. Cot Beds: Versatile and Long-Lasting

    For parents who prefer a more traditional option that will last throughout their child's early years, cot beds are a popular choice. These multifunctional sleep systems seamlessly transform from a cot to a toddler bed and, in some cases, even into a stylish sofa or a daybed.

    Cot beds are designed to grow with your child, providing a familiar and secure sleeping environment as they transition from infancy to toddlerhood.

    Cot beds typically have adjustable mattress heights, allowing you to lower the mattress as your baby grows and becomes more active. The added convenience of removable side rails enables easy access for your child while ensuring their safety. These versatile beds offer great value for money and eliminate the need for frequent upgrades.


    Selecting the right cot bed size is an important decision when creating a safe and comfortable nursery for your baby. Whether you opt for a Next to Me crib, a space saver cot, a mini cot bed, or a traditional cot bed, each choice comes with its unique advantages.

    Next to Me cribs provide the convenience of having your baby close at hand, space saver cots maximize functionality in small nurseries, mini cot beds offer adaptability for newborns and limited spaces, while cot beds provide versatility and longevity.

    Consider your preferences, available space, and lifestyle when making your decision. Trust your instincts as a new mum and take your time to choose the perfect cot bed size that suits your needs and ensures a cozy haven for your little one. Happy nesting!