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becoming a parent is one of the greatest things in life, but it can also be one of the scariest! the uncertainty of what parenthood will bring can spook anyone, but we hope to calm those nerves with a little advice from the experts.

How to Choose a Baby Changing Table
How to Choose a Baby Changing Table

Newborns go through nappies at a rate of about 70 nappies per week. That equates to a lot of time changing nappies and so, choosing the perfect changing table is crucial to having a functional nursery

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How to Buy Gender-Neutral Nursery Furniture
How to Buy Gender-Neutral Nursery Furniture

Gender-neutral designs for your little one’s room and furnishings are becoming increasingly popular for multiple reasons. You may not know or want to know about your future baby’s gender or you may want to keep it a surprise. You will want your child to be comfortable as they grow and flourish in non-gender stereotyped colour schemes and styles. You can invest in the future by choosing a room style that would suit any child but perhaps above all gender-neutral nurseries can be stylish, attractive and timeless. 

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Nursery Checklist: The Nursery Furniture Essentials You Need
Nursery Checklist: The Nursery Furniture Essentials You Need

You won’t be surprised to learn that having a baby comes with a lot of new “stuff” that you never needed previously. But it can be hard to work out which items are essential and which are simply canny marketing. 

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How to Choose the Right Cot Bed For Your Baby
How to Choose the Right Cot Bed For Your Baby

Though it might not seem like it to sleep-deprived mothers, babies sleep most of the time during their first two years of life. This means that the place where they sleep — their cot — is a crucial investment. It’s normally advised that a baby sleeps in the same room as you, though in their own space, for six months. They can be moved into their own bedroom or nursery from six months old. While you could put a baby in a cot from day one, many parents opt for a smaller Moses basket or crib for the first few months. 

A cot bed needs to look good in your child's nursery, but you also want one that's going to keep your baby safe while sleeping and be easy for you to put together and use.

How Do I Know the Cot I’m Buying is Safe?

You’ll want to do your own research to check that the cot you’re buying is safe, but the NHS guidelines for buying a cot are a good place to start. In general, you should look for a sturdy cot and you should make sure the bars are well-spaced so that your baby’s head can’t get stuck. The mattress should be a good snug fit for the cot. Aside from the mattress, keep items out of the cot so that the baby can’t get tangled up or into mischief. Cuddly toys and blankets can come when the baby is older!

A good way to easily check your cot is to confirm it meets BS EN 716-2:2008. This is the level of safety required by law for all new cots in the UK, and if a cot meets this standard it will have correct spacing on the bars.

Should I Buy a Cot Bed or a Cot? 

You might be wondering whether to opt for a cot or a cot bed. It’ll depend on your needs, as there are pros and cons to each. 

Cots

Cots these days tend to have adjustable heights to make it easier to lift your baby as it grows.

Pros:

  • A baby can be put in a cot from day one.
  • For smaller nurseries, they are a great space-saving option.

Cons:

  • A cot can be difficult to move around. 
  • Many parents prefer a Moses basket or similar for newborns, as cots can feel big. 

Cot Beds

Cot beds are basically bigger and wider than a normal cot. A cot bed is usually 140cm x 70cm, where a cot is 120cm x 60cm. A cot bed is a tempting option for some parents as it can be converted to a small bed for a toddler. 

Pros:

  • You might get more use out of a cot bed, compared to a cot. 

Cons:

  • They are larger than a cot, meaning they might not be suitable for a small nursery.

Features To Look Out For When Buying a Cot Bed

Height-Adjustable Base 

As we’ve mentioned, the height of a cot bed should be adjustable. This means you can adjust the cot bed as your baby grows. 

Size

It is advised that your baby sleeps in the same room as you for the first six months, so if you are limited for space, a cot will be better than a cot bed.

Matching Nursery Furniture Sets

It is worth buying a cot that comes as part of a matching furniture set if you are looking for nursery furniture. White and grey are the two most popular colours of nursery furniture if you don't want to go for a standard wooden finish. 

How To Choose The Right Cot Bed: Our Top 5 Picks 

Our experts have put together a list of their top five cot bed picks to help you make your decision.

  • Clara Cot Bed in White Driftwood Ash


  • Complete your fairytale nursery with the Clara Cot Bed. Suitable for newborns up to children of five years old, its classic curvature with a modern contemporary aesthetic and functional style will transform any nursery. Designed with three mattress positions, this cot bed has a mattress included and easily converts into a modern and stylish toddler bed, growing with the need of your little one through their formative years. Also available in all-over white.


  • Aylesbury Cot Bed in White and Ash
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    Aylesbury Cot Bed in White and Ash

    Unique contemporary styling for the modern nursery, the strong, bold modern features of this cot bed design makes the Aylesbury a great choice in this category. The Aylesbury full-size cot bed suitable from birth to about five years. Designed with three mattress positions to grow with your baby, the Aylesbury can easily transform into a day bed and a toddler bed to use for years to come. It is also available in all-over white.


  • Juliet Cot Bed in Dove Grey
  • Juliet Cot Bed in Dove Grey


    The Juliet cot bed is expertly made by hand in Europe. A simple and classic design crafted to suit any nursery seamlessly. Featuring our signature tongue and groove design on the headboard and safety teething rails to help soothe your little one when teething keeps your cot bed in the best condition. Made with solid pine and board, the Juliet cot bed offers exceptional quality at a great price. The Juliet cot bed has three adjustable heights from newborn to toddler, eventually converting into a toddler bed as your child grows.


  • Quadro Cot Bed in White

  • Quadro Cot Bed in White

    This beautiful Quadro white cot bed belongs to the Quadro White baby room set. Thanks to its sleek and timeless design, the cot bed fits in any nursery and is easy to combine with different styles. The cot bed grows with your baby thanks to its slatted base that is adjustable in three heights. Use the highest position of the slatted frame for a newborn baby, so you can easily take the baby out of the bed. When your baby grows and starts to pull up, you can deepen the position. Set the slatted base to the lowest position if your baby can sit upright independently. You can also remove the bed’s sidebars to convert the cot bed into a toddler bed.


  • Retro Rio Cot Bed in White

  • Retro Rio Cot Bed in White

    The Retro Rio cot bed is a modern, white cot bed with a cool character. The combination of solid wooden legs and a fabric foot end gives the cot bed a unique touch. The cot bed grows with your baby thanks to its slatted base that can be adjusted to three heights (30-45-63 cm). You can use the highest position of the slatted base when your baby is just born, so you can easily take the baby out of his bed. When your baby grows and starts to pull up, you can deepen the position. Set the slatted base to the lowest position if your baby can sit upright independently.

    What Cot Mattress Should I Choose?

    Most of the cot beds from CuddleCo come with a complimentary anti-allergy mattress to take the stress out of finding the perfect fit. 

    The importance of finding the right mattress for your baby is crucial for both their sleep and for yours. That’s why, to make the process easier, our experts here at CuddleCo have put together a guide to help you work out what is the best cot mattress for your baby.

    Discover CuddleCo’s full range of stylish cot beds, designed with the comfort and safety of your little one in mind. Shop now for free shipping on all orders over £50.

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    What Is the Best Cot Mattress for Your Baby?
    What Is the Best Cot Mattress for Your Baby?

    What cot mattress is best for my baby?

    How thick should the cot mattress be?

    What special features does it need?

    How should it fit? Learn More.

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    Mother & Baby Gold Collection Cot Mattresses
    Mother & Baby Gold Collection Cot Mattresses

    The key to a good day is a great night’s sleep.

    At CuddleCo, we understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep for your baby’s growth, development and health — and your peace of mind. With over 30 years of combined industry experience, we are rapidly on our way to becoming the nation’s Sleep Specialist for your little one.

    With the average newborn baby sleeping for around 17 hours per day, we have launched the Mother&Baby Gold Collection Cot Mattress range, designed from the advice of experts and mothers alike, to give your baby and toddler the best sleeping experience possible. You can rest easy knowing your little one is in great hands — and maybe even get the chance to catch some much-needed ZZZs yourself. 

    The Importance of Sleep for Your Baby

    Some babies sleep much more than others. Some sleep for long periods, others in short bursts. Some soon sleep through the night, while some don't for a long time.

    Regardless of your baby’s sleep pattern, the need for your baby to get a good amount of sleep is not to be underestimated. As babies grow, their bodies are in a state of rapid development. While they’re busy snoozing, memories are being stored, synapses are forming, brain tissue is developing, connections are established, energy is replenished and much, much more.

    While your baby is sleeping, it is also a great time for you to catch up on some well-deserved shut-eye. For parents, sleeping can be just as important as it is for their baby. Fragmented sleep can leave parents overwhelmed with tiredness and feeling bad-tempered, tearful, forgetful and depressed. 

    That is why it is crucial for us to provide you with all the tools you need to help your baby fall asleep as much as necessary — and the mattress is a key part of that. 

    Why Choose Mother&Baby Gold Collection Cot Mattresses?

    Everything about the Mother&Baby Gold Collection cot mattresses has been designed with your baby’s sleep in mind. 

    From catering for newborns snoozing peacefully in bassinets with the small Moses basket mattress, to supporting your baby in the transition to a larger cot as they grow, you can trust this range of mattresses to promote healthy sleep patterns and provide the best comfort for your little one. 

    The Advantages of the Mother&Baby Gold Collection Cot Mattresses?

    Not only do the Mother&Baby Gold Collection cot mattresses offer unrivalled support and comfort but there are also lots of other advantages to choosing them for your baby to sleep on.

    • Breathable  — they are designed to allow the movement of air to permeate the fabric, allowing for a constant fresh feel and absorption of inevitable leaks. They all have a waterproof membrane to protect each mattress without having to buy a separate waterproof cover.
    • Temperature Regulating  — containing advanced temperature regulating technology, every mattress in the Mother&Baby Gold Collection range is created to ensure your baby gets the optimised sleep they need. 
    • Easy to Clean  — each mattress comes with a removable, washable cover, which makes it easy to throw in the wash and ensure is always clean and ready for your little one’s sleep-time. 
    • Anti-Allergy  — each mattress incorporates Purotex-infused covers, a revolutionary technology based on 100% natural probiotics, an all-natural remedy against allergenic sleep disrupters. Purotex permanently cleans up to 93.7% of house dust mite allergens, providing a fresher, cleaner sleeping environment for your baby. 
    • Sustainable  — the mattresses are covered in Tencel, which is made from the pulp of trees grown on special farms, and is made using recyclable, earth-friendly chemicals — making it an environmentally-friendly, sustainable choice for your baby.
    • Organic  — a special selection of mattresses from the Gold Collection, such as the Organic Gold Chemical Free Cot Mattress, are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which ensures the product is treated organically from the harvesting of raw materials through to its manufacture and packaging.

    Want to ensure your baby gets the best sleep possible? Discover CuddleCo’s range of Mother&Baby Nursery Gold Collection Cot Mattresses. Shop now for free shipping on all orders over £50. 

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    How to Choose a Baby Changing Table

    Newborns go through nappies at a rate of about 70 nappies per week. That equates to a lot of time changing nappies and so, choosing the perfect cha...

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    How to Buy Gender-Neutral Nursery Furniture

    Move over pink and blue, gender-neutral is here to stay. Gender-neutral designs for your little one’s room and furnishings are becoming increasingl...

    read more

    Nursery Checklist: The Nursery Furniture Essentials You Need

      You won’t be surprised to learn that having a baby comes with a lot of new “stuff” that you never needed previously. But it can be hard to work o...

    read more

    How to Choose the Right Cot Bed For Your Baby

    Though it might not seem like it to sleep-deprived mothers, babies sleep most of the time during their first two years of life. This means that the...

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    How to Teach a Baby to Self-Soothe

    You’ve rocked your baby to sleep. Sung them to sleep. Breastfed or bottle-fed them to sleep. You’re an expert at sending your baby to dreamland, bu...

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