THE GENERAL rule with babies and toddlers?
You don’t need to get them a new cot, cot bed or bed each time you have another baby – or if you pass your cot bed on to a friend or family member.
You do, however, need to purchase a new cot bed mattress for each new child that sleeps in the cot.
Parents have never had more choice when it comes to cot bed mattresses, like anti-allergy mattresses, temperature-regulating memory foam or coil spring cot bed mattresses – there are plenty of styles to choose from to suit your needs.
Baby bedding brand Snüz even has a cot bed mattress that you can tailor to your growing child: it offers firm support for babies, medium support for toddlers and lighter support for kids aged 3+.
If you’re trying to decide between a cot bed or a Moses basket/cot followed by a single bed for your baby, in the short run it may seem like you’ll save money buying beds in stages. In the long run a cot bed can be convenient and better for your finances.
Cot beds can typically be used from birth to five or six years – and beyond.
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1. Best cheap cot bed mattress under £20
This hypoallergenic foam mattress is breathable, comfortable and supportive. Reviewers say it’s ‘great’, ‘excellent value for money’, ‘cosy’ and ‘amazing quality’.
- (AD) Baby Toddler Cot Bed Fully Breathable Foam Mattress & Waterproof Cover All Sizes( 120 x 60 x 5), for £17.45 on Amazon – buy here
2. Best all rounder cot bed mattress
Every little detail has been thought out in this mattress, from the temperature-regulating, breathable, antibacterial upper layer (which unzips for easy washing), waterproof protection layer and hybrid spring and foam layers for comfort and support. It’s even recommended by the Lullaby Trust – and 15% of all profits made on the mattress go towards the charity.
Plus, it will sleep your kid up until the age of six.
- The baby mattress cot bed mattress, 70cm x 140cm, for £169 on Eve – buy here
3. Best cot bed mattress for growing with your child
This anti-dust mite, waterproof design is really handy since it can be adjusted along with your growing child: the mattress has interchangeable comfort layers that decrease in firmness as your baby gets older (experts recommend that babies sleep on ultra-firm mattresses). Just unzip the flip the layers to change the firmness.
- (AD) SnuzSurface Adaptable 70×140 Cot Bed Mattress, for £135.53 on Amazon – buy here
4. Best memory foam cot bed mattress
This Clevafom mattress design has been scientifically proven to help prevent plagiocephaly – flat head syndrome – and offers a comfortable night’s sleep for your little one by moulding to their growing body and taking the pressure off of their developing joints. It’s also breathable, moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic.
‘Having done a lot of research on mattresses I took a risk with this one having never felt it before I ordered but so far so good! Feels lovely and soft. Great quality. A little dubious at first as doesn’t seem to be very thick but baby seems to sleep really well. Moulds to baby’s shape. Great buy. I highly recommend to all parents out there that are undecided and still searching for a mid-range, good quality mattress. This one is brilliant!’ writes a happy customer.
- (AD) Clevamama Clevafoam Support Cot Bed Mattress 60×120 cm, for £80.55 on Amazon – buy here
5. Best hypoallergenic cot bed mattress
6. Best cot bed mattress to fit any bed
This value-for-money cot bed mattress comes with a quilted hypoallergenic, breathable cover (which is also reversible) and is a versatile choice that fits a range of toddler beds.
‘My daughter fell asleep on this instantly. Fit just as described and will fit any cot bed/toddler bed. I feel it was very good value for money compared to others especially being that extra bit thicker,’ writes a fan.
- (AD) AirComfort Eco Breathable Baby Cot Bed Mattress Quilted Extra Thick Depth (Fits Mothercare and Mamas & Papas Sizes) (140 x 70 x 13cm), for £24.99 on Amazon – buy here
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