Cot and Cot Bed: What's the difference?
What is a cot?
What are the similarities?
There are many similarities between the cot and cot bed. They are basically the same shape and design. Cots vary in size, though, but they are usually smaller and cheaper than cot beds, and they have fixed side railings. An advantage to choosing a cot rather than a cot bed, is that a shopper can select one to fit the available space in the room.
Some children are happy to stay in a cot for longer than the two years, which is recommended by many manufacturers. Other children move from a cot to full-size single bed with ease. Another thing to consider is whether or not the buyer is planning on having more children. That way, a cot is more cost efficient for more children to sleep in.
What is a cot bed?
A cot bed is a variation of a cot, with some features that aren’t present in cot. Those features are teething rail, casters, headboard and footboard and under-cot drawers. It could be used from birth until the age of 5, due to its transformation into a toddler bed by removing the bars.
There are also many types of cot beds. Except standard, there are drop sided cot beds, which have the rail on one side for the better access to the baby. You can remove the drop side and rail to make a toddler bed. There are also sleigh cot beds which got their name due to similar shape to sleigh. They could be drop-side or fixed rail type and side rails are removed to turn it into the bed.
In difference from a cot, the cot bed has removable sides and an end panel. The purpose of the end panel is for use to convert it to a short, low bed for a toddler. A cot bed is larger than a cot, but smaller than a single bed. It requires a mattress and bedding designed specifically for it. Although a cot bed is slightly more expensive, the buyer gets twice the use out of it, so in a sense, it can also be more cost effective than a regular cot. A cot bed is also larger than a standard cot. If the buyer does not have enough space in the home for larger bedroom furniture, they may pick a cot.
Recommended reading: Best cot bed mattresses
|Longevity:||Up to 2 years (however, can be used for future siblings)||5-8 years (depending on the child’s growth speed)|
|Size:||Not adaptable||Big; can be turned into a small bed|
|Versatility||Not very versatile||Highly versatile|
|Access:||Easy to find||Hard to find|
|Standard (American cot)||69 x 130 cm (27,2 x 51,2 inches)|
|Boori Cot||77 x 133 cm (30,3 x 52,4 inches)|
|Cot beds||140×70 cm (55,1 x 27,5 inches)|