By Olivia Windsor
New baby on the way? One of the most important big purchases you will make is your baby cot. A safe, comfy space where your little one can get their zzz’s on, rest and recharge. But there’s so many baby cribs to choose from, so how do you know which one is best for you? At the memo, we’re here to cut through the s**t with no long lists of 20+ favourites in sight. Keep reading for our no-nonsense guide on how to bring on good sleep with our curated edit of the 6 best baby cots in Australia.
What types of different baby cots are there?
At the memo, we offer some of the best baby furniture brands on the market. We’ve scoured the globe to bring you options from SNOO, Leander, Ouef, Troll, AeroMoov and Linea by Leander. When it comes to baby beds, you can choose between:
A bassinet is a bed for infants from newborn up until around six months of age. They are generally smaller, and more compact than a cot. A bassinet is a good option if you want your child’s bed to stay in your own bedroom as it doesn’t take up as much space as a crib.
Cot or crib:
A crib is a little bigger than a bassinet and is still safe to use from newborn age up until around three years old depending on the exact model you opt for. All of the cots at the memo come with an option to buy junior bed extension kits which mean you can transform them into beds that are suitable for up until 7 years of age!
A lightweight and portable baby bed. This is a great investment if you frequently travel but also a good one if your child goes to their grandparents’ house a lot or other friends and family and you want them to have a suitable bed to sleep in.
What to look out for when buying a baby cot bed?
When it comes to choosing which cot is right for your child, there are a few things to consider, including:
- Safety: ensure your cot is deep enough to stop your baby from falling out
- Ease of use: pick something easy for you to use but impossible for your child to open
- Size: Double check the dimensions to make sure you choose something that will comfortably fit your nursery room space
- Longevity: Consider choosing a cot that allows you to convert it into a junior bed for extra value
- Adjustable mattress heights: Ideal for making it easy to take them out of the crib without hurting your back
What is the best baby cot for a bad back?
It’s really important to be mindful of your back, especially after pregnancy or having a caesarean, when carrying and lifting your baby. When you place your child into their crib or take them out of it, it’s a prime moment for potential back injuries. Opting for a crib with an adjustable mattress position is a good idea as you won’t need to lean over as much when used in its highest position. However, the best thing you can do is be mindful of how you’re leaning over from the outset. Remember to always bend at the hips and keep your back as straight as possible with your baby in the centre of your body weight.
4 Best Baby Cots in 2022
1. Leander Cot
Looking for the ultimate in style? The Leander Cot is a striking piece of high quality baby furniture that’s built-to-last. If you’re looking for a natural wood cot in Australia, this one ticks all the boxes thanks to being crafted from European beech which is sustainable and plantation grown. The oval cot shape is versatile and allows it to be effortlessly reconfigured, growing with your child. For cute baby cots, Leander is our pick!
Features of the Leander Cot:
- Made from European beech
- From newborn - four or five years old
- Can be used up to 7 years old with the Junior Extension Kit
- Oval shape
- Slats so you can pat baby to sleep
- Mattress sold separately
- Five different configurations
Looking for a wooden cot in Australia? Choose the Sparrow Crib, made from solid birch. This gorgeous cot is the chicest crib on the market, with a minimalist and considered design to work well with any nursery decor. Slim side rails and spindles give this crib a light, airy feel and make it a favourite of interior designers. Think low height, small footprint, maximum efficiency. The sturdy and high quality construction tick the premium box, guaranteed to last the distance.
Features of the Sparrow Crib:
- Suitable for newborns - four/five years old
- Low overall height
- Two adjustable mattress positions
- Can be used for toddlers with the Sparrow Toddler Bed Conversion Kit
- Rectangular shape
- Mattress not included
If budget is top of mind for your purchase (we get it, this having a baby thing is kind of expensive!) Troll's Sun Cot is an excellent option. This wooden baby cot is one of our best price cots coming in at under $800. It’s not too big, or too small and can also convert into a junior bed if you purchase the extension kit when your child is a little older. It has soft rounded corners and semi-open ends. The mattress base has two settings, one high for an infant and one low for a mobile child. Simple and sturdy, the height of the newborn cot means that there is no need for a drop side and you simply reach into the cot as it is.
Features of the Troll Sun Cot:
- Made from European birch wood
- For newborns-toddlers
- Can be used for children 5 years and older when purchasing the extension kit
- Mattress not included
- Two adjustable mattress settings
- Wooden slats to comfort and soothe baby through the sides
Finally, for parents hunting for the #1 convertible cot bed we present the Linea by Leander Cot. Suitable from newborn age and onwards, this clever cot can ultimately convert into a modern couch for children and adults alike when they’ve outgrown it as a bed. All you need to do is add a mattress cover and some cushions! This convertible cot is designed to fit beautifully in compact nurseries, think minimalism and precision.
Features of the Linea Cot:
- Made from European plantation beech
- Suitable from newborns until 3 years+
- Converts to a junior bed and even a couch
- Wooden slats
- Mattress not included
The Best Travel Cot in 2022
On the move a lot? This is a good baby cot for you if you do a lot of travel or bub will be spending time sleeping away from home frequently. It packs up and down in mere seconds making it ultra easy for anyone to use. Light but solid at 5kgs, the Aeromoov is also super compact which makes it easy for travelling. We also love a multifunctional cot bed, so bonus points to AeroMoov being set up as a playpen around the house or even take it to the beach or park!
Features of the AeroMoov Travel Cot:
- Two sleeping level options for baby and toddler
- Protection against wind and light
- Watertight base
- Lightweight (under 5kg)
- Sets up in 2 seconds
- Includes mattress
Baby Cots Australia
Have we narrowed down the choice for you any further? Take a look at our curated edit of the best cots Australia now to see our full collection. We only stock the best of the best cots for babies in Australia, so you know that you’re always getting top quality gear no matter which one you choose. Whether you’re searching for baby cots in Sydney or baby cots in Melbourne, we deliver Australia-wide. When you buy your baby cot with us, you can enjoy our free 30 day trial guarantee and take advantage of our AfterPay option at checkout.Liked this? Take a read of decorating your nursery, tips for setting up a nursery, and how to choose a bassinet.