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Best cot 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated May 1, 2019
Best cot of 2018
If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you’re scouting for the best cot. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). Come with me. On that note, I review the three best cot of 2018 to help you get value for your money.
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – Osage River Folding Camp Cot. Osage River Collapsible Folding Camp Cot with Carry Bag. Rated up to 300 Lbs. yet weighs only 13 Lbs. For Camping
Why did this cot win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this cot come in second place?
Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.
Why did this cot take third place?
We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
cot Buyer’s Guide
If you are buying a new cot, it should conform to BS EN 716-2:2008, as all new cots on sale in the UK have to meet this standard (Which nd). This standard ensures that the cot is deep enough to be safe for your baby, that the bars are the correct distance apart, and that the cot does not have cut-outs or steps.
You can use your cot from the day your baby is born, if you like. However, many parents choose a Moses basket, crib, or carrycot for the first few months, or have their babies in the same bed as them. This is often because a newborn baby can look and feel a little lost in a big cot.
Cots can be expensive, so you may want to think about buying one second-hand. Cots come in many shapes and sizes, including corner-shaped to sit neatly in the corner of your baby’s room. Oval-shaped cots can often be later converted into a junior bed, chairs, or even a sofa. You can also buy bedside cots that fit right up against your bed. This can be useful for night-time feeds.
Most cots have drop sides and an adjustable base height to make it easier to lift your baby in and out as he grows. It’s a good idea to lower the base when your baby is old enough to pull himself up, so that he stays secure in the cot. Most cots have two or three different base heights, but two heights are all you really need. Many cots also have a teething rail, which is a protective plastic coating around the edges, to prevent your baby chewing on the wooden slats of the cot when he is older.
Cot bedsCot beds are longer and wider than standard cots. Their main advantage is that they can be converted into a junior bed when your toddler outgrows his cot. They do not usually have drop sides and not all versions have different mattress positions.
Having a good crib mattress is very important for two main reasons: it makes the crib much comfier for your baby, and most importantly, it provides a good support for their delicate growing bones.
The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development reports that using a hard mattress, as opposed to a soft mattress, is one of the key factors in helping prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It’s important to use a specialized baby crib mattress; a mattress that is meant for adults or older children will likely not be the correct size for a crib, nor will it be firm enough.
Babies will spend up to 70% of their life on the crib mattress. When you think about that, it’s easy to see why it’s important to get a good baby mattress.
Foam Mattresses vs. Innerspring Mattresses
The fact of the matter is that there is no “best” type of crib mattress — one is not necessarily better than the other. There are both great foam and innerspring mattresses and not-so-great foam and innerspring mattresses. The main thing you should be concerned about is whether the mattress is quality or not.
Although the best foam mattresses are just as good as the best innerspring mattresses, you should know about the few key differences between the two.
The Scoop on Foam Crib Mattresses
If you’re familiar with foam crib mattresses from the 80?s or earlier, you might remember low-quality foam which would break down and become brittle over time.
You might be glad to know that this is no longer the case; there have been many advancements over the years, and a properly-manufactured modern foam mattress should not have this issue. However, it’s important not to skimp out and get a cheap foam mattress from an unknown manufacturer.
While foam mattresses that use foam that is specifically designed for mattresses are fine, some low-cost foam mattresses use cheap packing foam to minimize costs, which will lead to deterioration over time.
Foam crib mattresses are generally less expensive than innerspring mattresses, which can sometimes be a factor when it comes to deciding on any baby product. Foam mattresses are also, in general, lighter than innerspring mattresses — about 8-pounds for the heaviest foam mattress, or close to 2pounds for the heaviest innerspring mattress.
The Scoop on Innerspring Crib Mattresses
One of the biggest misconceptions about innerspring mattresses is that the more coils it has, the better. This has been so ingrained in people’s minds that even other websites will tell you that this is most important.
While the number of coils does somewhat reflect on the density of the mattress, many other factors come into play as well.
Generally, the more metal in an innerspring mattress, the better. According to Consumer Reports, you should look for a crib mattress with around 135-150 coils, with a gauge of 15.or lower.
Remember that an innerspring mattress is typically more expensive than a foam mattress. On top of that, they tend to be a lot heavier.
More expensive is not always better: Innerspring mattresses can be pretty expensive on the high end. The most expensive mattress is not always the best, so just keep that in mind.
Coils: Look for a mattress with around 135-150 coils with a gauge of 15.or lower.
Like everything else, in this buyer’s guide, you will find that these cots come in many shapes, colors and sizes and they cost differently. While there are luxurious cots, they cost more than the standard cots, but you can always buy what is within your means. Remember, there is life after camping, so look for money saving deals.
If you are an ardent camper, then it would be much better to spend more money on a cot, buy one that will serve you for a long time. This is better than having to go to the shops every now and then to buy a new one. This means you may have to spend a little more money to buy high quality camping cot but hey, what do you mind about forking out a few extra dollars for more features? It sure beats paying a lower price for fewer features.
Size of the camping cot
No camping cot buyer’s guide can be considered complete if it does not give the dimensions of the cot that you should buy. When it comes to the size consideration, you have to consider a few things. One of them is the size of the cot when it has been folded. Will it fit in your car? Remember, a foldable cot is the most preferable option for you so that you can store it neatly at home and also carry it easily when going camping. When the box containing the cot is delivered, you will know its size when it is folded.
What is the size of the cot when it is erected? Will it fit in the camping tent? You should actually know the size of the erected camping cot before you pay for it. Mostly, children’s cots will be at least inches (~1cm) from the floor, while adult cots could be as low as inches (~2cm) and as high as 1inches (~4cm) from the floor. Do not be surprised however if you find that some cots are even more than 20 inches (~50 cm) high.
As for the width and the length of the cot, well the width starts at 2inches (~70 cm), 3(~80 cm) and even 40 inches (~100 cm). For the length, some cots are quite long and can comfortably accommodate a person who is six feet five (~19cm). You can see that no matter what your physical attributes are, you will find a cot that is good enough for you.
The good thing about elevated camp cots is that they leave space underneath that you can use to store some of the camping stuff that you carried with you.
The fabric used to make the camping cot
Camping cots are like clothes. They are made with diverse material/fabric and this somehow influences their price. However, choose a fabric that will be easy to maintain and one that will last a long time. You must remember that most of the time when you are going camping, the cot will be exposed to the weather elements.
The strength of the cot
Now, this is very important. If you buy a weak cot, then it means you run the risk of collapsing it to the ground in the middle of your sleep. This could cause injuries that are most likely not covered by your travel insurance. But it does not have to be like that. If you are smart, you will want to look for a camping cot that has been rated safe and strong enough for your weight.
The cot frame will be made of metal that is strong and at the same time, light enough to enable you to carry it around on the camping site and to make for easy loading and offloading in the car. What is more readily available in the market is camping cots made of stainless steel. However, for just about the same price, you can buy cots made of aluminum frames, which are much lighter and almost as strong as stainless steel. Both stainless steel and aluminum metals require little to no maintenance. Thus, you can buy such confidently.
It is better to buy a cot that can withstand more than your weight, just in case you add a few extra pounds when you go camping. You just want the assurance that it will not collapse from under you at the most inopportune time.
Start researching early
It always pays to start researching bed options as early as possible and be prepared that you may change your mind a few times. Consider shop delivery times, as the option you choose may not be available when you need it to be. Have a back-up option just in case.
This guide is for parents choosing a new cot. If you are choosing a second-hand cot, be sure that the cot meets Australian Standards and that it has not been subject to a product recall. Do your research about what this entails and be aware that cot hardware can wear out with age and being assembled and disassembled many times.
Camping is so much fun. You get to breathe the crisp, outdoor air. For so many, sitting around the campfire is one of the most relaxing things in the world. Though you can’t plan the weather, one thing that can be planned efficiently is what you eat. Sure, you can have simple food such as hot dogs or marshmallows toasted over the campfire.
However, camping doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on good food. All you need is a good camping stove to warm you up during the cold weather. However, with so many camps stoves out there each using different fuel types, it is difficult to know which one to choose.
Big Gas Burner
This is a larger option for cooking while out camping. If you need to feed a larger group of people, this might be the camping stove yo u choose. It has three burners, powering at 30,000 BTU so you will be able to good bigger and better meals. The cooking space for food is 60square inches and there is a shelf on the side that folds so that you can have everything you need nearby.
Aicok Smokeless Charcoal Grill
Every new baby ought to have a new mattress. Even if you are offered a second-hand cot or cot bed, buy a new mattress for it whenever possible.
Does the cover come off and is it machine washable at 60°C? This makes it easier to keep it clean, free from bacteria and allergens caused by dust mites. If it is PVC covered, there should not be any rips or cracks.
This kind of waterproof layer is good when potty training and some mattresses have a wipe-clean layer.
We offer a free waterproof sleeve with each & every one of our mattresses. It can easily be adjusted in position or removed alltogether if desired.
The mattress must fit the cot or cotbed well with no more than cm between the mattress and cot sides. If there is too big a gap, a baby may get her arm or leg trapped. To get the best fit, measure the inside of the cot and we can work out the best size for you. Some unusual size cots may need a specially made mattress to fit. This is our speciality. Each and every one of our mattresses are hand made in our own factory in Lancashire.
If you choose a foam mattress, it should be one which is orthopaedic (that helps support the bones) and is dent resistant. All of our foam mattresses meet this requirement. We use CHHR 2density foam, specifically manufactured for the baby and nursery industry.
Does the material the mattress is covered with help to prevent overheating? Look for a mattress with good breathability or other heat regulating properties to help create a good sleeping environment and prevent overheating, which can be dangerous. W have lots to choose from which include Coolmax, Microclimate, XStatic and Bamboo to name just a few.
The different kinds of mattresses are
Being lightweight and cheaper, a foam mattress can be a good budget buy. However, it does lose its support over time so use this type for fairly short term use such as in a Moses basket, crib or cradle or a cot for occasional use such as in a cotbed at Grandma’s house or for a travel cot. They are nice and light so it’s easy to change sheets. A cot mattress should last about three years if maintained correctly.
Sprung or pocket-sprung
With coils of metal inside, encased in foam or polyester, this type of mattress will keep its supportive nature over a far longer period of time and is recommended for beds a child will use for a longer time such as a cot bed or junior bed. Generally, the more you spend, the better the mattress and the springs support your baby as he gets bigger. They are heavier and it may be harder to change the sheets but it is well worth the extra money. We have lots of variations of this mattress with an array of different mattress fillings or coverings which include wool, cotton, bamboo, aloe-vera and coolmax to name a few.
Natural Fibre & Organic
We also make mattresses from completely natural substances such as cotton, wool, coir and natural latex.
What ever type, size or shape of baby mattress you need we can certainly help. We can even make double density mattresses should you need a firm side for your baby and a softer side for when they are a little older. We can also make two-in-one mattresses which are fabric on one side & waterproof on the reverse for when your child is potty training.
Pillows and duvets
Don’t use pillows and duvets – they are not safe for babies who are less than a year old because of the risk of suffocation. Duvets can also make your baby too hot.
Sheets and layers of blankets tucked in firmly below your baby’s shoulder level or a baby sleeping bag are safe for your baby to sleep in.
Pushchairs, also known as strollers and buggies, are only suitable for young babies if they have fully reclining seats, so your baby can lie flat. Wait until your baby can sit by themselves before using another type of pushchair. Choose a light pushchair if you will be lifting it on to trains or buses.
Prams give your baby a lot of space to sit and lie comfortably, but they take up a lot of space and are hard to use on public transport. If you have a car, look for a pram that can be dismantled easily. Consider buying a pram harness at the same time, as you may need it to strap your baby securely into the pram.
Carrycot on wheels
A carrycot is a light, portable cot with handles, similar to but smaller than the body of a pram, and often attachable to a wheeled frame. Your baby can sleep in the carrycot for the first few months, and the cot can be attached to the frame to go out.
Three-in-one travel system
This is a carrycot and transporter (a set of wheels) that can be converted into a pushchair when your baby outgrows the carrycot. Shopping trays that fit under the pushchair or pram can also be very useful when you’re out.
Car seats for babies
If you’ve got a car, you must have a baby car seat. Your baby must always go in their seat, including when you bring them home from the hospital. It’s illegal and also very dangerous to carry your baby in your arms in a vehicle.
The best way for your baby to travel is in a rear-facing infant car seat on the back seat, or the front passenger seat as long as it is not fitted with an airbag. The car seat is held in place by the adult safety belt.
Look for the United Nations ECE Regulation number R44.0or R44.04, or the new i-size regulation R129, when you buy a car seat.
Many mothers said while they would buy a preloved cot, they wouldn’t buy a second-hand cot mattress due to hygiene issues. The SIDS and Kids website doesn’t specifically recommend that parents buy a new cot mattress, but it does have some good advice about how to help your baby sleep safely. There’s also safety advice on cots here.
For one in five mothers, having brand new bottles, teats and breast pumps was important, while others said it was OK to buy second-hand if they were sterilised. Some mums mentioned that they’d buy dummies new, too. Choice has information on what to look for when buying bottles, teats and dummies.
Prams and strollers
A new pram was an important priority for 1percent of mothers, who said they would pay premium prices for a pram they knew would last more than one baby. But other mums said they were happy to purchase second-hand prams, as long as they were in good condition. Australian independent reviewer Choice has some good advice for what to look for in a stroller or pram. There’s also advice on safety standards for prams here.
What some of our mums said
These are similar to the above for Moses basket mattresses, except your baby will sleep in the crib longer than a Moses basket and also be heavier as the crib will be in use for at least months, or until they can sit up.
Same rules apply your baby should sleep on a firm surface, there is an advantage in having a thicker foam pad for more support and also using a higher grade foam, or even look at a crib mattress with pocket springs for the ultimate in support and durability also these deeper better quality mattresses will not dip nor dent.
Travel Cot Mattresses
When you buy a travel cot it comes with a padded base, this is the only way it would pass a British Standard. Most parents feel the base is too hard and not padded enough and wish to buy another mattress.
All Foam Cot Mattresses
Just like weight, there are two factors you need to consider in size, i.e. your body size and the size of the camping cot.
Try to avoid the cot that features cotton top. Cotton tends to soak up water and takes longer time to dry. Camping cot’s fabric is usually rated in ‘D’, meaning, Denier. Higher is this number, more durable and high-quality will be the cot fabric.
Minimum rating you need to seek is at least 600D, anything more than this would be indeed stronger. You can look for Polyester or Nylon fabrics, but most tear-resistant fabric you might find in some high-end cots would be ‘Ripstop’.
Look for a frame that is made from heavy-duty gauge material, instead of thin metal tubing. The joints and finishing on the frame also designates the quality of the Camping cot. Make sure to choose the frame that is easy to fold and unfold.
With spring coil suspension and thick cozy foam mattress, the Coleman ComfortSmart Cot provides you with extreme comfort and better supporting platform.
Its heavy-duty construction features steel frame, which can support about 27pounds of user weight.
When unfolded, this Camping cot measures up to 69” x 25” x 15”, which is optimal to accommodate users up to 5’7” of height.
Coleman ComfortSmart Cot can be folded up in half to fit compactly in most of the car trunks. The folded dimensions are about 34.3” x 25.4” x 5.5”. Moreover, it has been backed with year of Limited Warranty period.
Springs might wear off after some time
Versatile in nature, yet again another Pack-away Cot by Coleman features a Removable Side table that has been incorporated with a cup holder and enough space to place your snacks, magazines or other items.
The sleeping space is fairly roomy and wide to easily fit in users with 6’6” of height. This sleeping area measures up to 80” x 32”, which is why we can say it is one of the best camping cots.
Now this ComfortSmart Deluxe Cot from Coleman offers extreme comfort, thanks to its thick foam sleeping mattress and spring coil suspension system that mimics your bed very well.
Its solid construction and steel-made frame can capably handle a person with 300 pounds of weight.
Tents are still the most popular means of camping though camping pods are becoming more popular. They are commonly made of fabrics like cotton (canvas), nylon or polyester. These materials are suitable for different types of tents and all have their advantages and disadvantages. Indeed manufacturers often combine mixtures of these materials in order to combine the benefits.
Unlike nylon polyester made tents can withstand long periods in the sun. It is also slightly thicker and more durable than nylon. Do look out for those that specify they include a breathable coating to keep water out but allow air flow otherwise they can suffer from condensation build up and also be stuffy inside.
There are numerous tent shapes you should be aware of. Which you should choose will depend on your intended use and the type of weather you plan to use the tent in. For example a family tent would generally be larger and taller for full height access whereas a season tent for winter use would be lower and more aerodynamic in order to stand up to the elements.
Windy conditions will always pose a problem for campers particularly when it comes to erecting a tent. To make life easier in terms of camping in windy or snowy conditions consider a dome shaped tent. These are really simple to assemble and generally stable due to the 2, or pole system they employ. The poles criss-cross and pass through the center of the roof creating an arched ceiling with a square, hexagonal or octagonal footprint. At head height this creates lots of room because of that they are one of the most popular purchased tents on the market. Some models also offer separate sleeping rooms or a porch for storage.
If you are the type of a camper who explores camping grounds in any type of condition, you must therefore be a perfect match for this convertible tent. Whether you are on a summer trip or on a stormy adventure, this gives you options with the following features like poles, vestibules and a rainfly. It features solid nylon panels and mesh windows on its walls that you can zip up. It is heavier in weight, thus making it sturdier and more versatile than the other types.
Bug protection is also sacrificed. Many use a tarp tent in conjunction with a bivy tent or hammock beneath. They use the tarp simply for overhead protection from exposure to sunlight or rain.
If you’re planning a trip up Everest or Kanytime soon then chances are you’ll want to take a Geodesic tent. These are generally the most stable designs on the market. Support poles criss-cross over the surface creating a triangular panel type structure. For windy or extreme weather conditions these are your best bet. Geodesic or semi-geodesic designs are for those who take camping seriously and perhaps go it alone or with a friend, so not really suited to the family camping market.
The swinging crib
An alternative to the Moses basket that can also be used from birth, a swinging crib can be placed beside the bed and creates a gentle rocking motion that can help the baby drift off to sleep. It requires a mattress and can be used until your child is able to sit up or kneel (up to six months) and starts at around £60.
The bedside crib
According to Dodds, some of the benefits of bedside cots include supporting breastfeeding since they save you the trouble of getting out of bed, reassuring both mothers and babies by keeping them close to one another and giving mums quick access to crying babies so they can be easily settled. They are also a convenient choice if your movements are restricted, for example after a C-section.
If you’re unsure about committing but curious to try one of these, they’re also available to rent (from six weeks upwards) from the NCT.
As for drawbacks? They are more expensive than Moses baskets and not as portable.
Believe it or not, there are still a few other baby bed options if you’re looking for alternatives. The Stokke Sleepi is a 4-in-unit that starts out as a small crib and grows with your child, turning into a cot and then a junior bed/sofa (it lasts until age 10).
There’s also the Sleepyhead – a favourite of John Lewis’ Bettis – a multi-functional, portable baby bed that you can use from birth and that has a longer shelf life than your average Moses basket. It can be used around the house – put baby in it while lounging on the sofa or keep it in a cot or travel cot.
Another early-on alternative option for the contemporary design lover is the Micuna Smart Cradle + Bassinet, a crib-on-wheels that can be moved from room to room and that comes in a stylish oval shape and a rainbow of 30 colour options.
Bumper to bumper
If you’re worried about your baby hurting their head against the bars or screaming from getting their legs stuck between them, Kiddicare’s Holmes recommends trying the Airwrap, a breathable protective wrap that won’t cause overheating.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your cot wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of cot
- №1 — Osage River Folding Camp Cot. Osage River Collapsible Folding Camp Cot with Carry Bag. Rated up to 300 Lbs. yet weighs only 13 Lbs. For Camping
- №2 — Ultralight Portable Folding Camping Cot
- №3 — Coleman ComfortSmart Camping Cot