Finding the best cot Australia has to offer can give you great peace of mind at bedtime but there are so many options it can feel overwhelming. If you want the absolute best baby bed for your little one, we’re here to help.
In this article, we’ll first review the best baby cots in Australia right now. Then, we will run through all the features you need to look for and things to consider when shopping for the best cribs.
Whether you just want the best cot for newborn babies or you need something that will last through to the toddler stage, we have them all here. Don’t have time to read through everything in full, take a look at our cot comparison chart first!
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- 1 Our Pick for the Best Cot, Australia 2020
- 2 Comparison Chart
- 3 Baby Cot Reviews
- 4 Types of Best Baby Beds
- 5 Features of the Best Baby Cots
- 6 FAQs
Our Pick for the Best Cot, Australia 2020
Our pick for the best cot, Australia, 2020 is this Alma Papa cot. It can fold in half and be put away when not in use to save space. It also has wheels so it can be moved from room to room when needed. We love that it’s on the smaller side and fits nicely in any room but can transition to a toddler bed later.
Here’s a quick comparison of all the best crib in Australia reviewed in this article.
|Bloom Alma Papa||Sustainably |
|Tasman Eco Palermo||H: 92.5cm |
|Boori Alice||H: 97cm|
|Tasman Urban Ancona||H: 88cm|
|Tasman Eco Sienna||H: 105.5cm|
|Love N Care |
|Love N Care |
|Tasman Eco Vogue||H: 87cm|
timber & MDF
|Boori Oasis||H: 83cm|
L: 125 cm
|Boori Pioneer ||H: 87cm|
L: 146 cm
Baby Cot Reviews
Read our baby cot reviews so you can choose the right crib for you and your precious little one.
The Bloom Alma Papa folding convertible cot is perfect for smaller rooms, as it’s smaller than standard cots and actually folds in half when not in use! It also has lockable wheels for even more space options. The Bloom Alma Papa is also a very cute minimalist design made from sustainable beechwood.
This cot is not only meant to be easy on your room footprint, but it’s also a breeze to put together. It arrives in two boxes and is advertised to take about 15 minutes to set up. The cot is on the higher end price-wise, but you are paying for quality, higher-end materials, ease of set up, design, and longevity (there is a rail attachment you can buy to convert it to a toddler bed down the road). You can’t lower the side down, but the base is adjustable so you can raise it and lower it as you need.
- Dimensions: There are four models to pick from, ranging from a mini cot to a standard-sized cot.
- Material: sustainably-sourced beechwood
The Tasman Eco Palermo is focused on sustainability from the toxic free stains and finishes to the wood sourced to make it (plantation timber sourced from sustainable forests). The Tasman Eco Palermo can also easily convert to a junior bed and has an adjustable base height, so you can use it for at least a couple of years. It’s also been tested to meet the cot safety standard AS/NZS:2172.
One thing about this cot is that there is no option to lower the railing down, but the base adjusts so that’s not a big concern. There are also no castors on the Tasman Eco Palermo so this is a crib best suited for a permanent spot in the nursery. Overall it’s a very classic cot made of wood at a reasonable price that will grow with your baby into toddlerhood and beyond.
- Dimensions: 134.5 L x 75 W x 92.5 H cm
- Material: plantation timber sourced from sustainable forests
The Boori Alice cot is a well-made crib sourced from local and sustainable Australian araucaria wood and is finished with toxic-free paint finishes that show off the grain of the wood. I love that the colour is a natural almond colour with an adjustable base for ease of reaching in and out of.
The Boori Alice cot can convert to a toddler bed and even has a separate Toddler Guard Panel you can buy for the toddler bed so they don’t roll out when they are first learning to sleep in a “big kid bed”. This cot doesn’t have castors so keep that in mind.
- Dimensions: Height: 97cm | Width: 78cm | Length: 139cm
- Material: sustainable sourced Australian araucaria wood
The Tasman Urban Ancona has a modern feel to it with its two-toned colour scheme (white railings, and square wood grain headboard. The railings are made from plantation timbers from sustainable forests, while the headboard is made of MDF (medium-density fibreboard). Tasman Eco, the company that makes the cot, is committed to making sustainably sourced furniture that lasts for life so this cot is worth the investment.
There are no castors, but the base raises up and down for easy access to your newborn. The Tasman Urban Ancona has been tested and meets the AS/NZS:2172 safety standard. It can also convert to a toddler bed so this is a cot you can use for a while.
- Dimensions: 88 x 74.5 x 135.5cm
- Materials: Plantation timbers, MDF
The Tasman Eco Sienna is unique because not only can it be converted into a junior bed, it can also convert to a sofa that can seat two adults. Like the other Tasman Eco cots, it is made from sustainable timber (in this case, clear pine) and has a toxic-free stain.
The Tasman Eco Sienna has an adjustable base that works for both newborns and toddlers, in addition to being tested for the AS/NZS:2172 safety standard. The design is a modern take on a classic cot, with square legs and a curved headboard.
- Dimensions: L138 x W 85.7 x H 105.5 cm
- Materials: clear pine
The Love N Care Bordeaux cot is stylish and modern with an ash wood colour, square edges, and a solid wood headboard. It has a two-position mattress base and teething rails to protect your baby’s gums (and your cot’s edges!). It also easily converts to a junior bed for when your toddler is ready.
The Love N Care Bordeaux doesn’t have castors so assemble it where you want it to live for a while as it’s on the sturdier side. The good news is, it’s fairly easy to put together.
- Dimensions: L143.4 x W85.2 x H82.5cm
- Materials: wood
The Love N Care Fjord has a very mid-century modern spin on its design, with its cute natural coloured peg legs and white body. It has a two-position mattress base and converts to a junior bed with the same mid-century modern design theme. The bed feet and rails are made of solid oak.
The Love N Care Fjord is stylish but on the higher end price-wise. However, since it can convert to a junior bed, you could be getting a lot of years out of it.
- Dimensions: L141 x W83 x H88cm
- Materials: solid oak feet and rails
Like other Tasman Eco cots, the Tasman Eco Vogue has toxic-free stains and is made from sustainable timber and MDF. Unlike other Tasman Eco cots, the Eco Vogue has a smaller footprint and can convert to four different configurations! The base can not only adjust to two heights (bassinet and cot), you can also make it a chaise lounge, a junior bed, or a single bed (with the purchase of a separate kit for the single bed).
The Tasman Eco Vogue is a great investment as it will grow with your baby from birth to at least through kindergarten. It has a smaller footprint than other cots so it doesn’t take up as much space and has a very cute two-toned colour scheme (white railings with natural wood posts) with curved accents.
- Dimensions: 136L x 83W x 87H (cm)
- Material: sustainable timber and MDF
The Boori Oasis Oval is a very versatile cot with a unique oval shape for increased visibility and the shape of the spindles enables maximum airflow. This cot can also convert to a co-sleeper thanks to the fact you can remove one of the main side rails, roll it over to your bed (it has castors) and lock it right next to your bed. This is a great cot for newborns through late toddlerhood.
Not only can the Boori Oasis Oval convert to a co-sleeper, but it can also convert to a toddler bed or sofa (you don’t need a separate guard rail because the curved shape of the cot automatically works as one). The mattress base is adjustable so it can work as a bassinet or cot as well. The Boogie Oasis Oval is focused on sustainability by using eco-friendly paint from bio extracts and
sustainable wood, and meets the AS/NZS 2171 safety standard.
- Dimensions: 125x70x83cm
- Material: sustainable solid wood
The Boori Pioneer Expandable cot has an adjustable base for newborns and older babies, in addition to being able to convert to a toddler bed or expand to a single bed (with a separately sold expansion kit). It has classic straight lines in its design and a unique overhanging lip at the top in a two-toned colour (white railings and natural wood lip).
Like the other cots in the Boori line, the Pioneer Expandable is made from sustainable wood and toxic-free paint and meets the AS/NZS 2171 safety standard. It is a piece of furniture that would be a lovely addition to any nursery and little kids’ room down the road.
- Material: sustainably-sourced Australian Araucaria wood
- Dimensions: L146 X W84 X H87cm
Types of Best Baby Beds
There are a lot of different types of beds you can look at getting for your little one. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer and which one will suit your family and which is the safest option.
A bassinet is a small baby bed designed for newborns up to about four or five months old. They are typically waist height and don’t take up as much room as a cot, but are quickly outgrown by babies.
Co Sleepers can be either bassinets or small cots, but they are designed to be next to your bed so your baby is arm’s reach away. That way your baby can co sleep next to you in their own space without actually sharing your bed.
A cot is a baby bed with railings around it, with either one side able to drop down or an adjustable base so you can easily reach in and pick up your baby. The best baby crib can also transition to a toddler/junior bed or single bed, with the side of the railing being able to be taken off or through extension kits.
Portacots are baby beds designed to be easily taken down and travel with. The best compact cots are smaller than a traditional cot and are good temporary sleep solutions so your baby or toddler has safe and contained space to sleep on the go.
Check out this guide if you want to find the best portacot!
Features of the Best Baby Cots
Let’s take a look at a few features you’ll need to think about before buying a baby cot.
The best-rated cots meet basic safety features such as meeting the Australian safety standard AS/NZS 2172. At the very least, cots need to be deep enough to keep a child from falling out, have a snug mattress, and have small enough gaps between the rails so no heads or hands can get trapped.
How long can you use it?
Top rated cots have longevity. Translation: they can be used for more than just a year. Some cots convert to infant/toddler beds (or even single beds!), while others just stay cots. Think about how long you want to be using a cot when looking around.
Ease of Use & Assembly
You’ll want a cot that’s easy on your back and not a puzzle to put together. Cots that have adjustable bases or sides that drop make it much easier on your back as you are constantly going to be picking up and putting your baby down in the cot.
Some cribs come with wheels. This makes it easy if you need to move the crib if you decide to rearrange a room, wheel it to your room, etc. But if you don’t think you’ll need to move it, then wheels aren’t a necessity.
How long can I use a cot for?
It depends on if they can convert to a single bed or toddler bed. If the cot can convert to a single bed, it could last well through the early years of elementary school. A toddler bed will last until about the end of preschool.
Always be sure to follow safe sleep practices for your baby, no matter which cot you choose.
Should I buy a cot second hand?
We recommended that you don’t unless you know where it came from and can guarantee it meets safety standards. Never use very old cots that don’t meet safety standards, as they might even have lead paint if they were built before 1970.
Have a look at our baby page for more great recommendations on baby gear to make life easier.