One of the most important features in beds, cribs and cots made for children are the safety precautions. Babies and children can roll, climb and fall very easily from raised surfaces, especially during the night, and so when buying furniture for your child be sure to check what safety features are included.

Side Rails for Cribs

Side rails are a must as these prevent a baby in a crib, cot or baby bed from rolling out and when they are older from climbing out. Side rails on cots and cribs often have a sliding function so that they can be lowered when the child is being lifted out.

If you buy a cot with this feature, make sure the mechanism is quiet and runs smoothly, as you do not wish to wake your baby with unnecessary noise!

Protective Cover for Crib Rails

You can also purchase a protective cover for the top edge of the side rails, useful for when the baby is big enough to stand and decides to chew on the rail which will be at about mouth level.

It is best that the baby chews on something soft and avoids damaging the cot itself, so you may wish to invest in these coverings. Make sure that the gaps between the bars of the side rail do not exceed 40mm, as you do not want baby sticking his arm through and getting stuck!

When your child is old enough to be transferred to a bed, you can buy detachable guard rails to use until he gets used to the new layout.

Importance of Crib Placement

The location of the cot or crib is also important. Never place it near a hot radiator or sunny window, as you do not want the baby to overheat. Also keep the crib away from shelves, ledges and appliances that the baby may decide to grab to try and play with. Never place it beneath something hanging on the wall, for example a mirror or picture frame, no matter how secure you feel it may be. Is it worth the risk?

The crib, cot or baby bed should be kept with the mother or primary care giver in his or her bedroom for the first six months of his life.

Quilts, duvets and pillows should not be used for babies under twelve months old as they can very easily overheat. It is particularly important to keep the baby’s head uncovered.

If you visit the online home and furniture store Very.co.uk you will see that they have a great range of cots. Visit the site to see more beds, duvets, pillows, and bedding of all sizes.