Baby Bed: Review & Recommendations

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You are expecting a baby and are still looking for the right bed for your little darling? Or maybe your child has already outgrown the existing cot and you are looking for a new one that can perhaps even be modified to suit his or her age? Then maybe we have the right solution for you!

In our big Baby Bed Test 2020 we present you with detailed background information on the subject of baby beds. You will find answers to the most important questions and we will introduce you to different types of baby beds in more detail. We also provide you with criteria that you should pay attention to when buying a cot.

The most important facts in brief

  • A baby cot is important for you if you are looking for a place to sleep for your newborn baby. Many beds can also be converted so that you can use them until primary school age.
  • Children’s beds are available in different versions – basically you should decide whether you want to buy the textile equipment or whether the cot should already contain it.
  • When buying, you should pay attention to the slatted frame, the mattress and the GS seal in addition to the choice of material and dimensions.

Baby cot test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The best baby bed for long-term use
  • The best adaptable baby bed
  • The best baby bed as an extra bed
  • The best classic baby bed
  • The best baby bed for box spring beds
  • The best all-rounder baby bed

The best baby bed for long-term use

The roba combi cot of the collection “Adam and Owl” is suitable for initial baby equipment. It can easily be converted from a baby bed to a junior bed. With the help of the integrated conversion corners this is very easy and guarantees a long use.

The complete set includes an upholstered nest for the baby, a hypoallergenic mattress and a canopy with an accompanying bar. A matching bed linen set (blanket size 100 x 135 cm, pillow 40 x 60 cm) in a childlike design is included.

The best adaptable baby bed

Whether as an extra bed, a normal baby cot or a travel cot: this baby cot is a real all-rounder. You can adapt it individually to your needs. It can be adjusted to six different height levels. The lightweight construction makes it easy to use as a travel cot.

A bag for the transport of the bed is also included. The mattress is soft and measures 83 cm x 52 cm. Despite the use of an aluminium frame and the light construction the bed is stable. It is also possible to connect the cot to the parents’ bed.

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The best baby bed as an extra bed

This baby cot is perfectly suited as an additional bed to the parents’ bed. Included in delivery are frame, mattress and nest. The frame is made of beech and is painted white. The slatted frame is adjustable, the range is 26 cm to 52 cm. So you can adjust the bed individually.

The lying surface is particularly large. It has the dimensions of 90 cm x 55 cm. If you no longer want to use the bed as an additional bed, you can purchase a suitable locking grid additionally and convert it into a cot.

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The best classic baby bed

This classic baby cot from Schardt brings everything that a typical baby cot should contain. Made of robust beech wood, the bed can withstand a weight of up to 36 kilos.

A mattress, a one-piece canopy bar and a bed set with bedding, canopy and nest indicate that this bed is equipped with the right accessories. Customers appreciate the good value for money.

The best baby bed for box spring beds

This all too skilful baby cot is often used by parents. The bed serves as an additional bed to the normal bed of the parents, in addition it comes with a special fixing set for box spring beds.

Made of solid beech wood and with a large lying surface of 90x55cm this bed can be used for a very long time. Additionally a mattress and a nest is included.

The best all-rounder baby bed

The Roba “Schnuffel” cot offers you a good price-performance ratio and is probably the most convertible baby cot on the market.

The bed side rail is made of partly solid wood and the bed side of fabric. The bed linen and the nest are made of 100 percent cotton. The filling of the nest is polyester fleece and the sky is polyester voile. All textiles are washable.

Advisor: Questions you should consider before buying a baby bed

How much is a cot?

Baby and children’s beds are available from just 100 euros.

The range goes up to several hundred euros, depending on what you want for the cot. The middle range is about 200 to 300 Euros.

Which styles of cribs are available?

Baby and children’s beds are available in all imaginable colours and styles.
Especially often you will find products in plain white. But they are also playfully available in pink, in wood colours or even in black. You can choose between many styles, for example romantic, noble or princess like.

What exactly does the reference or test seal “DIN EN 716 ½” mean? What is ensured by this DIN standard?

The DIN standard shows you that the product meets the requirements of the European Union in terms of dimensions and safety.

You are guaranteed with this advice that, for example, the distance from the mattress to the border is large enough to ensure that your baby cannot fall out of bed. The distance between the bars is also insured with this standard.

You can therefore understand the DIN standard as a seal of quality for the safety of the baby bed. Make sure that the bed has the seal when you buy it.

Why are baby beds equipped with bars?

The bars guarantee safety in the cot. Your child cannot fall out or climb over the edge of the cot.

 
If your child is a little taller, you can also remove a few bars from many cribs so that he or she can climb out of the bed on their own.

Where can you buy a baby cot?

You can buy baby cots in well-assorted specialist shops as well as in many department stores or large supermarkets.
In the last few years, however, cots have been sold more and more over the internet, as you have a wider choice and the prices are usually much lower.
According to our researches on the internet, most of the baby beds in Germany are currently sold through the following shops:

Amazon
ebay
Otto
babymarkt.com
mytoys.com

All the cots we present to you on our site have a link to at least one of these shops, so that you can strike right away when you have found a device that suits you.

If you prefer to inspect the beds yourself before you buy them, you should visit a specialist baby furniture store. Otherwise, you are in good hands on the Internet, as a wide range of products awaits you!

Decision: What types of cribs are available and which one is right for you?

Basically one can distinguish between five different types of baby beds:

  • Solid wood baby bed
  • Baby bed with sky
  • Baby bed with nest
  • Baby bed with wheels
  • Convertible cots

With each of these cots there are advantages and disadvantages.

Depending on what you want for your crib and what functions it should have, a different type of crib will work best for you. In the following section we would like to help you find out which type of cot is right for your baby!

For this purpose, we introduce you to all the types of baby beds mentioned above and clearly present their respective advantages and disadvantages.

When is a solid wood baby bed the right choice for you and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

In short: a bed made of solid wood is particularly robust, durable and offers high quality compared to imitation wood baby beds.

A disadvantage is the correspondingly high price you pay for the baby bed. Quality usually costs. But you get something from the cot for a long time and can use it again for later babies. Furthermore, the wood is sanded so that there is no risk of injury to your baby.

Advantages

Looks chic
Good quality
Longevity
Robust

Disadvantages

Cost-intensive

What are the functions of a baby bed with canopy and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Canopy beds for babies are beautiful to look at. Whether a baby bed with a canopy is suitable for you depends mainly on whether you like the look of the canopy.

Nowadays, canopy beds no longer have a real function. In the past, they were mainly used to keep bugs and other insects out of the newborn baby’s bed. Today it’s more a matter of looks. Another advantage is that many babies feel particularly well and sleep better because they are less distracted.

A baby canopy is not for you if you do not like it visually, or if it seems impractical for you.

Advantages

Beautiful appearance
Calming effect
Protects against draughts

Disadvantages

Impractical when putting the child inside

Why should you choose a baby bed with nest and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A nest offers a lot of warmth, so your baby should not sleep wrapped up too thickly – otherwise it will quickly become too warm.

Ursula MünstermannThe right sleeping environment for the baby
Babies like it a little cooler. You should be careful not to dress your baby too warm before going to bed. Babies overheat quickly. A diaper, underwear and pyjamas are enough. In summer, this should also be reduced.
(Source: kindergesundheit-info.de)

One disadvantage is that a sky above the bed blocks the air. You should therefore choose one – sky or nest. Opponents keep associating the baby nest with infant death – but that is only a myth! The strict EU guidelines now ensure that the nests are safe all around.

One advantage is that the nest protects against draughts and prevents colds. They also protect the baby from bumping its head when they are active.

Advantages

Protection against injuries
Protection against draughts
Great feel-good factor for the child
protection against colds

Disadvantages

Heat accumulation

In which case is a baby bed with castors the right choice for you and what are the advantages or disadvantages?

The advantage of a baby bed with castors is obvious: you can flexibly roll your baby into every room.

Babies need a lot of closeness to mum and dad, especially at the beginning of their life – a baby bed with castors makes closeness possible even if you are busy with other things, but want to keep an eye on your newborn.

The baby beds with castors are available in different designs and sizes.

Advantages

Flexibility
More proximity

Disadvantages

Slightly more expensive than conventional beds

How does a convertible baby bed work and what are the advantages or disadvantages?

Convertible baby beds have the advantage that they “grow with the child”. You can convert the cot into a junior bed in due course.

The bars can be removed and the floor can be adjusted in height. This means that your child can sleep in one and the same cot until primary school age.

Advantages

Cost advantage: one bed up to primary school age
Flexibility

Disadvantages

More expensive than conventional beds
conversion required

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate cots based on these factors

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate cots. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular bed is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • The material
  • Dimensions of the beds
  • Slatted frame and mattress
  • Conversion options
  • Sprossen
  • Design and colour
  • Extra equipment and functions
  • TÜV inspection

In the following paragraphs you can read what the individual purchase criteria are and how you can classify them.

A healthy sleep is very important for a baby. Therefore, the baby bed should be of high quality, especially with regard to pollutant-free material, the mattress and the slatted frame.

The material

The material plays a crucial role when it comes to choosing a good bed for your baby. You shouldn’t skimp on this. In general, we recommend that you prefer natural materials, as newborns and small children are particularly susceptible to harmful substances in inferior materials.

Your child spends most of the first few months of his or her life in the crib – which is reason enough to pay particular attention to materials free of harmful substances.

Most kids beds are either made of high quality solid wood, or are at least partly solid. Rather less often the material is MDF or chipboard. Solid wood beds are the highest quality and most durable. But even if you decide on cheaper models with chipboard, it is always important that the lacquering contains only saliva-proof and solvent-free lacquers.

Even with detergent and fabric softener, you should be careful not to use harmful chemicals that could harm your child. Because these can irritate the skin or trigger allergies in childhood.

Dimensions of the beds

The standard dimensions for baby beds are 70x140cm. Thus it has the optimal size to let your child sleep comfortably in it until the second or third year of age.

Rarely the bed is 60×120 cm in size. In this case you should be aware that your child may “grow out of” the bed more quickly and a new one may be needed.

Slatted frame and mattress

The slatted frame is particularly important. This is supplied with the bed as standard, so in most cases you only need to buy a mattress. This is also included with some cots.

With a slatted frame for newborns, you should make sure that it is stable and height adjustable. There are 3 to 6 levels of adjustment – this varies depending on the product.

It is also important that there are no sharp edges or sharp corners on the bed or slatted frame! Your baby moves while sleeping and should not be able to hurt himself. Slatted frames should not be underestimated, as the mattresses transport moisture away.

The distance between the mattress and the upper edge of the bed is ideally 20 cm for babies. For small children the distance is at least 50 cm. We recommend a medium-hard mattress that cannot be compressed more than 3 to a maximum of 4 cm.

This allows your child to move freely and turn on its stomach. It is also important that the cover of the mattress is removable and washable – so you can easily remove stains at any time.

Did you know that your baby shouldn’t sleep on his stomach, but on his back?
This council of doctors in 1071 cost many babies their lives. This sleeping position very often led to at least death. Despite the warning, the information that babies should sleep on their stomachs is still circulating today.

In beds with a conversion function, the mattress often offers you two different sides: one side is slightly softer and suitable for smaller children, while the other side offers a little more stability and is suitable until adolescence.

What you should always keep in mind: the fabrics – whether for a mattress or a pillowcase – should always be free of allergens.

You should also pay attention to the mattress size. The most common baby mattress dimensions are 140×70 cm and 120×60 cm.

Conversion options

Some baby beds offer you the possibility to let the bed “grow” with the child. It can be converted so that it can serve as a youth bed up to primary school age.

This saves you the cost and time of choosing a suitable bed when a conventional baby bed becomes too small.

In this case, the slatted frame is height-adjustable as standard and parts of the bed can be removed – for example the rungs that prevent the baby from falling out.

Sprossen

Children’s and baby cots are characterised by the lateral rungs. The distance between the rungs is a major risk factor for babies.

For optimum safety, a rung distance between 4.5 and 6.5 cm is recommended.

If the distance is too small, there is a risk that your child will get stuck in it with feet or hands. If the distance between the rungs is too great, the head could get stuck in them.

Design and colour

The design and the colour scheme of the bed are two very subjective choices of the baby bed. More important, of course, are the safety and comfort for the baby.

You can give free rein to your creativity with the colour and design. Pay attention to the colour scheme of the baby room and the other furniture and wall colours.

By choosing the right design and colour you can integrate a baby cot into any room.

Extra equipment and functions

Many baby beds come with matching bedding, nests and covers. Often the products cost a little more.

Usually, a mattress is also included that fits perfectly into the bed. This saves you the additional costs for the equipment. Especially a perfectly fitting nest is an advantage so that your baby cannot hurt itself.

Depending on the equipment, the cot offers you a canopy pole and the matching fabric. Make sure that all materials – whether bed linen or canopy – are washable and free of allergens.

TÜV inspection

Baby beds should comply with DIN EN 716-1/2. The EU directive is standard nowadays.

There are also other seals of quality, such as the GS seal, the golden M or the TÜV seal, which you can use for orientation.

At best, mattresses have the Ökotex 100 seal – but often the mattress does not have this mirror. It is best to air the new mattress for 3 to 5 days before use, so that the smell of solvents disappears quickly.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about baby beds

Is it possible to build baby beds yourself?

This is definitely possible, but requires a lot of time, work and craftsmanship.

If you enjoy this, there are many instructions on the Internet for building a bed for your child. In our experience, however, it is advisable to use a finished bed – it will save you a lot of time and you can be sure that your baby is safe in bed. This may even be the cheaper option.

What is the so-called nest in the baby bed for?

As already described in the upper part, nests are textile protection that is attached to the edge of the bed.

In this way, the baby cannot hurt itself, is completely protected and in good hands. It offers a feeling of security that many children find pleasant, and it also protects against draughts.

What is the difference between a cot, a rollaway bed or a bassinet?

Side beds open on one long side and have no bars on this side. So the cot can be placed directly against the parents’ bed and connected with an angle.

Did you know that in the first weeks of life the baby is best cared for in a cradle or bassinet?
Because the sleeping area is not too big, the baby feels safe and secure in it. However, a cot can also be visually limited by, for example, a short canopy.

Baby cots are completely closed on all sides and can only be placed next to the parents’ bed. A bassinet, on the other hand, is smaller than a cot and does not have such high limits as the cot.

This is why side beds are particularly suitable for newborns in the first few months of their lives, when there is no risk of them falling out.

Up to what age or body weight can a baby bed normally be used?

Baby beds are generally slightly smaller than normal cribs – between 70 and 90 cm long.

Therefore the baby cot is only suitable for newborns and infants. The instructions for use always contain precise details of the recommendation. There are also adjustable beds that are suitable for infants and can be enlarged up to schoolchild age.

Since when are there cots?

The cradle is a traditional form of the baby bed. From the 19th century onwards the bassinet was invented in the world’s cultural area.

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