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What makes a good baby cot?

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The features of a good baby cot include well-spaced slats, safe corner posts, stability and an adjustable mattress height. A good density foam mattress is recommended for a baby cot.

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The slats on a baby cot should be close together to prevent the baby’s head from getting stuck or slipping through. Ideally, the slats should be less than 2 3/8 inches apart.

For a crib with corner posts, the posts should be less than 1/16 of an inch high. This is to prevent clothing from catching, which can choke or injure an infant. For cribs with a canopy, the corner posts should be over 16 inches.

Next, a good crib should be stable. The crib should be shaken to see if it rattles or wobbles, which may mean that the crib has not been properly put together. An unstable crib can come apart and injure an infant.

A good crib also has an adjustable mattress. The mattress height for most cribs can be adjusted by lowering or raising the mattress support. The mattress height should be lowered once the child begins to sit up, pull up and stand to prevent him from climbing over or falling out of the crib.

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