They always say that there’s never a good time to have a baby, and that you’re never ready for it, no matter how much you try to prepare. I think this must be true; it certainly was for me, because when I got pregnant we were living in a one-and-a-half bedroom flat that was already jammed to the rafters with stuff.
When I say half bedroom, I’m not exaggerating, it was tiny. We quickly realised that we didn’t have space for a full-size cot – most of them are around 150cm long. So we set about researching more compact versions.
Since I got pregnant (two and a half years ago now!) the market for compact cots seems to have picked up, but there wasn’t a great amount of choice available when we were looking, and the ones we did find were mostly very boring or flimsy-looking.
So I hope today’s post will be useful to urban parents who are struggling to find a way to squeeze a cot into their home office/spare bedroom/laundry drying room/dumping ground. Here are my top three space-saving cots – all of which also grow with your child, making them good investments too.
First up is the Stokke Sleepi, and this was without doubt the cot I most wanted when I found out I was pregnant.
It’s the most versatile of the three, going from teeny tiny Moses-basket-like to full blown toddler bed. As always, Stokke just get it right when it comes to timeless kids’ design. I also love the fact you can have it on castors, making it easy to move around. The only reason we didn’t go for this cot was that it’s quite pricey.
Next up, an old favourite. I’ve talked about the Mokee mini cot loads already, but I just think it’s so brilliant. And in case you’re new here (hi!), it’s the cot we actually chose for Daphne. We went for it in the end as we liked its simplicity and amazing price tag, plus the fact that it can be converted to a toddler bed.
It was very easy to put together and I love its airy open feel. The hardest bit was choosing which colour to go for – as we were moving house, we went for the neutral white and wood one, but I love all the coloured versions too, especially the stony teal colour pictured. Mokee have heaps of good-value accessories available too, including a nifty storage drawer for underneath, and some great cot-top changing mats.
Last but not least, is the very stylish cot by Danish designers Leander, available from Nubie. I really love the curved sides of this cot – it looks so cosy and stylish, and the fact that there are no awkward edges for kids to bump their heads or limbs on.
It’s another bed that will grow and grow and grow with your child, meaning they can use it until they are at least six. There are matching cot bumpers available too, and it comes in four different colours.
Which one do you like best?