We asked parents to rate cot bed brands they’ve bought from, including Mamas & Papas, Ikea and John Lewis

Boy smiling in cot

 

After quizzing over 1,500 parents on cot beds, we’re able to reveal which brands score top marks for customer satisfaction.

There’s a good chance you’re familiar with lots of the names included in our latest survey – John Lewis, Mamas & Papas and Silver Cross all make an appearance.

But we’ve also uncovered a selection of lesser-known brands that parents have placed their trust in.

Keep scrolling to discover the best and worst cot bed brands, as voted for by parents with children aged up to 5 years. You’ll also spot our expert advice on the cot bed features worth looking for.

Best and worst cot bed brands

A good cot bed can last from six months up to six years, by which time your child will be ready to move to a single bed. By checking in with the results of our cot bed survey, you can make sure you’re buying from a brand that’s impressed parents across the UK.

Our results table below summarises the results of our cot bed survey. Each brand is ranked by customer score, which highlights whether or not customers would recommend the brand.

Cot bed brands  with Customer score

Mamas & Papas 81%

John Lewis 79%

Obaby 79%

Cuggl 74%

Silver Cross 72%

IKEA 71%

Dunelm 70%

East Coast Nursery 64%

Babystyle 63%

Babyhoot 61%

Boori 61%

Baby 58%

Baby Elegance 57%

Babymore 55%

Table notes: 1 Sample sizes: 4Baby (49), Baby Elegance (54), Babyhoot (38), Babymore (40), Babystyle (51), Boori (30), Cuggl (44), Dunelm (49), East coast Nursery (34), IKEA (192), John Lewis (96), Mamas & Papas (260), Obaby (45), Silver Cross (55) 2 Customer score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend to a friend. As you can see from our table, Mamas & Papas comes out on top with a customer score of 81%. Over 250 parents said they had used or owned a cot bed from the UK brand, which sells pushchairs, car seats, feeding essentials and travel accessories.

Mamas & Papas placed top in our survey – its cot beds start at around £180.

But at the other end of our table, respondents were left underwhelmed by Babymore. Based on the results of our survey, there are better alternatives when shopping for your cot bed.

Which cot beds are popular with parents?

As part of our latest cot bed survey, we quizzed parents on which cot beds they were using at home. We’ve crunched the numbers and there’s a clear winner.

A hefty 25% of respondents told us they used a cot bed from the most popular brand.

Mamas & Papas – 25%

IKEA – 19%

John Lewis – 9%

4Baby – 5%

Baby elegance – 5%

Babystyle – 5%

Dunelm – 5%

Silver Cross – 5%

Babyhoot – 4%

Babymore – 4%

Cuggl – 4%

Obaby – 4%

Boori – 3%

East Coast Nursery – 3%

Data gathered March 2020. Based on responses from 1,625 parents with children aged up to 5 years. Parents were asked ‘Which, if any, of the following brands of cot bed do you use?’

As you can see, Mamas & Papas and Ikea race ahead of the other cot bed brands in our survey. Mamas & Papas sells a range of cot beds on its website, with prices starting at around £180 and rising beyond £600.

One of its more popular cot beds is the Atlas Cotbed in Light Oak – it has a woodgrain finish and comes with three cot base heights, suitable for children up to ‘approximately four years’. Not far behind our most popular brand was Ikea, with an ownership rate of 19%.

The furniture giant sells cots at three sizes: 60x120cm, 66x84cm and 70x140cm. If you’re looking for some extra storage space, you’ll be tempted by Ikea’s Stuva and Fritids combo, which adds two drawers underneath the cot. You can expect to spend anywhere between £40 and £160 on an Ikea cot.

Cot bed features to look out for

When shopping for a new cot bed, pay attention to the features that matter the most. We’ve rounded up some important cot bed features below:

Adjustable base height – this will let you experiment with the height of your cot as your baby grows.

BS number – this will tell you whether ot not your new cot bed meets all-important European safety standards. Keep an eye out for a marking that reads ‘BS EN 716-1:2008+A1:2013’ – this shows the cot is a safe depth and the bars are the correct distance apart.

Drop sides – a drop-side cot has three sides that stay in place and a fourth that raises and lowers. Lowering one side of the cot makes it easier to pick up your child, which will be a bonus for parents with back problems.

Teething rail – available in a range of sizes, these fabric attachments will protect your little one’s teeth if they decide to nibble on the edge of their cot.

Additional storage – shop around for a cot with built-in storage compartments if you’re limited on space. To help you find the perfect cot bed for your little one, we’ve explained what separates different types of cot bed and how large they are.

 

Cot bed problems

If you’ve ever struggled to set up or use a cot bed, don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone. The results of our survey found that 4 in 10 parents have had problems with their cot beds.

Of those problems, the most common difficulty was changing from a cot to a bed, with 3 in 10 parents (30%) struggling. Other issues included damaged wood (27%), holes on the cot bed not lining up (23%) and missing parts (20%).

Another 20% of respondents told us their cot had a strong chemical smell. To make sure your baby sleeps soundly, have a look at our expert guide on cot bed safety.