Baby crib, changing table and nursing chair in baby furniture store showroom

6 Best Baby Cots in Singapore 2023: Tips to Find the Most Suitable Cot For Your Nursery

6 Best Baby Cots in Singapore 2023: Tips to Find the Most Suitable Cot For Your Nursery

Baby crib, changing table and nursing chair in baby furniture store showroom

A baby cot is your baby’s very first bed. As Singapore’s only dedicated baby furniture showroom, Hatchery Cribs is a key stop for new parents to understand about the various types of cots and to shop for the best cot based on your budget and lifestyle.

What’s the difference between a cot and a crib? Both refer to the same thing, we could very well be called Hatchery Cots. The key difference is that ‘cot’ is often used in British English, whereas ‘crib’ is more commonly used in American English- same-same, no difference.

In Singapore, the 2 most common cot sizes are the American-standard cot size (130 x 70cm), and the European cot size (120 x 60cm). So take note when buying a cot, as you have to buy the correct-sized mattress and fitted sheets to accompany your cot. There are some cots in Singapore that come in custom sizes and shapes (remember that oval-shaped cot frequently plastered on Instagram?) that limit your choices of mattresses and fitted sheets, as you likely have to buy them directly from the same brand. 

1. A Cot That Last: Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Due to space constraints in Singapore houses, a major concern that many new parents have is buying something that your baby will use only for a few months. A convertible cot transforms from a standard cot, to a toddler bed, and then to a daybed, allowing you to use the same cot from birth till your baby is 4 to 6 years old, as the weight limit of most of our cots is 23kg. 

The Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1 Convertible Crib is our bestselling cot by far. It has a simplistic modern appeal that immediately elevates any nursery. Not only is it stylish and functional, it is also made with the very safest materials for babies, all Babyletto cots are Greenguard Gold Certified (read what it means here), and made from solid New Zealand pine wood. Visit our showroom and give our cots a good shake to gauge their sturdiness and quality for yourself.

2. Convertible Cot with Drawers: Babyletto Bento Crib

Want extra storage plus the benefits of a convertible cot? The Babyletto Bento Crib’s under drawer keeps clothes, blankets and other necessities within easy reach.  What a win-win!

Babyletto Bento White and Natural Crib in baby nursery
Extra storage drawer space in baby cot

3. Convertible Cot with Wheels: Babyletto Maki Crib

Do you need a cot with wheels? If you intend to wheel your cot frequently from room to room (for example, from the living room to bedroom), the Babyletto Maki Portable Crib is perfect for you. It comes with a foldable frame with removable locking wheels for easy storage and transport. Modern and functional, convert your cot into a toddler bed with the included toddler bed conversion kit.

If your cot will only be placed in 1 location or won’t be frequently moved around, then wheels are not a must and you have more cot designs to choose from.

Foldable and movable baby crib

4. Mini Cot: Babyletto Origami Mini Crib

For parents who intend to place your baby cot in themaster bedroom and are looking for a smaller cot, the Origami Mini Crib is a great choice. Not only is it portable, it can also be used till ~18 months old as the mattress height can be adjusted downwards when your baby grows a little taller.

Why not a bedside cot instead? A mini cot has more longevity compared to only ~ 6 months usage of a bedside cot, as a bedside cot often comes with a fixed mattress height and cannot be lowered when your baby grows.

Do you need to get a standard cot once your baby outgrows the mini cot at 18 months old? Some parents prefer to skip the standard cot and proceed straight to a big kid bed, while others prefer to progress step by step. This decision also depends on how independent a sleeper your little one is.

Mini foldable baby crib with wheels in master bedroom

5. Bedside Cot & Bassinet: Hauck Face-To-Me Bedside Cot

A bedside cot is commonly used as a secondary cot- placed in the master bedroom or the living room. As it is smaller than standard cots and comes with a fixed mattress height, bedside cots can only be used for ~ 6 months. After which, the bedside cot may get too shallow for your growing baby who might be able to climb over.

The Hauck Face-To-Me Bedside Cot is the perfect bedside cot, it comes with adjustable heights that makes it easily adaptable to your bed, no matter if you have a low bed or a high divan bed. Designed in Germany, the sturdy and tilt-resistant frame gives parents a peace of mind for a restful sleep.

Height adjustable bedside cot with 5 height levels

6. Travel Cot: Doomoo Baby Travel 2-in-1 Nursery Bag & Carrycot

The multi-functional Doomoo Baby Travel not only functions as a diaper bag and portable change station but also perfect for nap time. A popular accessory for parents on the go, this handy bag will be your best companion.

Parent taking care of baby in a travel cot

Are Drop-Side Cots Safe?

A drop-side cot comes with one side that slides up and down so that a parent can access their baby without reaching so far over the side. Unfortunately, this convenience for parents comes with a trade-off for the baby’s safety. 

In various documented cases, the drop-side created an open space between the mattress and side of the cot, which has led to instances where a baby slipped into this gap, became trapped, and was either strangled or suffocated. 

In just 9 years, 32 infant deaths (and many close-call incidents) were reported in the United States, all involving a malfunction in drop-side cots. Since 2011, the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the production, sale, and even donation of drop-side cots.

However, as Singapore doesn’t have strict regulations on cots’ safety, drop-side cots are still available in the market, and it is up to parents to make informed decisions for their babies. Hatchery Cribs is a distributor of top U.S. baby furniture brands, and we follow their strict safety standards to provide parents with peace of mind.

Find Out More at Hatchery Cribs

Baby sleep safety is a topic that is often overlooked in Singapore, and we need to change that. With so many cot options in the market, come visit us at our showroom to see the cots before purchasing, or just to find out more. Shop for a baby cot on our website, or book a showroom visit today!