THE GENERAL rule with babies and toddlers?
You don’t need to get them a new cot, cot bed or bed each time you have another baby – or if you pass your cot bed on to a friend or family member.
You do, however, need to purchase a new cot bed mattress for each new child that sleeps in the cot.
Parents have never had more choice when it comes to cot bed mattresses, like anti-allergy mattresses, temperature-regulating memory foam or coil spring cot bed mattresses – there are plenty of styles to choose from to suit your needs.
Baby bedding brand Snüz even has a cot bed mattress that you can tailor to your growing child: it offers firm support for babies, medium support for toddlers and lighter support for kids aged 3+.
If you’re trying to decide between a cot bed or a Moses basket/cot followed by a single bed for your baby, in the short run it may seem like you’ll save money buying beds in stages. In the long run a cot bed can be convenient and better for your finances.
Cot beds can typically be used from birth to five or six years – and beyond.
This article and featured products have been independently chosen by Sun journalists. It contains links which are ads, and if you click a link and buy a product we will earn revenue.
1. Best cheap cot bed mattress under £20
This hypoallergenic foam mattress is breathable, comfortable and supportive. Reviewers say it’s ‘great’, ‘excellent value for money’, ‘cosy’ and ‘amazing quality’.
- (AD) Baby Toddler Cot Bed Fully Breathable Foam Mattress & Waterproof Cover All Sizes( 120 x 60 x 5), for £17.45 on Amazon – buy here
2. Best all rounder cot bed mattress
Every little detail has been thought out in this mattress, from the temperature-regulating, breathable, antibacterial upper layer (which unzips for easy washing), waterproof protection layer and hybrid spring and foam layers for comfort and support. It’s even recommended by the Lullaby Trust – and 15% of all profits made on the mattress go towards the charity.
Plus, it will sleep your kid up until the age of six.
- The baby mattress cot bed mattress, 70cm x 140cm, for £169 on Eve – buy here
3. Best cot bed mattress for growing with your child
This anti-dust mite, waterproof design is really handy since it can be adjusted along with your growing child: the mattress has interchangeable comfort layers that decrease in firmness as your baby gets older (experts recommend that babies sleep on ultra-firm mattresses). Just unzip the flip the layers to change the firmness.
- (AD) SnuzSurface Adaptable 70×140 Cot Bed Mattress, for £135.53 on Amazon – buy here
4. Best memory foam cot bed mattress
This Clevafom mattress design has been scientifically proven to help prevent plagiocephaly – flat head syndrome – and offers a comfortable night’s sleep for your little one by moulding to their growing body and taking the pressure off of their developing joints. It’s also breathable, moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic.
‘Having done a lot of research on mattresses I took a risk with this one having never felt it before I ordered but so far so good! Feels lovely and soft. Great quality. A little dubious at first as doesn’t seem to be very thick but baby seems to sleep really well. Moulds to baby’s shape. Great buy. I highly recommend to all parents out there that are undecided and still searching for a mid-range, good quality mattress. This one is brilliant!’ writes a happy customer.
- (AD) Clevamama Clevafoam Support Cot Bed Mattress 60×120 cm, for £80.55 on Amazon – buy here
5. Best hypoallergenic cot bed mattress
This mothercare open coil spring mattress features an Amicor cotton blend, which works to repel bacteria and help reduce allergies (it keeps dust mites at bay by getting rid of their food source). There’s also a waterproof, wipe-clean side.
‘Really good mattress, baby sleeps like a dream. Love the waterproof side. Would highly recommend mothercare mattresses, have brought them many times before,’ writes a fan.
- mothercare anti-allergy spring cot mattress, for £80 on mothercare – buy here
6. Best cot bed mattress to fit any bed
This value-for-money cot bed mattress comes with a quilted hypoallergenic, breathable cover (which is also reversible) and is a versatile choice that fits a range of toddler beds.
‘My daughter fell asleep on this instantly. Fit just as described and will fit any cot bed/toddler bed. I feel it was very good value for money compared to others especially being that extra bit thicker,’ writes a fan.
- (AD) AirComfort Eco Breathable Baby Cot Bed Mattress Quilted Extra Thick Depth (Fits Mothercare and Mamas & Papas Sizes) (140 x 70 x 13cm), for £24.99 on Amazon – buy here
We’ve designed Sun Selects to help you to find the best products that won’t break the bank.
Need a new changing mat? Then you’ll love our roundup of the best changing mats.
Enjoyed our roundup of the best kids’ cot bed mattresses? Then you might like our selection of best wooden toys, too.
This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.