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    Default Drop side cots - dangerous?

    Id never heard this before but a couple of years ago they were banned in the US. They are still sold here so im guessing Australian standards are pretty strict or the wouldnt be selling them? DD sleeps in a drop side cot...now im all paranoid!

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    Yeah I was told that when I bought mine in January

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    I did a bit of research (googling) when I was pregnant with DS. I think the standards in the US are not as strict as here. Also, I think the deaths may have been due to the cots not being assembled correctly in the first place.
    DS has a cot with a drop side and I don't worry. I do check it from time to time to make sure the side won't come away from the base but that's just me being paranoid.

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    Being short i wouldnt be able to get DD in and out the cot if it wasnt drop side...esp when she was a baby

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    Quote Originally Posted by happygirl1982 View Post
    Yeah I was told that when I bought mine in January
    Did u buy a fixed side cot?

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    I have a drop side cot, but you have to use 2 hands (one hand at each end) at the same time to drop the side. I dont see how this is dangerous. If the baby can press one of the sides, there is no way that they would be able to reach the other side at the same time. Our cot is put together properly as per the instructions, its not old (eg worn out), it doesnt have drop side pieces that can break off, etc.

    As above, the US standards are different to Australia. It would depend on how the cot is made (eg need one or two hands to drop the side, or how the drop side works, eg plastic button that can break etc), if it is put together correctly etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveHeart View Post
    I have a drop side cot, but you have to use 2 hands (one hand at each end) at the same time to drop the side. I dont see how this is dangerous. If the baby can press one of the sides, there is no way that they would be able to reach the other side at the same time. Our cot is put together properly as per the instructions, its not old (eg worn out), it doesnt have drop side pieces that can break off, etc.

    As above, the US standards are different to Australia. It would depend on how the cot is made (eg need one or two hands to drop the side, or how the drop side works, eg plastic button that can break etc), if it is put together correctly etc.
    This! Ours has a push in button either side that have to be pushed at the same time for it to drop. I can barely reach them at the same time myself lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveHeart View Post
    I have a drop side cot, but you have to use 2 hands (one hand at each end) at the same time to drop the side. I dont see how this is dangerous. If the baby can press one of the sides, there is no way that they would be able to reach the other side at the same time. Our cot is put together properly as per the instructions, its not old (eg worn out), it doesnt have drop side pieces that can break off, etc.

    As above, the US standards are different to Australia. It would depend on how the cot is made (eg need one or two hands to drop the side, or how the drop side works, eg plastic button that can break etc), if it is put together correctly etc.
    I agree, ours also requires both buttons to be pushed at the same time.

    I do give it a test every so often. I can barely reach both sides at the same time so I'm sure a child couldn't.
    Now as DS stands up I had to put the mattress to the lower position and is almost impossible getting him in and out without lowering the side.
    When he is old enough we will be removing that side anyway to make the 3 sided toddler bed.

    ETA: when I was shopping around for a cot, I did not find many that didn't have the drop side!

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    When I was looking at Toys R Us a few months ago , none of the cots had a drop-side...I too am pretty short and really wanted a drop side cot.
    I asked the lady and she said that the regulations are changing or something...

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    I bought my cot from babyco a couple of months ago and they all had drop sides...


 

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