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    Default Buying a cot

    Hi ladies

    We are thinking a getting a second hand cot and use the money saved on other items.

    What should I be looking for in a cot?

    Are the specific standards that need to be met?

    What are the best brands out there?

    I heard somewhere that some cots are painted in toxic paint - is this true?

    Thanks in advance everyone

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    If you look for a cot that has the Australian Standards Ticks on them than it will of met all those requirements

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    Great! Thanks @headoverfeet

    Is this on a plaque that is attached to the cot or on the packaging?

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    The choice website can be very helpful with this. There is a second hand cot buying guide & if u pay for a subscription you can also find out what cots they have tested, and then go looking for one of those being sold second hand. The subscription is very useful for buying baby items overall. I got a subscription AFTER buying all my baby stuff because apparently I like to torture myself...

    Make sure it meets australian standards (anything sold in Australia in the last few years has to it's compulsory), try to buy one that hasn't been used for long, make sure mattress is firm and tight, and that the cot bars are not too far apart, that the drop rail functions or even better doesn't have one and make sure the space between the mattress and the top of the rails is very sufficient so bub can't climb out and fall. You can get a very good quality cot for a lot less by going second hand, one of our cots is second hand and it would have cost well over $1000 originally & we got it second hand from a friend including mattress for $400. Huge, heavy & sturdy. You can also buy touch-up pens for scratches for boori cots from furnware btw if you are going that route.

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    @Eilonwy wow thank you so much for that useful information

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    If try to buy something that is recent and has a good name, we got a boori brand new for our first and looking at a second hand boori for our next due in feb. Try eBay and gumtree good luck!

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    Anything made in the past 10yrs will meet Aus standards so should be fine. Check out eBay, my friend sold a $800 cot for $99 because she just needed to get rid of it - it was only 2yrs old!

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    https://www.productsafety.gov.au/con.../itemId/975196
    Hope this works but it outlines the minimum safety requirements for cots. Specifically related to cot gap sizing and also ensuring your mattress is new and snug fitting good luck finding a good one there are lots of bargains around!

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    Thank you so much ladies

    You are all amazing

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    Can anyone tell me what Boori cots are like?


 

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