We have a Childcare cot (Sandford xt). It has been dismantled a few times and been used for 3 1/2 years total so far, with no signs of wear.
At the time of purchase, it was the best that I could afford and I'd happily buy it again now.
Tbh, I just used the dropside in place of the higher base setting when bubs were little. Once they could sit up, the dropside went back up and has never come back down.
We have the COCOON Ritz cot and I love it. Really solid product and is a very generous size. I was looking for cots that can change to more then one item and the Ritz was our bassinet, cot. toddler bed now a double bed. It was really good value and included the mattress and storage draw. I have been recommending this brand to family and friensd as Ive had a great experience with mine
We have a boori that is 15 years old! It was my baby brothers and is now onto its tenth baby. It is so solid. It had drop sides but we don't use them really (having said that, my babies tend to sleep in my bed 😂).
There's some safety concerns with drop sides, (Google it- banned on some countries) they don't drop overly easily anyway, so they're not practical.
Having volunteering at St Kilda Mums, who re-home a lot of cots, drop sides are a massive no-no these days.
They can be very dangerous. If you have an older one, I highly recommend you call the manufacturer and ensure its still safe to use.
Edit: the exception being the hospital type ones.
I had a very bad back after dd was born, and she was also at the top of the weight charts. If the cot didn't have a dropside, I would have to consider something like her sleeping on a mattress on the floor once we had to lower the base, as I simply couldn't pick her up and lift her over the side, and then having to kind of drop her in. And if you have a child that needs to be comforted/rocked to sleep, it could wake them up
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