Cots - drop side or not

Tessa - posted on 11/15/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi there, I'm looking for advice on cots. Is it best to have one with drop sides or without? There are many opinion's out there regarding safety and ease of use. I'm not tall, but not really short! I'm 5'4" / 164cm. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!! Thanks!

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Michelle - posted on 11/15/2014

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If you're in Australia I have one for sale :)
I don't know if they are still available here either.

Chet - posted on 11/15/2014

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Drop side cribs are more difficult to use safely. Not because they aren't safe, but because people don't follow instructions very well.

A lot of people assemble this type of crib incorrectly. Specifically, they put the outer crib rail on upside down. My husband and I laughed about this when we read it, because it seemed insane, and then sure enough, didn't his brother put their crib together with the rail on upside down.

The other problem is that moving parts wear out or break under stress. And the more moving parts something has the more opportunity there is for a part to fail. This wasn't generally a problem with brand new cribs so much as it was an issue with people failing to inspect 5 or 10 or 15 year old cribs that got handed down from older siblings... or to watch cribs that were being used (and abused) by active toddlers who were bordering on too old to be in a crib.

We co-slept, and never used a fully assembled crib. However, if I was going to use a crib I wouldn't hesitate to use a drop side crib. I would just make extra sure that I put it together properly, and I'd be mindful to inspect the mechanism and assembly regularly (which you should do with all baby gear anyway).

Dove - posted on 11/15/2014

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I only had drop side cribs. They are now illegal in the US though. I would do your own research and go from there.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/15/2014

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Depending on where you live, drop side cribs are no longer legally sold. I would look into it before setting your hear on them. I had a drop side crib for my son before all the recalls, and used it for my daughter because I AM wicked short and could not lean into the crib to lay them down or pick them up. Even with tall shoes on and a stool, I still did not have the arm length so I was very glad I kept my sons crib. BUT if i was going to have another child, it would have to be a conventional crib now. I live in the USA.

Michelle - posted on 11/15/2014

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I personally prefer a drop side with an adjustable height base that also turns into a toddler bed. My daughter will be 5 in March and she is still in the same cot/toddler bed we got when she was born. She could stay in for another year or so but we will be getting her a single bed soon.
It took me ages to find the right cot but I'm glad I stuck to what I wanted. We've had our money's worth.

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