A cot or cotbed is one of the most significant purchases for a baby. A cot’s sole use is for a baby to sleep in, whereas a cotbed – which is bigger than a cot – is designed to convert into a low bed, known as a junior bed, for when baby becomes a toddler. Once the child reaches toddler age, the cotbed’s removable sides help convert it into a small bed, which then requires a new mattress and special bedding. The alternative is to buy a cot and, once the child is a toddler, dispense with this and buy a new bed. Cotbeds usually come in three types: standard cot beds, drop-sided cot beds and sleigh cotbeds. A standard cotbed is usually fixed-rail with removable sides, allowing for conversion into a junior bed. Drop-sided cotbeds have a side rail that can slide down to give easier access to your baby. This is especially useful as it means that you don't have to reach down so far to pick up your baby from the mattress. Sleigh cotbeds can either be drop-side or fixed-rail. The only difference between these and other cotbeds are aesthetics, the sleigh variety is noticeable for its attractive look.