Cots and security
If you are buying a new cot, it should conform to BS EN 716-2:2008, as all new cots on sale in the UK have to meet this standard. This standard ensures that the cot is deep enough to be safe for your baby, that the bars are the correct distance apart, and that the cot does not have cut-outs or steps.
If your cot is second-hand or borrowed, make sure the distance between each bar is no less than 2.5cm (1in) and no more than 6.5cm (2.6in). You should not be able to fit a soft-drink can between the slats. This is to prevent your baby's head from slipping between the bars.
You can use your cot from the day your baby is born, if you like. However, many parents choose a Moses basket, crib, or carrycot for the first few months, or have their babies in the same bed as them. This is often because a newborn baby can look and feel a little lost in a big cot.
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