A cot is a name given to a small bed, usually for babies between the age of 6 months to 2 years, to sleep in. It is a bed with a slightly high mattress, for the convenience of the mother or caretaker, and has high cage-like walls with small gaps in between to ensure the safety of the baby, so that when he or she learns to stand, they do not fall off the bed by accident. The cot may also feature a dropside, so that it is easier for the mother to put the baby in while he or she is sleeping, and the side can be closed again for the safety of the child. It may even be portable to be made into a normal bed, when the baby grows up.
The concept of having another bed for babies is more common in the modern countries, as an alternative to sharing the bed. This kind of bed gives more comfort in sleeping to both the parents as well as the baby. It is considered healthy for a child to get up himself and learn to stand by holding things on his own, and the cot gives him all the freedom, with the safety that he won t trip off the bed in the process.
Now cots are available in all sizes and shapes, and can even be custom-made according to the desires of the parents, with a variety of accessories like soft mattresses, cushions, and even toys attached to the cot for the baby s entertainment. These features and add-ons can make it a complete package for the parents of a growing toddler who can enjoy the process of their child learning to sit and stand without worrying about his safety.