Cot Safety Information

Read these cot safety guidelines to get a better understanding of the things to look for when buying a new or used cot.

Standard for new children's cots

The main requirements of the proposed standard for new cots are:

  • elimination of head and limb entrapment gaps
  • elimination of protrusions that could snag clothing
  • elimination of sharp points and edges within the cot
  • minimum side height to help prevent climb outs and falls
  • drop side latches to be child resistant
  • not more than two legs to have castors without brakes in order to limit the mobility of the cot when in use
  • durability testing of cot structure and mechanisms to ensure that it can maintain structural integrity over a reasonable period of use without coming apart or developing other safety hazards

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Standard for second hand children's cots

The main requirements for the proposed standard for second hand cots are:

  • elimination of head entrapment gaps
  • elimination of protrusions that might snag clothing
  • elimination of sharp points or edges within the cot
  • minimum side height to help prevent climb outs and falls
  • not more than two legs to have castors without brakes in order to limit the mobility of the cot when in use

For more information please read the Australian Cot Standard AS/NZS 2172.