Whether you’re a first-time mum or a veteran in the trenches, one of the most exciting things about being pregnant is setting up your new baby’s nursery!
Items like change tables, dressers and bookcases are pretty straightforward, but when it comes to choosing where baby will sleep, things can get complicated fast.
Do you choose a cot? A bassinet? Or both? It’s easy to see why Grandma and Grandpa just stuck your mum in a dresser drawer when she was a newborn!
With an endless range of products on the market, a quick trip to the local baby shop just won’t suffice. Luckily we’ve scoured the baby stores to find best sleep options for your precious little one that’ll also suit your nursery budget!
1. Boori Loire Convertible Plus Cot Bed
Want a picture perfect nursery? Then go Boori’s ornate white-and-natural cot and make the nursery of your dreams. Charming, sturdy and not too over-the-top style-wise, it’s the kind of piece that you pass down for generations. Plus, it converts to a toddler bed and then a child’s bed, making it a worthwhile investment for years of your child’s life.
The $1,159.95 price tag does make it a “dream piece” for a lot of parents – but we’re sure that those who do bust the nursery budget will be pleased that they did!
2. Mocka Aspiring Cot
At the other end of the price scale is this sweet, simple piece from Mocka. With three neutral colour options (white, natural or white/natural), you would be hard-pressed to find a nursery that this cot doesn’t look great in.
For parents who prefer not to have a drop-down side, this is a great option. And its price of $189.95 means you can save your pennies for that glider you’ve been eyeing off!
3. IKEA Gonatt Cot
The kings of storage have done it again, and this time they’ve set their sights on your baby’s cot. Keep extra blankets, favourite toys and even spare dummies within easy reach in the drawers underneath this budget nursery buy.
For $399 you get a whole lot of bang for your buck with this awesome piece.The mattress can be set high for newborns and then dropped down as baby grows. And when your baby morphs into a toddler, the cot morphs too into a toddler bed. Plus, who can resist an excuse to hit up Ikea!?
4. Hobbe Stockholm Bassinet
Sleek and sturdy, this bassinet looks super cozy for little ones, and super aesthetic for a modern, minimalist bedroom. If having baby within arm’s reach is important to you, then the Hobbe Stockholm bassinet is ideal.
The good people at Hobbe built this bassinet with comfort and functionality in mind; upholstered in a soft microfibre fabric that’s stain resistant (you’ll realise how important this is the first time baby voms up a milk feed) it also has a gentle stable rocking motion to help soothe bub. For $449, this makes a fantastic first snoozing place for bub.
5. Pottery Barn Reece Crib
The Scandinavian aesthetic is on the rise, and with stylish pieces like this, it’s easy to see why. The Pottery Barn Reece Crib converts to a toddler bed, so those cool grey good looks can hang around for a few years.
At $639, it’s simple, it’s beautiful, and it will go the distance, right until you shut up yopur baby-making shop!
6. Kmart Wooden Cot
Hold the phone – Kmart does a cot!? Yassss! It’s cute, it’s simple, it’s white, and it’s a steal at $119. If you’re a Kmart mum (and let’s be real: who among us isn’t?) this might be the cot for you.
This cot has two mattress heights, depending on the age of bub. Even better, it matches perfectly with the equally affordable Kmart nursery wardrobe rack. High Scandi style at a rock bottom price? You bet!
7. Bebe Care Moses Basket
Co-sleepers (and Joanna Gaines fans) will love this sweet, farmhouse-style basket. Moses baskets are versatile and portable, so you can easily take it to Grandma’s house. Place it on the floor, on a sturdy surface or between you in the bed. An optional stand is availabletoo if you want to go matchy-matchy.
At $149.99 it’s an affordable option and can help provide peace-of-mind to parents concerned about rolling over onto bub in the middle of the night.
8. Troll Sun Whitewash Cot
This cheery cot is the perfect middle-of-the-range piece for your nursery. Its price-tag of $579.95 buys you a sweet, Swedish-designed cot with a mattress to boot.
It comes in white too, but we love the bright whitewash colour (shown). There’s an option to purchase an add-on kit to convert it to a junior bed down the track, so it will last til it’s time to enrol your tot in kinder.
9. Babyletto Lolly Cot
Now here’s something you don’t see every day – a black cot. Stylish to the nth degree,. the Babyletto Lolly cot mixes a black frame with natural cot bars to be the centrepiece of your monotone and very modern nursery. Prepare for a bunch of jealous friends when you put this baby on show.
The $749 price tag on this US-designed cot also gets you a toddler bed rail for later, when it’s time to transition to a bed.
10. Childcare My Little Cloud Deluxe Bassinet
If you’re after a more traditional, vintage-style bassinet to accommodate your sweet little one’s slumber, look no further. This beautiful bassinet has all the perks – a musical mobile, storage basket underneath and retractable wheels allowing it to convert to a rocker.
So at $199.99 it’s a great investment. Plus, it will look so sweet all set up with your sleeping bub tucked inside!
11. Ubabub Pod Cot
From the rounded cocoon shape to the cut-out flower pattern screen, this innovative cot from Ubabub is guaranteed to make a big statement!
It’s sleek, it’s modern, it’s Australian-designed, and for the cool price of $2,299 it could single-handedly wipe out your entire nursery budget… But it just might be worth it.
Now that you’ve got the cot sorted, check these tips to help baby sleep inside it all night long.