Cot manufacturer Cosatto has issued a safety alert for one of its cot beds.
The safety alert relates to Stratford cot beds, in either white or nut finishes, made between 2005 and 2009.
According to the manufacturer, lifting or moving the cot bed could cause the leg sections to separate, leaving a gap that could injure parent or child.
In some cases, the drop side mechanism could come apart making the cot unsafe for sleeping babies.
Is your Cosatto cot bed affected?
If you own a Cosatto cot bed, check the Product Description label to see if it’s a Stratford model, then check the Date Code Label to see when it was made.
You’ll find both labels on the mattress base slats.
If you have a white or nut Stratford cot bed that was made between 01/09/2005 and 18/03/2009, you should stop using it as a cot immdiately.
Contact Cosatto on 0871 977 3888 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a safety component to be sent free of charge.
You can fit this part yourself with the allen key and fitting instructions provided.
Is it safe to use as a bed?
It’s safe to carry on using the Stratford as a junior bed, but you will have to fit the safety part if you plan to use it as a cot in the future.
Which? baby product expert Victoria Pearson said: ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry. Whether you are using the Stratford as a cot or a bed, our advice is to get hold of and fit the safety part as soon as possible.’
Are drop side cot beds safe to use?
Drop side cot beds allow you to lower one or both of the cot’s sides to make lifting your baby in and out easier.
They were banned in America last year following the deaths of several children who became trapped between the drop side and the base of the bed.
Our furniture safety experts do not think there is a danger of this happening in the UK because the British standard safety requirements for cot beds are so comprehensive.
We’ve tested and rated drop and fixed side versions as part of our cot bed review.
- Follow our advice on how to use your cot bed safely
- Read our reviews on Silver Cross, East Coast and Stokke cot beds to see which are best
- Check out our top tips for buying the best cot bed