The potentially dangerous Nutkin cot bed by Baumhaus made headlines again this week, as the court enquiry into its production takes place.
The Nutkin cot bed was recalled in December 2013, after a number of safety issues were identified. The gaps at the top of the bed, in particular, were identified as potential trap-hazards.
All of the cot beds we test are put through stringent safety checks to give you peace of mind. To find out which we rated best on test, take a look at our cot bed reviews.
Do you own a Nutkin cot bed?
We spoke to Baumhaus boss, Philip Dickens, who told us that 93% of the cot beds have now been recalled, but a small number could still be in use.
If you own a Nutkin sleigh cot bed, as shown in the picture, you should stop using it straight away. You can call Baumhaus on 0845 644 8882 who will arrange the return of the product with you.
A number of aspects of the cot were deemed to be trap-hazards, including a risk that children could trap their head and neck in the gaps at the top or fingers in the drill holes.
Choosing the best cot bed
A cot bed is one of the priciest purchases you’ll need to buy for your baby, and we’ve tested a range of cot beds to help you spend your money wisely.
Our tests have shown that the most expensive beds are not necessarily the best, and you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good deal.
In our 2011 survey of over 600 parents, safety was rated as the most important factor when choosing a cot bed, followed by price.
We use probes to simulate children’s heads, fingers and limbs to check for any potential trap-hazards, to make sure we only recommend the safest cot beds. To learn more, see our guide to buying the best cot bed.
UPDATE (09/07/2015) – On the 8th of July 2015, BBC’s One Show reported that there are 10 of these cots left in circulation and as-yet un-traced.