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Silver Cross or Mamas & Papas: which cot bed should you go for?

Compare the prices, features and durability of two of the biggest nursery furniture brands, to find out which cot bed is best for you

If you’re looking to invest in a cot bed for your baby, you might be considering a Silver Cross or a Mamas & Papas model.

Both are big British brands, known for their ranges of stylish nursery furniture.

And both start from £249 for the cheapest cot bed, and go up to around £750 for the priciest.

We’ve reviewed cot beds from both brands. And below we compare both their entry-level cot beds and pricier ones. Read on to find out which of these popular cot bed brands is best for you and your child.

Or head straight to our cot bed reviews to compare the full range of cot beds we’ve examined.

Mamas & Papas Atlas convertible cot and toddler bed – £249

If you’re on a tight budget, the Mamas & Papas Atlas convertible cot and toddler bed is a simple and classic cot bed that won’t break the bank.

It’s the cheapest cot bed made by Mamas & Papas and it’s available in a pale oak or a cloud-inspired ‘nimbus’ white.

It includes a teething rail, which can be useful to protect your baby’s sensitive gums and prevent damage to the sides of the cot bed if he or she chomps on them to relieve teething pain.

This minimalist cot bed is also pretty compact, so it’s ideal if space is at a premium in your nursery.

Take a look at our Mamas & Papas Atlas convertible cot and toddler bed review to see how it coped with our durability tests.

Silver Cross Portobello cot bed – £300

The chunky Silver Cross Portobello is an elegant and solid-looking cot bed that would look smart in any nursery. It’s the cheapest Silver Cross cot bed.

While some cot beds come in a variety of finishes, this one is only available in a rustic wood finish. You can order a free wood sample from the Silver Cross website to check whether you’re happy with it before parting with your cash.

There’s no silicone teething rail to protect your child’s mouth and the cot sides, and this cot bed has three mattress base positions.

Read our Silver Cross Portobello cot bed review to see its star ratings for build quality, ease of assembly and adjusting.

Mamas and Papas Pembroke cot bed – £729

The stylishly retro Pembroke is the most expensive cot bed currently made and sold by Mamas & Papas.

The curved edges and tapered legs are inspired by mid-century modern Danish design. It’s constructed from strong solid oak, as opposed to cheaper MDF or pine, and it has a neutral wood finish so it should suit most nursery interiors.

There are three mattress heights to choose from, and it takes a standard cot-bed mattress (140x70cm – available separately).

The Pembroke is part of a new retro-inspired nursery furniture range that includes a dresser with a removable changing top (£700), a tall set of drawers (£500) and a wardrobe (£800).

Mamas & Papas often offers special discounts when buying multiple items from the same range so, if you’re furnishing a whole nursery, it’s worth checking out any current deals.

Read our Mamas & Papas Pembroke cot bed first look review to find out how we got on with it and whether we discovered anything you need to know about before choosing it.

Silver Cross Nostalgia cot bed – £450-£650

The Nostalgia is a top-end cot bed made from solid acacia wood.

There are two variants of the Nostalgia to choose from. You can pick from the simple and understated cot bed (£450), or go for the sleigh version (£650) with its sweeping curves – although bear in mind this will take up a bit more space in your nursery. The sleigh cot bed also includes a full-length under-bed storage drawer.

Find out how straightforward we found it to build, and how sturdy our cot beds expert thought it was as a cot and as a junior bed in our Silver Cross Nostalgia sleigh cot bed first look review.

Finding the best cot bed for your baby

When kitting out your nursery with a cot bed, you want to make sure it’s safe, durable and attractive.

You also don’t want a cot bed that’s an absolute nightmare to assemble, and you don’t want to discover any hazards or issues, such as flaking veneer or flimsy base slats.

To help you figure out how to spend your money wisely, our experts test and review the most popular cot beds on sale at major retailers.

We run through a huge list of checks to ensure that each cot is well made and safe to use.

These tests include checking for potentially dangerous traps or features, and testing the durability of all the parts.

Our durability tests include the ‘jumping toddler test’ to check the resilience of the bed base.

We also carry out the ‘angry toddler test’, where a machine shakes the side rails of each cot bed up to 30 times per minute, 5,000 times. This is to simulate an angry toddler grabbing the top of the side rail and shaking it violently.

Our tests have uncovered several Best Buy cot beds, ranging in price from £175-£450. Find out whether any are the right cot bed for you by visiting our Best Buy cot beds.

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