Why we Say No to Drop-Side Cots

Drop-side cots, which were once a common design feature, allowed one or both sides of the crib to be lowered to make it easier to access the baby. However, due to safety concerns, drop-side cots have been largely phased out in many countries, including the United States and Canada. 

Here's why:

  1. Safety Issues: Drop-side cots posed significant safety risks. The hardware used to create the drop-side mechanism could become loose or broken over time, creating gaps between the cot's mattress and the drop-side. Babies could become trapped in these gaps, leading to suffocation or strangulation.
  2. Accidents and Recalls: There were numerous incidents and accidents reported involving drop-side cots, including cases where babies were injured or even killed due to malfunctioning drop-side mechanisms. This led to a series of recalls by manufacturers and heightened concerns about the safety of these cots.
  3. Standards and Regulations: In response to these safety concerns, many countries introduced stricter regulations and standards for cot design and manufacturing. These regulations led to the discontinuation of drop-side cots and required manufacturers to produce cots with fixed sides to ensure the safety of infants.
  4. Alternatives: In place of drop-side cots, manufacturers have developed cots with features that make it easier for caregivers to access the baby without compromising safety. Some cots have adjustable mattress heights, up to five levels in curtain countries.
  5. Parental Education: Manufacturers and organisations have also focused on educating parents and caregivers about safe sleep practices, including how to properly set up and use cots. This education is crucial for preventing accidents and ensuring that babies sleep in a safe environment.

Ultimately, the shift away from drop-side cots by boulevard kids reflects a commitment to child safety and the recognition that the risks associated with such designs outweigh any convenience they might offer. If you're a parent or caregiver, it's important to prioritise safety when choosing a cot for your baby and to follow the recommended guidelines for safe sleep practices.  Our decision aligns with the safety concerns that have led to the discontinuation of drop-side cots in many regions.  We offer cots that adhere to modern safety standards and regulations, boulevard kids take seriously the well-being of infants and providing peace of mind to parents and caregivers.