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Posted by: Aitsa! | 2004/12/09

Q.

Camping Cots

Hi!
I'm about to buy a cot for our baby who is due April 2005. I was thinking about buying a camping cot, but heard someone saying that a camping cot is not good for a baby to sleep in permanently as it does not support their backs. Is this true? I would like to buy a camping cot as it is more practical, but do not want to cause problems for my little one.
Please help!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I cannot see the reason for concern, as long as you buy a camping cot with a firm bottom (like most of them have).

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Posted by: Mom | 2004/12/09

I cannot see how a camping cot cannot support their backs properly - it is up to the mattress that you buy to support their backs. My son is 6 months old and loves his cot. I also bought a nice thick mattress from Baby City, and it is perfect. The other plus side is that you can put a mosquito net over the top if you have to (the sides are already mesh), you don't have to buy any padding because the cot is already finished off with material so baby will not bump his/her head on the sides (like with the wooden ones) and they are easy to move around - plus I find that mine "holds" heat which is nice because my baby likes to throw all his blankets off. Possibly when camping cots first came out, they were not good support because they were designed to be "cheap" cots used literally for when going away - but nowadays everyone uses them as permanent cots and I have never heard of anyone with a problem.

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Posted by: Binky | 2004/12/09

Hi Aitsa

My baby has slept in her camping cot for the past year (she is now 19 months) and we have had no problems. She much prefers it to her wooden cot - I just bought a good thick mattress from Baby & Co. (one with the safety holes so that they don't suffocate) to replace the thin plastic-covered one that normally comes with the camping cot.

Hope this helps.

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