I'm about to adopt an 18 month old. Foster carers say she'll be okay in a cot bed though she's still in a cot at theirs at the moment. I have absolutely no idea what I should be looking for in a cot, a bed or a cot bed, so any and all advice would be massively appreciated. What's important? What can I ignore? What can I not afford to not know?
A cot bed is bigger than a cot - so they will take longer to grow too big for it - and has sides you can remove to turn it into a bed (or at least some do) When they're older. Toddlers can climb or fall out of bed which is why a cot/cotbed is better at that age. At least that was my understanding.
Just a thought - cots can be good as you know the child is in it and hasn't hopped out and is roaming the house. That said, my boy stayed in his cot without complaint until he was 3 whereas my friend's daughter was climbing out of hers at around 18mths so it depends on the child - sorry if that's not in fact very helpful. In your situation I think I would get a cotbed with sides.
What everyone else said, plus if she is already in a cot I would imagine it will be more familiar and feel 'safe' for her to have same feeling with you, at least initially, so cot bed set up as a cot and then take the sides off in due course.
I have a lovely mattress from Cot Mattress Company it's a Reassurance Mattress Pocket Springs with Futura cover 140 x 69 x 10cm and cost me £85.00 earlier this year - thats cot bed size by the way, for a second hand cot bed I got off a friend. Fast delivery too. I can't see the Reassurance model listed I think it may have been replaced by the Excellence