What is a Safe Cot?

Household cots

A safe cot is one that meets the Australian Standard for cots. All new and second-hand cots sold in Australia must meet the current Australian and New Zealand Standard for Cots (AS/NZS 2172:2003) and will carry a label to say so. If you are planning to use a second-hand cot, check that it meets those standards.


Only use a single, firm, mattress that fits snugly (within 20 mm of sides and ends) into the cot. The mattress must be flat (not tilted or elevated). Do not use cot bumpers or soft bedding as these have been associated with fatal sleep accidents.

For further details about cot measurements, see the Australian Government’s Product Safety website at www.productsafety.gov.au.

Old or second hand cots may be dangerous. Never place baby in a cot that does not definitely meet current safety standards.

Last modified: 25/5/21