Tizzie Hall on Cot Mattresses


  1. October 4th, 2012 at 3:58 pm Chloe says:

    Thanks Tizzie for this post. I went to check my mattress and it is safe but you can feel the springs. What brand of mattress do you recommend for a normal size cot and where can we buy it?

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  3. October 4th, 2012 at 5:23 pm Tizzie says:

    HI Chloe

    It depends what you are calling a normal size cot, this is the one I endorse for most cots but you will need to measure your cot. The price includes shipping so if you are local to us or in Melbourne or Sydney we might be able to to a better price.


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  5. October 4th, 2012 at 6:54 pm Chloe says:

    Thanks Tizzie. I am down in Tasmania (Hobart). I just measured the mattress we have which fits the cot and it is 130X69cm. So the same as the one you endorse. This is great. Just need to convince my husband and I’ll be on the online store 🙂

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  7. October 31st, 2012 at 8:23 pm Chloe says:

    Received the mattress the other day and it makes such a difference. It is so comfortable! I’d recommend it to anyone! So worth the money! Thanks Tizzie!


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  9. August 22nd, 2013 at 8:26 pm Shell says:

    Hi Tizzie. Can you tell me what is an acceptable gap between rails and mattress? I just purchased a tasman cot with their mattress which is 1300mm x 750mm and there is a 34mm gap in the width. This seems huge to me if l compare to the Boori cots and mattress tbat really dont have any gap. If l get a larger mattress then it will be bigger than the base of cot… trying to get my money back. Cannot understand how it was made this way. It is a shame as it is a beautiful mattress. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards.

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  11. August 23rd, 2013 at 4:01 pm Tizzie says:


    Hi Shell:

    Thank you for your comment, it is a shame you have got a cot that has a big gap it doesn’t sounds good. I will put below what you should look for in a cot. The problem with a 34mm gap is if you push the mattress to one side it will be even bigger on the other side and if you look around the corners I would think there is a very dangerous gap.

    I wonder if it is just the mattress have you measured it might it be smaller than it should be?

    The cot:

    Look for the Australian and New Zealand safety Standard when buying a cot (Australian Standards AS/NZS 2172 – ‘Cots for household use – safety requirements)
    It is illegal to sell a cot that doesn’t meet the Standard – this includes second-hand cots
    25% of all children’s injuries relating to nursery furniture involve cots
    This Standard only applies to standard cots – it doesn’t cover portable or travel cots, cradles or toddler beds.
    It is recommended that a standard cot be used for everyday use.
    Try to buy a cot with a fixed base that can be secure on a low fitting.

    If you have a cot that doesn’t have a Standards label, you can ensure that it is safe by checking that it measures:
    At least 600mm – depth from bottom of mattress to top of cot
    At least 500mm – depth from top of mattress to top of cot
    50mm to 85mm – space between bars
    less than 25mm – space between cot sides/ends and mattress
    less than 8mm – corner posts/ screws and knobs
    No spaces between 5mm and 12mm wide – possible finger traps
    No spaces between 30mm and 50mm wide – possible arm and leg traps
    No spaces 85mm wide or wider – these can trap the head, and your baby could fall out of the cot

    Also make sure that you check that:
    All locks and catches are child-proof.
    There are no sharp edges or holes that your baby could poke his fingers into.
    Your cot is in good condition – don’t consider using one that is any way broken or damaged.
    Ensure that all connections – the base, the sides – are good and strong and that all screws are tight – it’s worth checking these regularly as your baby may loosen them over time by rocking his cot.
    The paint on the cot is lead-free. While a new cot that meets the Australian Standards will be lead-free, you do need to check old cots. If you’re in doubt, strip that cot and repaint

    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  13. September 11th, 2013 at 4:54 pm Kate says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    There is a lot of information on your website relating to the size of cot mattresses and making it sure that there are no gaps but no much information on quality. I understand brands such a Boori are highly recommended however they are not affordable for everyone. The mattress I have for our cot is not top range and I can actually feel the springs, even if I slightly press on it (but it does not leave a hand print).

    You talk about having a comfortable mattress for the baby, so is there anything I can do to make the mattress we have more comfortable as I am worried about future sleeping issues or should it be fine?

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  15. September 13th, 2013 at 4:33 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Kate:

    The mattress sell is a top quality mattress but fits in standard cots so you don’t need a really expensive cot like a Boori. If you can stretch the budget to get one on my recommended one it will be worth it your little one will be in his or her cot for up to 12 hours at night and it really needs to be safe and comfortable. If you can’t afford it try not to worry your little one is lighter than you so might not feel the springs. Please don’t add anything to try and make it softer because this might make it dangerous. Here is a link to the mattress

    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  17. March 9th, 2014 at 7:53 am Kayla says:

    Hi Tizzy

    Do you have any information to purchase or free for bedding in basinett ( mainly the mattress requirement or recommendation)


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  19. March 10th, 2014 at 2:48 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Kayla:
    Thank you for your comment, I no longer recommend a baby sleep in a basinet because most do not have enough air flow. I suggest a mini crib now and we sell them with a free good quality spring mattress. If you do decide to use a basinet we do not sell mattresses for them you will need to get this from where you get the basinet but make sure it passes the safe hand test. This is where you press your hand down on it and make sure when you lift your hand the imprint of your hand is not left. All of the bedding you will need for a basinet or mini crib is available on the website.
    Here is a link to the bedding guide.
    Regards from Tizzie

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  21. October 6th, 2014 at 3:25 pm Perry Westley says:

    This blog provides really nice discussion. For baby I prefer organic cot mattress for the sake of baby’s comfort and sound sleep. Anyhow we need to invest money then why not on a quality product.

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  23. July 20th, 2016 at 10:31 am Carolyn says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    Our daughters cot has recently arrived with a mattress that is meant to fit and described as “deluxe”. Unfortunately to our dismay the mattress is of a poor quality no name brand made in China. It has lumpy wads covering hard coils which do leave a mark on my hand when pressed. In addition to this whilst the mattress is the recommended size for this cot, 131 by 69, there are gaps all around the cot, meaning a limb could potentially become trapped and/or injured. And it does not appear like the mattress advertised for the cot either in any shape or form! After four children, we’ve seen our fair share of cot mattress and this one is just awful.

    Suffice to say we are requesting a full refund and trying to find a good quality safe and comfy mattress. I felt so relieved finding your website selling safe and comfy mattresses in a range of sizes!

    My only challenge now though is working out exactly which mattress size to order. I have measured the inside cot dimensions and it looks like the width is closer to 70cm than 69 and the length closer to 132 or even possibly 133 than 131.

    I’m desperate to purchase one of your wonderful mattresses, size 132 by 70 however with this cot size not meeting its advertised size when measured, I’m a little worried that once I buy the mattress it may not fit on arrival. Do you have any advise or tips on how to manage this and order the right sized mattress.

    Thanks in advance any help gratefully received.

    Carolyn 🙂

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  25. August 21st, 2016 at 2:29 pm Tizzie Hall says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    I’m so sorry to hear you have had such a bad experience with your little ones new cot! I’m so pleased to hear that the information here has been helpful for you and that you are considering a Save Our Sleep mattress. To help you work out which the right size for you would be please email the ladies in the online store at and they can try and see if any of the sizes we have would be suitable for your cot.

    Kind regards,
    Save Our Sleep.

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