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Cots, Cribs, Mattresses, Bedding & More

Sleep is the foundation of good health, and when it comes to your little one, getting enough sleep is essential for their development.

For 40 years, we've been developing cots, cribs and mattresses that are designed to help babies and toddlers reach the land of nod, safely and securely, every time.

Give your baby the rest they need to enjoy each new day of exploration and discovery. With a range of high-quality sleep products, we specialise in ensuring your little one has no trouble sleeping.

  • Mattresses  

    Mattresses

    Baby Elegance mattresses are created using the highest quality materials that meet the highest safety standards in the UK and Europe. They’re able to maintain a comfortable temperature and are sure to help your baby fall asleep. These mattresses are cost-effective solutions that don't compromise on quality.

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  • Bedding  

    Bedding

    Comfort is essential for healthy sleep habits, and your baby will be more likely to develop them later in life if they experience better sleep during these fundamental stages. Make poor sleep a thing of the past with our range of bedding options.

    Your little one will be snug, cosy and sleeping soundly with our range of baby bedding set essentials.

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  • Cribs  

    Cribs

    With so many cribs available, knowing where to start is difficult. We have a wide selection of cribs that all offer safety features while combining different styles. Whether it's a gently rocking, foldable or bedside crib, we have the crib to meet your needs.

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  • Cots  

    Cots

    We've been making cots for 35 years, finished to the highest standard and made using natural wood. Choose from different styles, including light wood or ultra-contemporary dark wood, that looks incredible in any room.

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  • Cot Beds  

    Cot Beds

    Our cot beds are designed to fit seamlessly into any décor scheme, and prioritise safety, without compromising on superior craftsmanship. All Baby Elegance cot beds, cots, and bedding will last your little one from baby to toddler years.

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  • Furniture  

    Furniture

    Browse our collection of beautiful rocking chairs, wardrobes and chest of drawers for your little one's bedroom.

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Why shop with Baby Elegance?

At Baby Elegance, we know how special having a baby is. It's a time of excitement, bonding and new beginnings. Whether it's your first child or you're doing it all over again, you want to enjoy every moment with your baby and appreciate its growth.

We've been around for a long time and focus on one thing only; giving you and your baby everything you need for a healthy and happy future.

It began with passion and commitment

Our journey began when Tim Costello decided to make his baby daughter some booties. In the following years, one person became a team of machinists, and the baby that inspired Baby Elegance soon joined the company, taking it to new levels of success.

As one of the most renowned and respected businesses in Ireland and the UK, we're now a large team - but we keep our family values at the core of our business.

Unparalleled quality

You'll notice that we stock other brands but have a strict selection process. Anything you see on our website is there because we'd happily buy it for our children. This commitment means you can rest assured that anything you buy will stand the test of time.

Convenient delivery

You can also take advantage of convenient delivery times and the opportunity to arrange for our couriers to deliver to a safe place or neighbour.

Once you complete an order, you'll receive an estimated delivery date, offering live updates. Shopping with us couldn't be easier.

Shop our sleep collection today

With excellent prices on the entire collection and everything you need to create an optimal sleep environment for your baby, we're confident you'll enjoy shopping with us.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to the most common questions, or contact our friendly team for anything else.

FAQs

Below you will find the most frequently asked questions we receive about sleep, cots, cribs, cot beds, mattresses and bedding.

Mattress FAQs

Is a polyurethane foam mattress safe for babies?

Yes, any of the Baby Elegance mattresses that are created using foam meet the highest of safety standards in the UK and Europe.

Should I buy a new mattress for my second baby?

There are conflicting opinions on whether buying a new mattress or keeping the old one is a good idea. If the bed is in good condition, you can use it again - but we wouldn't recommend using a friend's or family member's old mattress.

If you're unsure, buying a second mattress is always best because safety should always come first.

How thick should a baby mattress be?

The depth of the mattress depends on where it's being used. For example, a Moses or crib size is usually 3-5cm, whereas a cot will be 10cm. It's best always to check the user manual when you buy a cot to see which mattress size it recommends.

Can I wash a foam baby mattress?

Washing a foam mattress can be tricky; it depends on the makeup of the mattress. Foam can take a long time to dry and thus can pick up mould and mildew during the drying stage. You might also cause damage to the mattress.

How do I clean a baby mattress?

Remove the cot mattress, cover, or any bedding. These can usually be thrown in the laundry and safely washed with detergent.

Scrub the mattress all over with warm water and a gentle detergent. Ensure you thoroughly wipe the detergent from the cot mattress to ensure no residue is left.

Always ensure the mattress has thoroughly dried before adding the cover back on.

Is it safe to incline a baby mattress?

This is not recommended.

Current recommendations suggest the safest way for your baby to sleep is in an empty cot or crib without wedges or positioners.

Are foam or sprung mattresses best for baby cots?

Today we have lots of options for your baby's mattress. We have Foam, Fibre, memory foam and pocket springs.

Choosing the right mattress for you depends on where it is used. For example, if you are buying a mattress for a cot bed, then a fibre or pocket spring mattress might be the right option as it offers all-over body support for your baby/toddler.

Can my baby lie on a pillow and have a mattress in the cot?

It is not recommended for your baby to lie on a pillow. All mattresses must comply with BS EN 16890 for sale in Europe. Pillows would not comply with these standards and may cause injury to your baby.

Can I use a second-hand mattress for my baby?

This is not something we recommend. Sleep is crucial for your baby's devolvement, so you want to ensure they sleep on clean, safe mattresses that comply with the relevant safety standards.

Do I need to spend a fortune on a baby mattress?

Absolutely not! Our mattresses are hand made in Ireland for over 40 years and receive the same quality standards. At Baby Elegance, we have a wide range of mattresses to suit all budgets, starting from €25/£22.

Is it normal for a baby mattress to smell?

Initially, on opening your mattresses, there is no need for concern if there is a slight smell. This will usually pass in a short time and is not harmful. It's usually caused by packaging, but if your mattress has a strong odour after use, it might be a sign that it needs to be cleaned or checked for dampness.

Crib FAQs

How long should babies stay in cribs?

A crib should generally be used from birth to 6 months or 9kg. If the baby can sit up or roll over unaided, it's time to switch to a cot.

Are crib mobiles worth it?

Person preference; however, if you plan to use it for daytime napping at night, this may be a good idea for entertainment during the day.

Can twin babies sleep in the same crib?

Depending on the size of the crib, it is possible in the early months. Look at the Baby Elegance bedside travel cot if you want something compact for twins for the first six months.

How do I get a baby used to a crib?

This can take time, and the baby will naturally get used to the smell and feel of the crib. A good tip, once they are used to the crib, is to use it for naps and night-time, so baby relates the crib to sleep.

When should I move our toddler out of the crib?

A crib should generally be used from birth to 6 months or 9kg. If the baby can sit up or roll over unaided, it's time to switch to a cot.

Can a newborn sleep in a crib?

Absolutely! Cribs are designed to be used from birth – 6 months or 9kg. It's a really lovely way to keep newborns close to you in the early months.

How many sheets do you need for a crib?

You will only need one sheet at a time. However, having more than one is a good idea, so you can always wash another. Babies have lots of little accidents.

How do I clean a crib?

Depending on the model, the covers are either removable or can be hand washed on the crib. Most cribs will have washing instructions on each part of the crib.

When do toddlers start climbing out of a crib?

This generally happens around 5-6 months but can be sooner or longer, depending on the baby. Once this happens, it's time to move to a cot or cot bed.

Are bedside cribs safe?

Yes, for sure! All bedside cribs sold in Europe should meet the European safety standards for co-sleeping. All models are different, so it's essential to follow the manufactures user manual when fitting to the bed.

Do babies need a crib?

Not necessarily! Baby can sleep in a cot or cot bed from birth, which is perfectly safe.

Cot FAQs

How do I get my baby from moses basket to cot?

This transition can be challenging for the baby and parent, but try to have the cot or cot bed in the room with you for a few nights to let the baby get used to the new bed whilst still close to you.

How do I stop a 5 month old rolling over in the cot?

This is normal at 5 – 6 months. The best thing to do is to place the baby at the feet-to-foot position in the cot or cot bed and avoid adding items as barriers, as these can cause suffocation.

What age do babies go in a cot?

Cots can be used from birth. The Lullaby Trust recommends that an empty cot is one of the safest places for your baby to sleep from birth.

How do I assemble a baby cot?

Generally, cots are easy to assemble and come with around 12 x bolts that connect the sides and base.

What blanket should I use in a cot?

In the early months, a cellular blanket is best for your baby as it has holes in the blanket, allowing them to regulate its temperature.

How do I choose the right cot?

Cots are essential for your baby to get a good sleep and are also the main feature of your nursery. Baby Elegance has an extensive range of cots to suit any budget.

How do I keep a cot warm in the winter?

It is vital to have the nursery at a stable temperature as babies find it difficult in the early months to regulate their temperature. Avoid adding heating fans to a room where possible.

How do I stop my baby climbing out of the cot?

If your baby is climbing out of the cot, it is time to lower the base of the cot to a lower position.

Can twins share a cot?

Yes! In the early months, it is acceptable for twins to share a cot and studies have shown that they will sleep better in the same cot. The advice is to rest them with their feet at opposite ends of the cot.

Can a newborn sleep in a cot?

Cots can be used from birth. The Lullaby Trust recommends that an empty cot is one of the safest places for your baby to sleep from birth.

Cot Bed FAQs

How long is a cot bed?

A cot bed tends to be the standard size of 70 x 140cm internal size.

When do I move a toddler from cot to bed?

The recommendation would be to keep the cot bed in cot mode as long as possible for safety. On average, it is around two years of age when most parents will remove the sides and convert.

How do we transition from cot to bed?

Remove the sides and adjust the base fitting to the ends to convert most cot beds to bed mode. If you plan to restore or pass on the cot bed, keep the fittings.

Which cot bed should I buy?

Depending on your budget Baby Elegance have a wide range of cot beds starting from €180.

What's the difference between a cot and a cot bed?

A cot generally is smaller (60 x 120cm internal dimension) and does not convert to a bed later. A cot bed tends to be 70 x 140cm and can later convert to a junior bed up to the age of around four years.

How long do cot beds usually last?

A cot bed generally lasts from birth – 4 years of age.

When do I lower the cot bed?

It is time to lower the base of a cot or cot bed when your baby can roll over unaided or sit up unassisted. They could climb over the side, so it is time to lower the base.

Do you use cot bed mattress protectors on their own?

Using a fitted sheet over the mattress protector would be recommended, as some protectors do not have a soft finish.

How do I adjust the height of the cot bed?

To adjust the base, you remove the four bolts from the base, lower it into the required position, and bolt the base back into place.

HOW DO I MOVE MY BABY FROM MOSES BASKET TO THE COT BED?

This transition can be challenging for the baby and parent, but if possible, try to have the cot or cot bed in the room with you for a few nights to let the baby get used to the new bed whilst still close to you.

Sleep FAQs

HOW MUCH SLEEP SHOULD MY BABY GET?

Newborns require a lot of sleep - usually about 16 hours. However, sleep patterns can differ, and some babies might find it difficult to stay asleep at night but get more sleep during the day.

As your baby reaches 3-6 months, your baby will be better at falling asleep during the evening, but you'll have to ensure they have a stable sleep schedule and plan daytime naps effectively.

MY BABY IS HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING. WHAT CAN I DO?

Poor sleep quality is a big deal for babies and parents. After all, if your little one isn't getting enough nighttime sleep, it can make you feel tired and impact your mental health.

Unfortunately, it's common for babies to have an irregular sleep-wake cycle, but by maintaining a routine and ensuring your baby is tired at night, you'll be able to promote deep sleep.