8 Reasons NOT to Buy A Cot with Trundle / Tidy Drawer Attached Revealed below:
In this article, we reveal the 8 Reasons NOT to Buy A Cot with Trundle / Tidy Drawer Attached. Many Baby Cots, particularly cheaper ones from online stores and even baby stores using their own brand are selling cots with trundle / tidy drawers attached to the cot.
There is a number of good reasons not to buy a cot with a trundle drawer attached to the bottom of the cot which include safety.
We have tested cots with an attached trundle drawer that are sold in Australia for our own education purposes and market research. We were asking ourselves, should we put pressure on our vendors to do this as well.
We discovered all the reasons why we wouldn’t do this with a standard size cot that is not significantly heavy like cots we have sold in the past such as the Mamas & Papas Ocean cot. This cot weighed a ton and was extremely structurally strong! Mind you – this cot did not have a drop side either – it was a fixed side cot – which is where it becomes even worse.
Make no mistake, a drop side is an important feature that you really don’t want to miss out on.
Read on to see the reasons not to buy a Cot with Trundle / Tidy Drawer Attached which we have listed out below.
Reason number 1.
A Cot with Trundle Drawer Attached can unbalance the cot when loaded. When testing is done on cots, they do not test it when the drawer is loaded up with bedding etc. If we loaded it the way most mums and dads would in reality with uneven weight on one side of the trundle, the problem was even worse! This in our experience can cause a tipping problem.
Reason number 2.
When we tested with weight – especially uneven weight, the structural integrity changed. The cots did not sit squarely as they should. In fact, it caused it to no longer be square and effectively twisted. This increased the gaps at one side and closed gaps at the other side or corner. For those who do not know, gaps are made and measured with extremely low tolerances to meet the Safety Standards. This was an epic fail in our opinion when items were placed inside the trundle drawer that was attached to the cot.
Reason number 3.
Another problem when we tested each Cot with Tidy Drawer Attached by loading typical items into the trundle drawer was that when it changed the structural integrity of the cot’s gaps, it also caused the drop side to become difficult to use. The drop side became jammed and very difficult to use.
This would be an extremely frustrating issue and caused scratches and damage to the sides of the cot and drop side itself. I would hate to have to argue that under warranty with one of these suppliers, i can see that is something they would blame on miss-use.
Reason number 4.
Unless the attached trundle / tidy drawer was pushed all the way in and under the cot, when lowering the drop side, it would hit the face of the drop side rail and scratch both the face of the trundle drawer which looked terrible and also the inside of the drop side rail itself.
Reason number 5.
We found it difficult to load up properly and practically because the trundle drawer could not be pulled all the way out and a substantial amount of space was not easily accessible.
Reason number 6.
Because the trundle drawer is attached to the cot, they are usually not very deep and therefore there was still a lot of wasted dead space under the cot – the whole idea of a trundle drawer is to be able to utilise the dead space under neath the cot. This defeated the purpose.
Reason number 7.
With a typical load of bedding and baby clothes, the rails which the trundle drawer slides on began to bend out of shape causing it to jam and be difficult to us. Once again, I can see a recipe for problems with warranty claims being denied based on over loading being miss-use.
Reason Number 8.
When using a cot with trundle drawer attached, it makes quite an amount of noise when rolling the trundle drawer in and out. This means that you will not want to be accessing the trundle drawer whilst baby is sleeping. Yet this is in reality, a prime time that mums take advantage of, to doing washing and pack clothes and other items away when you want to use your trundle drawer.
This defeated the whole purpose of a tidy drawer / trundle drawer under a cot.
The Bottom Line.
A cot with trundle / tidy drawer attached, especially with a drop side as well is generally a bad idea.
Unless the baby cot is an extremely solid and heavy made cot without a drop side, if it has a trundle / tidy drawer that is attached to the cot, don’t buy without testing it loaded up both unevenly and evenly.
To lose the benefit of a drop side for a tidy drawer simply does not make sense. A drop side saves your back. Leaning down for a Tidy Drawer does the opposite.
We choose a drop side any day!
We believe a Tidy Drawer attached to the cot is a recipe for possible disaster.
This is why we recommend against buying a cot with trundle / tidy drawer attached to the cot.
If you already have a cot with a trundle /tidy drawer attached to the cot and are experiencing issues, you could remove it or simply not use it. We have a great range of cots that are on sale right now!
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About the Author
Frank is a founding owner of Bubs n Grubs. He is also the sole author of the Bubs n Grubs Baby Blog. He has been personally evaluating baby products & testing them before offering them to our customers since 2009. In addition, he is consistently giving manufacturer’s feedback & product development advice, reviewing & getting customer feedback. He has been doing this since the business started in 2009. A fully trained car seat fitter by ACRI as well. He is proud to be one of the rare baby store owners in Australia who regularly engages with customers in his store. Frank values the constant feedback and regularly seeks it out. He has been featured on the Morning Show & the Today Show on Channel 7 and Channel 9 and is a recognised expert in baby products as a result.