Eco-Friendly Cots for a Budget-Friendly Nursery

We all want to ensure our children have a liveable, thriving planet to grow up on – so why not reflect that from the very beginning of their lives by choosing a cot that supports sustainable values?

Sounds great, but concerned it might be too expensive? Never fear! Thanks to our increasing environmental concerns, choosing an eco-friendly cot has never been easier, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth (literally!)

One of the most affordable and sustainable options is to purchase a second-hand cot. However, if you prefer to buy new, there are plenty of great options too. Whether it’s by using FSC-certified wood, recyclable materials, or renewable energy in production, there are many ways in which our favourite nursery brands are helping to support the planet.

So, check out our top eco-friendly cots for a budget-friendly nursery below, and start your little one on a journey of sustainability to last a lifetime (and, hopefully, their grandchildren’s lifetime too!)

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1. Maxim Cot Bed in White

Maxim Cot Bed in White

One of the simplest ways to ensure your cot is sustainable is to choose a cot bed, that can be transformed into a junior bed as your little one grows, eliminating the need to purchase a second item.

The Vox Maxim Cot Bed does just that for a very reasonable price. It has an adjustable mattress height to take your baby from newborn to toddler and three removable bars so they can let themselves in and out of bed when they get to that stage.

Once they’re ready for their first ‘big’ bed, remove the sides to leave a simple yet stylish white toddler bed. This cot helps you Maxim-ise the amount of use you get from your baby’s first bed!

2. Vox 4 You 2-in-1 Toddler Cot Bed in White and Oak

Vox 4 You 2-in-1 Toddler Cot Bed in White and Oak

The Maxim is not the only cot that transforms into a toddler bed as your baby grows by removing the sides of the cot. This is a relatively common feature we highly recommend for any parent or guardian concerned with sustainability.

However, the Vox 4 You 2-in-1 Cot Bed goes one step further by transforming into not only a toddler bed but a toddler bed AND a desk. This means your little one can continue using it throughout their childhood, even when they outgrow the bed.

No single-use, throwaway furniture here – bravo!

3. Leander Linea Baby Cot in Beech

Leander Linea Baby Cot in Beech
Leander Linea Cot Bed Sofa

Another sustainable cot that will last your little one beyond their baby years is the Leander Linea Baby Cot.

The Linea cot is made from beech and coated in an EN71-3-approved strong lacquer for improved durability. It has an adjustable mattress height and one removable side, meaning it transforms into a one-sided junior bed and kid-sized sofa, suitable for little ones aged 3 years+.

There are a variety of optional extras to suit each configuration, including a cot mattress, a canopy to go over the cot, and sofa cushions to make the sofa super comfortable for your little one to snuggle up on!

4. Obaby Bantam Cot Bed

Obaby Bantam Cot Bed

The OBaby Bantam Cot Bed is one of our most affordable cot bed options – and you get so much bang for your buck!

Not only can this budget cot transform into a toddler bed as your little one grows, but it also features built-in teething rails and an optional changing top that allows you to transform the cot into a baby changing station.

This makes the cot space-saving, economical and eco-friendly, as you won’t need to purchase a separate baby-changing unit – genius!

5. Lifetime Baby Cot Bed in White and Birch

Lifetime Baby Cot Bed in White & Birch

As their name suggests, Lifetime focus on creating sustainable kid’s furniture that lasts.

All the electricity in their Danish factories and offices comes from renewable wind power. Their furniture is made from FSC-certified wood with eco-friendly water-based lacquer.

The Baby Cot Bed in White & Birch will set you back a little more than some of the other cots on this list, but the quality and sustainability credentials might make it worth the extra investment.

It has three settings for the mattress height, five removable bars on either side of the cot, and can be transformed into a junior bed as your baby grows.

6. Ickle Bubba Coleby Scandi Classic Cot Bed

Ickle Bubba Coleby Scandi Classic Cot Bed

The Ickle Bubba Coleby Scandi Classic Cot Bed is another cot that can take on a second form as a junior bed and boasts a highly wallet-friendly price.

It’s made from pine and MDF, and decorated with non-toxic, child-friendly paints, to achieve its stylish Scandi aesthetic.

Accessorise with an organic cot mattress and bamboo bedding to improve your eco-friendly set-up.

7. Galipette Sacha Cot Bed

Galipette Sacha Cot Bed
Galipette Sacha Toddler Bed

Looking for a gorgeous, Scandi-style cot bed to last your baby through their toddler years? You need to check out Galipette’s Sacha Cot Bed!

This gorgeous cot bed is made from a combination of pine, beech and particleboard. All the wood used comes from sustainably-managed forests.

You can adapt the cot into a toddler bed to provide your baby with a stylish and sustainable bed from birth until approximately 5 years old.

8. Gaia Baby Serena Complete Sleep Cotbed and Toddler Bed

Gaia Baby Serena Complete Sleep Cotbed and Toddler Bed

Finally, the Gaia Baby Serena Cotbed is a stylish and eco-friendly cot bed that won’t break the bank (although it might stretch your purse strings a little more than others on this list!)

Serena is made from sustainably-sourced FSC-certified wood with aluminium feet and non-toxic paints. All the materials are 100% recyclable, so you don’t have to worry about it inevitably ending up in a landfill when your little one outgrows it.

Speaking of which, that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon, as the cot converts to a toddler bed, and you can also purchase an extension kit to extend the junior bed to 165cm. This makes it suitable for children up to approximately 10 years old – by which time they’ll be demanding a double bed anyway!

Ready to Green Light a Greener Cot?

Thanks to these budget-friendly options, choosing an eco-friendly cot is sustainable and attainable for many! If you want to discuss these cots or our other nursery furniture, call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email – we’re always happy to help!


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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