Household cot standard

The household cots regulations were put in place to help reduce the potential for injury or death associated with cot use in New Zealand.

About the standard

Children may be left unattended in a cot for long periods of time, so it's important the cot is safe.

Regulatory measures were introduced to mitigate the risks associated with:

  • new cots entering the market, and
  • second-hand cots, to prevent the risks associated with older design cots from being passed on to others.

We recommend that any time an infant or young child need to sleep that they be put in a safe sleep environment.

Sleep safety – cots, bunk beds and baby slings