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Ask the Experts: Please can you advise me on providing a cot in my holiday home?

Ask the Experts…

Q. Please can you advise me on providing a cot in my holiday home?

A. The Helpful Holidays team say:

You have a choice of providing a travel cot, which is easy to store and assemble, or a traditional cot which looks attractive and appeals to parents, especially those with toddlers. Whatever type of cot you provide, it must be robust and, together with the mattress and bumpers, comply with safety regulations (currently BS EN 716-1 and BS 1877-10). Mattresses should be clean and fit snugly and the distance between the bars of the cot must not exceed 60mm. Even if you provide linen for beds, you only need to provide a bottom sheet for the cot, although it’s prudent to ensure your visitors are aware they’ll need to bring their own cot bedding. Between bookings with babies, we recommend cots should be stored out of sight.

If you welcome babies, it’s a nice touch to offer baby-sitting or provide personal recommendations of local babysitters to give parents the opportunity to enjoy evenings out.