Choosing where baby can sleep can at first seem simple, but with so many different choices, it can become a minefield. We take a look at the most popular designs to help you choose which is right for you.
Safest Sleeping Position
According to The Lullaby Trust, the safest place for your baby to sleep is in a Moses basket or cot in the same room as you for the first 6 months, even during the day. Your baby should be placed on their back for every sleep, both day and night.
A Moses basket is made from palm or maize and is designed for a newborn baby up until 3-4 months. They provide a snug fit so baby feels more comfortable, as they are used to close surroundings. A little note of caution is that a Moses basket can be quite noisy when placing a baby into them and this could wake them up, but for many it’s not an issue as their baby gets used to their new environment. A Moses basket however is light, easy to carry and can be used in any room, which can help with daytime naps and is relatively inexpensive to purchase.
A crib is usually made from wood and is smaller than a cot, so baby may feel more secure in a crib initially. Cribs can be stationary, or they may rock or glide which can help to settle baby to sleep. Cribs are usually quite heavy so designed to stay in one room and usually last up to 6 months.
A bedside crib is designed to fit securely next to your bed, with one side down so your baby has a safe sleeping space close to you. These cribs can help when putting baby to sleep, as you can comfortably lie next to baby which may soothe them. They usually consist of a frame with breathable sides and are ideal for those looking to co-sleep. They are more expensive than both the Moses basket and a traditional crib and will last from newborn up to 6 months.
A cost saving alternative, is a cot. Often baby will move into a cot at 4-6 months old, but some parents choose to use a cot from newborn. They are usually made out of wood and can be used up to 3 years old, with some designs converting into a bed which can take baby into their toddler years and beyond. When using a cot for baby, it is recommended that you place your baby at the bottom of the cot, so their feet touch the end. This is for safety as well as they will feel more secure. The main disadvantages are baby may take longer to settle as they feel less snug and it may be harder to place the cot right next to your bed which may make things more difficult at night times.
Choosing which cot or crib is right for you, can depend on your budget as well as your needs. You can buy cots and cribs second hand and some companies even rent them out as they are only for such a short period. If you are purchasing any cot or crib second hand, then it is recommended that you buy a new mattress for your baby.
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