Setting up a baby room is exciting and can even be a lot of fun because you can create a stimulating oasis for the family to grow. You can also provide your baby with a cozy place that gives him a feeling of security and security. And in this regard, choosing the right baby cot is one of the most important decisions parents must make before birth. After all, the offspring will spend most of their first two years there. With all the factors that need to be taken into account when choosing a baby bed, you can quickly not see the forest for the trees. To take some pressure and time stress out at this point, our small but helpful baby bed guide gives a good overview of baby beds, safety aspects, and other things that play a role when buying beds for babies.
The Most Important Things About Baby Cot:
A baby bed is – as the name suggests – a bed that has been specially designed for newborns to toddlers. If it is not a cradle, a cot can look like a normal bed, only that it is provided with rails and struts on the sides to ensure that the baby does not roll or fall out of the bed.
On average, a baby sleeps in a so-called baby bed for the first 24 months of life – but of course, it depends entirely on the individual level of development when a child is ready to sleep in a bed for toddlers. A sure sign of switching to a larger bed is when the baby is noticeably too big for the crib and can climb out without much effort.
Many expectant mothers buy the crib while they are still pregnant. Some wait until the third trimester when they know the gender to choose a suitable design. In any case, parents should plan ahead so that the baby cot can be delivered on time in case of doubt.
For Safety with The Baby Bed
It is advisable to check baby cribs for the materials used to not expose your child to harmful paintwork or mattress fabrics. A seal of approval or a JPMA certificate guarantee that the bed meets the basic safety standards.
Besides, future parents should keep the following safety aspects in mind:
- The distance between the rungs: it should not be more than 5 to 7 cm to prevent the baby from getting stuck between them.
- There should be no rungs at the head and foot end – for that very reason – but a continuous board.
- Position and decorate the baby cot in a baby-friendly way. That means, as far as possible, out of reach of cables and curtain cords. The baby does not need soft toys, pillows, and other textiles in bed either.
- This also applies to so-called bed snakes or bed frames. There is no evidence that they reduce the risk of injury to babies. On the contrary, they represent more of a risk.
- The mattress should fit exactly into the crib and fill the corners as seamlessly as possible – if more than two fingers fit between the frame and the mattress, it is too small.
- Height-adjustable baby beds should reach a maximum of 60, 70 cm below the lattice’s top edge and be adjusted, i.e., lowered, in step with the child’s growth.
- Day nurseries with lowerable rungs do not offer sufficient protection and should therefore be avoided.
Baby Cribs – Designs and Types
When choosing a baby cot that doesn’t bring both the baby and the parents to sleep, you should consider more than just visual and aesthetic aspects. Here are a few model suggestions, including practical information, to make the purchase of the day nursery a little easier:
Standard Baby Cots
An excellent solution that should have established itself as the most common model over the years. These baby cots are ideal, especially for parents who plan to have more than one child or travel little or move. They are durable and come in many different designs.
“Growing” Baby Beds
Such baby cots are great when you have to pay attention to your budget. Because they can be adapted to the age of the child and its needs. At least they are height-adjustable. Sometimes the rungs or lattice elements can be lowered or removed. Some of them can be converted to a junior bed so that a child can easily sleep in the same bed up to kindergarten age.
Cradles are a good alternative to a baby cot if you have little space in the bedroom and, above all, want to keep an eye on the offspring from the comfort of your bed. They can also be carried from the bedroom to the living room if that’s what you want. The rocking motion can also help the baby fall asleep. However, cradles should not be used beyond the age of 6 months.
Mini Baby Cots
Little space, small rooms? Then a mini-bed can be the solution. These models are also available, some of which are height-adjustable and/or with castors. So that they can be easily transported from room to room. However, babies grow very quickly, which is why the offspring will probably soon exceed the dimensions of this baby bed. But at the same time not be big enough for a crawling baby cot.