Choosing Best Bassinets and Cribs

Bassinets and Cribs

Bassinets and Cribs – a lot of parents are confused about whether their baby should sleep in them. But let’s face it, if you are going to be a breastfeeding Mom, YOU are going to be the one who gets up in the middle of the night to feed Baby. It might be worth it to buy a bassinet or a bedside crib so that Baby is close at hand. You’ll thank yourself for it, especially at 3 AM!

Bassinets are smaller than cribs and usually have mesh sides that allow air to circulate around the baby while they sleep, which helps prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). They’re also portable and easy to move around the house if you’re traveling with your little one. Bassinets are also generally cheaper than cribs. However, some babies can outgrow a bassinet after just a few months of use—making it not very practical for long-term use. Some parents also find it difficult to reach over the side of the bassinet to tend to their baby during the night. And while they may look cute, they’re not always practical when it comes to storage space!

So what about cribs? While there are some drawbacks (they take up more space), they do offer more flexibility than bassinets. Cribs typically last for years longer than bassinets do and often come with slats that help prevent entrapment between them if your child gets stuck between them while sleeping—something that’s not possible with a bassinet. Cribs are also safer because they’re low to the ground and can be moved around easily, making it easier for parents to tend to their baby during the night without worrying about falling over or tripping. Let’s talk about them in more details.

Choosing Best Bassinets and Cribs – About Bassinets

A bassinet is a small bed that is somewhat portable. You can move it from room to room. Bassinets are smaller and more cozy than full-size cribs, so some babies find it more comfortable. With respect to breastfeeding, you can have the bassinet beside your bed so that when he is hungry at night, you don’t have to trek to another room to get him.

Very simple bassinets are sometimes called Moses baskets. These are similar to picnic baskets and you can bring them with you when you are visiting friends. Other bassinets are ornate and may come with mobiles, ruffles, a canopy, and may rock or vibrate. Bassinets can be as cheap as $50 but can also go up to $200.

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BASSINET PROS:

-Bassinets are small and portable, so you can take them with you when you travel or visit friends and family.

-They’re also easy to set up and take down, so if you only have a short time for naps (or if your baby only naps for short periods of time), it can be easier to use a bassinet than a crib.

BASSINET CONS:

-They don’t have as much room as cribs do—so if your baby is growing fast (or if you want to give them plenty of room) this may not be the best choice for them.

Bassinets only work with small babies under 4 months old. When your baby learns to roll over, he will no longer be safe in a bassinet because it can tip over. You will have to put him in a crib or into a bedside crib.

Cribs

Cribs have been around for over 100 years, and they’re still used to this day by most parents. Some of the advantages of using a crib include:

– It allows your baby to sleep safely in their own space

– It keeps them from rolling out of bed or getting hurt from bumping into things

– It gives you peace of mind knowing that your baby is safe

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However, there are some disadvantages to using a crib as well:

– Babies tend to be more comfortable sleeping on their back, so if yours likes to sleep on their stomach or side (which is perfectly fine), they might not feel comfortable in a crib right away. This could lead them to cry more frequently than usual when they’re first trying out sleeping in the crib.

– If your baby has any breathing issues or allergies that make it difficult for them to breathe while laying flat on their back, then putting them in a crib could cause problems with breathing and may even lead to death!

Bedside cribs

Bedside Cribs

Bedside cribs (also called co-sleepers) are probably one of those inventions that Mom’s love. These are small cribs that can be placed right beside a regular adult bed. This arrangement allows Baby to sleep “right beside” you and have his own sleeping space.

Bedside crib allows you to breastfeed your baby without having to walk across the room (or hallway) to get your baby. This makes for easy access when it comes to night time feedings! Some bedside cribs can be converted to a changing table, or to a playpen. Most bedside cribs are not full fledged cribs, so your baby will need to be placed in a crib when he is mobile and can climb. On a rare occasion you may find a bedside crib designed more sturdily and can be converted into a small, stand alone bed. Bedside cribs are $150+.

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Some studies have shown that babies are more likely to die of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death) when they sleep in an adult bed. This may be because: an adult rolls over the baby; or the baby is entangled in the blankets; or the baby is wedged between the mattress and headboard.
On the other hand, world-wide studies suggest that having Baby sleep with the parents decreases the chances of SIDS. So what’s the right answer? Well, we don’t know.

But, a bedside crib will allow you to sleep right beside your baby AND give him own space so he has a safe co-sleeping environment.

Bassinets and Cribs – What’s best for your baby?

It depends on their age! If your little one is still an infant (less than 6 months), then we recommend using a baby swing rather than a bassinet or crib. Swings are safer for newborns because they offer more support than other types of beds do—and if something happens (like rolling over), then it is less likely that they will be injured or fall out of the swing. If your baby is older than 6 months and no longer needs a swing, then it’s time to start looking at bassinets and cribs! They both offer plenty of space for your little one to sleep comfortably—and they can be easily moved from room to room so that you don’t have to worry about waking up when they do.

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