It’s an exciting and wonderful time when it comes to planning your baby’s nursery, but when it comes to choosing the essential items such as a cot it can be quite hard to know which one to go for.
With so many lovely cots to choose from and so many designs available, how do you know which is perfect for you and your family and most importantly – a happy baby bedtime?
A Happy Baby Bedtime
From birth it’s advisable that your baby sleeps in your room for the first six months, so in the early days a crib like this one is advisable and practical, because you can move it around your home so that your baby is always near you. You’re likely to be up in the night so it’s far easier and safer to have your little close by.
When your little one is ready to move to a cot, I’d advise investing in a high quality cot bed.
A cot bed is a cot that adapts into a bed (by removing the sides) as your baby grows up and becomes a toddler, and it’s well worth investing in a cot-bed as it can last you from birth right up to five years!
In fact, this rather funky Story cot bed by Cosatto will last your little one until they are 5 years old! That’s pretty good value and pretty on the eye – the kind of baby buy I like!
When buying a cot-bed it essential you invest in a good quality mattress to go in it. Choose a mattress that’s firm, rather than soft, and that fits well in the cot with no gaps around the edges. This is very important as little hands and feet can become trapped if the mattress is ill-fitting.
It’s also important to mention here to always use a new mattress for a new baby. Even if your baby has a sibling, don’t be tempted to use their old mattress. The phrase I always tell parents is ‘new baby – new mattress.’
As well as considering the design and look of the cot-bed you choose, ensure it conforms to British Safety Standards (BseN716) like all Cosatto cots do. The regulations are there for a reason and they will help keep your baby safe!
Finally, don’t forget to measure the space where it will go – cot-beds are larger than cots so you may need a shuffle around in the nursery to ensure your choice of cot fits!
A Safe Baby Bedtime
From the fun side, to the more serious side of sleep – it’s all about making sure your little one is safe in their bed. With this in mind, always think about your little one’s temperature.
Ensure the cot isn’t near a radiator or sunny window as babies are less able to regulate their body temperature so may overheat quickly. This is one of the most common causes of night waking – but it can also put your baby at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Current guidelines (accessible through the previous link) suggest placing your baby on their back to sleep reduces the risk of SIDS.
If your baby is in a cot, make sure they can’t wriggle down under their blanket by putting them in the ‘feet to foot’ position with their feet at the bottom of the cot, rather than their head at the top.
By following these simple steps from The Lullaby Trust, you’ll be taking the most proactive measures you can to ensure your baby is sleeping as safely as possible:
• You should always place your baby on their back to sleep and not on their front or side – unless your doctor has advised you of a medical reason to do so.
• If your baby has rolled onto their tummy, you should turn them onto their back again.
• Once your baby can roll from back to front and back again, on their own, they can be left to find their own position.
The information isn’t intended to frighten you, it’s simply a guide to help you avoid the dangers associated with SIDS and essential that I mention them when talking about a happy baby bedtime.
Finally, whichever cot you choose for a happy baby bedtime – make sure it’s safe, comfortable and is right for you and your family!
Bi-line Fi Star-Stone is a blogger, broadcaster and author of ‘The Baby Bedtime Book’, she’s also the editor of Childcare is Fun – a parenting site that hosts the UK’s only award winning, FREE, parent advice service. Each week she receives and answers over 200 emails!
Fi is also a mum of two young children born less than a year apart. As an award winning Nanny and qualified Nursery Nurse with over 21 years experience in childcare, Fi’s career has covered many areas of the childcare sector. Her qualifications include two Diplomas (one in Nursery Nursing and one in Childhood Studies) and a Degree in Childhood and Youth studies.
Her book ‘The Baby Bedtime Book’ is a gentle sleep guide full of useful tips for a happy baby bedtime and available from Amazon here.