Moses baskets, cribs and co-sleepers are designed for newborn babies to sleep in for the first few months. They provide cosy and reassuring confined space for your child.
Co-sleeping cots are becoming increasingly popular. They allow you to keep your baby close, while following the safe sleep guidelines.
Will you be happy to leave him in a bedroom on his own, or would a Moses basket that can be carried from room to room make you feel better? Cost may also be a factor. Moses baskets — the pro and cons A Moses basket is recommended for a baby up to months, though this can be longer, depending on the weight, length and mobility of your baby.
Once your baby starts to pull himself upright, a Moses basket is not a safe place.
Such a short lifespan can make it an expensive purchase if bought new. Separate dressings can cost more than buying a brand-new dressed basket.
One thing to remember when you do decide to make the move is that putting your child to bed will no longer mean being able to snatch five minutes' of peace and quiet. Keep to his usual bedtime routine as much as possible, and pile on the praise when he settles down in his brand new big bed.
FSID advises that if you use a Moses basket, ensure it only has a thin lining. Most baskets are woven from palm, though maize, cornhusk, and the more durable and expensive wicker are available, too. Carrying handles are a useful feature, enabling you to move the basket around the house so your baby is always close by.
Check that the handles are strong particularly when buying second-hand and meet in the middle so you can carry the basket with one hand and place the other underneath for support. You may, however, want to buy a separate stand that places the basket at a more convenient level next to the bed.
Rocking stands for Moses baskets are also available. Cribs — the pros and cons More spacious and expensive than a Moses basket, a crib has a slightly longer lifespan, lasting to about 6 months. This short life span means it can be an expensive outlay, unless you plan to use it for future children or sell on.
A crib is usually made of wood, either natural or painted, and may come flat-packed. A crib can have a rocking or gliding action, to help send your baby to sleep. Being larger than a Moses basket but smaller than a cot, a crib may give your baby a feeling of space but also security.
They allow you to keep your baby close, while following the NICE guidelines to have your baby in a separate crib or cot. Effectively, you're lying next to your baby, as the cot-side is down, but you're not sharing bed coverings.
This means you and your baby can maximise the breastfeeding and soothing benefits that proximity brings, while minimising the increased risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS that's associated with actual bedsharing. This is especially useful if you've had a difficult birth and find getting out of bed to feed painful. Co-sleepers attach to the side of your bed, so you can just reach over as opposed to getting up and walking anywhere.
Some also double up as a moses basket, giving you more sleeping options away from the bedside. We've got more safer sleeping options
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