In choosing a baby bed, besides the comfort factor, it must also be considered baby safety factor. Many cases of babies have been injured due to falling from the bed, poisoning due to bedding materials and various other cases that can pose a danger to the baby associated with this baby bed. In addition, it must also be considered whether the baby will sleep with you until it is independent? Or be placed in a bed from birth? Is it placed in a special room? In addition, it must be considered regarding relationships with other family members (if any), for example with their siblings and other factors you need to pay attention to.
Babies Sleep With Parents
The advantage of babies sleeping with their parents in one bed is that the baby will be well monitored and parents can meet the baby’s needs quickly. But also be careful, when the parents are sleeping soundly, don’t let the baby be pinched or maybe crushed by the parents’ hands.
If the baby will sleep with you until it is quite independent, then choose a special baby bed without legs that can be placed in the middle of the parent’s bed. Thus, the baby will still feel comfortable and at the same time get warmth from both parents. Nowadays there are many choices for places sleeping baby which can be stored on the parents’ mattress starting from the mattress, the mosquito net mattress to the complete with toys.
Babies Sleep Separately From Parents
Many parents choose babies to be placed in separate rooms from their parents. This of course has the advantage that children will get used to being independent from an early age, besides that parents will be free when sleeping.
The baby’s room has a baby monitor installed, so that if the baby cries, the parents can hear it from the room, besides that the baby monitor can also see what condition the baby is doing. The disadvantage is that parents need a period of time to fulfill their baby’s needs. In addition, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is caused by a baby forgetting to breathe, often occurs. Even though there is a monitor, the absolute supervision of the baby is still in the hands of the parents, not on the monitor.
The best solution so that babies can be independent from an early age, parents remain free when sleeping, but have a good level of security is to keep the baby in his own bed, but the bed is located in the same parent’s room. This is a solution that is both fun and safe. But don’t forget to clean your parents’ room from cigarettes, alcohol or drugs.
Selection of Baby Cots
The following are some tips you can do in choosing a baby cot, so that your baby can have a comfortable but also safe bed.
- Choose a cot where there is no pull-out door or no open side. This keeps the baby from opening on its own later.
- Choose a baby cot from stainless, not iron. It is feared that iron will experience rust, and of course iron rust material is dangerous for the safety of babies. Choose a baby cot with the right size for the baby’s age. Do not be too broad, because this will take up the room and not too narrow because this can stress the baby.
- Try to expand the bed. This means that baby cots can be changed in terms of size according to the age of the baby. This is quite important, because expandable baby cots are one of the characteristics or features of a quality baby cot. Of course this will also save your costs, because you no longer need to buy a baby cot when your baby grows bigger.
- Choose a baby cot that has wheeled legs, this is useful for parents because it is easier to move the cot, but make sure that the wheeled foot of the bed has a strong lock, to prevent the cot from rolling by itself without the parents’ knowledge.
- Make sure that the bed has a storage area to make it easier for parents to take baby equipment, such as extra blankets, baby diapers, etc. This is related to your efficiency as a parent.
- Choose a baby cot that can be adjusted for the position of the mattress. While still a new baby a few weeks old is born, the position of the mattress can be set higher, but when the baby is able to sit, the position of the baby’s mattress can be lowered, and when the baby is able to stand, the position of the mattress can be lowered even further.
- Choose a mosquito net with a length that exceeds the bag or crib, and pinch the bottom of the mosquito net, this is so that the baby is really protected from mosquitoes.
- The safe distance of the bars is <6 cm, this is to prevent the baby from getting caught in the bars.
- In choosing a mattress, use a good quality mattress that can also be waterproof. But don’t choose a mattress that is too soft to reduce the SIDS syndrome, or the baby’s face is drowned because of it.
- The size of the baby’s mattress must not have a gap or distance from the cot, this is also to prevent the baby or his body from getting pinched. So, make sure the size of the mattress really fits the size of the baby cot.
- Use a blanket made of cotton, not too thin but not too thick, this is so that the baby can sleep comfortably. Cotton is good at absorbing baby sweat.
- Babies really enjoy one-way movement. So if possible, choose a baby cot that can be swung, so that the baby can sleep comfortably.
- Make sure the screws connecting the cot are firmly in place, and check this periodically. This is so that the crib can avoid being released by itself due to the baby’s activities.
- Keep cots away from power outlets or window blinds. So position the baby cot not too close to the window