A baby can sleep pretty much anywhere, right? You’ve seen them fall asleep sitting up, they’ll snooze happily on a parent’s back as they walk through a noisy mall, and their brothers and sisters can fight in the back seat of the car right over them and they’ll sleep right through it. Still, a baby bed is a necessity and creating bedtime routines is vital for better sleep. So what should you choose for your family: co-sleeper, Moses basket, bassinet or crib? It’s different for every family, so it’s wise to do a little research before you make any big investments. And to make it a little easier for you, today we’re sharing some of the pros and cons of each option.
- Pros- The Co-sleeper is a versatile baby bed that’s a cross between a bassinet and having your baby sleep right in the same bed with you. They come in many different styles, but usually they look similar to a three sided bassinet that attaches to your bed so that your baby is sleeping right next to you, but you both have your own space. This is great for many reasons: a mother can feed the baby at night without having to get up, the parents can feel that close connection of the baby being near to them, and there aren’t the safety concerns of having the baby sleep in the same bed. This is a wonderful option for parents that are interested in co-sleeping but have concerns about either keeping the baby awake by the adult rolling around or vice-versa. Another good thing about the co-sleeper is that many of them have a fourth side that comes up so that it can be moved around like a bassinet.
- Cons – One of the main drawbacks of the co-sleeper is that it’s tough to navigate around for getting in and out of bed. This might wake up either the baby or a spouse if you need to get up at night. You might also just get tired of having to get in and out of bed everyday this way. If this is a concern to you, you might want to look into one of the smaller co-sleepers since some of them can be almost as large as a crib.
- Pros– A great thing about the Moses Basket is that it’s easy to move around the house throughout the day so that you can keep an eye on your baby while it is sleeping and you want to do some other things. It is light and small enough so that the baby stays snug and cozy. It is also very simple with an ancient design that goes a long way back which is nice in this world full of gadgets and plastic. Also, You will probably keep it forever since it would have innumerable uses after your baby has grown out of it.
- Cons– Because it is so small and the sides are not very sturdy it is only safe for babies up to about two to three months. Babies can easily fall out and injure themselves after they have outgrown the Moses Basket. Also there have been injuries in the past when the baby was too heavy for the basket and a handle broke. Another safety hazard,(but this is for all the places your baby sleeps), is putting extra bedding, pillows, or stuffed animals in the Moses Basket with the baby which can cause suffocation. The Moses basket might not be a great option also if you have pets or a toddler that might disturb the baby since it sits on the floor.
- Pros – A bassinet is a portable baby bed that is sturdier than a Moses Blanket and is also higher off the ground. It is a nice cozy size for a newborn that might look tiny in a full sized crib. This also means that it can be moved from room to room but it could be a little heavy so you probably won’t be carrying it around all day. A nice thing about a bassinet is that it would be easy to move close to your bed so that your baby is sleeping very close to you. This is helpful for late night feedings and trying to comfort your baby back to sleep.
- Cons – Just like with the Moses basket your baby will outgrow this pretty quickly. A bassinet is only recommended for children up to four or five months. You should also avoid models that have an automatic rocking motion because babies have rolled against the sides and suffocated.
- Pros – The crib is the largest of the baby beds and is the one that many babies will spend a lot of time in. Since they are larger, children can sleep in a crib till they are two or three years old. That means that this is a piece of furniture that will get a lot of use so make sure you pick one that is sturdy! A great thing about cribs is their versatility. The mattress is often adjustable height-wise so when you have it raised it is easier to lean in and pick up a newborn. When the child gets taller, is standing up, and could possibly fall out you can lower the mattress. Some cribs transition into toddler beds which means that this bed could work well for your child for five years!
- Cons – The size of the crib means that you probably won’t be moving it much so you need to make sure that the one you buy is something you want to own for a long time. Also, If your baby is always going to be sleeping in it you won’t be able to keep an eye on him while you are not in the room. This is what baby monitors are for but it is something to think about.
There’s no right or wrong, so just find what works best for your family!
Do you have any tips or questions about co-sleepers, Moses baskets, bassinets, or cibs? Let us know in the comments!