Good sleep is important for the growth and development of your baby. But how do you, as parents, ensure that your baby has a safe place to sleep? And do you opt for a crib or a cot? And when from crib to crib? These are all questions that we answer in this blog.
Crib or crib?
A crib is a safe place to sleep for your baby, but only for the first 3 to 6 months. You then switch from crib to crib. A crib is no longer safe when your baby is 6 months old. This is because your baby then becomes more mobile and can roll over and sit. He can then roll against the side or even fall out of the crib. You will also notice that the cradle simply becomes too small. A crib is a wonderful place for your baby to sleep in for the first few months. It gives the sheltered feeling of the womb. There are also cradles that you can put against your bed so that you can easily reach your baby, so-called co-sleepers.
When your baby has grown out of a crib, a cot is the safest sleeping place for your baby. This is because the sides consist of bars. Because the sides are not completely closed, your baby cannot become short of breath while turning when he or she comes to lie with his mouth and nose against the side wall. A cot is suitable until your baby is about 3 years old. So whether you choose a crib or let your baby sleep directly in a crib is entirely up to you.
When from crib to crib?
So you switch from crib to crib as soon as your baby is about 6 months old. Your baby is bigger by this time and can probably already roll over and sit. A crib or co-sleeper then becomes dangerous because your baby can fall out of the crib or, in the case of a co-sleeper, roll into the bed. When your baby is 6 months old, you switch to a crib. A cot can be adjusted in height so that you can use it until your baby is about 3 years old.
What should you pay attention to when purchasing a crib?
When you choose a crib, it is important to pay attention to the following points when purchasing the crib:
- Structure - Preference is given to a crib with bars or open weave structure, with a distance of 4.6 to 6.5 cm.
- Dimensions - A crib must be at least 27.5 cm deep and can be no more than 90 cm long.
- Bottom - The bed base of a crib should be flat and firm. Furthermore, it must be able to ventilate well, otherwise your baby can overheat.
- Mattress - The mattress should fit snugly in the crib. The space between the mattress and the side wall of the crib should be a maximum of one finger wide. It is also important that the mattress lies flat and does not curl up. Also, the mattress should not be too thick, otherwise your baby can sink into it with its face, which can pose a suffocation hazard.
- Upholstery - Use a mattress protector with a ventilating top layer. Also make sure that all bedding is properly secured.
What should you pay attention to when purchasing a cot?
When switching from crib to crib, you should pay attention to the following things:
- Size - It is important that the crib is not too small for your baby. For sufficient room to move, the cot must be at least 55 cm wide, and there must be at least 20 cm of play in the length. You measure this from your baby's head.
- Finish - Of course you don't want your baby to be able to get hurt. It is then important to ensure that the finish of the cot is splinter-free and smooth. Protruding (button-shaped) parts are also not recommended, because your baby can get caught on them.
- Bottom - A slatted base is recommended for the best ventilation. Your baby cannot overheat while sleeping. Furthermore, the bottom must be adjustable, so that you do not have to bend too far and your baby does not fall out later. In the lowest position, the side walls must be at least 55 cm high. In the highest position, this distance must be at least 20 cm.
- Mattress - It is important for the mattress that it fits well in the cot and that the mattress does not curl up. In principle, the thickness of the mattress does not matter, but make sure that it is not too thick. Your baby could then sink face down into it, which could be a choking hazard.
- Side walls - The side walls must be at least 60 cm high. Measured from the bed base.
- Bars - The bars should be 4.5 to 6.5 cm apart. The bars must also extend to the bottom.
Prevent accidents in a crib or cot
When changing from a crib to a crib, it's important to avoid accidents. Therefore, do not place pillows or cuddly toys in a crib or cot anyway. Your baby can then become short of breath if he or she rolls against it. Furthermore, the following things are important when your baby changes from crib to crib:
- Make the bed properly. You do this by making the bed short and tight. It is important that your baby lies with his or her feet only a short distance from the foot of the bed.
- Place the cot away from a window. When your baby is a little older, he or she can climb from the cot into the window sill and possibly fall.
- Do not place the cot near curtains, cords or cords. Your baby can get stuck in it and become short of breath.
Rent a co-sleeper?
So you switch from co-sleeper to crib when your baby is about 6 months old. Because you only use a crib or co-sleeper for such a short time, it can be interesting to rent it. Renting not only saves costs, but is also a sustainable alternative. At Tiny Library you can rent various co-sleepers and cradles:
- Co-sleeper Bednest - The bednest is a co-sleeper and crib in one. You can also use it as a moses basket and as a travel cot. You set it up in just 20 seconds, it is easy to fold and it is made of high-quality beech wood. The Bednest can be adjusted in height up to 72 cm. You can rent it from €35 per month.
- Chicco Next2Me Magic - You can also use this co-sleeper as a cradle. It fits on any bed and it can be placed in 4 different positions and it has a rocking position. You can rent it from €25 per month.
- Cradle / co-sleeper white wood - This cradle can also be used as a co-sleeper. It is suitable to place next to a box spring and it is adjustable in height. You can also easily open the gate with one hand. This co-sleeper can be rented from €22.50 per month. When you switch from co-sleeper to crib is completely up to you, as long as you make sure that when your child can roll or sit that you switch to a crib.
View all co-sleepers and cots in the range here .
What our customers say about Tiny Library:
“Very handy that this service exists! We rented a co-sleeper (it looked like new!), after 5 weeks our daughter was ready for her cot so the co-sleeper was no longer necessary. Renting is much cheaper this way and we don't have to store it anywhere now.”
Why rent baby products from Tiny Library?
- Reliable service – The products are professionally cleaned and checked.
- Top brands for a low monthly fee – Save up to 70% on the new price of the product.
- A better world for your baby – By renting you contribute to a more sustainable future.
At Tiny Library you can easily rent your layette. Safe, sustainable and often cheaper than purchasing new products. Curious about all products? You can find them here .
Read more about the benefits of renting, see these blogs:
- Advantages of a co-sleeper
- Renting a layette: 4x answers to your concerns
- Sustainable alternative: rent your baby equipment
At Tiny Library you can easily rent your layette. Safe, sustainable and often cheaper than purchasing new products. Curious about all products? You find them here .