Good sleep is important for the growth and development of your baby. But how do you, as a parent, 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 becomes more mobile and can roll over and sit. He can then roll into the side or even fall out of the crib. You will also notice that the crib 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 reach your baby, so-called co-sleepers.
When your baby has outgrown a crib, a crib is the safest place to sleep for your baby. This is because the sides consist of bars. Because the sides are not completely closed, your baby cannot become breathless while turning when he or she rests 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 cot is completely up to you.
When from crib to cot?
So you switch from crib to crib once your baby is about 6 months old. Your baby is bigger around this time and can probably 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, can roll into the bed. So when your baby is 6 months old, you switch to a cot. A cot can be adjusted in height, so 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 an 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 maximum 90 cm long.
- Bottom - The bed base of a crib must be flat and firm. Furthermore, he must be able to ventilate well, otherwise your baby can overheat.
- Mattress - The mattress must 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 the face, which can be a choking hazard.
- Upholstery - Use a mattress protector with a ventilating top layer. Also make sure that all bedclothes are properly secured.
What should you pay attention to when purchasing a cot?
When changing from crib to crib you should pay attention to the following things:
- Size - It is important that the cot is not too small for your baby. For enough room to move, the cot must be at least 55 cm wide, and there must be at least 20 cm play in length. You measure this from the head of your baby.
- Finish - Of course you don't want your baby 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 can't overheat that while sleeping. The bottom must also be adjustable, so that you do not have to bend too deeply 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 should still 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 sink face down into it, which could pose a choking hazard.
- sidewalls - The side walls must be at least 60 cm high. Measured from the bed base.
- bars - The bars must have a distance of 4.5 to 6.5 cm. The bars must also extend to the bottom.
Prevent accidents in a crib or cot
If you from a crib to a crib it is important to avoid accidents. Therefore, do not place pillows or stuffed animals in a crib or bed in any case. Your baby can then become breathless 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 end.
- Place the cot away from a window. When your baby is a little older, he or she can climb from the cot into the windowsill and possibly fall.
- Do not place the cot near curtains, cords or cords. Your baby could get caught in it and become breathless.
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