Baby Beds is an extremely important part of any nursery. They play an essential role in keeping baby safe, comfortable and happy. There are many different types of baby beds available, ranging from the traditional baby crib, to convertible cribs. But which one is the right choice for your baby? The following brief guide provides some basic information on the differences between these different types of bed.
Traditional bedside cribs secure to the metal frame of your bedroom on one side, giving you and your little one a more or less permanent sleeping position, but not Sharing a bed or sleeping on the same bed. By using two beds you get the benefit of sleeping close together, still giving you and your baby with their own personal space and independence. You both can maximise the benefits that proximity offers, whilst minimising the potential risks entailed in actual bed sharing. In fact, this style of baby bed may even be a preferred option where your little one is at a younger age where they might require more independence, where security is an issue and where there is no alternative arrangement for sleeping.
A bedside crib is constructed in a similar way to a traditional baby bed, with most manufacturers using high quality materials and utilising state of the art design and technology to provide a secure and comfortable sleeping environment. As with any bedding or mattress products, there are several key features to look for when making your purchase. These include; the safety standard, mattress type, mattress size and depth, cup type, headboard and footboard design and of course the price!
The safety standard refers to how the product meets the requirements set out by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Most importantly, this means that the bedside crib meets certain safety requirements, such as having a mattress that meets the JPMA's Standard of Sleep Safety (SOS). It should also be made from a material that is completely breathable, meaning that air and moisture will be excluded. This is especially important for a little one who has a tendency to wriggle around in bed and make a lot of noise!
Mattress type is another key feature to bear in mind when purchasing your bedside crib. Most come with either; twin, full and queen, although cribs with a side panel do have the capacity to convert into a toddler bed and can therefore easily be used as a number of separate beds. Bear in mind the age and size of your child when making your purchase and ensure that the mattress can grow with them. Younger children will require a thicker mattress and larger amounts of firmness as they sleep through the night.
A full-sized bedside crib will sleep up to four children comfortably; twin-sized beds will comfortably fit three children and a full sized bed will comfortably fit two children. If you are expecting twins or more children, you will need to purchase a side by side crib to ensure that each child gets individual attention. Side by side beds tend to be a little wider than a full sized bed and therefore will not be a good choice for a twin or a close friend. However, if you are looking for individual attention and a cosy sleeping area, then a side by side bed may be perfect.
Once you have selected the ideal bed for your baby, you will be pleased to know that most full size bedside cribs will convert into toddler beds, making them suitable for sleepovers and naps. As your baby grows, these beds will convert into junior sizes, providing comfortable sleeping conditions for children of all ages. Some parents choose to buy a separate cot for their twins or for each child sleeping in the same room – this is certainly a sensible option. Just ensure that whichever mattress you select offers a comfortable support system to prevent sagging or flattening during the growing years. Bear in mind that the mattress you select should allow you to move your child's legs freely and that the mattress is firm enough to prevent serious back problems in the future.
Although some parents might like to spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on an ideal full size bedside crib, it is definitely worth considering the cons of this popular trend. The price is certainly a compelling factor and can lead to sticker shock when the item you are buying becomes useless after just a few months. However, the disadvantages of buying this style of furniture are plentiful and many parents see it as an indulgent lifestyle choice that they will not persist in. It is important to understand that children grow up and eventually leave home to go off to college and university. Choosing a bed for your youngster is simply a practical choice until you have time to buy a similar style of furniture for your own children.