There's a lot to think about when you're planning to add a new baby to your family. One of the toughest choices is to decide where your baby is going to sleep. If you want a baby cradle, crib or a basin, a safe sleep is your top priority.
If you want a crib, let me affirm that you're in the right place. Here at Newton Kid, we're passionate about sleep protection to the kids. In this post, we'll go over what we need to look for when it comes to finding the best cradle; what the most important things are to keep your baby happy, relaxed and safe; and what should be in the crib with your little one.
Since the distinctions between cradles, basins, and cribs can be a little bit confusing, let's go there before we talk about choosing a cradle. Differences between Cribs, Bassinets and Cradles:
Cribs are what you would see in a nursery. They typically have wooden or metal slats on their sides and are wider than all basins and cradles. Since the cribs are tall, they're not made to move from room to room. But their size has one big advantage: it'll be years before your child grows out of their standard-sized crib!
Since babies are an investment for the first few years of your child's life, you want to concentrate on quality. Check to make sure the materials in your baby's crib are sturdy, clean, and durable.
Bassinets are smaller than cribs and built to travel quickly and fit into small spaces. They also have wheels, a hood or umbrella, and a mesh or a wicker side. Some of them are also fitted with technology that plays music or makes a basin rock. The pro of its small size is that the basin fits nicely in your bedroom, making it convenient for your baby to sleep in your room for the first few months.
Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for first few months of their lives, a pool could be a great choice if your master bedroom is space-stricken.
Even if your room is wide enough for a crib, you can be able to benefit from the portability of the basins. You should switch the basin around the house to keep your baby close by no matter the time of day or night.
Cradles typically have wooden slats on their sides and move or glide back and forth. They're similar to basins because they're a temporary bed for your infant, and they're usually more compact than a crib. The infant cradles are smaller than the crib, but they can be bigger than the basin.
Depending on the specifications, you may need to move the baby from the cradle to the crib when they're around 4 months old or when they start rolling. Things to see in a cradle before buying:
No matter what your child sleeps in, strive for breathability when it comes to the mattress as well as the sides of the cradle or crib. Most cradles have wooden slats on the sides that allow a good flow of air around your baby. If your cradle comes with a mattress, you can use it because it is made to fit perfectly into that particular cradle. But if it doesn't come with a mattress, you're going to have to buy your own.
Tip: Consider Newton Baby's breathable Crib Mattress when choosing a mattress for your baby's crib after their cradle!
Our Wovenaire Center is made of 90% air and 10% food grade polymer, making it much more breathable than organic mattresses.
2) Mattress fit
When we're talking about mattresses, you might want the mattress fits inside the cradle smoothly. While you don't have to push the mattress into the cradle to fit in, there shouldn't be a large gap between the inside of the baby cradle and the mattress. If the mattress is inside the crib, you should not be able to fit more than two fingers between the crib and the crib frame.
3) Avoid off-gassing
If you don't know about "off-gassing," you're probably not the only one. A lot of people don't know what it is, so it's going to happen in all our houses! Off-gassing is what occurs when processed products release chemicals and volatile organic compounds ( VOCs) into the air. Breathing in these chemicals can cause discomfort, health problems, and even severe illnesses.
If necessary, choose a cradle mattress with low chemical emissions. How do you know that? Look for a Greenguard Certificate.
The Greenguard Certification Program checks the chemical pollution of all kinds of items (not just mattresses!). This makes it easier for you as a consumer to know which goods have low chemical emissions and would not expose your family to VOCs.
Look no further than Newton's Crib Mattress when it comes to picking up a healthy crib mattress later! Our mattress is independently checked and accredited to the Greenguard Gold Standard for low chemical emissions.
4) Body of the cradle
Cribs are typically strong and long-lasting while bassinets & cradles on the other hand are usually made of rock or come with wheels or folding legs. Make sure the cradle you choose is sturdy enough that it doesn't tip over easily, even if you bang into it in the middle of the night. You can also check that the tie crib wheels are securely locked.
Though cribs are really nice for getting your kids to sleep, the rocking motion feature might be dangerous sometimes when your baby is rolling over.
So you must never leave your child un-attended and choose a crib which has a locking mechanism for their wheels.
5) Extra bedding
The best place for your child to sleep is on a strong mattress with a sheet and nothing else. It means without any extra bedding, no pillows, no crib bumpers, you get the idea. Bassinets and cradles also come with extra bedding. You don't want any of that infact. When your baby graduates to their crib, the same rule applies: only the mattress and the sheet fitted.
We don't want anything to threaten the child in the middle of the night. Extra bedding though it could look cute and more comfortable, it might possibly get your baby's breathing or moving while they're sleeping.
Our Breathable, Organic Cotton Sheets are lightweight and ideal for use with your baby's crib mattress. We've got you covered with mini mattress sheets as well as regular mattresses and four cute designs to match your nursery decor!
6) Staying away from small parts
For preventing choking hazards you better stay away from baby cradles with tiny parts that your baby might place in the mouth. You must also check for sharp or pointed bits particularly on the inside walls of the cradle where the kids reach is more easier.
A way to keep the choking hazards out of your baby’s bed? Do not put their baby cradle under the curtains, blinds, or strings that might find their way into it. This is where investing in a modern & high-quality cradle is also going to come in handy.
Vintage cradles can have rough or flaky exteriors often. You also want to make sure that the slats in the crib are smooth and have no chipping paint.
We don't want your precious little one to get hold of some pieces of wood or paint and unintentionally swallow them.
7) Simple setup
We've already discussed keeping those lovely blankets and stuffed animals out of your baby's crib, but it's vital that the cradle is kept simple, too. Things that could make your child fancy are typically not required. Waterbeds, cushioned inserts, or other products that emphasize safety comfort can be hazardous to your infant. Always opt for a better , safer alternative!
That means that the antique cradle you saw online, though cute, could be better avoided. Newer cradle models give priority to durable, sturdy materials and the protection of your little one. In addition, while they are sweet, headboards or footboards with decorative cut-outs should also be avoided. Your child's arms, legs, fingers, or toes may be stuck in the nooks and crannies. Choosing a cradle made with smooth materials that gives priority to safety over style is the best option for giving your little one the sound, safe sleep they'll need for years to come!
8) Safety should be your utmost priority
If you are putting your baby to sleep in a crib, cradle or a basin, there are some clear sleep protection guidelines which every parent must follow. We've already listed a couple of them, such as using a firm mattress and testing for the correct fit. Other guidelines shall include:
Putting your child to sleep on the back
Share your place, but not your bed, for at least the first six months.
At Newton Kid, the wellbeing of your precious little one's sleep is our highest priority. We want to give you the resources to help your child get the best night's sleep of their lives every night.