With newborn babies sleeping up to 20 hours a day, some of the most important items to buy are what they will sleep in and on.
There are several different types of bed, which you choose will depend on your preference, space and budget.
Moses baskets are suitable for babies up to about 4 months or when they are able to roll and lift themselves up. As newborns spend so much time sleeping, a Moses basket means you can easily move them to wherever you are in the house and they take up much less space. As they are relatively small in size, many find their baby is more comfortable than in the expanse of a cot. They can be used with a stand, some of which have curved frames, allowing you to rock your baby to sleep. Despite only being used for a short while, Moses baskets are still a beneficial purchase. When the time comes to move your child into a cot, many find placing the Moses basket in the cot makes the transition a lot easier.
Another option in your child's first months is a cradle, which are generally suitable up to 6 months. Cradles usually have a swinging motion which can be soothing for your child; it's a good idea to get one with a locking mechanism so you can also stop it from rocking. It's important to buy a cradle suitable for your baby's age and weight, once exceeded you must move them into a cot or cot bed.
Cots commonly fit either a standard or continental size mattress, the latter being a few centimetres wider. However sizes can still differ within these categories so it's important to know the exact measurements of the cot and mattress first. If you don't it is advisable to construct the cot before buying the mattress so you can measure accurately.
Most baby cots have height adjustable bases, usually with 2 or 3 options.
In the first few months the highest position is used to allow you to lift your baby in and out easily. As they grow and are able to pull themselves up you can lower the position to ensure they are safe in the cot and cannot get out.
Many also have drop sides, where one or both of the sides have a mechanism which enables you to lower it and reach your baby easily.
A cot bed is a cot that can be converted into a toddler bed by removing side and end panels. If space and budget allow they are a great way to get the most out of your cot and make the move from cot to bed as smooth as possible.
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