Bringing a baby into the world is the most important and fulfilling thing a woman can do in her lifetime. The issue of health of course is top priority, but one shouldn’t neglect comfort as well. The all important decision of having a crib baby as opposed to a cradle baby for the first couple of months, we will leave up to you.
Let’s have a look as some of your options when it comes to sleep arrangements for your precious bundle of joy:
Of course having your baby sleep with you in the same room at first is totally up to you. Here you would either choose a cradle or a bassinet. Once your baby is a bit older to sleep on their own, you should invest in a good quality crib.
It will need to be sturdy enough to last and be attractive enough to please the eye. A crib will also need to be comfortable for your baby as the better rested the baby is, the better rested you will be. This short guide will give you a few tips and hints on what to look for when purchasing a crib.
The crib should be strong enough to take lots of tugging and pulling from your energetic baby. It should also be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Comfort should be a top priority when shopping for baby’s crib.
A good durable mattress is next on your list. Make sure it has optimum back support. A crib mattress must never be too soft and most importantly it must meet all the fire retardant regulations that are in place in your area. A good tip is to choose a crib that has the option for you to adjust the mattress as your baby grows.
There are many different types of mattresses available. You can decide between foam or coil. Both have good and bad qualities that your supplier will go into with you. Should you want to purchase a foam mattress, make sure to look out for one that has a heavy weight as well as high density. This will give you longer durability as baby becomes a toddler. Get a mattress that fits snug. It’s not wise to have one where baby could slip between the mattress and the crib. If you want to, you can also buy a specially designed mattress pad to protect the mattress from all sorts of mishaps.
Make sure your baby’s crib has been manufactured with slats that are no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart. This will ensure that your baby cannot squeeze his head through the slats and gets stuck.
Find a crib that has adjustable sides so that you can drop and pull them up when you need to.
A nice adage to the crib would be a musical mobile. This will entertain baby for long periods of time with different shapes and colors. Because after all, our goal is to have a happy crib baby who grows into a well adjusted toddler.