Choosing a baby bed: 5 options to consider
One of the early decisions you will have to make in your journey of motherhood is where your baby will sleep. Many moms confess to buying the first product they can afford when they go baby shopping. We should make educated choices on the right type of bed for our baby today by taking into consideration other options before settling for the best thing you see. So today’s post will hopefully enlighten you…
Option 1: Baby cot / play pen
This type of bed has multiple functions.. Firstly, it as a changing station: where you can place the baby for diaper changes or creaming after a bath. It also has pockets at the side where you can keep baby cosmetics, diapers and anything you like.That alone deserves a thumbs up, with that you’ll never have to look for what you need, they’ll all be in one safe predictable place.
There are wheels at the bottom so you can wheel it around the house to wherever you are to keep an eye on your baby. The wheels also come with brakes to prevent any sudden movement by 3rd party(aka other children or siblings) it has a cot where the baby can sleep. And when baby gets older, you can take out the cot and use as a play pen where baby can play safely and still look around since the pen is net and transparent. Ideally you can just put your baby in it to play while you do your work around the house without worrying about what mischief shes getting into especially when they start crawling
On the other hand, the cot is not that deep: when your baby starts standing, the likelihood of climbing out or tumbling it over is high however ever your baby can only use it for so long before she outgrows it and considering the price, that’s almost a waste.
Speaking of prices, buying a new play pen /cot is quite expensive for the average mama, even the fairly used ones are not cheap either. Once your baby becomes mobile he/ she will dislike being placed in a pen it will begin to feel more like restraint rather than a play area. Personally i don’t like the restrictions it puts on babies I believe in freedom of movement and how much it helps babies.
Also placing your baby in and taking him out of a pen that deep is bound to put a strain on your back. A play pen is a bit on the big side if your apartment is a bit small, you’ll need all the space you can get, so having a big play pen occupying the place may not be the best idea
Option 2: Generic crib
This refers to those wooden light weight beds with bars on the sides. The image that pops into my mind when I hear the word crib. Its a longer lasting solution than the portable crib or play pen since your baby may likely sleep in it for as long as 2 years or if you’re lucky, three. But the at the initial stages not so much cause newborns love warmth and cuddles, so placing them in a spacious airy open crib is definitely not what baby wants and will cause you unnecessary sleepless night with baby waking up more frequently than otherwise for comfort nursing…. I’m no expert but that’s my honest opinion.
I had a couple of friends who bought a crib but rarely used it till the baby was about four to six months. Notwithstanding its a good investment especially if its your first baby.before your baby outgrows it in 3-4 years I’m sure some other little person will be needing the space
Option 3: Portable baby bed
This type of bed is prevalent in Nigeria. They are quite cheap, easily carried, and the choice of many mamas mostly because of the zip up net to keep out mosquitoes and other insects. Its small enough for a newborn and just the right size for a toddler, but its not the long term solution that you need because sooner rather than later you’ll be needing some other place for your baby to sleep most likely on or before he turns one. Worthy of note is the fact that they are built for newborns and younger babies not toddlers. Depending on the type you buy, most of them don’t offer enough padding on the inside for comfortable sleeping. It can be the perfect solution when you want to cut cost temporarily but a not good enough for the long term.
Option 4: Co-sleeper bed
Although all parents at some point will eventually bring their baby to the bed with them when they desperately need to get a good nights rest and will do anything to get the baby to stop crying. But a co-sleeper bed provides a better option especially for adults who are restless sleepers.This type of bed is better of constructed locally rather than bought because you will need to measure the height of your bed to correspond to that of your baby’s bed to get the right fit.
Co-sleeper bed is perfect for breastfeeding mothers in those early months of marathon nursing and nighttime sucks. A stress free option for moms because they don’t have to get up at night to pick the baby over from their crib to nurse. With a co-sleeper like this you can easily monitor your baby whenever you’re awake, and breastfeeding is as easy as rolling over. Your baby still enjoys the comfort of your presence and your baby’s face is right there for you to adore the moment you open your eyes. It takes into consideration the fact that children tend to sleep with their parents for a while before they get kicked out (around 4 years or so) It prevents accidents that could happen when restless sleepers stay with a baby in the same bed.As a plus,it gives a kind of semi privacy in case you want to get your groove on..what more could you possibly ask for?
Option 5: Convertible bed
The popular choice in America and other developed countries for good reasons too. Like the name implies it converts( that is changes) to suit your needs. Just imagine having 3 or 4 beds at the price of one. It starts out as a crib, with adjustable heights( when baby starts trying to climb out) and as the baby grows to a toddler, the side bars come off to become a toddler bed. And depending on the design you choose it can convert to a table or co-sleeper as well as a single bed for a teenager. Talk about wow!! This is definitely a permanent solution if there ever was any.
Getting a ready made convertible is a bit on the high side but to cut the cost you can get it constructed locally to the exact size and design you want. Don’t underestimate our local craft men, they are highly capable. In fact that’s exactly what I did for my baby I’ve posted below a picture of the original and the one I got constructed, there’s hardly a difference, in fact I got a drawer added underneath the bed that wasn’t there before(plus!!)
Personally,if I were to advice any mama that would be my choice
Other baby bed options
Moses basket or bassinet:
I like it majorly because of its aesthetic value, imagine how adorable your newborn would look in one of these, but for practically it wont last more than three to six months at most
Pram or stroller :
These come with
handles and bigger wheels to move your baby nicely when you’re outside, but who’s to say it can only be used outside? Many moms choose to set up a stroller inside the house ( if there’s enough space to move it around) and babies do like movement a lot but obviously its not a long term solution as your baby grows older it poses a safety hazard and would require constant monitoring for safe use
There you have it. All these beautiful bed for you to pick from, now you can make an educated choice that’s best for your baby. Still unsatisfied? Feel free to search for any of these beds on Google, for different designs and options to suit your tastes….until next time.