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What you need to know about cribs and cradles

Preparing your baby's nursery: Cribs and cradles

What you need to know about cribs and cradles

Preparing your baby's nursery: Cribs and cradles

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A crib (or cradle) is the ideal first bed for a newborn, and can be more cosy and welcoming than a full-sized cot. They are often slightly larger in size than a Moses basket, and can be used for the first four to six months of your baby’s life.

What to look for

Cribs are usually wooden, but some newer models have metal frames. You can choose between swinging and static cribs.

A swinging crib is useful for rocking your baby to sleep, just make sure that it can be locked into a static mode too for when your baby would like to be still! You can also buy cribs that resemble hammocks, whose swaying motion is especially good for soothing very fractious babies.

Stability is a key factor for your crib or cradle. If you have put the crib or cradle together yourself, give it a good shake to check its sturdiness. A correctly-fitting mattress is important, too. Check there’s no gaps between the crib and the mattress.

Need to know

Make sure you choose a safe part of the room to place your baby’s crib. Place it away from windows and loose blind cords. Any wires in the room from your baby monitor for example, should be moved away from the crib. Once your baby starts to try and sit up, or is rolling with confidence, you’ll need to move them to a high sided cot for safety reasons. Bumpers and quilts are often sold as part of a crib bedding set, but these are being discouraged now as they have been related to a rise in the risk of infant deaths and injuries.

Checklist

  • You can choose between a static or rocking crib
  • Make sure the mattress fits correctly
  • Never use a crib once your baby starts to move, roll over or sit up

What you need to know about cribs and cradles