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Melissa: Are you looking forward to rocking baby in a beautiful cradle or bassinet?
Ellie: Or perhaps you're considering a co-sleeper or portable crib?
Ellie & Melissa: Hi, we're Ellie and Melissa, the Baby Planners. Let's explore a newborn's sleeping options step by step. Shhhhh
Ellie & Melissa: A key advantage of cradles and bassinets – or even a Moses basket – is their small size and portability, allowing you to keep baby close during the day and especially at night.But bassinets, cradles and co-sleepers can only be used during the first months of baby's life.The purchase of a crib is still necessary – something to consider when creating a nursery wish list and budget.
Ellie: Safety guidelines for bassinets and cradles are entirely voluntary. Keeping baby safe is up to you.
Ellie & Melissa: Stay away from hand-me-down heirlooms – older models may not be safe;make sure wood or metal cradles have slats no more than two and 3/8 inches apart.;look for a sturdy bottom and wide base for stability;properly latch all locking devices – especially wheels – before use.Choose a cradle that doesn't rock too much – infants are dangerously at risk of being trapped against one side;NEVER move the cradle or bassinet with baby inside or leave your little one unattended in a rocking cradle;And stop using a cradle or bassinet immediately when baby first pushes up or rolls over – OR reaches the recommended maximum weight.Co-sleepers snuggle next to the bed, giving baby separate sleeping space while allowing easy access for nighttime breastfeeding.But do your research – specific safety standards have been established.Baby mattresses should be firm, but those in co-sleepers, cradles and bassinets are thin and sometimes soft so make sure the fit is tight.Remember, some studies link softer mattresses and loose bedding to sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
Ellie: Portable cribs are wonderful for travel but should never replace a regular crib at home.
Melissa: Look for lightweight, easy-to-carry models that are a snap to clean and operate –
Ellie: but durable enough to be carted from place to place.
Melissa: The pop-up-tent style can fit inside a suitcase.
Ellie: The play yard version must be checked as baggage.
Ellie & Melissa: Follow manufacturer's directions carefully when setting up and using a portable crib or play yard. Babies are at risk if top rails do not automatically lock when lifted to a normal-use position.Rotating hinges in the center of the top rail collapse. Rail covers and mesh siding have tears, holes or strings teething babies might chew on.Or drop sides of mesh baby cribs are left in the down position
Melissa: Deciding on the best bed for baby's nursery can be complicated.
Ellie: Take your time – going step by step will lead to a safe choice that lets everyone rest easy.
Ellie & Melissa: For WebMD, we're Ellie and Melissa, The Baby Planners.