Do You Need a Bassinet?
So, you barely see your hoo-ha which means you are in the nesting stage of pregnancy and right there, on the top of your newborn baby gear list is the impending question: “Where will the baby sleep?”
OK, it may not be a question and it may be surrounded by clumsily scribbled pink or blue hearts (depending on the gender of the baby).
I hate to break it to you at the beginning but, whichever of the below newborn baby sleeping options you choose, it won’t guarantee you your newborn will actually sleep in it.
Unless you count 20-minute eye-closed periods followed by 45-minute periods of you trying to put the baby back to sleep as sleeping.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “My baby will be different”, “My baby will sleep through the night from day 1”, and “I won’t have baby sleeping issue”. Wait… Do you hear that sound?
1. A Floor Bed
It’s the sound of hundreds of thousands of sleep-deprived parents laughing so hard that they even forgot for a second how freaking hard it is to deal with the endless stages of sleep regression their babies go through. But I digress.
With so many newborn baby sleeping options on the market, it’s totally understandable that you approach this matter with caution and, let’s face it, fear. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
Safe Sleep Guidelines for Babies
We’ve listed our top 6 of the best newborn baby sleeping options you can choose from so you can be sure your purchase will be based on a well-informed decision:
Undoubtedly, the crib is by far the most often chosen newborn baby sleeping option by parents from all over the world.
With so many styles to choose from, it’s easily understandable why parents love it!
You should also check out: Tips for Picking out the Perfect Crib – Buyer’s Guide
Basically a tinier sibling of the crib, the bassinet is another popular newborn baby sleeping option.
Much similar to a bassinet than to a crib, a cradle is relatively smaller than a crib.
Unlike a bassinet, though, it features a relaxing rocking motion that helps putting your baby to sleep.
With the increased risk of SIDS co-sleeping is associated with, more and more parents choose the so-called co-sleeper. It is a great option for parents who are fond of attachment parenting and who want to feel their baby as close to them as possible without risking the baby’s safety.
The Play Yard
Also known as Pack-n-play, the play yard is popular among parents on a tighter budget who want a safe, yet portable sleeping solution for their baby that also doubles as a play pen.
The Baby Swing
A must for any new parent’s house, the baby swing is compact, comes in different price ranges, and doubles both as a baby soother and as a baby entertainer.
OK, it’s not a sleeping option per se, but anything that helps soothe the baby and makes it easier for him to fall to sleep deserves our applause.
You should also check out: How to choose the best baby swing – the ultimate buying guide
- You can find a crib that can fit the size and style of any nursery room (or bedroom, for that matter).
There are so many designs to choose from, from classic to modern and everything in between, that it’s impossible to not find a model that will steal your heart (and your money).
- The cage-like design of baby cribs makes sure your little bundle of joy cannot accidentally roll over and fall in their sleep, making it one of the safest sleep choices for your baby.
- It is one of the few baby sleeping options with less need to upgrade, so it’s one of the best long-term investments in baby gear.
Do not be afraid of the price tag on this, it’s worth every penny.
- You can convert it to a toddler bed. No need to perform another online research for toddler beds in the near future!
- It takes up a lot of space.
Finding the Best Baby Bed for Travel
If you live in a smaller house or apartment, it’s not the best option for you.
- It can be much more expensive than some of the other newborn baby sleeping options listed below. If you are on a tight budget, there are way cheaper options on the market of baby sleeping gear for you.
- It’s not portable – once you assemble it (yeah, good luck with that), it should stay where it is. This will, at times, literally make you want to throw it out the window.
- It’s portable!
Yes, you can move it with you around the house, making sure your baby is always in sight. That’s a huge advantage, especially for first-time moms who are constantly neurotically checking if the baby is still breathing.
- It will fit in even the tiniest apartment. If you want to save each inch of space you can from your pre-baby apartment (hint: mission impossible), a bassinet is a good solution.
It takes up a lot less space than a crib, for example.
- The baby will outgrow it in a blink of an eye.
When Do You Need a Bassinet?
You bring your newborn baby home and he is oh, so tiny… All his newborn clothes look huge on him and he fits so snuggly in his beautiful bassinet. The next day you are wondering who stole your newborn’s clothes and changed them with these tiny pieces of clothing that can no longer go through the baby’s head.
So, you find yourself searching for baby sleeping options. Again.
- Did I mention its weight limits and the fact that it’s only good for the newborn’s first few months?
- The rocking motion, as you will very soon become aware of, does wonders to fussy babies. Fortunately, there’s a myriad of cradle models out there, beating each other with fancier and fancier rocking motions like side to side, head to toe, glider-style, etc.
- The rocking motion may help the baby roll over, which significantly increases the risk of SIDS, so a locking wheels feature is advisory if you want to eliminate this risk.
- They are too small and babies outgrow them really quickly.
When this happens, you have no choice but to go baby gear shopping again.
- Unless your cradle has a locking position both for the wheels and for the rocking motion, you cannot leave your baby there unattended.
- It naturally encourages breastfeeding as it makes nighttime nursing WAY more convenient.
- Irreplaceable if you’ve had a C-section.
As you’ve probably heard, post C-section pains are not a joke.
A co-sleeper will immensely help you in your countless night shifts feeding and calming the baby.
- Most models have locking wheels and a removable drop side which easily turns the co-sleeper to a bassinet, making it easy for you to move the baby with you from one room to the other without the need to disturb their sleep.
- You’ll very soon have to wave it goodbye.
Just like the bassinet, the co- sleeper’s main downside is its short life span.
- Many parents are still concerned if the co-sleeper they’ve chosen is among the safe co-sleeping options. Hint: Avoid any in-bed co-sleepers that claim they meet the safety standards as AAP advises against using any co-sleeper that promotes bed sharing.
- Most play yards feature breathable mesh sides – this makes it easier to supervise the sleeping baby without getting out of your bed (if it’s in the same room you’re sleeping in, of course).
- It’s great for parents who love travelling – it’s so easy to just pack it and take it with you when you sleep over at your parents’ house or when you go on vacation.
Where Should Baby Sleep?
Most models easily fit into a small travel bag so baby’s comfort on the go is guaranteed!
- It doubles as a play pen. There’s no need to buy a crib plus a play pen as the play yard serves both purposes.
Throw in some toys and the baby bed turns into a safe playground for your baby so you can finally have a few minutes to yourself.
- Have you seen the price tag on this?
It costs just a fraction of the price you’d have to pay for a crib!
- Your baby will outgrow it faster than you think.
Relatively smaller in size than a regular crib, the play yard is only a temporary solution to your baby sleeping place problem.
- There’s no way a play yard will fit your classically decorated nursery room. Just forget about it.
- It gets your hands free when the baby wants to be rocked to sleep; which happens way more often than you’re willing to admit.
- No, I mean it. You can actually get the baby off your hands when he (again) has difficulties falling to sleep.
- It’s not appropriate for newborns (unless it has a fully-reclined position).
- It’s not appropriate for night’s sleep (experts advise that an hour or less of napping in a baby swing a day is OK).