3 Practical Tips for Buying a Baby Bedside Cot
A bedside cot for your baby is the best solution to keep your baby near you at night and having a great peace of mind. Latest ‘safe sleep’ recommendations state that babies should be kept in the same room as that of parents for the first 6 months so as to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). However the safe sleep organizations don’t recommend to make baby sleep in the same bed as parents’. And here the bedside cot or cosleeping bassinet comes into picture. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right one for you and your precious little one.
A baby bedside cot is aimed to allow baby to sleep right next to the parents’ bed but still have a separate space for her to sleep.
1. A Bedside Sleeper
A bedside sleeper is a bassinet that can be attached to the side of the parents’ bed. Typically, its one side is lower than others so as to enable parents to easily access the baby at night. The lower side may act as a short barrier between the two sleep spaces or it can be adjusted so that the two sleep spaces remain at the same level.
2. Ensure Safety
Some bedside cots have been found to cause baby to drop in a cavity between two mattresses or else cause entrapment or even suffocation. Therefore you should first check the safety standards followed while manufacturing the baby bed. If you are considering to buy play yards that can also work as a bedside sleeper, ensure they meet the safety standards. Academies of pediatrics don’t recommend these bedside sleepers because they can cause entrapment or strangulation. They recommend a cot, crib or cradle next to your bed instead.
3. Choosing a Bedside Sleeper
While choosing a bedside sleeper, it should be checked carefully which mechanism has been used to hold the sleeper to the parents’ bed. Check whether there are chances for it to slide away forming a gap.
Check also the mattress supports if they are sturdy enough and won’t make the mattress sag or dip. Check the weight limits and age recommendations provided by the manufacturer.
Once your baby starts sitting up, rolling over or crawling, bedside sleeper won’t be safer to use. Usually babies learn these skills at the age of 3 to 4 months. Therefore consider this while buying and decide how much to spend.
Your little one is your treasure and you want to do everything for his comfort. Choose the right bed for him and make sure he has the sweetest sleep.