There are different options, almost as many as families, when itcomes to choosing the times and products for the babies’ rest time. We always have to bear in mind that each family and baby is completely different; that is why we do not mean to advise you when to put the baby in their own room or the baby care products to use, our intention is to provide you with an array of possibilities and information about them.
With mum and/or dad.
In recent years the practice of “co-sleeping” has become widely popular in its different options: directly in bed using a baby nest, or next to the bed, Moses basket or a bassinet, or directly a cot. The comfort when it comes to having visibility and access to the baby makes it a practical and safe option.
Baby nests can, and are often, used to lay the baby on our own bed or on other spaces, like a couch or sofa, and they are used as a complement.
The most common and practical option is the co-sleeping Mosesbasket or bassinet due to its versatility when moving it around the house. The usual measure is 80 x 50 cm and it is used for an average of six months.
An “economical” option since birth is the co-sleeping cot, being 120 x60 cm the common measure. Its main drawback however is that, generally, it cannot be used in other rooms different from the bedroom due to the average interior door width.
Our baby’s first bedroom.
As we said in the introduction, our intention is not to determine the times which will mark the baby path to his/her room. We have many options considering the main pieces of furniture whatever the choice of the cot. The most common items will be a chest of drawers, which is often used for changing babies too, and the wardrobe. Regarding cots, the three most popular ones are:
“Classical” cot, 90% of cots sold are the standard measure 120 x 60cm. The biggest advantage of this piece is that, because of its size, it can also be used in the parents’ bedroom. Although its homologation is often up to five years, it is the usual thing to move the baby to bed much earlier.
Maxicot or cot bed, Some brands offer this bigger possibility of 140 x70 cm. The main difference is that they are designed to be used as little beds without making an extra investment until, approximately, age seven.
Convertible crib, Many families see in this option the possibility of having a long-term bedroom, since it covers three stages: as maxicot(140 x 70 cm), then as little bed (140 x 70 cm) without banister, and finally a 190 x 90 cm bed plus bedsides, desk and, depending on the version, drawers or trundle bed.
Accesories and textils
As additional information, in the selection of the exposed items we also have to consider the choice of the most suitable mattress among the different options, as well as all the necessary textiles to dress the cots, bedspreads, protectors, sheets and the different decorative accessories.