Hush Now, Baby

Category: Newborns

A newborn baby spends around 16 and a half hours a day asleep so it makes perfect sense to spend on a good baby cot – one that is going to last.

WORDS MELISSA ESPECKERMAN

Your little one is on the way and it’s time to start shopping! One of the first things on your list should be getting your bub a good cot. After all, she is going to be spending a whole lot of hours in it.
The choices are endless and if you’re not sure where to start, read on, on what to look out for when choosing a cot for your baby.
While you may intend to have your baby sleep between mum and dad in the first few weeks, or even months, you will eventually need a b aby cotat some point as your baby grows. It also provides a safe place for your child to nap while you attend to chores around the house.
 

What to Look Out for

When it comes to choosing a cot, here are some pointers to take note of.
 

Keeping it Safe

  • Make sure that the cot meets safety standards.
  • Wheels on the cot should have safety locks on them.  
  • The mattress for the cot should fit snugly – you should not be able to slot more than two fingers side-by-side between the mattress and the sides of the cot.
  • Rails should not be more than two inches apart. This would not allow your baby to fall through

Toxic No-nos

  • To keep your little one safe, ensure that the paint is non-toxic. This applies to all nursery furniture.

The Convenience Factor

  • For that added convenience, it might be a good idea to look for a cot with adjustable mattress height. You can have the mattress higher when putting a newborn to sleep and have it lowered when your baby is more active.

Most babies will sleep in their crib until they are two or three years old, so it’s worthwhile investing in something that’s durable. You might even want to get a baby cot that can be converted into a small bed to accommodate your growing child.

Cot Bedding

To protect your precious one from bumping into the hard sides of the cot, it might be a good idea to line the crib with bumpers. And of course, you won’t be able to do without a few bed sheet sets (make that more than a few) because you’re definitely going to have to change sheets often.  


What to Look Out for

Shopping for bedding for your cot, take note of these pointers.

Fit it Right

  • The fitted sheet should have a tight fit around the mattress to prevent it from slipping off and bunching up around your baby.

A Word of Caution

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics have cautioned against using bumpers pads as they can pose a danger to your little one, causing suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. An option would be using a breathable mesh bumper instead.

Loose Ends

  • But if you do decide to opt for the traditional bumpers, ensure that they have ample straps to hold them in place firmly around the entire side of the cot. Trim off excess ends so that your baby won’t become entangled in them or chew them.
  • Do not place pillows, comforters, quilts and soft toys in the cot as these pose suffocation risks to babies.  

So when you’re out shopping for your baby’s cot, keep in mind that while design and budget play an important part in your decision, safety should be your primary concern.

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