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Where should the newborn sleep? Crib or bassinet?

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The newborn baby at the beginning and for some months usually sleeps in a bassinet or cot. The bassinet should be located in the parent's room, as a safety measure. The idea is that by the third or fourth month the baby will go to the crib. Fresh out of mom's belly, babies are accustomed to the little place, to be all tight, that's why they prefer to sleep in small spaces.

Characteristics of the bassinet

Moses is the generic name used to call the place where the newborn will sleep. It can be made of wicker, it can be a cot type, or of various models. The important thing is that it is safe and stable.

It can be of medium size, neither too small nor too wide; to make sure it is comfortable for the baby.

For the bassinet to be safe it is important to take into account:

That the mattress is hard, the child does not sink in the central part (this serves to reduce the risks of sudden death)

That the foot of the bassinet is stable, it does not fall. If it is with wheels, it will facilitate the transfer of it. Find out more on the blog post by on best bassinet

How long is the bassinet?

The bassinet can be used until the child grows enough and does not have space; generally, its use is limited to the third or fourth month.

Today it is advised that babies stay in the parents' room for a longer time, up to 6 months at least or up to one year of age. In this way and being close to the mother, it becomes easier to breastfeed during the night, and it is a way to reduce the risks of sudden death.

These are recommendations that each family should evaluate. There are parents who cannot sleep because they are very aware of the baby; in that case, it is recommended to take the baby to their room before the aforementioned time.


The crib can also be used from the beginning or when the bassinet is too small for the baby. Usually, this happens around the third or fourth month, depending on the size of the baby and the bassinet.

There are different types of cradle:

Functional crib.

Simple small crib.

Large crib size: 1.40 x 80cm.

Travel crib.

To choose the type of crib, first, we must evaluate the space in the room where the baby will sleep, to avoid occupying the whole environment.

The functional or larger cribs will serve the baby longer since when the bars are removed they remain as a single bed.

Smaller cribs can be used if the environment is not very broad.

Travel cribs are usually a good option when the baby goes to the grandparents' house or on vacations. There are parents who also choose them as a permanent option for the baby's room; in this case, the ideal is to opt for those in which you can adjust the height of the mattress because it is very low.

Safety rules in cribs

The separation of the bars must be less than 6 cm so that the head of the baby does not pass.

The height of the bars should be approximately 50 cm.

It should not have protruding tips.

Verify that the paint in the cradle does not contain lead as it is toxic.

The crib mattress must be hard. The plastic wrap should be removed since the child can suffocate with it. You can place a plastic protector for the mattress, but you have to make sure that it fits snugly to it with elastic. The mattress should be lined with an easy-to-wash material.

If the crib has different positions to place the mattress, at the beginning, when the baby is very small, you can use the highest, but as the baby is learning to sit and then to stand it is essential to lower the height to avoid accidents.

Do not place the crib near a window, this will avoid the risks.

Check the cradle periodically to make sure there are no sharp edges, nails or breaks.

The toys should be removed as soon as the child learns to sit down as it can be hurt if they fall on them when they are pulled.

Passage of the bassinet to the cradle

A few days before moving the baby from the bassinet to the crib, we can make a small adaptation. During the day we can leave the baby in his future crib and environment so that little by little he incorporates this new space. If the child cries or feels strange in this place, sometimes it is good to place it in the traveling basket and this in turn in the cradle, in this way you will feel more comfortable.

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