The transition from crib to cot is an essential milestones for a baby’s development, but one we don’t often manage in the best of ways. There are so many questions and doubts that plague every new parent’s mind: ‘Where should my baby sleep? Will they actually sleep? And what if they start crying?’ . Well, don’t worry, you’re in good company.
Like we often say, the ‘job’ of being a new parent isn’t an easy one. And while it might seem like a cliché, we do believe in this quote by the famous North American paediatrician T. Berry Brazelton: “With parenting, you learn more from your mistakes than you do from your successes. Learning to be a parent is a long-term process during which everyone makes mistakes”. And yes, just like with any other topic, there isn’t an universally shared consensus on where babies should be sleeping.
Advice, recommendations, experiences of friends and acquaintances: remember that where to let your new-born sleep is your decision and your decision only! Even more so considering that the question of where babies should sleep is controversial.
Some studies have demonstrated how sleeping together – the so called co-sleeping – during the first few months of life can have a positive effect on the wellbeing of your new arrival and for mum herself, while others deny such findings, with the results of creating further confusion in the mind of new mums and dads.
This is why we believe this is very much a matter of personal choice!
Apart from these considerations, there are however some necessary transitions which are common to all families when it comes to choosing the best sleeping solutions for their little ones.
1) The crib: small, cosy, padded, usually with a very ‘romantic’ look, is the best solution for the first months of your baby’s life, especially if it is hooked onto mum and dad’s bed. This way it is possible to keep complete control of your baby, you can pick them up to breast-feed them without having to get up and you can provide them with a reassuring presence, which is very calming for a baby.
With this is mind, this Lella crib by Picci offers safety and protection to your little one, allowing you to have them next to you at all times for a serene sleep. You can easily hook it up to your bed by simply lowering the side panel and using the easy fastening system. The crib then becomes a natural extension of the parental bed.
This is a very practical solution which allows you to experiment and enjoy the benefits of co-sleeping. And it also allows your new-born to already sleep on their own, something not to be underestimated in view of the next transition, onto the cot. When your baby grows, you can then turn it into a classic cot or into a place to store toys and play with them by leaving the side panel down.
If you instead have travel plans, maybe even for work, then the most suitable solution is this NannaOh crib by Brevi, which you can take anywhere with you easily and effortlessly.
It can be easily folded up and placed into its carrier back to come with you even when you are travelling, with minimal fuss, and it also allows you to share bedtime with your baby thanks to the fastening straps which let you hook it up onto the base of your own bed.
2) Cot: if your child belongs to the category of very active babies, they won’t last long in a crib. The risk is that they will quickly learn to crawl and they might fall off. The solution is moving on to a cot with adjustable sides, which can be adapted to the different needs of your child as they grow, and which will protect them from falls.
3) Bed: when is the right time to move on to a single bed like a ‘grown-up’? Once again, even in this case, there isn’t a single answer everyone agrees on. A lot depends on the child: some can sleep in a bed aged two, others not before they are four. The important thing is not to force them, they will be the ones who will let you understand when they are ready for this big step. Of course the first period will be a time for ‘trial and error’; it will take time for them to adapt to their new, big bed.
When the time comes, proceed with calm and involve your child: choose the blankets and pillows together, helping them see this place as their own very personal and private space.