Choosing the Best Crib for Your New Baby
Welcoming a new baby into the family can result in a host of hustle and bustle to prepare. From choosing a nursery color and selecting a rocking chair that’s just right to reading up on the latest parenting advice, there are plenty of choices to lose sleep over. Making baby’s bed, however, is the easy part. From cribs and bassinets to playpens and mobiles, this guide to bedding basics will help both you and your new bundle of joy sleep easy.
Convertible Cribs to Grow with Your Baby
Healthy infants typically sleep for 14–17 hours per day. While some of those snooze hours may be spent snuggled in your arms, much of your newborn’s day and night will be spent in the crib. Choosing a crib that grows with your child—transforming from crib, to toddler bed, to day bed—can simplify furniture choices now while also saving dollars and reducing environmental impact later. Be sure to hang on to the assembly instructions so you’ll know how to convert a crib to a toddler bed when the time comes.
Bedside Bassinets Let You Sleep Close
Free-standing bassinets provide a comfortable, safe bedtime option for parents who want to co-sleep with their new baby. Many parents choose an adjustable height bassinet so their infant stays within arm’s reach throughout the night. When the bassinet rests at the edge of the bed, midnight feeding and comforting become a less disruptive part of the routine. Many modern bassinets include additional features, such as drop down sides, castors for portability, and breathable canopies to help your little one rest at any time of day.
Mini Cribs for Small Spaces
Not every home has an empty room that can easily be transformed into a nursery. For expecting parents living in smaller spaces or grandparents who choose not to create a dedicated room for a new grandchild, there are numerous space-saving crib options to maximize utility with a smaller footprint. While not all mini cribs have identical dimensions, they are typically 40% smaller in area than their full-sized counterparts. Plus, they often come equipped with wheels or foldable elements to make them portable. Some cribs also include drawers, shelves, and even built-in changing tables. That means no need for multiple nursery furniture pieces.
Portable Cribs for Life on the Go
Collapsible, portable playpens and travel bassinets offer comfort for babies away from home. For traveling with your tiny tot or having a sleepover at grandma’s house, a travel crib is a simple, cost-effective solution. Changing a baby’s normal sleep environment may make falling asleep more challenging. Bringing along favorite plush toys and blankets will create a sense of familiarity away from home. Playpens are also great options for nap and play time, especially for parents who want to keep their little one close while working from home.
Finishing Touches to Make Things Cozy
Now that you’ve chosen the perfect set-up for your nursery, finishing touches can both increase comfort for baby and tie together decor. Crib sheets come in a variety of options. You can even bundle all the necessities into one with a multi-piece bedding set, making decorating a breeze. From cotton options patterned with dinosaurs or forest wildlife to 100% bamboo sets in muted colors, you can choose a sheet that best fits your design aesthetic.
Mobiles are another must for the crib or changing table. With soothing music, gentle movement, and cute animals on parade, mobiles aid brain development and can both stimulate or settle your baby. Look for more than just a decor match when choosing a mobile: those with adjustable speed, volume, and light settings (and no small pieces that pose a choking hazard) are the best bet. Wrap up your crib choices with a baby blanket to make bedtime comfy and cozy.
Now that you’ve chosen the right crib, the hard part is over. Read our Baby Nursery Ideas for decorating inspiration.