Cot: Prevent Accidents, Choose The Right Size And Adjustable Base
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A cot is a special cot with a height of approximately 85 centimeters. It is intended for babies and toddlers who cannot climb yet. The high sides ensure that children cannot fall.
In this article I will tell you everything about cots and what you should pay attention to when purchasing.
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How long can my child sleep in a cot?
A crib (the best reviewed here) is an indispensable part of the layette. But up to what age is a cot suitable for your child? It is generally recommended to use a crib until your child is about 2 years old. After this it is time to make an intermediate step to a toddler bed. A toddler bed is a handy bed that is slightly lower than a normal bed and has higher sides, so that your child cannot easily fall out. It still offers the security and security of a cot, but makes it easier for your child to get in and out of bed.
When do you notice that your child is ready for a toddler bed?
How do you know when your child is ready for a toddler bed? You will usually notice this automatically in your child. If your child starts to climb and feels trapped in the crib, it's time to move to a toddler bed. If your child no longer feels comfortable in the cot, this can lead to restless nights and sleeping problems.
The choice between a toddler bed and a single bed
A toddler bed is a handy intermediate step, but you can also choose to buy a single bed right away. It is important to pay attention to the height of the bed and the sides. A raised side still offers the safety and security that your child is used to from the cot. A single bed is suitable for children from about 3 years old. This means that you still have space of about 1 year between the toddler bed and the single bed.
Most children grow out of their crib around 2 years old
In general, most children grow out of their crib by about 2 years of age. This means that you need to look for a suitable intermediate step, such as a toddler bed. If your child is not yet ready for a toddler bed, you can choose to fold down the side walls of the cot, so that your child can get in and out of bed more easily. Make sure that your child cannot fall out of bed.
What should you pay attention to when buying a toddler bed?
If you want to buy a toddler bed, it is important to pay attention to a number of things. For example, the bed must be suitable for the height of your child and a suitable mattress must be supplied. In addition, it is useful to opt for a bed with raised sides, so that your child cannot easily fall out. Also pay attention to the finish of the cot and preferably choose a brand that is known for its quality and safety, such as Eva or Asten Babysuperstore.
Safety first: prevent accidents with the cot
A crib is suitable for your baby's first months, but after that it's time for a cot. It is important to transfer on time, otherwise your baby could hit the edge of the crib and hurt herself.
Keep the cot safe
A baby can easily get hurt in a cot. Here are a few things you should pay attention to to avoid accidents:
- Do not place the cot too close to the window. Your baby may then climb up and fall out the window.
- Make sure there are no wires or cords near the cot. Your baby can strangle himself with this.
- Make the bed properly. Do not use pillows or stuffed animals near your baby. This can make your baby short of breath.
- Make sure the bed is properly made. Your baby can get caught in loose sheets.
- Do not place the cot near the window sill. Your baby could roll into this and get hurt.
- Keep the area around the cot free of loose objects. Your baby could roll into this and get hurt.
The right way to lie down
It is important that your baby is in the correct position in the cot. Always lay your baby on his back with his feet against the foot of the bed. This prevents your baby from getting under the covers and prevents cot death.
Headguards: yes or no?
Head protectors are often used to prevent your baby from bumping his head against the edge of the cot. However, for the safety of your baby, it is better not to use head protectors. Your baby can sit against it and become short of breath.
A bed bumper is another option, we have reviewed some of them here
Keep out of reach of your baby
Make sure your baby can't reach the bed if he starts to sit or climb. Secure the cot in a place where your baby cannot reach. In addition, it is wise to keep a close eye on the area around the bed.
Exchange the crib for a baby bed in time
Finally, it is important to exchange the crib for a baby bed in time. A crib is not suitable for a baby who is starting to sit or climb. Make the transition to a baby bed on time, so that your baby can sleep safely.
Prevent accidents and make sure your baby can sleep safely in his cot. Pay close attention to the above matters and make the bed correctly. This way your baby can sleep peacefully and safely.
The right size for a baby cot
A baby cot is an important part of the baby's room. It is the place where your baby can sleep safely and comfortably. It is therefore important to choose the right size for the cot. Most baby cribs have standard sizes, which means you can't just pick any size.
Ensure minimum width and height of the sides
The minimum width of the sides of a cot is 27,5 cm. This has been established to prevent your baby from getting stuck between the sides. The height of the sides must be at least 60 cm to prevent your baby from climbing out.
Note the bars and spacing
The bars of the cot must be firm and not loose. The space between the bars must not exceed 6,5 cm. This is to prevent your baby from getting stuck between the bars.
The advantages of an adjustable base in a baby cot
An adjustable base is a function in a baby cot that gives the possibility to adjust the sitting position of the cot. This means that you can adjust the bottom of the bed to your liking. This can be done manually or electrically, depending on the type of bed. There are different types of bases, such as a disc base, innerspring base or slatted base.
The advantages of an adjustable base
An adjustable bottom gives you the opportunity to adjust the sitting position of your child. This is nice if your child suffers from reflux, for example, because you can raise the head of the bed. It can also help with a cold, because your child can sleep upright. In addition, an adjustable bottom makes it easier to get your child out of the bed and put it down.
An adjustable base is also useful for parents, because you can put the bed at the right height. According to the standards, it is recommended to place the bottom edge of the bed at a minimum height of 60 centimeters. This prevents your child from rolling or twisting out of it.
Finishing a baby bed: what should you pay attention to?
As a parent, you naturally want your baby to sleep safely. That is why it is important to pay close attention to the finish when purchasing a crib or baby bed. This prevents dangerous protrusions, loosening screws or buttons and other possible hazards.
Paint and varnish
When finishing a baby bed, it is important to pay attention to the paint and varnish that have been used. Preferably choose a bed that has been treated with a natural paint or varnish, without harmful substances. Also make sure that not too many thin layers of paint have been applied, because they can dry less quickly and therefore release harmful substances for longer.
Some cots have an adjustable base, so you can adjust the height of the mattress to the age and development of your child. Make sure that the bottom is firmly attached and cannot just fall down.
Most cots have a standard size, so it's easy to find bedding and mattresses that fit. Make sure that you buy the right mattress size, so that your child does not get stuck between the mattress and the side walls later on.
Convert to a cot
If you buy a baby bed, it is useful to see if you can convert it to a child's bed later. This way you don't have to buy a new bed after three months if your child wants to switch. Please note that the bed is then suitable for a more agile child who can roll over and pull himself up.
Create a safe environment around the cot
Make sure the cot is safe for your baby. The distance between the sides of the cot and the mattress should be minimal so that your baby does not get stuck. Use soft materials such as a baby sleeping bag and avoid loose blankets and sheets. If you do use a blanket, make it short and tuck it at the bottom of the cot. Do not place the bed too close to the heating or in direct sunlight. A cool temperature in the bedroom is most comfortable for your baby.
Avoid choking hazard
Always put your baby on his back to sleep. If your baby can roll over on his or her own, it's important to keep the crib free of pillows and other soft materials that could cause a suffocation hazard. Do not use head protectors or bed reducers, as they can be dangerous. A tarpaulin or impermeable mattress cover is also not recommended, because it will prevent your baby from breathing properly.
Do not use toxic paint
If you are going to paint a baby crib, choose paint that is safe for small children. Avoid paint that contains toxic substances, as babies often bite and suck on the edges of the cot. Ask a paint store for advice if you are not sure which paint to use.
Watch your baby's development
As your baby grows and moves more, it is important to adjust the bed to its development. Make sure that the space around your baby increases and that he does not lie against the raised side walls. Do not use sleeping nests, pillow-like materials or stroller trays in the cot, as these may cause your baby to have difficulty breathing.
Use sleep tests and videos
If you have any doubts about the safety of the baby cot, don't be left with questions. Ask for advice from an expert or use sleep tests and videos from, for example, SafetyNL. Here's how to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby.
Buying tips for a safe and comfortable crib for your baby
Make sure there is sufficient room to move and play in the cot. There should be at least 20 centimeters of play between your baby's head and the top of the cot. In addition, there should be no protruding parts that your baby can hurt or slide under. Make sure that the finish of the cot is splinter-free and smooth. The bars must be firm and well connected to prevent accidents.
Ventilation and safety of the mattress
Make sure there is adequate ventilation in the cot. Choose a mattress that ventilates well and is not too soft. The mattress may protrude no more than 2 centimeters above the top of the cot. Make sure that the mattress fits well and cannot move. Opt for a mattress that is specially designed for babies and meets safety standards.
Make sure the sides of the crib are open or woven so that your baby can breathe properly. The space between the bars should not exceed 6,5 centimeters and there should be no sharp edges that could hurt your baby. Make sure that the crib base is stable and cannot rock when your baby moves. If you opt for a rocking cradle, make sure that the rocking mechanism can be locked and that the wheels can be locked.
Price and quality
The price of cribs varies greatly. The cheapest cribs start at around €100 and the most expensive variants cost more than €1000. Remember that cheap can sometimes be expensive and that the quality of the cot is important for your baby's night's sleep. Therefore, pay attention not only to the price, but also to the quality, comfort and finish of the cot.
With these buying tips you can choose a safe and comfortable crib for your baby.
Crib or crib: what's the difference?
As a parent you have to make many choices when it comes to decorating the nursery. An important choice is where your baby sleeps. Are you going for a crib or a cot? The answer to this depends on a number of factors, such as the size of the baby's room and the age of your baby. Below we have listed the pros and cons of both options to make it easier to make a choice.
Crib or cot: the differences
- A crib is suitable for babies from birth to about 6 months.
- A cradle is often smaller than a cot and therefore takes up less space.
- A crib often has a rocking function, which can be nice for some babies to fall asleep.
- A crib can often be placed close to the parents' bed, which makes comforting the baby easier at night.
- The proximity of the parents has a positive effect on the attachment between parent and baby.
- A crib is often cheaper than a cot.
- When your baby starts to roll over, a crib is no longer safe enough.
- A cot is suitable for babies from birth to approximately 2 to 3 years.
- A cot is available in different sizes, making it easier to set up depending on the size of the baby's room.
- A cot often has an adjustable bottom, so you can adjust the height to the age of your baby.
- A cot is safer than a bassinet because your baby cannot get stuck between the side walls.
- A cot is more comfortable and familiar for your baby, because he can lie down and sleep in it for longer.
- A cot is more expensive than a crib.
When do you switch from crib to crib?
As soon as your baby gets bigger and starts to roll over, it makes more sense to switch to a crib. This can be done gradually, depending on the size and development of your baby. When your baby is big enough to turn and lie with his mouth and nose against the side walls of the crib, it's important to switch. This can be dangerous, as your baby's breathing may become impaired. That is why a cot is relatively safer than a cradle.
Alternative to crib and cot
An alternative to a crib or cot is the playpen. You can let your baby sleep and play safely in this. The advantage of the box is that your baby has more room to move and play. You can also put your baby in the playpen while you have your hands free to cook, for example. The disadvantage is that some parents find it more comfortable to have their baby close by while sleeping and that the positive effect on the bond between parent and baby is less than with a crib or cot.
Crib or crib: which is the best choice for your baby?
As a parent you naturally want the best for your child, also when it comes to the sleeping environment. But which is actually the best choice: a crib or a cot? Below you will find all the considerations you have to make when choosing between a crib and a cot.
A crib is generally smaller than a crib and has a more compact structure. This can be an advantage if you have limited space in your baby's bedroom. A crib, on the other hand, is larger and offers more space for your baby to move and grow. When choosing the size of the cot, also pay attention to the distance between the side walls. This should be such that your baby cannot fall out, but also cannot get stuck.
Your baby's mobility
If your baby is still very mobile and, for example, rolls or rolls over a lot in his sleep, a bassinet may be a better choice. A crib has closed side walls that keep your baby in place. A cot, on the other hand, has open side walls, which gives your baby more room to move. Make sure that your baby cannot get stuck between the bars of the crib.
A cot often offers more options for growth than a cradle. There are cots with an adjustable bottom and some cots even have a rocking function that you can block later. This allows you to adjust the bed to the development of your child and you can use the bed for longer.
Mattress size and drawer
When choosing a cradle or cot, also pay attention to the mattress size and whether there is a drawer under the bed. A crib often has a smaller mattress size than a crib and usually does not have a drawer. A cot, on the other hand, often has a drawer where you can store bedding, for example.
Ultimately, the choice between a crib and a cot is mainly a personal choice. Some parents like the idea of a crib because it gives their baby a sense of security, while other parents prefer a crib because of the growth possibilities. It is therefore important to weigh up for yourself what you consider important and what best suits your situation.
Where can you buy a crib or cot?
There are several shops where you can buy a crib or cot, such as Prénatal, Baby-Dump and Babypark. When purchasing a crib or cot, first pay attention to the dimensions and the color and the material from which the bed is made. Make a list of your wishes and requirements and take it with you when you go shopping. This way you can search more specifically and find the perfect crib or cot for your baby.
A cot is a wonderful part of the layette and one of the first things you buy for your child. It is a safe place where your child feels safe and can sleep.
When looking for a crib, look at the height, sides, and mattress. Find a bed that is safe for your child and easy for you to take with you when you travel.
I hope this guide has helped you make a better choice for a crib for your child.
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