I apologize in advance if this entry is a bit vague…I am feeling a bit vague at the moment as Baby C decided to go on a sleeping strike today. He was awake for over SEVEN HOURS. Then he decided to sleep for a whopping thirty three minutes. Then awake for another two hours. He is currently asleep but for how long is anyone’s guess.
Although I suppose this talk about sleep is somewhat relevant as the topic du jour is cribs. It is going to be so hard for me to get through this post without using a in da crib pun.
Actually before the crib you will likely need some sort of newborn sleeping arrangement. This is because of two reasons. The first is that newborns…even if they tip the scales…are tiny and when you bring them home and put them in the crib, the crib suddenly looks menacing and the baby looks so helpless and exposed that you will just want to scoop the baby up and let them sleep in your arms. The other reason is that at the beginning of this whole motherhood experience you will be so sleep deprived that you will take every possible second of shut eye you can get. And if the crib is in the nursery then every time the baby needs feeding you have to to get out of bed, walk down the hall and into another room…that could add up to a minute each way of sleep that you are not getting. Also you may feel a bit distressed at the idea of the baby sleeping in another room…and if you are up worrying and constantly checking on the baby that means even less sleep. If your bedroom is large enough to fit the crib then that might be an option but if not then you may need another solution. A warning about putting the crib in the bedroom…most cribs are larger than doorways…hence the warnings in the instructions to set them up inside the nursery…so if you decide you want to move the crib it might involve dismantling it, moving the pieces and reassembling it…and then doing that all over again when you want to move the baby back to their own room.
So, newborn sleepers.
We used the bassinet that came with our pram (see List-mania 2) and it worked out really well for us. Other options include a pack-n-play, a cradle, a Moses basket, a baby hammock and co-sleepers.
And now back to cribs.
There are literally hundreds of cribs that you can choose from. Really most of the decision…style and cost…is personal preference. As long as the crib you chose meets current safety guidelines then what it looks like and how much you spend is entirely up to you. Speaking of spending, crib prices usually DO NOT include the mattress.
The only crib considerations I can think of are if you want a crib that coverts to a junior bed…cleverly called a convertible crib…and you might want to look for a crib with a storage drawer underneath…handy for storing mattress pads and sheets and some of the one million blankets people will give you.
With both the newborn sleeper and the crib I would recommend getting waterproof mattress pads and fitted sheets. Flat sheets of course are a no no because of SIDS and smothering. Fitted bassinet and cradle sheets are available but if your newborn sleeper is an irregular shape you can just tightly tuck a flat sheet or a big flannel in around the mattress and voila, a fitted sheet.
Well, all this talk of beds has made me want to go crawl into mine…let’s hope that Baby C doesn’t drag me out again too soon!