If your first baby is on the way, it can be hard to know what baby furniture you’ll need and which features to look for. When it comes to cots, one of the big questions is whether you need a standalone crib, a bedside crib or a Moses basket (also called bassinets).
Moses baskets are typically made of wicker and have carry handles, but because they’re perfectly sized for newborns, babies do grow out of them quickly. Cribs or cots are usually wooden and much bigger to allow for your little one to grow. You normally have the choice of a standalone crib or a bedside crib which lets you sleep beside your baby whilst keeping them safe in their own space.
Why a bedside crib is best
As parents often don’t know how their little one will sleep, you can now buy cribs which convert from being bassinets to standalone cribs and bedside cribs, like the SnuzPod2, Chicco Next 2 Me and Knuma Huddle.
Most parents have baby in their bedroom for around six months. It can be very dangerous to sleep with baby in your bed, so having the option of a bedside crib can be a good solution. Safely attached to your divan or bedframe using straps, bedside cribs have drop down sides which allow you to feed and soothe baby without getting up out of bed. But the big benefit is that you can put the side up and keep baby safely in their crib away from your bed covers.
What to look for in the best bedside cribs?
- Make sure you choose a bedside crib that reaches the same height as your mattress. With 10 height settings, the Knuma Huddle is especially good for higher beds. This extra height will also help to protect your back when lifting baby from the cot
- Check the material of the drop-down sides. Fully meshed sides make it much easier for you and your baby to see each other, even with the cot side up
- As babies grow quicker than we wish to think, it’s worth thinking about a crib that grows with them. For instance, the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 Crib transforms into a child’s desk, so your investment lasts for up to 12 years
With so many things to think about, buying the right crib can feel overwhelming. To help make your mind up, you can read what other mums’ thought of the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 Bedside Crib here and why they awarded it Bronze in the Mother & Baby Awards 2016 and why it was joint winner of the bedside crib in Mother & Baby Magazines September 2016 issue
“@knumafurniture we brought our newborn son home on Monday & are LOVING the Knuma Huddle. It’s perfect for keeping us close at night time”