First-time parents are usually stressed.
That’s okay. Bringing a newborn into the world is one of the scariest things a person can do, but also the most rewarding. Doing proper research on what kinds of things will best suit your newest family member is a great way to prepare yourself and also ease some of the stress that comes with preparing for a newborn.
I know that every company will tell you the same thing about their product, which is that theirs is the best and safest for every baby, but what many first-time parents will learn, or already know, is that every child is different, and finding something that works best for them can sometimes be a trial and error process.
In this article, we will be focusing on baby cots, and I’ll be telling you about some of the pros and cons of each type of cot so that you can have all the facts and make the best decision for you and your child.
Types of Cots
There are plenty of different types of cots to choose from: standard, convertible, portable, and many, many others. In this article, I’ll make sure to focus on the main ones.
Standard cots are by far the most common but lack certain things that can be important to mothers. A standard cot has high walls to prevent the infant from climbing over and hurting themselves, but for children who need a constant hand on them while they sleep, these cribs can lead to many painful nights with you snuggled up in them. Though standard cots are by far the most common, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best bed for your infant. Some babies sleep easily, but it’s rare to hear from any mother that she hasn’t had any trouble at all getting her newborn to sleep, and standard cots only make this problem more difficult to deal with.
Another cot, though substantially less common, is a co-sleeper cot. Many parents hear the word co-sleep and cringe. There are a lot of horror stories about S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and people rarely even consider it because that is all they hear about when someone mentions “co-sleeping.”
The truth of the matter is though, co-sleeping can be very healthy for an infant, and if the proper co-sleep cot is used, there is little to no risk at all. Co-sleeping cots are one of the best ways to keep an infant happy and safe, all while allowing parents to stay close to them.
Rather than putting the baby in the bed with you, where there is a risk of rolling over on them, or of the baby getting caught in the bedding or rolling off, the co-sleeping cot connects to your bed, allowing you to easily reach over and share the space, without the baby being at risk. The baby has her own sleeping surface and bedding, but you still have unobstructed access to her to soothe her and/or nurse.
One mother has even created a blog to tell all about how different co-sleeping cots work and how they helped her through her parenthood journey. At cosleepercots.co.uk she tells you all about the different kinds of co-sleep cots and how each has certain perks that help parents with a restless baby!
Other beds like portable and convertible cots can work well for travel and active families but using one as a permanent cot can be uncomfortable for the newborn. Furthermore, the trouble of moving where the cot is every night can mess with the baby’s sleep patterns and ultimately lead to less sleep for you.
Having a permanent cot is important to the wellbeing and health of any newborn. It’s good to get them used to their surroundings so that they can become accustomed to sleeping in a certain place or at a certain time and moving around a bed can be similar to changing up a sleep schedule and can mess up the internal clock of both the baby and mommy.
It’s definitely good to get helpful parenting hints from friends and family, but every baby is different and nothing beats first-hand experience and lots of research. Every mother has her own tricks to help her keep the baby happy and healthy, but finding the perfect bed for your child is imperative to help both newborn and mother sleep through the night.
Some babies enjoy standard cots, but more dependent newborns might need to be closer to their parents. A co-sleeper cot might just be the perfect bed for your newborn and you to finally get a good night rest.