How to Pick the Right Bassinet, Cradle or Crib For Your Baby

April 27, 2016

How to Pick the Right Bassinet, Cradle or Crib For Your Baby

When it comes to planning a nursery, deciding where your baby will sleep is one of the most important decisions you'll make. Although they're likely to have you up all night, newborn babies actually spend a lot of time sleeping, and keeping them safe while they do so is an important consideration. In addition, a beautiful bassinet, cradle or crib often becomes the centrepiece of a well designed nursery or bedroom, so picking the right one is essential.

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How to Pick the Right Bassinet, Cradle or Crib For Your Baby

1. Where in your house do you want your baby to sleep?

Health professionals recommend that newborn babies sleep in the same room as their parents for at least the first 6 months. If your master bedroom isn't very big, you may have difficulty placing a crib alongside existing furniture, so a bassinet could be a good investment for those precious early days. Bassinets also tend to be portable, allowing you to move it around and keep baby close during naps and night-time sleep.

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2. How long do you want the bassinet, cradle or crib to last?

As we've already mentioned, bassinets and cradles are really only designed for the first few months of your child's life. Cribs, on the other hand, can be used for much longer. Some of our range can even be converted to toddler beds that last for years.


3. Will it be easy to use during the post-partum period?

The sides of a crib are usually much higher than a bassinet or cradle, so putting your baby down or picking them up can be tricky, especially if you're recovering from a difficult birth or caesarean delivery. A bassinet allows you to lay your baby down easily without having to bend over.

Although cribs are perfectly safe for newborns, many new parents prefer the cosy look and feel of a bassinet. Some also believe it better mimics the confines of the womb, making it easier for your little one to drift off to sleep.

How To Pick The Right Bassinet, Cradle or Crib For Your Baby

4. How will you keep your baby safe while they're sleeping?

It goes without saying that every item in our range has been rigorously tested for safety and quality, but there are still many things you need to bear in mind after you've made a purchase in order to keep your baby safe.

(a) Put your baby to sleep on their back, with their feet at the foot of the crib, cradle or bassinet.

(b) Don't use a pillow. Your baby needs a surface that is firm and flat.

(c) When you're not in the room with your baby, keep the drop side of the crib up and locked.

(d) Position the crib, cradle or bassinet out of direct sunshine, away from windows, radiators and lamps. This will help to keep your baby at a safe and comfortable temperature. A baby who gets too hot is more vulnerable to SIDS {Sudden Infant Death Syndrome}, so the room must be kept between 16 degrees C and 20 degrees C.

(e) Move furniture away from the crib, cradle or bassinet, so that as your baby grows they can't easily climb out of the cot.

(f) Try not to opt for cords for the curtains or blinds in your baby's room. Dangling cords carry a risk of strangulation. If you already have them, make sure you firmly tie up cords so they are well out of reach.

(g) Once your baby can sit up, remove mobiles and toys that hang across the cot.

(h) As soon as your baby can pull themselves up, take out the bumper pads as they may use them as steps. Put the mattress in its lowest position so they cannot climb out of the cot.

(i) Once the cot mattress is at its lowest height and the top rail is below your child's chest, it's time to move them to a bed.

How to Pick the Right Bassinet, Cradle or Crib For Your Baby

As ever, the Gigi Brooks team is on hand to assist you in creating the perfect look for your child's bedroom or nursery. Read more about our Bespoke Service here, contact the Customer Services team on +44 (0)1507 608 251 or email

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