What should I look for when buying a newborn crib?

What should I look for when buying a newborn crib?

Expecting your baby and not sure what kind of cot or crib you need? Let us help you with our easy guide to first buys for baby sleep

TUTTI BAMBINI COZEE cot gurgle magazine 

 Image: Tutti Bambini CoZee

Need to know

We all know the importance of baby sleep, but the choice of what to put your baby in to enjoy that sleep can be baffling huge. Here we pick out some good cribs for that first sleeping experience, before they go into a bigger cot in their own room. Some small cots or cribs will convert for longer-lasting use, so read on before you buy…

  • A crib is smaller than a full-sized cot and tends to be used for the first six months. 
  • Cribs are sturdier and last a bit longer than newborn bassinets and moses baskets.
  • Check if a mattress is included or if you need to buy it separately. 
  • Bedside or co-sleeping cribs fit flush with your bed.
  • New cribs should have British safety standard code BS EN 1130

Three of the best newborn cribs

1. SAFE SIDE-SLEEPING

Sidesleeping cribs are the safest way to keep a newborn baby close to you when feeding and sleeping, without actually sharing a bed. The Tutti Bambini CoZee bedside crib features a drop side rail, six-step height adjuster to fit the level of your bed, and a stay-in-place connection. It has an incline option to help with reflux and its easy-fold mechanism makes it great for travel. mothercare.com

OBABY SOPHIE crib gurgle magazine

Image: Obaby Sophie crib

2. SOOTHING TO SLEEP

Here’s a classic-looking crib with a gentle swinging motion to rock your baby off to sleep. It can also be locked in a stationary position for popping them in while you do chores, or so as not to disturb their nap. The Obaby Sophie crib is available in a choice of six colours and is suitable from birth to six months. Mattress is sold separately. wayfair.co.uk

STOKKE SLEEPI cot gurgle magazine

Image: Stokke Sleepi

3. NEWBORNS AND BEYOND

Invest in the Stokke Sleepi Mini and your little one can use it from birth to ten years old, thanks to clever conversion kits (sold separately). The mattress can be lowered as your baby grows and we love the lockable swivel wheels, making it super-easy to move from room to room in the early days. stokke.com 

Compiled by Ali Horsfall

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