Time is flying by and before you know it...your little one will be here. Even before you design, furnish and decorate the baby’s bedroom you should be thinking of the newborn bassinet.
Simply put…a bassinet, in older times called a cradle, is a small bed for newborns until they are about 4 months old. They can then be transitioned to a crib.
⇒ Did you know…the word bassinet originated in France in the late 1500s and means “small basin”.
Using a newborn bassinet has important benefits:
- It’s small. A newborn baby should feel like he’s still in your womb as much as possible as he slowly gets used to his new world. That’s why babies love to be swaddled.
- You can easily move the bassinet to any room you are in during the day – to your bedside at night…all without waking him. For the crucial, difficult and taxing first months of life, you need your precious little one at arms length.
- Hearing parents breathing as they sleep is comforting to a baby.
- If you are breast feeding, your baby will be hungry every 2-3 hours. Having him next to you will help you respond quickly before the angry hungry cries begin.
- Having your newborn sleeping in a bassinet within arms reach lowers the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). More on this later.
⇒ Did you know…many factors effect a baby’s sleep such as his/her temperament, growth spurts, teething, sounds and noises in the house and even phases of the moon.
While babies spend half their time in REM sleep (the state in which we dream), due to their limited pool of experiences and their brains’ immaturity, neuroscientists think they are actually dreamless for the first few years of life.
In my experience, newborns sleep best when firmly attached to a parent, either in a snug baby carrier or swaddled and held against your chest where he can feel your heart beat as he drifts off to sleep.
Lowering the Risk of SIDS
To reduce infant mortality, parents must place sleeping newborn babies on their backs on a firm mattress in either a bassinet or crib…preferably a bassinet. No pillows. No blankets. No comforter. No stuffed animals and No side crib bumpers. During cold winter months, use a blanket sleeper over their pajamas to keep them warm and safe.
Have your baby sleep in your room but not in your bed with you. While asleep, you could very easily roll over on top of your newborn…just don’t do it. Have the bassinet next to your bed so you can check on him any time and listen to his breathing. However, check out the company Baby Delight where you can purchase bassinets called snuggle nests that are safe to use on your bed in between the two of you. The sides are high enough to prevent you from rolling over on top of your baby and they are great for travel.
As soon as your little one can roll over (3-4 months), it’s time to transition him to a crib. If you don’t, you run the risk of him tipping his bassinet over and when he starts pulling himself up…he’ll fall out.
Do you know about this Finnish tradition?
All new parents in Finland are given a Baby Box from the government, complete with a snug-fitting firm mattress. Finland has been doing this for decades and they can proudly boast to having one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world – less than half that of the United States.
Think about this: Finland has approximately 55,000 births per year while the US has about 4,000,000! And… Finland has less than half infant moralities. Interesting, isn’t it?
So…what’s a Baby Box?
A Baby Box is decorative, lightweight, made of sturdy cardboard and used for the first 4-6 months of life, up to 52lbs. Even if the baby can roll over, the Baby Box will not tip over if placed on a sturdy surface.
Company mission statement… “A global initiative to equip parents with the vital education and resources needed to give babies a safe, healthy and equitable start in life.”
The baby Box comes with a certified non-toxic firm, snug-fitting mattress and contains
- NO PBDE flame retardants
- NO prohibited phtalates
- NO ozone depleters (CFCs)
- NO mercury, lead or heavy metals
- NO formaldehyde
Read all about the Baby Box yourself at www.babyboxco.com
No Baby Box in your future? Then check this out…
You will fall in love with the Graco Pack ‘n Play Nearby Napper.
It’s actually 3 baby products in one: a full size, portable bassinet, attached changing table with storage for diapers and wipes, and play yard (we used to call this a play pen but I guess someone along the way wasn’t happy with the word “pen” with reference to a baby product).
This Pack ‘n Play comes with a night light (3 different settings), plays lullabies and nature sounds and has vibration settings to calm and sooth your little one.
I hope you consider using a newborn bassinet for your precious baby and keep him within reach. This is no time for either parent to complain about lack of sleep and being woken up every 2-3 hours by a hungry and wet newborn. Take turns and switch off nights with one of you getting a good night’s sleep in the guest room. You’ll be less cranky and irritable the next day and more in the mood to share your new responsibilities and remember how blessed you are to have created such a perfect, beautiful little baby. Time has a tendency to fly by and before you know it, your baby will be all grown up having a baby of his/her own so cherish and take advantage of every year…every month…every day and every sleepless night.
This is only the beginning of making memories with your child, for at the end of it all, it’s all we have…memories.
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