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The Basics of Bassinets and Cribs For Infants and Toddlers

Bassinets

A bassinet, or pram-a-pam is basically a wooden bed specifically designed for babies from newborn to around four months old. Bassinets tend to be made to use castors or fixed legs, while prams are usually made to give a soft rocking or swaying motion. The term "bassinet" comes from the word bass, which refers to a type of wild bird that feeds on small birds. It probably comes from a French word, "beau", which means wild. Bassinets were originally used to help feed wild turkeys.

 

Bassinets are extremely popular in America, especially from the late 1800s, when they were first used in baby nurseries. There are two main types of bassinets: bassinets for newborns, which are smaller than daycups; and bassinets for older babies, which are larger than daycups. Bassinets have always had the reputation of being great sleepers, even for small infants. They can make for ideal sleeping environments, provided you know how to properly set them up. In this article, we'll discuss some basic tips for setting up your bassinet for safe and comfortable sleep.

 

A bassinet might not be the best option for your newborn baby, if you want him or her to sleep safely and soundly. Although bassinets may seem very similar in looks and design to cribs, the fact is that a bassinet might not be as safe as a crib for newborn babies. Bassinets, as you probably know, aren't made to support heavy objects. They're designed mainly for children who are still growing, so they're not as stable as cribs. Your bassinet might collapse if it's not held up properly, and could even injure your child. So, even though a bassinet might look like an ideal place to sleep for newborn babies, it might not be a good idea.

 

Cribs, on the other hand, are very sturdy, because they were developed as sleeping spaces for older children and adults. They're designed with slats for allowing little ones to sleep safely and soundly, as they would be sleeping in a typical bed. Like bassinets, co-sleepers are designed for infants and toddlers to sleep in. Co-sleeping has been shown to help children sleep better through the night. It is often recommended for children who are beginning to go to bed alone, since it helps promote a healthy night's sleep.

 

The biggest problem with using a bassinet or a crib for a young infant or toddler is suffocation. Since babies cannot free themselves easily from a bassinet or a crib, they are particularly susceptible to suffocation when they're lying on their backs, at full height, for long periods of time. If you're going to let your young child sleep in a bassinet or in a crib, make sure you turn the lid of the crib or the bassinet closed, even when the baby is sleeping in it. This will prevent the child from suffocating if he or she tries to get out.

 

Bassinets and cribs can also pose a fire hazard. As with beds, there are many types of materials that can cause a fire if they should catch fire. Rattan, for example, will easily catch on fire if it catches on something or if the strings come untied. However, wood is the most common type of material that causes fires in both cribs and bassinets. In the past, bassinets were commonly made from oak, which is still quite popular, but cedar has also become a popular choice, especially because it does not catch on fire as easily as other materials.

 

While both bassinets and cribs provide great places to sleep for your little one, there are some differences between the two. Most bassinets have a tray beneath the mattress where the child can sleep on their back, while cribs generally have a tray under the mattress as well as a bed. However, both of these trays should not be placed directly under the child's feet.

 

Bassinets and cribs are perfect for infants and small children who are still being developed. They provide a secure place for them to sleep, and there are less parts of the crib that need to be assembled. However, it is important that parents who choose these types of beds for their infants or toddlers check with their pediatrician to ensure that their child is safe to sleep with the bassinet attached. In some cases, there are specific guidelines on how to use infant bassinets and cribs.