Six Months, Or Less - Make It Easy With a Bedside Crib

Co-sleeping and bedside cribs are an increasingly popular option among busy parents who wish to still keep their infant close to them at night, while adhering strictly to recommended safety rules that insist babies sleep in a bed surrounded by consistent bedding. While co-sleeping has many advantages, it can also have some negative consequences for your infant, your health, and even your family. Many studies now show that co-sleeping may lead to higher incidences of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The possible reasons why this happens are varied and complicated, but the bottom line is that co-sleeping may pose a risk to your infant's health if you are not careful. If you have never co-sleeped with your baby, then it's probably best to stick with a traditional crib or other sleep structure until he or she is older.

Bedside Cribs


Most bedside cribs allow for either the elevation of the mattress, or both, to be raised a few inches to account for the height of your baby. If your baby is close to you when sleeping, they'll be able to easily see you and if they startle, they won't fall off the bed as much because of the elevated mattress. However, if your baby is farther away from you when sleeping, you'll need to raise the mattress so they can see you.


Some bedside cribs do allow for both the elevation of the mattress as well as the height adjustment. This allows babies to sleep in a bed that will conform to their growing bodies. Babies grow at different rates, and some quickly gain the weight needed to outgrow their crib mattress. Raising the mattress a bit will allow for more comfort as your baby starts to grow.


Some of the new models of bedside cribs have dual-view breathable mesh sides. The mesh side will keep the water away from your baby's face as they sleep. You can also purchase a mesh side that has a wider viewing area for easier facial contact with the parent. The z Pod Pro 2 model provides a wider viewing area than the z Pod Mini, which is one of the least expensive.


Mesh and wood side panels are available on many modern bedside cribs, as well as the newer designs using the double-walled construction. The double-walled construction will prevent the water from rising up through the bedding and onto the mattress. Bassinets and couches used with contemporary bedside cribs should have non-slip rubberized flooring beneath them. Some designs of modern bedsides have built-in shelves, which will allow you to store toys and clothes without having to find places to put them. Bassinets come in varying shapes and sizes to accommodate most child's needs.


There are also quite a few choices when it comes to shnuggle air bedside cribs. One of the best-selling models is the Shnuggle Air Bedside Crib. It offers a twin size and an adult size. This unit allows the parent to be able to stay close to the child, yet not touching the other side. A unique feature is the built-in fan, which allows the unit to circulate air while the baby sleeps.


Space is always a concern when buying a crib, but these bedside cribs solve that problem. There are usually no more than three inches between the side panel of the crib and the side of the toddler bed. This makes it very easy to get to your little one if you need to change diapers or put a blanket on them. Another great feature of these types of cribs is that the height of the headboards can be changed from infant to toddler by using the attached ladder.


Shoppers who need a crib for their first child should consider a convertible crib. These models can be completely converted from a cot bed to a standard bed by removing the side panel. They also make a great transition cot bed from a crib to a regular cot. When shopping for a crib for your first child, keep in mind that many of today's designs include adjustable sides and can convert from a crib to a regular cot in just six months, making this a very useful option.