Finding the best sleep option for your newborn baby can be one of the toughest decisions you will make. After all your newborn’s safety and comfort is top priority. With all of the different sleeping options to choose from you may not know which one is best.
The goal is to have a smooth transition for when baby comes home. With that in mind, there are three different types of sleeping options for your newborn baby. Choosing the right one for you and your baby depends on your preference and situation. Everyone’s lifestyle is a little different so choosing your newborn’s sleeping option is what works best for you.
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Pros: The standard size crib is a great sleep option because you will be able to use it longer. A convertible crib is one that will grow with your child as it converts to a toddler and full size bed.
Cons: A standard size crib is large and takes up space. It may also pose as an inconvenience for the frequent wakings, as you will have to get up and out of bed to tend to your baby. It is recommended for newborns to sleep in the same room as their mother until at least 9 months. This will cut down on the risk of SIDS. If you do not have a lot of space then this may not be the best option for you.
Pros: The Mini crib is a great sleep option for a smaller space or as a space saver. The convertible mini crib can convert to a toddler size bed and can therefore be used past infancy. It’s compact size makes it great option for your baby to sleep in the same room as you.
Cons: Possible inconvenience for the frequent wakings, as you will have to get up and out of bed to calm your baby.
Pros: The standard bassinet is great for having your newborn sleep right next to your bed. Your baby will only be an arms length away which will make comforting them in the night easier. It is also very compact and a great space saver.
Cons: The bassinet is designed for newborns and therefore can only be used for the first few months or until the weight capacity is reached.
Pros: The bassinet co-sleeper is small and light-weight and perfect for having your baby right by your side. This bassinet can be adjusted to your bed’s height and placed on the edge of your bed for an even closer reach. The rotation makes getting in and out of bed easier. Perfect for nursing mothers and mothers recovering from C-sections
Cons: It is only recommended for babies up to five months of age or when your baby shows signs of pulling up and rolling over.
Pros: The co-sleeper lounger is perfect for parents that want to co-sleep with their baby in a safe and comfortable way. Your baby will be able to sleep in bed with you without the fear of them rolling off the bed. The co-sleeper lounger is very versatile and can be used for naps, tummy time or as a sleep positioner.
Cons: Although this sleep option is compact it will take up some space in your bed and can pose as an issue if your bed is smaller. The co-sleeper lounger is only recommended for babies up to 8 months.
My Opinion: I love this sleep option as is it comfortable for your baby and very convenient for nursing. I also firmly believe that when babies are snuggled next to their mom they sleep better throughout the night.
Pros: The portable co-sleeper is great for parents that want to co-sleep with their baby and like to travel. This co-sleeper can be folded up into a compact carrying size which makes it perfect for trips or visits to grandma’s house. The firm wall units serve as a barrier between baby and a parent’s bedding or accidental rollovers.
Cons: This portable co-sleeper will take up space in your own bed and may pose as a nuisance for your own sleep.
I hope you found this post helpful in choosing the best sleep option for you and your newborn baby. This should come in handy when you are planning your baby registry and setting up your nursery.
(As always use caution with all sleep options and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully!)
What sleep option are you going to choose? Is there a product that you absolutely love?