Crib or Bassinet: Which Is Best For You
Any parent can attest to the fact that parenting involves making numerous decisions every other day. From deciding what your kids eat, drink, where they go to school and even where they sleep. When it comes to newborns especially, the pressure to make a perfect nursery can be pretty intense and confusing. Newborns spend a lot of time sleeping – an average of 16 hours in a day- and hence you have to ensure the newborn’s sleeping area is both comfy and safe. The debate of which is better between a crib and a bassinet is basically age-old. This article seeks to explore it in depth, ironing out the differences and benefits of each of the two.
Difference between a crib and a bassinet
While both the crib and bassinet are safe sleeping choices for babies, they have significant influences that have an impact on their suitability. The most obvious of this differences is size and portability. The bassinet is small in size and can easily fit next to the parent’s bed even in a small room. It can also be wheeled around from room to room if need be. On the other hand, cribs tend to take up a lot of space and cannot be moved easily. There is also a difference in costs between the two. In general, a bassinet is less costly than a crib. Perhaps this is attributed to the fact that a bassinet is not meant to be used for long. Bassinets have maximum weight limits after which it becomes unsafe for a baby to continue sleeping in one. On the other hand, cribs can be used for long periods of time and can even serve as toddler beds for older kids. A quality bassinet goes for around $60-$150 while a good crib goes for $150-$450.
What to consider when choosing between a bassinet and a crib
The first thing you should consider is where in the house you prefer the baby sleeping in and how big your house actually is. If you want the baby to sleep in your room, it is important to note that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention does recommend that newborns should sleep in the same room as their parents. However, they should sleep in a separate sleeping space and not in the same space as their parents. Studies have shown that babies who sleep in the same room as their parents are less likely to die from sudden infant deaths(SIDS) seeing as they can easily wake themselves, hence avoiding deep sleep, which is a huge risk factor for SIDS. Sleeping in the same room with your baby also makes it easier for diaper changes and feeding at night. If you have a small bedroom, a bassinet would be the optimum choice for this arrangement.
On the other hand, recent studies show that babies who are 6 months and older sleep for a longer duration of time when they sleep in their own room. The studies revealed that prolonged room-sharing after 6 months results in short nighttime sleep both in the long term and short term. This means that after 6 months, your baby can comfortably sleep in a crib in his own room essentially resulting in you reclaiming your room and more sleep time for the baby.
Another major consideration has to be your budget. Seeing as a bassinet is considerably cheaper than a crib, you might consider buying a bassinet first as you save up for a crib because the kid eventually outgrows the crib. On the other hand, because cribs are more long-lasting and can eventually be transformed into toddler beds, you might as well budget for a quality affordable crib. You might also want to consider the ease of use. It is extremely easy to put a baby in a bassinet as opposed to a crib. Cribs tend to have high sides, making the tasks of picking and putting the baby down a bit tedious as you have to bend over. On the other hand, bassinet sides are shorter than your arms, allowing you to pick and place the baby down even when you are seated. This may be an integral consideration especially for mothers who have just had a c-section.
Finally, you might want to consider a bassinet simply for aesthetic purposes. Despite cribs being safe for newborns, they tend to look bare and uncomfortable as you are advised not to use blankets and pillows. They may also look extremely large for a newborn. Bassinets, on the other hand, are small and appear to be extremely cozy.
If you are still undecided on which one to buy between a bassinet and a crib, it is important to note that none is superior to the other. You simply have to pick the one that suits your budget, living situation, and baby best.
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