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Can a Next-to-Me Crib Be Used from Birth?

Can a Next-to-Me Crib Be Used from Birth?

Can a Next-to-Me Crib Be Used from Birth?

Welcome to My First Nursery! As you embark on the exciting journey of parenthood, one of the key decisions you’ll face is choosing the right sleeping arrangement for your new-born. Amidst a plethora of options, a next-to-me crib often stands out for its convenience and safety. But can it really be used from birth? Let’s dive into everything you need to know about next-to-me cribs, from their benefits to their usage guidelines.

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What is a Next-to-Me Crib?

A next-to-me crib, also known as a side-sleeping crib, co-sleeping cot, or bedside crib, is designed to attach securely to the side of your bed. Typically, these cribs come with adjustable height settings to align perfectly with your bed and feature a side that can be lowered or removed. This design ensures that your baby sleeps in their own safe space while remaining within arm’s reach, allowing you to tend to them easily during the night.

Can a Next-to-Me Crib Be Used from Birth?

Absolutely! Next-to-me cribs are specifically designed to be used from birth until around six months, or until your baby can sit up unaided. This makes them an ideal choice for the early stages of your baby’s life when they need to be close to you for feeding, comfort, and bonding. Unlike Moses baskets, which are smaller and often outgrown quickly, next-to-me cribs offer more space and can accommodate your growing baby for a longer period.

Next-to-Me Crib vs. Moses Basket: What’s the Difference?

When choosing between a next-to-me crib and a Moses basket, it’s important to consider their key differences:

• Size: Next-to-me cribs are generally 50% larger than traditional Moses baskets, providing more room for your baby to grow.

• Versatility: Many next-to-me cribs can be used in multiple ways—as a side-sleeping crib, standalone crib, or even a travel crib. Moses baskets, on the other hand, are usually standalone and less versatile.

• Convenience: With a next-to-me crib, night-time feedings and comforting are much easier as you don’t need to get out of bed. Moses baskets require you to lift your baby out completely, which can be more disruptive.

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Why Choose a Next-to-Me Crib?

1. Convenience: One of the biggest advantages of a next-to-me crib is the convenience it offers. If your baby wakes up during the night, you can quickly reach over to comfort or feed them without having to get out of bed. This not only helps your baby settle back to sleep more quickly but also allows you to get more rest.

2. Safety and Peace of Mind: While sharing the same bed with your baby is not recommended due to safety risks, a next-to-me crib provides a safe alternative. Your baby gets their own sleeping space while still being close enough for you to monitor them easily.

Are Next-to-Me Cribs Safe?

Safety is a paramount concern for every parent. While there have been some concerns about next-to-me cribs, they are generally considered safe when used correctly. To ensure your baby’s safety, follow these guidelines:

• Proper Installation: Always install the crib exactly as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Incorrect installation can lead to safety hazards.

• No Gaps: Ensure there are no gaps between your bed and the crib where your baby could become trapped.

• No Obstacles: Make sure there are no obstacles between your bed and the crib that could pose a danger.

• Regular Checks: Periodically check the crib’s stability and secure attachment to your bed.

Tips for Choosing the Right Next-to-Me Crib

When selecting a next-to-me crib, consider the following factors:

• Clear Installation Instructions: Ensure the crib comes with detailed instructions.

• Bed Compatibility: Verify that the crib can be securely attached to your bed and adjusted to the correct height.

• Ease of Use: Look for features like a drop-down or removable side that’s easy to operate, even when you’re half-asleep.

• Quality and Stability: Choose a crib that feels sturdy and well-constructed.

Our Recommended Next To Me Cribs

Clair de Lune Stars & Stripes Next To Me Bedside Crib Bundle

Awarded Gold in the Mother & Baby Award 2020, this crib offers a secure, convenient design that attaches to your bed. The complete bundle includes an adjustable stand, supportive mattress, protector, fitted sheets, and a nursing pillow. Its versatile stand fits any bed and doubles as a standalone crib. With a safety-focused, breathable mesh panel, it ensures restful nights for both baby and parents.

Price: £249.00

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Clair de Lune Organic Folding Breathable Crib

Featuring GOTS-certified organic cotton and breathable mesh panels, this crib ensures a comfortable sleep. The premium bamboo mattress supports healthy spinal development. Its compact, foldable design is perfect for small spaces and travel. Sustainably crafted in Manchester, it's an eco-friendly choice for conscientious parents.

Price: £149.00

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Final Thoughts

A next-to-me crib can be a wonderful addition to your nursery, offering both convenience and peace of mind during those crucial first months. By following the recommended safety practices and choosing a crib that fits your needs, you can ensure a safe and comfortable sleeping environment for your baby.

At My First Nursery, we’re here to help you make the best choices for your little one. Browse our selection of next-to-me cribs and other nursery essentials to create the perfect space for your growing family. Happy parenting!

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