Moses baskets give a lovely traditional look to the nursery or your bedroom and give baby a nice cosy sleeping environment in the early days.
Larger than a Moses basket, a crib is a rocking or static sleeping unit that again gives baby a snug place to sleep in the early days.
Some parents choose a hammock-style system like Amby Nature’s Nest for their newborn’s early months; a compact baby bed suspended from a metal frame.
Safety tip: neither Moses baskets, cribs nor hammocks are suitable for babies who have become active.
Your baby's cot is the staple of the nursery – the place where blissful uninterrupted sleep and happy dreams happen. It’s also the focal point that all other furniture fits around.
A cot is suitable for babies from birth to approx. 18 months – 2 years whereas a cot bed is suitable from birth to 5 years. A cot bed features removable and split end panels to easily convert into a junior bed when baby is ready, approx 18 months - 2 years.
When little ones outgrow their cot a junior (starter) bed is an ideal next step.
At Kiddicare you can buy a cot, cot bed or junior bed either on its own, with a mattress or as a handy all-in-one combo including mattress & bedding.
There is no 'best' mattress but there are different types; ultimately it comes down to personal preference and budget. The most important thing is getting the right size mattress for your cot, cot bed, starter bed or travel cot. There shouldn’t at any point be a gap of more than 3cm between the mattress edge and the cot.
All Kiddicare mattresses come with removable, washable covers. The two main types of mattress are:
Be sure to read our advice on Safe sleeping below and rest assured that all Kiddicare mattresses meet the highest possible standards of performance (BS7177:2008) & safety (BS1877:Part 10:1997).
And now we come to the fun bit: expressing your interior designer skills with beautifully chosen linens, bumpers & coordinating accessories!
Making up a baby bed is very different to making your own. Notably, no pillows and no quilts. Well, not until baby reaches 12 months anyway. The best advice is to use lightweight bedding in layers – you can always add or take away to keep your baby at a comfortable temperature. All bedding should be tucked in and covers should reach no higher than baby’s shoulders. The recommended layering of bedding for prams, cots and cot beds goes like this:
Fitted sheet + flat sheet + blanket
Flat and fitted sheets come in a range of colours to use and usually come in a handy two-pack so you can use one, wash one. Blankets range from supersoft fleeces to pure cotton cellular blankets and scallop-trim shawls. Great for bedtime and cuddle time alike.
Bedding sets & bales make life easy by combining a coordinated range of linens in one handy pack.
Pillows aren't recommended for babies under one year (with the exception of the ClevaFoam baby pillow designed to prevent flat head syndrome). Likewise quilts aren't recommended until babies reach 12 months. They can be heavy for little legs to kick off and they can also lead to overheating.
An ideal interim solution is a grobag. Essentially it's a sleeping bag which goes over baby's shoulders with different tog ratings from a lightweight 1.0 tog to a thicker 2.5 tog. These are only recommended for babies weighing over 7lb.
Once baby reaches 12 months a snuggly quilt can be used. Tog ratings range from between 2.5 for mild nights and 4 for cooler nights.
Your baby will probably sleep in your room for the first six months or so but sooner or later your little one will need a place of their own. Lots of cots can be bought as part of a coordinating roomset package but it’s the size of your nursery that determines which pieces you buy. A good starting point is a cot/cotbed, drawers and wardrobe. If you have space go for a standalone baby changer unit or choose a dresser/cupboard with a changing unit on top, otherwise a changer that attaches to a cot or cot bed is a great space-saver.
You’ll be surprised how much kit your baby accumulates in the early years – particularly if you have generous gift-giving friends and family! There’s no such thing as too much storage so look for clever ways of maximising space: a cotbed with storage drawer, a nappy stacker to store nappies, a toy box for fun stuff…
When you’re planning your nursery make sure you have plenty of space for the door, wardrobe doors and drawers to open.
A few simple reminders and precautions for safe sleeping and happy dreaming: