How do you make the crib more comfortable?
If you have a new baby, you know the importance of buying (or making) a crib that is comfortable and safe for your child’s needs. For example, if you have a newborn, consider using a crib or bassinet instead of putting your little one in a crib. You can also use these options to keep your baby close during nighttime feedings.
However, it’s no secret that some cribs are less comfortable than others. Fortunately, there are ways to make a crib more comfortable for your newborn.
Choose a crib that suits you. Some parents like the convenience of a foldable crib. Others prefer a traditional crib or a mobile crib. Whatever type you choose, it should be easy for you to assemble and disassemble. It should also be easy to move around the room with you as your baby grows up.
Choose a crib with good ventilation. A crib should have vents to allow air to circulate freely in the room. Some models also have fans on top so that fresh air can circulate in the room as well. Check with the manufacturer if they offer this feature.
Choose a comfortable mattress and bedding set. Bassinets usually come with their own mattress, but you may want to consider buying one that better suits your baby’s needs. While some babies sleep better on firmer mattresses, others need something softer, such as a memory foam or latex foam mattress.
Let’s take a look at 12 ways to make a crib more comfortable…
12 ideas to make a crib more comfortable
If you are a new parent, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money on a crib as your baby will only be using it for a few months. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to make the crib more comfortable.
Here are 10 ideas to make a crib or crib more comfortable:
1. Choose the ideal place for your crib
The environment you place your child’s crib in can affect sleep quality. If you share a room with them, it’s best to keep the crib out of direct sunlight or drafts. Some people choose to put their babies in another room entirely, but others prefer to have their babies with them overnight. It’s up to you whether you want to share rooms; the most important thing is that both you and your baby feel comfortable.
2. Add a fitted sheet
Many bassinets don’t come with sheets, so if yours didn’t either, don’t worry – just add one! It looks nicer, is easier to clean and gives you peace of mind by keeping the blanket fibers away from the baby’s nose and mouth. Buying a set of sheets for your crib is an easy way to make it more comfortable for your little one.
The sheets help protect the mattress from dirt and grime. Plus, they add extra cushioning so it feels softer on baby’s skin.
Absorbent sheets for extra comfort
Baby’s skin is soft and delicate; therefore you have to be very careful what you put on their skin. While wrapping them in a towel, try using an absorbent sheet with a plain fabric on one side and absorbent material on the other. These sheets are mainly used by doctors, but are now available on the market for everyone. This keeps your baby dry, which provides more comfort for him.
3. Add a pad
A baby crib should have a fitted sheet and no other bedding, such as blankets, comforters or pillows, to reduce the risk of suffocation. However, you can make your baby’s crib more comfortable by adding a bumper instead of the traditional crib.
4. Hang a cellphone above
Some bassinets have built-in cell phones, but if yours doesn’t, you can always hang one yourself. The fun colors and shapes will entertain babies, and they will be great to watch as they fall asleep.
5. Use breathable sheets
If you use sheets in your crib, make sure they are breathable and soft so that baby is as comfortable as possible. If you use a waterproof layer under these sheets (which we recommend), use an absorbent cotton sheet on top to keep the moisture away from baby’s skin.
6. Create a cozy nest
You can keep babies super cozy by putting layers of cotton blankets around them in their crib, with only their heads peeking out. Just make sure they aren’t too hot or too cold.
7. Check the mattress
The mattress in a baby crib is firm and covered with a waterproof pad that is not very soft. You can put an extra layer on top of this pillow to make the mattress softer so that your baby can sleep more comfortably in it. A good choice is a memory foam pad, which is soft and retains its shape.
The best way to make sure your baby is comfortable in his crib is to provide him with a firm mattress on which he can sleep. Experts recommend purchasing a specialty crib mattress for this purpose, rather than a crib mattress or other type of mattress, because crib mattresses generally conform to the shape of the crib and are firmer than other types of mattresses.
8. Add Pillows
You should never put pillows in a baby’s crib or crib while they sleep, but they are great for playtime. If your newborn is kicking his legs or waving his arms, it’s nice to have something soft to store. A pillow also gives them something to lean against when they sit up and play with their toys.
9. Choose a good quality crib
When buying a new crib, look for one that is sturdy and well-made. Verify that it has been tested to Australian Standards AS/NZS 2195:2010 which covers the safety requirements and testing methods for infant carriers, carriers and cribs. Make sure it doesn’t have any sharp edges or loose parts and it doesn’t rock too much when your baby moves in it.
10. Add a Blanket or Comforter
Using a comforter or blanket may be too warm for newborns, but it may be necessary if you live in an area where the temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) at night. If you add a blanket, make sure it is light and with breathable fabric, such as cotton. And always make sure it doesn’t cover your baby’s face.
11. Add an awning
You can buy or make a canopy or tent for the crib by using a cloth so that there is shade for the baby when he or she sleeps during the day. This protects him or her from direct sunlight and also provides some privacy.
12. Breathable Crib Blanket
Choose a breathable crib blanket made from natural fibers such as cotton, wool or bamboo to regulate your baby’s temperature. In the colder months, you can also use an extra layer at night if necessary, but remove it during the day if you notice your baby sweating while sleeping.
In short, sleep is one of the most important things for your child. It allows their brains to develop and grow, and it also means you’ll get a better night’s sleep. As you prepare for the birth of your baby, remember that you should invest in a crib so that they can sleep somewhere comfortable for the first few months.
The crib is where your little one spends most of their time, so it’s vital they feel safe while they sleep.