Moses baskets & cribs
Moses baskets are usually made from natural materials and have strong handles so you can keep your newborn close to you in those first few months. Many cribs have a swinging or gliding action to soothe your baby to sleep. Both are suitable from birth.
Cots & cot beds
As soon your little one starts to outgrow their crib transfer them to a cot or cot bed. Most cots with an adjustable base can be used from birth. The highest base position is best for newborns and the lowest for when baby is standing. Cot beds have removable sides and transform from a cot to a small bed, so you can continue using it as your baby grows.
Travel cots are collapsible and designed to be taken on holiday. These portable cots usually come with a carry bag for easy storage and have mesh sides with a lightly padded mattress. Some travel costs have wheels or castors to make them even easier to move around.
The mattress you chose should be firm, flat and ideally have a washable cover for easy cleaning. There are a range of options, from foam to hypoallergenic, with more expensive mattresses offering a sophisticated sprung base for comfort. Make sure that there is a snug fit between the mattress and sides of the cot, as this will ensure a safer sleep.
The safest cot is a clear cot, free of pillows, duvets, toys and loose bedding. Sheets should be firmly tucked in, below shoulder height of your baby. Alternatively a baby sleeping bag that fits snugly around the shoulders is a safe option that avoids the risk of having loose covers.
Not too hot
Place a thermometer above your baby's cot and check that the room temperature stays at an average 18°C - this is the perfect temperature.
The right position
It's recommended that your baby should be put to sleep on their back, and moved back to this position if they roll over in the night.
Lay your baby in the 'feet to foot' position, where baby's feet are at the bottom of the cot. They can't wiggle down under any sheets this way.
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