Various Types of Baby Bedding Available to Parents

One of the very first things that needs to be determined is the type of bedding to be used. A baby crib is often the natural choice, but there are other options available when it comes to your child's sleep. There are several factors involved in choosing how and where your baby where sleep, but the number one by far is safety.

If you are a new parent, you have probably heard of sudden infant death syndrome, otherwise know as SIDS. This is mostly caused when a baby is kept in very soft bedding in a sleeping arrangement, of if their mattress is extremely soft. If the baby's mouth and nose become covered by bedding (such as blankets or sheets), SIDS can come into play. Basically the baby can begin to breathe more carbon dioxide and less oxygen, thus creating a dangerous situation.

However there are plenty of baby bedding styles that are perfectly safe that parents can choose from. The most common options are a baby crib, a bassinet, and a cradle. Each has its own positives and negatives, and often parents will use more than one type of product for their baby.

A baby crib is a very popular option, and is simply a bed for infants that is surrounded by side bars that are high enough to keep your baby safe. Cribs are extremely useful and can be used for several years, thus making them an economical choice. Your baby can often sleep in a crib for up to 2 years.

A bassinet is usually a oval shaped, basket like bed that is made for infants. You will also find round bassinets. These are often smaller than cribs, and do not have high walls, thus are not safe for babies once they can stand and climb out. They are often more portable.

Finally, a cradle is  a bed low to the ground or floor that is usually used to rock an infant. A cradle is often on rockers or some type of stand that allows movement. Sometimes you'll find a cradle that is on wheels, or has adapters to adjust the cradle from rocking, to rolling, to a stationary position.

The bedding associated with these types of baby sleeping products also varies. For example, bassinets are usually very ornate and decorated with lace. The bedding used for a bassinet must be specially made to fit properly. This is different from a crib, which is usually square, and thus requires more normal bedding, just in crib sizes. Cradles comes in so many sizes that it's hard to generalize, but again usually require bedding that matches the size of the specific crib.

If you are a new parent with a baby, choosing where it will sleep is likely one of the most important decisions you will make.

Best Toddler Bed Size

Basically, a toddler bed is a mini-sized bed that is low to the ground and small enough to fit a standard crib mattress. A good quality bed will fit the mattress snugly and have adequate guard rails to prevent your toddler from falling onto the floor while asleep.

Of course, the measurements of each bed will differ depending on the design. While the space for the mattress will be more or less the same to fit a standard crib mattress, the outer design and overall appearance will be different for each model.

For example, the KidKraft boat bed has a storage compartment at the front. This will make it longer compared to one with just a simple standard bed frame. Bear in mind that there are many different designs from castle to car beds that appeal to young children.

Therefore, if you are planning to buy a bed for your toddler, do not make the mistake of thinking that it is just a small frame that can fit anywhere in the room. Some beds can be bulky and large with their cute designs.

Why Buy A Toddler Bed

A toddler bed is necessary for that transition phase from crib to bed. Not all children can move to a big bed with little fuss. Some take time to get used to the idea of sleeping on one and many parents also find it difficult to help them to adjust.

So, a smaller-sized bed is the solution for this transition stage. It is of the right size for a toddler which helps to keep him secure and snug during the night as well as low to the ground for him to climb in and out by himself.

While such a bed may not be able to last you very long as it is very quickly outgrown, it is also not necessary to spend a lot of money to buy a high end model. There are many cheap toddler beds around and you can also consider used beds to save cost. Generally, children will outgrow their toddler beds by the age of 5.

You can also use back your crib mattress for this transition phase and save the money for a regular bed later on. If your child is giving you much problem in giving up the crib, then spend a little money and get a toddler bed. It might just be able to save you much headache every night.


Toddler Beds And Luxury Kid Furnishings Including Armoires, Bookcases Bunk

You've survived pregnancy with multiples, and you've survived a challenging first year with 

baby twins, triplets or more. Now the fun really begins! Just when you thought things might get a little easier, you have a set of toddlers on your hands.

If you care about materials, this luxurious kid’s bed by Oeuf is an expensive but well considered design. The birch and plywood base has been sustainably sourced, and all the finishes are non-toxic. The guard rail around the bed makes it suitable for toddlers and kids up to the age of six. It's easy for one person to assemble, unlike many on the list.

Some parents place their children into full-size beds immediately after they graduate from their cribs, skipping the toddler bed completely. However, be cause full-size beds are much larger than toddler beds and usually do not come with side rails, this may be an issue for parents. In addition, some cribs come with toddler rails included so that parents do not have to purchase additional furniture.

The $69 Baby Relax is on the lower end of the pricing spectrum and, as such, may pose a few minor assembly problems. However, it's a beautiful piece of furniture with a classic sleigh design that works well for most of the people who have purchased it. We give the bed satisfactory marks for its durability and craftsmanship, but we caution potential customers who aren't handy” that assembly could be a bit of a hassle.

One concern that I still have is the tendency of some manufacturers of toddler beds to try to meet extremely low price points in mass market distribution for their promotional models. Today, I often see metal toddler beds on sale for $25 and there doesn't seem to be much substance to the bed in terms of structure. This makes the product look more like a cot for daycare with no footboard, no guardrails or headboard. I wonder if they've gone too far just to hit a low price point.