Where should a newborn sleep?

Where should a newborn sleep? Moses Basket? Crib? Cradle? Bassinette? – trying to decide where your newborn should sleep can be quite a chore! It’s not like you know beforehand which of the options your baby will prefer.

My brother’s 2 week old baby girl (yes, I am an aunty to the cutest niece alive – brag brag!) detests her lovingly purchased Moses Basket, which has since been appropriated by the cat, but sleeps like an angel in her car seat.

What’s a parent gotta do?

Ultimately, choice in baby’s sleep abode will come down to personal preference… and then you hope your baby agrees! If not, you do what keeps you sane and what helps your baby get some shut-eye.

As you ponder your options, here’s a quick rundown to help you gather your thoughts:

Moses Basket: is a popular option for many mums and dads, probably because it is easy to move around, can rest on the floor or in a stand and is cosy. It’ll probably last until your baby is about 4 months old.

Cradle/Bassinette (there is no real difference; the terms are often used interchangeably): the same as a Moses Basket, only heavier (usually). A crib is more difficult to haul around whereas a Moses Basket – often made from reed – is really light. They are about the same size and can also rest on the ground or on a stand.

Crib: is like a mini-cot so is good in assisting your baby in the transition from ‘small-baby bed’ to ‘big baby bed’ but it’s not as snuggly as a Moses Basket or Bassinette. Depending on the size of your baby, it should last about 6 months.

There are so many versions of the three main sleep beds for babies that life can become a proper brain strain when making the all-important decision of where your precious bundle will sleep.

My girls both slept in a crib before they were moved into a cot – but I will say that, for both girls, in the first couple of months nothing was as good as the bouncy chair, even the sofa in the lounge saw more sleep-time than the crib. You just never know!

Happy shopping mums and dads!

Where did your newborn prefer to sleep?