Your baby's healthy sleep: tips for the extra bed
Did you know that babies sleep up to 14 hours a day and spend 80% of the time in dream sleep? Adults, on the other hand, spend only about 25% of their time in the land of dreams. For babies, healthy, safe and peaceful sleep is extremely important. This is the only way your little one can develop optimally. Find out here what is important in a baby crib and how you can make the sleeping environment safe and healthy.
When should the baby be placed in a rollaway bed?
In a rollaway bed, the baby can sleep right next to you after birth. For the first few weeks you can also use a bassinet or cradle, but only as long as the baby cannot pull itself up and run the risk of falling out. The cots offered in our shop can be attached to most parents' beds without any problems and are height-adjustable. The cots can be used for a long time, are stable and well ventilated. However, you should not buy a head protection, which is often called a "nest" in the trade.
By the way: A baby cot is only suitable for the first six to twelve months of life. After that, you should switch to a cot.
Baby sleeping environment: These tips have proven to be effective
A baby spends up to 14 hours a day in the land of dreams. We have put together some tried and tested tips for you to ensure that your baby sleeps safely and contentedly:
- In the first year of life, always place your baby on its back to sleep.
- A room temperature of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius is sufficient. Babies prefer it a little cooler because they overheat easily. Is the skin between the shoulder blades warm but not sweaty? This is an indication that the temperature is just right. Cold hands are not a sufficient indication that the infant is cold.
- Because of the danger of strangulation , dummy chains, amber necklaces or toys with ribbons must be kept out of the extra bed! Dummies without chains are of course allowed.
- The baby's sleeping environment must be smoke-free.
Good news: Thanks to increasing education, the number of sudden infant deaths in Switzerland has decreased significantly. Healthy and safe sleep is easy to implement!
How can I get my baby used to the extra bed?
At night, babies need closeness and security to feel safe. However, in order for parents to get their well-deserved night's rest, you should slowly get your child used to a side bed for the baby. These tips will help you get used to it:
- Pre-warm the extra bed with a hot water bottle. This way, the difference to your body heat is not so great.
- Keep your baby in a horizontal position when putting it down so that the organ of equilibrium is not stressed and you do not wake the baby.
- If the baby is already a few months old, you can try to let him or her fall asleep directly in the cot. Simply lie down next to the cot, hold your baby's hand and gently stroke the bridge of the nose.
- Stretch a worn T-shirt of yours over the mattress to create a familiar smell.
Where do you put the extra bed?
In the first year of life, your baby is best off in the parents' bedroom. This way you will notice immediately if the baby is restless. In addition, the breathing sounds of the parents have a calming effect on the baby. In addition, the bed is within reach at night when you want to breastfeed. The extra bed, which is docked directly onto the parents' bed, is ideal for the first year of life. In our shop we offer a wide range of baby beds: No matter if you need a rollaway bed, a large rollaway bed or a bed with a cot. We only offer high quality, robust and well ventilated cots.
Which mattress belongs in the extra bed?
Special baby mattresses belong in the extra bed. These must be low in harmful substances and have climate-regulating fibres and air channels for optimal CO₂ exchange. These channels prevent your child from inhaling the exhaled and oxygen-poor air again. This reduces the risk of the dreaded "sudden infant death syndrome". Look for brand-name mattresses of the latest generation, quality seals and DIN standards.