How to arrange a sleeping corner for a newborn and ensure a safe sleep?
I never made a secret of arranging my first children's room for ... myself. Room for a child was my unfulfilled dream, the implementation of which gave me great satisfaction and was the perfect stepping stone for a difficult pregnancy. How did I arrange the space for the next child?
It is not, however, that when I arranged the first children's room, it later became and dusty, quite the opposite. Almost every time I went there for feeding, sat in my beloved armchair and enjoyed the time with the baby, sometimes even reading a book a day while feeding. We also went upstairs to the children's bedroom for each change of diaper. We allowed ourselves to do so because having only one child, we could fully devote ourselves to caring for him.
Preparing the place for the next child, I knew that living on three levels and taking care of the older son Mikołaj, who is not even three years old, I will not want to leave him alone, for example, in the living room on the ground floor, going with the baby to the first floor to lay sleep him, change him or feed him. That's why this time children's areas for feeding, care, storage and sleeping instead of accumulating in a child's room as before, they scattered around the house. It was in this respect that I arranged them to be there as mobile as possible and located where our family life with an older child goes onand left the device for a separate children's room for later.
1. A place to sleep for the first months of a child's life
Driven by mobility, arranging a corner for the newborn to sleep, we decided on basket of Moses. Our choice is a very solid brand basket Shnuggle. Thanks to the fact that our Son is sleeping in a basket, we can take him with the handles attached to the sides of the basket to the living room, garden, room of the older son or the attic office.
We chose Moses Shnuggle basket in DREAMI version in white - complete with a mattress and a dual-function stand. Due to the fact that the basket sometimes travels with us several times a day from top to bottom and bottom to top, and our youngest son, Maks, loves rocking, so in order not to run additionally with a stand up the stairs, we decided to add a second basket to the basket. stand in the ROCKING version, i.e. rocking chairs and it is on him that the basket stands in the bedroom next to our bed. Takes up little space (definitely less than basket that we had with our older son, and also does not creak), and thanks to its light weight, it is very easy to move it to the edge of the bed every evening and move it away every morning. Its ergonomic height allows Maks to rock at his fingertips when he wakes up at night. I can also pet him or hold his hand without sleeping in one bed with him, which makes me feel safe. Thanks to the high stand, when I want to take Maks on my hands, I do not have to bend or get out of bed, and this is a huge advantage of this solution. It's also nice that when a toddler moves in the basket with his hands or feet, this gentle movement is enough to set the basket in a rocking chair.
Second rack - the one who was in the DREAMI set, in the rocking version it has a basket mounted at a very low height, which works great in the living room, where it usually stands. This is an ideal solution for playing time on the carpet with Santa - we are all together and we have Maks at our fingertips, where we can rock him with one finger. At any time, we can also turn the rack upside down and put the basket rigidly and much higher.
2. Newborn bedding
In the basket on the mattress, of course, we have prześcieradełko - it is a standard, white sheet, 50 × 80 cm. And what does the baby sleep under? For his safety at night, i.e. when he is not under our constant care, we do not use blankets or quilts (However, we use them willingly in a pram or when Maks sleeps under our watch during the day). Why? Such a toddler has a tendency to throw a blanket or quilt over his face, which may impede his breathing. That is why we usually gently wrap the baby. Our favorites are:
- otulacze Lodger - Bundlermade of hydrophilic cotton, which is knitted and thus elastic; these swaddling gears, which are important to us, do not provide a very tight, embarrassing wrap either in the hands or around the legs and hips, thanks to which our Mal's hip joints can surely develop safely,
- cornetswhich are perfect for cooler days and nights,
- cotton diapers / swaddles Lodger or bamboo Aden + Anais - although sometimes I also wrap Maks on my own in large bamboo or muslin swaddles, which are in fact huge diapers measuring about 120 × 120 cm, Maks never stays tightly wrapped in them all night long.
3. WHISBEAR humming bear
When I met the humming bear about two years ago, Mikołaj already seemed too big for "white noise", but I knew with Maks that I would want to try it out. Is it working?
Szumiś does not help when Maks is crying because he is hungry, wet or needs closeness, but when he cannot fall asleep from excess emotions, is irritable or anxious, the humming bear clearly helps him calm down, soothe and fall asleep. When Maks wakes up during the night for an unknown reason, the noise automatically turns on - we have skimming bear WHISBEAR with Cry Sensor function, which when the baby is crying, it activates the noise automatically and also often helps Maks to fall asleep quickly.
4. Breath monitor + baby monitor + camera
Our breathing monitor was bought over 3 years ago for Mikołaj. We have a version 3w1 with baby monitor and webcam in one. Why did we decide on such a solution? None of our children had medical indications that the use of this type of device was necessary. Nevertheless, it was important to us element that increases children's safety and comfort of sleep ... of a parent 🙂 We feel much calmer, knowing that besides us the electronic angel is watching over the child's breath. The model you see in the pictures of AngelCare 1100 is unfortunately already available in Polish distribution. You can choose an alternative breath monitor here. In addition to breathing monitor functions, living on several levels or using the garden in the summer, we cannot imagine functioning without an electronic nanny. Although I think that it is also useful in smaller spaces - sometimes the noise while cooking in the kitchen or at dinner with friends, or in the shower can make it difficult for us to hear the baby cry quickly, and thanks to the electronic nanny we do not have this problem. A webcam is also a useful option, which, when a child cries, allows you to check that nothing happened to him before we reach his cot or monitor if the child has fallen asleep if he falls asleep without our presence. After we moved the webcam to Maks, we admit that we lack this type of device at Mikusia's.
And without what you can not imagine the baby's sleep?
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