Baby's First Bed
One of the biggest purchases when decorating the baby’s nursery was always going to be baby’s first bed. We received ours as a gift from my folks, and while there are a whole bunch of different styles to choose from, we decided to go with the Pod Moses Basket, by Seed Organic
Pod Moses Basket
My wife decided she wanted one of these for baby’s first bed because, as it’s our first child, she wanted to keep it in the bedroom with us, at least initially, so we can keep a close eye on baby, and so she’s close by for those late night feedings.
There’s also a practical aspect to it; living in Sydney, Australia we are all too familiar with the fact that “Insulation” seems to have been a four letter word when apartments and houses were built in the old days, and our apartment can get pretty damn cold in the winter (June is winter over here, I know, it’s a crazy upside down land!!
). Trying to heat 2 bedrooms sufficiently when the baby arrives would be difficult, and expensive,
which is why we decided on the Moses basket.
It has a couple of other neat features too:
- It’s portable - the whole basket comes off the frame easily, so we can move baby from room to room with no fuss.
- It’s all organic, so baby’s sensitive skin will be fine.
- It’s “cosy and pretty”....yeah, that was my wife’s comment!
If only they were all this easy...
Now, once you’ve put together a few dozen
pieces of furniture from IKEA, you discover that building furniture with an Allen key that's NOT
from IKEA is a bit of an adventure!
The instructions were not the clearest
, and I particularly liked how once I finished the task on page 2, page 4 tells me that there was a step missing from that page, "please insert part J into section D now"
...which is of course impossible because of the task I just did on page 3!! SIGH!!!
We put it together this week, and while it wasn’t all that difficult to do, let me tell you something...my wife is Swedish, and a true Swedish IKEA fan, so most of our furniture is from
Well, with a minimum amount of fuss (and swearing), baby’s first bed is now complete. It does look quite comfy, but I have been banned from trying it out, apparently I’m too big. So Leonard gets to test it!
This type of bed is only one option for Baby’s first bed. Some of the other styles of bed you could choose from are:-
- Traditional Crib - or Cot depending where you live, is probably the most common option. They are a lot larger, and while you can get some with caster wheels so you can move them, for the most part a Crib is a permanent fixture that stays in the nursery until the baby outgrows it. You can get Convertible Cribs, which last longer as they change configuration (and in some cases shape) as your baby grows.
- Bassinets - These are smaller than a traditional crib and usually last baby from birth to about 4 months. Most have caster wheels, so you can move baby from room to room. Since they are smaller, they provide a sort of ‘cocoon’ for the baby, which they find comforting and can help them sleep better...which is also what I’m hoping the Moses Basket will do! The Moses Basket is basically a portable Bassinet, as it can come off the frame which keeps it up off the floor.
- Cradle - Again, this is a traditional type of bed, usually for new-born to about 4 to 6 months, which have legs attached to rocker feet, like on a rocking chair, so you can rock baby to sleep or to sooth them.
MOST important thing to consider when you’re buying your baby’s first bed is SAFETY - be sure to check those Safety Standards for wherever you live fellas. Other things to consider are Size, Style, and Price.
Below is an example of choosing the Sturdiest bed you can might be a good idea...I try to be as helpful and informative as I can here people!
- apparently the poor guy was in there for over an hour!
Baby is due pretty much anytime now, though the midwives say it’s still about 2 weeks to go. I think my wife is pretty much ready to meet this kid now, so I’m betting on D-Day coming sooner rather than later!