Why Crib Safety Standards Matter

Babies spend a lot of time sleeping. 

And when we say a lot, we mean it. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that newborns get between 14-17 hours of sleep a day

This means that your baby spends more time snoozing away in their bedside co-sleeper, baby bassinet, or crib than they spend in any other room—or on any other piece of furniture—in your house. 

And though the importance of choosing the best baby crib or best co sleeper bassinet for your family can’t be denied, it can be difficult to understand how crib safety standards should affect your choice of bedside co sleeper or crib model. 

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What Do I Need to Know About Crib Safety Standards? 

Believe it or not, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (the agency of the U.S. government that protects the public by setting safety standards for different products) didn’t set mandatory crib safety standards for manufacturers until 2011. 

Up until then, there were recommended safety guidelines that baby crib manufacturing companies were asked to follow—but none that were considered set in stone, non-negotiable “must-dos.” 

Though many parents are interested in how to make an old crib safe, the CPSC considers old and vintage cribs (no matter how beautiful or decorative they are!) one of their “Most Wanted” dangerous products.

And for good reason! One slight design flaw—like slats that are set too far apart or a decorative pattern in the wrong place—can easily become unsafe for babies. And any corner posts that aren’t well-constructed can easily catch on a newborn’s clothes and pose a risk. 

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This is why when it comes to choosing the best baby co sleeper, bedside crib, bedside bassinet, or standalone crib for your little one, it’s a good idea to stop looking for how to make an old crib safe and instead seek out a crib or co sleeper designed with safety as the top priority.

Are There Really Best Baby Cribs That Take the Top Spot for Safety? 

Sure, safety standards might now be mandatory. But that doesn’t mean that all baby crib or baby co sleeper manufacturers think of safety the same way. 

Many manufacturers still consider safety as a “must do,” rather than a mission. 

At the end of the day, there’s a big difference between checking off all the safety boxes and going above and beyond to give your baby a space to rest their head that is safe, secure, and perfectly built to support them through their many hours of rest! 

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One thing that sets different bedside co-sleepers or cribs apart are the materials used in their construction. 

It’s still common for cribs and baby co sleepers to be made with toxic glues, paints, and plastics that can be harmful to your baby’s health. 

Certain paint finishes and glues release gasses that include formaldehyde, benzene, phenol, phthalates (and plenty of other ones that are equally hard to pronounce!) that can cause irritation, cause cancer, or damage the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. 

And though these gasses can be harmful outdoors, they can be even more concentrated and harmful (10x more concentrated, in fact!) when they’re found on products indoors. 

So when seeking out the best baby co sleeper crib, it’s not enough to just look for one that has checked off all the mandatory boxes, but one that has made smart and safety-centered choices when it comes to everything from engineering to construction. 

How Does the babybay Baby Co-Sleeper Do Safety Differently? 

At babybay, we believe that your family’s health and safety is what matters most. 

We were proud when we received the gold star for safety from ASTM International, TÜV Rheinland, and Confidence in Textiles (some of the biggest names in safety certification!). But that wasn’t enough for us. 

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We wanted to check off all the safety boxes, and then go above and beyond in providing your baby with a made-just-for-them safe sleep space that doesn’t just give them security…but also you peace of mind. 

That’s why we build all of our baby bedside sleepers using sustainably sourced and ethically manufactured 100% beechwood.

And our beechwood isn’t coated with chemicals. We keep it just as nature intended—non-toxic and pure. 

This means you get to enjoy all the many benefits of co sleeping without worrying about whether the materials in your crib are hurting your baby’s health (because we’re always all-natural over here). 

So if you’re trying to decide what kind of baby bed is best for your family, understanding crib safety standards is a good place to start. 

But then seek out the cribs and baby sleeper options that are going above and beyond when it comes to safety—and are committed to giving you and your baby better nights of rest. 

Just starting to explore co-sleeping? 

Explore our blog to learn more about the many benefits of co-sleeping and discover how the babybay has helped thousands of families co sleep safely.

babybay Unboxing: How to Prep Your Bedside Sleeper For Your Little One’s Arrival

Your co sleeping journey begins way before your baby sleeps on their made-just-for-them baby bed side co sleeper for the first time. 

It starts the moment you look around online for the best baby bedside sleeper on the market (hint: you’ve stumbled upon the right page!), chat with fellow parents about bedside crib and bedside bassinet models they love, and click the “Choose Your Babybay” button so that we can get your brand new co sleeper shipped straight to your door. 

Because when it comes to choosing co sleepers, it’s not just about finding one that will provide you with feelings of ease after your baby arrives. 

It’s about choosing a bedside co sleeper that is easy to unbox, easy to assemble, and easy to make  a part of your and your baby’s soon-to-be shared bedroom space.

That’s why when we designed babybay, we had ease in mind. 

Take an inside look at one family’s experience unboxing their brand-new babybay cosleeper: 

Properly assembling your babybay so that your co sleeper attaches to the bed takes just 12 steps, all easily accomplished with tools you already have at home (no trips to the hardware store needed). 

And though the assembly time might be short and simple, that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing a single ounce of comfort or security. 

Each babybay co sleeper has been given a gold-star for safety from top safety certification organizations (including ASTM International, TÜV Rheinland, and Confidence in Textiles Oeko-Tex). 

So that you’ll have confidence your baby is peacefully sleeping safe and secure, while you’re catching Z’s with full peace of mind.

How to Customize Your Baby Co Sleeper For Fullest Comfort 

Your little one is unique. And so is your family. 

Which is why we made it our mission to offer plenty of accessories and customizable color options that will make your bedside co sleeper easily blend into your home (or stand out in your home, if that’s more your style).

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Though all babybay bedside sleepers are made of 100% eco-friendly and fully sustainable beechwood (because we believe that caring for the Earth is just as important as caring for your family), you can easily choose untreated, walnut, white, or gray color options to help you personalize your co sleeper so it feels part of your space. 

(Don’t worry—we never use the harmful glues, chemicals, or paints that you’ll find in most cribs. With us, it’s all-natural, all the time.)

You can even deck your baby co sleeper out with a colorful canopy or choose a tie-on padded crib border that creates a soft nest for your baby while giving a pop of cute with stars or polka dots.

So that by the time you’re finished putting together your babybay, you feel fully ready to welcome your baby home with a soft space all their own!

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Convert to a Crib With a Bedside Bassinet Conversion Kit

Straight out of the box, your baby co sleeper attaches to bed and keeps your baby secure by sitting flush against your own mattress. But for families who want to have options when it comes to converting their bedside crib into a moveable bassinet, the bedside bassinet conversion kit is here to help!

The bedside bassinet conversion kit has a wooden guard rail that can be installed in minutes with wooden locking clips, allowing your baby to sleep soundly—even if your bedside co sleeper isn’t right next to your bed.

This is a perfect choice for families who have nursery space where their baby can nap (because yep–with the bassinet conversion kit and attachable roller casters you can easily roll your new standalone crib to another room), or who want to have options for how they use their bedside sleeper throughout their journey. 

After Unboxing: What to Remember As You Start Co Sleeping 

Your relationship with babybay doesn’t end the moment that your bedside co sleeper is unboxed! 

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We’re here to support you and be by your (bed)sidesee what we did there?through all stages of your co sleeping journey. 

Which means if the time ever comes when you feel like your babybay needs a little extra accessorizing—like a breathable, moisture-regulating, mattress pad upgrade or all-natural 100% organic cotton sheets—know that we’ll be here to help you out. 

And if a day ever comes when you’ve used your bedside sleeper for so many kiddos that you could use a few replacement parts—we’ve got you covered on that front too. 

Which is our way of saying, we’re here to help you for the long haul.

Already ordered your babybay? It’s time to accessorize! 

Just getting started on your babybay journey?

Choose your babybay now!

3 Revitalizing Benefits of Co-sleeping with your Newborn

When was the last time you actually felt rested? 

Can’t remember?

We totally get it. Those late-night feedings are exhausting, especially during the initial weeks after giving birth.

Imagine how rested you’d feel if you didn’t have to get out of bed every 2-3 hours to feed or soothe your newborn.

No more tip-toeing your way back to the crib, praying not to wake your baby. 

No more frustration when, you finally find a comfortable position, only to be woken up moments later. 

…sounds too good to be true, right? Not anymore. 

Parents all over the world have started getting the sleep they desperately need by switching over to babybay’s Baby Bedside Sleeper.

Uniquely engineered to lock into beds of all sizes and heights, this co-sleeper is changing the game. 

Now, you can enjoy all the benefits of co-sleeping, and the closeness of bedsharing, without compromising safety. 

 


CO-SLEEPING ENCOURAGES DEVELOPMENT

James J. Mckenna, Director emeritus of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, found that,

“Parents serve as a kind of biological “jumper cable,” or outsourced regulator, to a newborn baby when she is completing her gestation outside her mother’s body. When parents and babies sleep together, their heart rates, brain waves, sleep states, oxygen levels, temperature, and breathing influence one another.”

In basic lingo, this means, your baby’s development relies on being close to you. Even outside of the womb, our bodies sync together for prime developmental functioning. The separation that comes from a stand-alone crib can get in the way of this. 

Does this mean you have to stay joined at the hip? No. But, it shows that simply sleeping nearby makes it possible for them to grow big and strong. Amazing, right? 


THE CLOSER YOU ARE THE LESS ANXIETY FOR EVERYONE

Hearing the beating of your heart and the in and out of your breath can be incredibly soothing to your baby. Depriving them of this for 6-8 hours at night means babies cry more often, needing your closeness to soothe their anxiety. 

Babies who co-sleep generally cry less, wake less often, and allow you to sleep for longer periods of time.

Added Bonus: You get to wake up next to a smiley baby!

 


YOU CAN BETTER RESPOND TO A CRISIS WHILE CO-SLEEPING

Parenting guru Dr. Sears  found during his studies that:

“Babies who sleep close to their mothers enjoy ‘protective arousal,’ a state of sleep that enables them to more easily awaken if their health is in danger, such as breathing difficulties…Infants who sleep near their parents have more stable temperatures, regular heart rhythms, and fewer long pauses in breathing compared to babies who sleep alone. This means the baby sleeps physiologically safer.”

When it comes to defending against dangers to your baby, there is no substitute for your care. Co-sleeping makes it possible to familiarize with all the sounds your baby makes.

As part of your natural-momma-bear instinct, (part of the physiological syncing mentioned above,) your body stays alert even while sleeping. If something is off, you can count on your body to sense it — and, in the event of an emergency, this can make all the difference for the safety of your baby.   


The babybay Baby Bedside Sleeper is a leader in safety for co-sleeping with newborns. All of our sleepers undergo rigorous safety inspections, and must receive domestic and international safety certifications before ever going out to you.  

If you’re ready to start getting a better night’s sleep, with less stress, and more opportunity to connect with your baby then, it’s time you meet our bedside cribs. 90% of the world’s families are already co-sleeping their way to better nights. Isn’t it time you expected more for your family?

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5 Resources for New Moms in Need of a Better Night’s Sleep (It Starts by Using a Bedside Co-sleeper!)

Is adapting to life with your newborn leaving you exhausted?

Does it feel impossible to catch up on sleep?

We totally get it. You’re not alone. Take a deep breath. We’re here to help.

If you recently had a baby, a full night’s sleep can feel like a distant memory. Adapting to your new normal while trying to heal from labor, is no small feat. The longer you go without rest, the worse your body feels — occasionally causing serious side effects. Studies have shown that long-term sleep deprivation can result in anxiety, irritability, reduced cognitive functioning, and can contribute to postpartum depression.

If you’ve been struggling to rest, or are looking to optimize your sleeping environment, continue reading below. Our tips include data on the benefits of bedside co-sleeping, as well as minor changes to your sleep hygiene that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

  • FOLLOW YOUR BABY’S LEAD

When your baby sleeps, that’s your cue to sleep, too. Simple enough, right? Some parents spend the first year fighting against their baby’s natural rhythm and needs, You can try to get your baby on your clock, but this will only add to your exhaustion. That time will come, but don’t expect it right away.

Instead, try taking the opposite approach and create a sleeping environment similar to the womb. Science tells us to expect newborns to sleep 16-18 a day, in 2-3 hour increments (bedside co-sleeping can increase that time.)  You can work with that, right? Start viewing those hours as windows of opportunity to rest and relax. Don’t forget to be patient with yourself. This is going to be an adjustment, but you’ll get there. (You just made a human! After that, there’s nothing you can’t handle.) 

  •  SHARE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH YOUR PARTNER

Listen to your body. No matter how independent you are, talk to your partner about how they can help. Working together to rotate responsibilities will make it possible for you to sleep, heal, and be at your best. The American Academy of Family Physicians echoes the importance of letting others help during your postpartum recovery:

“During the first six weeks, pay attention to your body…resist the temptation to do more. Overdoing things at this point can set you back in your recovery. Concentrate on nourishing your body with good foods, drinking plenty of water (especially if you are breastfeeding), and getting enough rest.”

Your baby, body, and relationship will all benefit from practicing good communication. After all, teamwork makes the dream work.

  • PRACTICE PROPER SLEEP HYGIENE

The concept of proper sleep hygiene is all about setting up your sleep environment and making choices during the day to not interfere with your body’s ability to sleep.

For example: not drinking caffeine after 2pm, fighting late-night cravings, and removing technology from the bedroom. With a newborn added to the equation, and feedings waking you up every few hours, the mixed messages to your body make it hard to go back to sleep on command.  Additional tips for those struggling to get back to sleep, include: 

      • Doing 5-10 minutes of yoga or peaceful meditation
      • Make a cup of herbal tea (they are naturally decaffeinated.)
      • Close the blinds, or try blackout window treatments
  • POSTPARTUM DOULAS & AFTER BIRTH CARE SPECIALISTS

For those unfamiliar, Postpartum Doulas and After Birth Care Specialists, are specially trained to help moms in the first weeks, or months after giving birth. They work with you, in your home, to help you feel comfortable adapting to all things motherhood. (They’re also covered by state health care and independent insurance coverages.)

For those struggling with getting baby to latch on, or, worried you’ve swaddled your baby too tightly — Maybe,  you’re experiencing anxiety about how your body is healing —  Or, you don’t know why your baby won’t stop crying — With compassion, understanding, and a helpful attitude, they will help you with all of it.

Although this uncharted territory can be frightening, don’t forget about the resources available to help you. If you’ve got a question, ask it. If you’re unsure of something, or something feels off, trust your gut and find help. There’s nothing like peace of mind when it comes to a good night’s sleep.

  • BEDSIDE CO-SLEEPERS

Switching to using a bedside co-sleeper can make all the difference in terms of a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown the benefits of co-sleeping, (when done safely,) can be extensive — including: physiological syncing between mom and baby (breathing, heartbeat, etc,) increased time in REM sleep, and in longer intervals.

Try taking the more natural approach, by keeping moms and babies close throughout the night. It will change the game, and the science is there to prove it, says Dr. James McKenna:

“Staying close to the adult’s body helps the baby remain at a more stable body temperature. Physical contact, in close cosleeping, helps babies to “breathe more regularly, use energy more efficiently, grow faster, and experience less stress”

Simply speaking, when you create a sleep environment that allows for physical connection, similar to the womb, the transition won’t be nearly as jarring for your baby (and moms.) The problems start when we fight against nature, and expect babies to not be upset when they don’t know where mom is.  They’re not able to self-soothe, yet. So why would we expect them to do so, just because it meets our needs? Now that co-sleeping can be done safely again, there’s no reason not to. It’s best for both of you.

Interested in finding a bedside co-sleeper that works for you?

Consider the leading, attachable, bedside co-sleeper by babybay. Not only are we the only eco-friendly sleeper on the market, but we are also committed to sustainable manufacturing. Each of our sleepers are made with the highest quality, European beechwood, and, for every tree used, we plant another. You’ll never see plastics, cardboard, or any toxic paints on our sleepers. Plus, we hold 2 of the highest safety certifications from Europe and the United States.

Our customers love our bedside sleepers because they’re created by parents, for parents  — showing a true understanding of your everyday struggles and needs. 

For more information on how we stack up against the competition, click here.

The babybay Bedside Sleeper Helps you Get More Sleep

Thank you to The MonarchMommy for your review of the babybay bedside sleeper! In her review, The MonarchMommy talks about the uniqueness and customizability of the babybay bedside sleeper as well as highlights many of the great qualities of the babybay. 

Here are some of the Top Reasons MonarchMommy likes babybay: 

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  • Safety – made of solid beechwood, manufactured in Germany and is made to the highest European standards.
  • Non-toxic finish – no or low VOC natural antibacterial and antistatic protection
  • Durability – “There’s no plywood or plastic here, just strong sturdy beechwood, so you can feel confident that it’s not a flimsy piece of furniture that won’t stand the test of time. The babybay® will absolutely last through more than one child!”
  • Versatility – can transform into bassinet, crib or even a bench – “A crib that doubles as a bassinet, co-sleeper, and a bench once baby’s outgrown it? Yes please!” – The MonarchMommy
  • Safety certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA), ASTM international child safety standards, and TUV/GS (German Safety Approval)

 

“Once you’ve got the babybay® set up against the bed, you’ve created a perfect little sleep nest for you and your baby. It’s like bed-sharing and co-sleeping without losing even an inch of your own sleep space. Baby is within arm’s reach for those late night feedings, and best of all, baby is close AND safe in the babybay®.” – The MonarchMommy

 

Below is an excerpt of the review:

Enter the babybay! I only wish I’d known about this great baby sleep solution before my little ones were born. It’s something that gives you options and a customizability that I haven’t seen in baby sleep setups before. Want to know what it’s all about? Here you go! 

What exactly is a babybay®? The babybay® is more than just a co-sleeper, it’s a bedside sleeper that actually attaches securely to any regular bed (with or without a boxspring). It is made out of locally-sourced beechwood, so it’s sustainable AND offers natural antibacterial and antistatic protection. The babybay® is manufactured in Germany and is made to the highest European standards. There are four finishes to choose from, and each is done with a high-quality water-based finish that is non-toxic and no or low VOC. That definitely promotes a safe sleeping environment for your precious little bundle. The height of the platform of the babybay® is fully adjustable, so it will fit most bed heights with ease.babybay playpen crib monarchmommy

Once you’ve got the babybay® set up against the bed, you’ve created a perfect little sleep nest for you and your baby. It’s like bed-sharing and co-sleeping without losing even an inch of your own sleep space. Baby is within arm’s reach for those late-night feedings, and best of all, baby is close AND safe in the babybay®. The babybay® is nice and sturdy too. There’s no plywood or plastic here, just strong sturdy beechwood, so you can feel confident that it’s not a flimsy piece of furniture that won’t stand the test of time. The babybay® will absolutely last through more than one child!

To read the full review visit: https://themonarchmommy.com/2016/04/21/babybay-bedside-sleeper/

Safe Co-Sleeping for Babies and New Parents

For new parents, being close to their baby at all times is a priority. That includes being close to the baby during sleeping hours. The notion of co-sleeping refers to sleeping with your baby close to you, often with a reach of your arm. Co-sleeping generally means the baby is near, but in a different bed.

As you can see in this short clip, this dad is able to adjust his newborn in a babybay® bedside sleeper, which is attached right to the parents’ bed.

For several years now, more parents have been adopting this practice of co-sleeping, with the infants sleeping nearby in a co-sleeping cradle. This aligns with the guidelines set out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which advises parents not to sleep with a new baby IN a parent bed, for obvious reasons. Let’s look at some of the benefits of co-sleeping arrangements.

Benefits of Co-Sleeping

Ideally, as a baby sleeps in a bedside sleeper next to the parents’ bed, the baby receives feelings of comfort, security and reassurance. Having the baby near to the parents’ bed gives the parents the ability to calm the baby without having to stand up and walk over to an unattached crib across the room or in another room.

Also, as both baby and parents sleep more soundly, this shared sleep provides benefits to both. The parent is at arm’s length in order to calm the baby if it awakes, and slowly massage the baby back to sleep. The baby gains a more balanced development in the early months of life, without sleep anxieties or other issues arising.

Find the Right Co-Sleeping Bed

At babybay, we take co-sleeping very seriously. Our babybay co-sleeping bed is one of the leading co-sleeping beds made for infants, and it’s largely because of the high attention of quality materials we put into the bed.

We make our babybay beds with untreated solid beech wood. This means the wood is untreated, made from sustainably managed forests, and is pollutant-free. Our babybay bed features 10 different adjustable height positions, giving parents the flexibility to adjust to the parent bed size. If you want to move the babybay around your living space, you can also pick up an optional side safety gate and castor wheels set for extra mobility.

If you’re a new parent, you owe it to yourself to check out a new babybay baby bedside sleeper bed. Our beds are solid and durable, and the quality wood design enhances the bedroom’s aesthetics. The co-sleeper can also be turned into a bassinet bed or play crib as your baby grows. Simply order our Bassinet Conversion Kit to convert your babybay from a bedside sleeper to a standalone bassinet.

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Safe and Secure Bedside Cosleeping

The initial purpose of the babybay is to be used as a bedside cosleeper. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends room-sharing for the first 6 months with a separate sleep space for the baby. Our unique design makes babybay the perfect bedside option for parents looking to safely keep their little one in the same room.  That’s where babybay comes in! The locking straps keep the babybay securely attached to the bedside. This sleeping arrangement can be especially helpful for a quick response to nighttime wakings and breastfeeding without the risks of keeping your baby in your bed. You can read more about the AAP safe sleep recommendations here.

Easy Access and Convenient Bassinnet

Even if you don’t need a bedside option, the bassinet conversion kit allows the babybay to be used in any room of the house. Adding the rolling casters allows the babybay bassinet to roll from room to room as needed. The space-saving design easily fits through doorways and easily finds a useful place in any room as needed. This can be especially handy for parents working at home or in smaller homes with multi-use spaces. The open design allows the babybay to be used as a changing space as well. Having multi-use items is important to keep your space simple and organized.

Growing Up

We have exciting news coming soon about another transition that will allow the babybay line to transform into a full-size crib. While we can’t give a specific date yet, this option will be available in the US in the near future!

Toddler Time

As your little one becomes more independent the babybay easily transitions into a comfortable space for young children. Adjusting the sleep space to a low-level makes a lovely bench space for a toddler. Baskets of toys or books easily slide under the platform to make a self-contained area. The comfortable mattress and a few pillows or stuffed animals make for a comfortable snuggle space for looking at picture books or playing with toys. This could be a special corner in the nursery or as a small space in the living room where they can be comfortable and play independently.

Easy Entry Way

Making a small space for your children with their items organized within their reach can be a great way to promote independence. Hanging hooks for jackets, gloves, and shoes tucked underneath makes for a cute a functional entryway addition. This especially true if you’re working on a Montessori-ish style approach! Dr. Maria Montessori coined the term “prepared environment” to describe orderly, child-friendly spaces that encourage confidence and independence. Preparing a space for your child with the babybay as a bench makes for an inviting and useful space to allow them easily locate their items and to practice their decision-making for leaving the house in an easy and less stressful way.

Imaginative Play Space

Adjusting your babybay to a height of 14-18 inches can make an ideal play platform for imaginative play scenes. A draped play silk makes for a blue sky background for a nature scene, a grey mountain background for a scene of animals, or even roleplaying through one of their favorite stories. This can be an engaging space for your toddler to get acquainted with shapes, colors, textures at an easy-to-access height ready to catch your child’s attention at curiosity at eye-level.

Desk Space

This useful adaptation has become very important during COVID-19 and a large number of children being required to attend classes through distance learning. One of the best ways to support our children through this challenging situation is to provide them with their own dedicated space to engage with their learning. While the learning space could be as simple as the kitchen table, setting up the babybay as a dedicated desk for a child makes for a simple solution and gives a child a distraction-free area. Many desks and tables are made for adult proportions so the ability to adjust the height of your babybay to a comfortable and ergonomic level for your child can decrease strain on their arms, wrists, or posture from sitting at improper heights or working at the wrong surface level. Hanging artwork or other study materials on the sides makes for an organized and personalized space.

Years of Use

The babybay is absolutely more than just a bedside cosleeper! We’re always seeing new and innovative ways parents are using our products in their households throughout the years. You can see more of these extended uses on our social media pages or send us a message for some tips and ideas 🙂

Written by contributing writer Amber Mauriello

Infant Sleeping Guidelines

It brings a sigh of relief to Mom and Dad when this peaceful moment occurs. Naturally, all parents want to have their infant fall into a deep sound sleep, because a baby that gets the required sleep is less likely to be a pool of crying eyes afterwards.

Creating the right sleep environment for infants and using recommended sleep guidelines from health professionals can make all the difference to both the parents and the infant’s well being. When parents follow proper sleep guidelines for infants, it can lessen the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

To help young parents, we’ve collected these helpful tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to check to see if you’re helping your infant’s sleeping practices. We hope so!

Sleeping guidelines for infants

  • Babies under 12 months old should be carefully placed on their back to sleep for naps. The AAP notes that your baby can be left in a side or front position, if your baby is already able to roll from the back-lying position to the side or stomach.
  • The AAP strongly discourages bed-sharing habits for infants under a year old with parents. But we definitely recommend letting your baby sleep in the same room, and alongside your bed in a baby bed.
  • Try not to let your babies sleep with any kind of soft pillows, plush toy animals, comforters, blankets or extra bedding parts until at least a year and a half old. Just a baby in a onesie often works best.
  • Keep the baby’s crib or bassinet within reaching distance of the parent bed. This helps to comfort the baby or breastfeed without having to stand up and walk over to a crib.

These are just a few of the highlighted guidelines recommended by the AAP for the safety of your child. It’s important that your baby sleeps on the back for a more restful sleep. And that’s why we think that our babybay is the right baby bed sleeper to have the whole family sleep better!

From Bedside Sleeper to Bassinet

But now you – Mom – are ready to find a new use for your sleeper. You’d love to use your sleeper and turn it into a freestanding baby bassinet. This may become an enclosed space for your darling little one to simply hang out near you, or nap nearby, during the day or evening.

Well, you can have this, if you already have a bedside sleeper. This wooden guard rail pictured below is all you need to keep your lil’ guy or gal purring happily near you. We call it the Bassinet Conversion Kit, and you can order it separately as an accessory to your babybay bedside sleeper.

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When you’re ready to make this move, it’s simple to convert your babybay bedside sleeper into a bassinet. Simply order our bassinet conversion kit to convert your babybay from a bedside sleeper to a standalone bassinet.

The protective wooden guard rail fits onto the open side of your bedside sleeper. It uses wooden locking clips, so it’s able to withstand any holding and pulling by your baby.

The picture below on the left shows the bedside sleeper with the wooden guard rail being attached. And the image on the right shows you the enclosed space your baby will be in. It’s a win-win for both the baby and the parents.

Using the guard rail to enclose the sleeper and turn it into a convertible bassinet for your baby can help gently move your baby away from the parental bed and further toward naptime sleeping independence after a few months. When that particular independent sleep time period happens is up to the parents to decide, of course. But when the time is right, having the guard rail to convert your sleeper into a bassinet will give you the assurance you need to know your baby always sleeps safely.

It’s easy to add the babybay bassinet conversion kit wooden guard rail to your existing babybay bedside sleeper. Simply add it to your cart on our shopping page, order it, and we’ll ship it to you quickly. Order a bassinet conversion guard rail today, and have relief on seeing your baby sleeping peacefully during the day or night.

How to Get Your Best Sleep After C-Section

There is a lot to go through with a newborn and recovering from major abdominal surgery on top of that takes some extra care.

Your doctor should have provided you with very specific care information about your healing process, but there isn’t really a handbook on how to make it all work with getting enough rest and taking care of your baby while you take care of yourself. Keep in mind this is just a small part of your journey with your new baby, and the better you take care of yourself the faster your recovery can happen.

Plan on Getting Enough Rest

It’s so easy to stare at those precious little details and count the fingers and toes all day, but as you have probably heard over and over again at this point: Rest when your baby rests. This is so important for sleep-deprived new moms in general, but as your body recovers from the C-section you need even more rest than usual. If you have a partner at home to help you try and plan a little additional time to stretch the breaks you get by getting help with diaper changes or meal preparation so you can rest. Making a conscious effort to take care of yourself and prioritize your recovery along with the care and bonding with your newborn will help to ease the exhaustion and help to keep you in a healthier mindset.

If you are alone with your baby or struggling to find time to rest. Ask friends, family for assistance, or consider hiring a postpartum doula to spend time with you and your baby in the early stages. If you begin to feel depressed, negative emotional changes, or feel in a constant state of fatigue beyond the first couple of weeks you may be experiencing postpartum depression. Reach out to your health care professionals for help and an assessment of your situation.

Find a Comfortable Position

There is not one single answer for what this position might be. It may take some trial and error (and some pillows) to find the position where you can relax without pain. Take your time and try out different arrangements to see what works. Make sure you carefully move between positions and ensure you’re not straining or overexerting yourself getting into or out of your bed or a recliner. Your main goal is to rest comfortably and reduce any stress on the incision site.

Keeping your sleeping baby nearby in a bassinet can help ease your worries early on and allow them to sleep safely at an arms reach. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the safest place for an infant to sleep is on a separate sleep surface designed for infants close to the parents’ bed. Read more about safe sleeping spaces on the Safe to Sleep website.

On Your Back

According to Specialty Surgery Center, the best sleeping position after C-section and most surgeries is on your back. Many times sleeping on your back may be the best option to relieve any pressure on your incision. Try placing a pillow under your knees or sometimes a smaller pillow for your neck to find a balance that works for you. If you’re sleeping on your back, it is very important not to sit up directly from this position. First rolling to your side and using your arms to help you sit up will protect your recovering abdominal muscles. University of Washington Medical Center recommends the “logroll” method to get yourself out of bed.

  • Before you move your feet off the bed, roll onto your side, with your knees bent
  • Move your feet off the bed. Use your arms to push your body up to a sitting position. Try to keep your abdomen relaxed.
  • Sit on the side of the bed before you stand up.

In a Recliner

Similar to on your back in bed, resting in a recliner can be an option to try out. If you’re breastfeeding you may already be spending a lot of time in the recliner. Depending on the style of your chair you may have a footrest attached or a separate ottoman. Try out different adjustments or supplementing the cushions with small pillows or a rolled-up blanket to get things just right. Not quite the same quality as sleeping in your bed, but for an afternoon nap or just a few minutes of closed eyes to recharge this can be a great option.

On Your Side

Sleeping on your left side aids in optimum blood flow which is great for your recovering body. You may still need that full-body pregnancy pillow around to support your belly and hips. This position also makes it easier to get into and out of bed and may just be a transition for you as you get into and out of bed. Many new moms find the side-lying position is the most comfortable breastfeeding position for new moms who are recovering from a C-section. If you do decide to breastfeed with your baby in this position, make sure to keep your baby safe and move them out of your bed before you fall asleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) doesn’t recommend bed-sharing with your newborn. A bedside bassinet can create a safe and separate space for your baby.

Elevated Upper Body

If you have a wedge pillow this can be very helpful since it will elevate the entire upper body. If not, you can still get the same benefits with a carefully arranged pile of pillows. This also goes well with the pillows under your knees for a fully supported position. Reference back to the “logroll” method mentioned above to get into and out of this position. If you’ve been told you could be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this may have been recommended by your Dr. Moms who have had C-Sections may be at a higher risk for this condition, but a study published in the journal CHEST, found sleeping at a 45-degree angle helps to breathe easier and didn’t seem to interfere with sleep quality or duration.

Block out Distractions

As you rest at the same time as your baby, you may find the time goes very quickly for a nap. Just as you start to doze off that’s when you hear the baby waking up… Getting into a restful mindset and asleep as quickly as possible can be a struggle and the stress of limited time can sometimes make it even more difficult to get to sleep! Consider keeping an eye mask nearby to block out some light as you rest during the day. It’s tempting to unwind with time on your phone or other electronics once the baby is sleeping, but these will not allow you to sleep and get the rest you need. Planning some unplugged rest time will help to disconnect and mentally recharge. Turn off your notifications if possible or set your device away from you so you’re not tempted to pick it up during your dedicated rest time.

On the other hand, your phone or a tablet might still come in handy. Many apps have nature sounds and white noise options to help block out distractions. The sound of the ocean or a forest could be helpful to ease you into sleep. One study suggests a white noise machine can reduce sleep onset for patients, or the time it takes to fall asleep, by nearly 40% compared to patients who don’t use these devices. There are also many YouTube channels, podcasts, and music channels dedicated to guided sleep and relaxation which can help guide you into a comfortable and restful mental space. Turn on some relaxation sounds, white noise, or soft music, lay back, and relax.

Take Care of Yourself

These first 6 weeks are a very important time for your newborn, but also for yourself as you recover from your C-section. Making your own health and recovery a priority is a very important part of taking care of your family. Your body has gone through some amazing changes in the last 9 months, and there are more changes ahead as your hormones and body recover from giving birth. You may experience a roller coaster of emotions during this time which is absolutely normal, but if you feel yourself becoming more anxious, worried, or depressed after the first couple of weeks, contact your health care professionals to talk about how you’re feeling.

Enjoy this new and exciting time with your newborn and your growing family!

A new baby is like the beginning of all things — wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. -Eda Leshan

Written by contributing writer Amber Mauriello