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. 

babybay crib safety standards

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.

How to Stop Co-Sleeping

When it becomes time to transition baby from co-sleeping to a crib or room of their own, here’s the first thing you should know: there’s no one perfect way to stop co-sleeping, just like there’s no perfect timeline of when to do it. 

babybay crib with baby sleeping independently

At the end of the day, only you know what’s best for your family. 

Instead of trying to learn every little thing there is to know about how to stop co-sleeping, prepare for this next important milestone by taking stock of where your baby is in their developmental journey and why your family believes that transitioning from co-sleeping is the right next step. 

Being aware of your where and why will help you put a plan in place that will smooth the transition. That way, you can avoid weeks or months of exhaustion and frustration as you try out whatever method a well-meaning relative or friend told you is “right” (with little to no success, we might add!).

How to Stop Co-sleeping: Know Your Where

For some families, the time to stop co-sleeping comes when baby becomes mobile enough to easily crawl, roll, or scoot out of their safe bedside cosleeper and into the bedding, blankets, and pillows of their parents’ own space. 

Though bedside co sleepers are designed to nurture baby in the protective and supported embrace of made-just-for-them mattresses, the oh-so-plush materials that adults prefer (we’re talking down feathers, pillow tops, cushy mattress pads, and layers of snuggly warmth) can easily wrap around baby or leave their body unsupported through the night. 

If you’re transitioning away from co-sleeping, you might want to try methods for stopping co-sleeping that still keep baby close. 

babybay crib baby bed sleeperHere’s how to ease that transition. 

Push your baby’s baby bassinet or crib against your bed and let baby spend a few nights getting used to the feeling of having their own space while still being by your side. 

Once baby is comfortable with their new setup, move their crib or bassinet farther and farther across the room until they feel confident that having you out of reach doesn’t mean that they aren’t being looked after and loved all night long. 

Other families might find that moving slow and steady by preparing their child early with books or chats that discuss the many exciting aspects of moving from cosleeping—A room of their own! A new crib!—can set their child up for success. 

Stirring up excitement in advance by showing and explaining to your child what they can expect as they transition away from co-sleeping—and why this is an exciting time in their life, rather than a scary one—can also make moving into a crib or room of their own feel like a natural (and much-awaited!) next step are they grow big and strong. 

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How to Stop Co-sleeping: Know Your Why

There are many reasons why parents might decide that now is the time to stop co-sleeping.

Whether you’re looking for a little more privacy during the night, are worried that your child has outgrown your current co sleeping method, or just feel like the time is “right,” knowing the reasoning behind your decision will help you choose a method for stopping co sleeping that works. 

Parents looking for a little more privacy might be more inclined to try the “cold turkey” method, where one night your bedroom simply becomes “off the table” as a sleeping option. 

Though going “cold turkey” might leave you rocking and rolling through some resistance the first few nights, being firm and consistent in your decision to stop co-sleeping will help your baby soon learn that their new room is a safe and secure space to sleep (even if you aren’t always right by their side).

On the other hand, parents who have been prepping for a transition away from co-sleeping for a while now might find that a slower and more methodical approach (like slowly moving your baby’s crib or baby more and more distanced from your own) leads to quieter and less stressful nights of rest for all. 

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If you’re not in a rush to quit co-sleeping, then coming up with a game plan—by outlining how and when you’ll slowly transition baby away from co-sleeping—can help make the process a smooth one. 

Plan out small changes you can make each night that will ultimately build to baby’s full sleeping independence. 

This might mean deciding how far you’ll move their crib from your bed every night, or coming up with a plan to sleep on a mattress beside baby’s crib for a few nights before leaving them to try out their new space fully on their own. 

No matter when you make the transition, know one thing: how to stop co-sleeping depends on the needs of your baby and family. 

So rather than looking for the “right” method, simply continue to ask yourself: is this plan right for us? 

Keeping that question at the top of your mind will make sure that this next step in your co-sleeping journey is a smooth and exciting time for all.

How to Safely Co Sleep

Co-sleeping is not a new practice. 

For most of recorded history, parents have ensured the safety and healthy development of their babies by sharing sleeping space with them. (While making breastfeeding easier and getting a more peaceful night’s rest themselves—that’s what we like to call a win-win!)

To this day, many cultures around the world sing the praises of co-sleeping and consider it the normaland naturalway of easing baby’s stress while helping them learn to breathe regularly and develop healthily. 

Studies have confirmed that co-sleeping is a safe practice that improves parents’ sleep, cares for baby’s development, and promotes bonding through touch. 

While cosleeping is one of the oldest and most popular methods for sleeping with a newborn, it’s important that you co-sleep safely. 

Before baby and parent tuck in for a more caring and nurturing night of rest, the cosleeping environment needs to be properly prepped. 

To create a safe cosleeping environment, you should…

  • Keep your baby close
  • Create the right room conditions 
  • Ensure safe body position 
  • Choose the right bedside sleeper

Ready to help your baby co sleep safe and sound? 

Let’s break these safe cosleeping conditions down further.

Keep your baby close 

Co-sleeping helps you bond with your baby. (In fact, emotional and physical bonding is one of cosleeping’s biggest benefits!) But you can put the brakes on that bonding—and create an unsafe sleeping environment—if you choose to sleep too far away.

While cosleeping, you should never be more than an arm’s reach away from your baby.

Sleeping next to your baby helps you become in-tune to their emotions. 

And when your breathing is close enough to your baby for her to hear you, your baby will start modeling her breathing patterns to your rhythm, helping keep her asleep for longer. 

Not only will sleeping close help you sense their needs faster and with more ease, you’ll be close enough to respond immediately—without needing to fly to the other room or wake up your partner.

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Create the right room conditions for co-sleeping

Dark, light, with the window open, with the window closed, with the thermostat set to a toasty 82 degrees—we all have an opinion on what kind of conditions create the best night’s rest. 

But when co sleeping, the room conditions need to be designed with your baby’s needs in mind. 

That means the room shouldn’t be too toasty, and there should be no extra pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets crowding the mattress. 

These kinds of fluffy materials can quickly grow unsafe if a baby rolls onto them or gets wrapped up during the night. 

As soon as your baby takes up residence in your room, it’s time to start thinking of it as their space as well as yours. 

Find a bedside sleeper that fits with your bedroom style, and you’ll create a cozy environment for both you and your newborn.

That means being open to letting go of your old sleep habits to guarantee that your baby is protected, well-rested, and unconditionally supported throughout the night. 

But don’t worry, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. Soon you’ll be getting more sleep (get ready for your new parent friends to be jealous!) and curbing separation anxiety while making nighttime nursing easier than ever.

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Keep your baby in a safe body position

All the experts agree—babies should always sleep on their backs. 

The surface underneath them should be firm and clean, and any blankets should be light and kept far away from covering their heads. 

Cosleeping is no different. 

It’s important that your baby has space to lie comfortably—and safely—on a mattress that isn’t too soft or pillowed. Babies can easily sink into too-soft bedding in a way that quickly becomes dangerous.

We know you love your baby, which means you want them to go to sleep every night feeling like they’re on cloud nine. 

But it’s far safer for them to sleep somewhere firm instead of sleeping on a surface pillowy as a cloud. That’s why bedding and mattresses matter when it comes to cosleeping. 

Which brings us to…

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Choose the right bedside sleeper

While you may prefer a weightless waterbed, babies need baby-safe beds that have been rigorously tested for safety. 

Be sure your chosen bedside sleeper has no toxic wood glues, cheap fillers, plastics, or other harmful chemicals.

Any mattress you use for cosleeping should sit tightly against the bed frame so there are no gaps, space, or crevices that your baby could accidentally slip into.

Here’s the truth: Adult mattresses just aren’t designed to protect your baby. 

They’re designed with adult comfort in mind. 

That’s why it’s best to choose a crib, bedside sleeper, or baby bassinet that is designed to tuck your baby in for a long night of firm and safe cosleeping. 

These bedside sleepers fit snugly against your own bed, letting you care for your baby through the night while drifting off to dreamland with peace of mind. 

The babybay isn’t designed for adults. It’s uniquely designed with your baby in mind. Because of that, choosing a co sleeper crib like the babybay can take a lot of the guesswork out of safe co-sleeping. 

By choosing a product specially designed by experts to provide a safe co-sleeping environment, you can spend less time worrying about whether you’re facilitating the right room conditions for safe co sleeping with baby

Instead, you can spend more time enjoying the feeling of sleeping beside your baby, knowing that they are spending their night comforted and protected by your nearby touch. 

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?

Meet the babybay co sleeper cribs

babybay Among Top 6 Co Sleeping Cribs

The website Get toText rated the top 6 co-sleeping cribs and babybay is on the list! The article talks about how co-sleeping is the current trend. The idea behind co-sleeping is to give the baby a feeling of security by having their parents close by. This shared sleep is good for the child’s development as well as anxiety prevention in those early months. 

The criteria used for choosing the Top 6 Co-Sleeping Cribs are:

  • Reference brands: we make sure to select brands from the childcare sector that have proven their worth and leave no doubt as to the seriousness of manufacturing 
  • User reviews and feedback: ratings, testimonials from parents, and advice from early childhood professionals are brought together in order to draw the most objective assessment possible
  • Comparison and careful study of the characteristics of the models on the different merchant sites
  • Total independence when choosing products: the models of the brands mentioned are not aware of these analyzes or of influence on our choices.

If you are looking for more information on co-sleeping, the review also offers some good information at the bottom of the reviews.

 

Below is an excerpt of the review:

The co-sleeping cradle has been THE trendy baby bed for a few years and many parents have already made the choice of “co-sleeping“. The principle? Adopt a shared bed in the parental bed or in a co-sleeping cradle, from birth and for several months or even years. Here is our selection of the best co-sleeping beds and our advice on the subject …

This Babybay co-sleeping bed is one of the best sellers in its category, and that’s no surprise considering its quality. Very solid, it is made of untreated solid beech wood and 100% guarantees healthy composition. It also features 10 height adjustable positions, making it suitable for all types of adult beds.

In detail :

  • From birth to around 9 months
  • Material: solid beech (untreated, pollutant-free, from sustainably managed forests)
  • Adjustable in height in 10 positions
  • Practical attachment: 2 strong attachment straps
  • Sleeping surface: width 40 x length 81 cm
  • Dimensions: width 41 x length 88 x height 79 cm
  • Weight: 11 kg
  • Fully mobile: safety gate + castor kit (both available separately, not included with the bed)
  • Mattress and fitted sheet available separately (breathable mattress on amazon, from 59 eur / Babybay white fitted sheet, around 10 eur)

Our opinion :

A quality model, solid and durable: this Babybay co-sleeping bed is both beautiful and robust. The many height positions guarantee adaptability to any adult bed. Only downside, the mattress is not provided, but given the quality of the fabrics and materials, this is a detail. The brand has been awarded by a German organization for the design and composition of its products. Once the baby’s 9 months are over, we can even give him a second life as a booster.

To read the full review visit: https://gettotext.com/top-6-co-sleeping-cribs-and-our-advice/

Is Co-Sleeping Safe? 4 Safety Guidelines Every Parent with a Newborn Should Know

During the first year of life, you can expect your baby to sleep 16-18 hours a day, waking in 2-3 hour intervals to feed, change, and be coddled back into a peaceful slumber.¹ As you adapt to their schedule, concerns over their sleeping safety should be the last thing on your mind. With so many products on the market, and endless blogs with varying opinions, we urge you to read the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for, “How to Keep your Sleeping Baby Safe.” This comprehensive list is all you need to understand the safety risks of bed-sharing, the benefits of co-sleeping, and provides everything you need to create a safe co-sleeping environment for your baby. 

1) Room Sharing With Newborns

For the first 6 months to a year, the AAP recommends room sharing with your baby. Not only is room sharing a more convenient choice, but it also puts you in the best location to respond in the event of an emergency. To prevent incidents of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome,) timing is everything, and, the faster you can respond in the event of an emergency, the better. Additionally, over time, you will become familiar with the sounds of your baby’s breathing, making you keenly aware of a blockage, and able to respond in the event of an emergency.

2) Bedsharing is NEVER a safe optionsafe sleep babies babybay

It is completely natural to want to be as close to your baby as possible, and getting up to return your baby to their crib can result in them waking up again. While it may feel like the best option is to let them remain on your chest, the AAP warns parents to NEVER share a bed with a newborn. This includes sleeping on a breastfeeding pillow, in between you and your partner, or anywhere else that might appear safe. 

The sad reality is, accidents from bed-sharing account for 50% of SIDS cases, resulting from becoming tangled into sheets, rolling off the bed, or accidentally getting suffocated by pillows. Regardless of how tired you may be, how convenient, or comfortable it may feel, letting your baby sleep in bed with you is extremely dangerous and should never be an option. The risks always outweigh any momentary benefits.

3) Newborns Should Only Sleep on their Backs

To prevent choking, or a blockage of airflow, your baby should only be placed on their back, while sleeping. Unlike sleeping on one’s side, or stomach, laying on our backs allows for your baby’s natural gag reflexes to take over, and will prevent an obstruction of airflow.

4) Less is more: A Firm Mattress and Fitted Sheet are all you need 

We completely understand the desire to make your baby’s crib as cozy as possible, but, the AAP recommends keeping cribs clutter-free. For the first year, your crib should only contain a firm mattress and a fitted sheet. Extra pillows, blankets and toys all pose safety hazards. So keep it simple, less is more. 

Now that you know the key steps for keeping your sleeping newborn safe, we hope that you feel more confident that you’re doing what’s best for your baby. Ultimately, we want you to be able to enjoy this magical time, and look forward to these moments you share with your baby. Sleep easy knowing that your baby is close by, free from harm, and able to be close to you throughout the night. 

 So what are you waiting for? Order your babybay bedside co-sleeper today!

 

¹“Newborn Sleep Patterns” Stanford Children’s Health, https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=newborn-sleep-patterns-90-P02632

Best Luxury Co-Sleeper on the Market is babybay

The website StorkMama created the ultimate buying guide for new parents when they reviewed the different baby co sleepers on the market. They broke the products down into two categories – side sleeper (which are bedside sleepers) and bed-sharing sleepers. 

The review highlights several key factors such as safety, ease of use, bedding, pros/cons, best for and an overall verdict. The Verdict on the babybay bedside co-sleeper from Stork Mama said:  The babybay is the best luxury co-sleeper on the market. The brand is new to the USA but a bestseller in Europe. It’s a very stylish option that gives a classic crib look rather than a metal frame.

Additionally, the article discusses the differences between co-sleeping in the same bed – bed-sharing or with a bedside sleeper bed, as well as some of the benefits of co-sleeping. The article also discusses the ease of use of co-sleepers, cleaning and safety advice and more. This is an excellent buying guide on baby co-sleeping beds. 

To order a babybay co-sleeping bed for your new addition and keep your baby close for a more peaceful night’s sleep.

 

Below is an excerpt of the review:

Deciding on where your baby sleeps can have a huge impact on your family. Whether you choose to co-sleep by bed sharing or room sharing one aspect is vital – safety. Like all parents, you’ll want to make sure your baby is safe as they sleep. Baby co-sleepers allow you to sleep side by side whilst giving your little bundle the safety of their own space.

The following co-sleepers are the ones we rated best. The right one for you will depend on your personal preference. It’s best to choose the co-sleeper which offers most benefits for you and your baby. There are great options available for all budgets.

The BabyBay is the best luxury co-sleeper on the market. The brand is new to the USA but a bestseller in Europe. It’s a very stylish option that gives a classic crib look rather than a metal frame.

 

To read the full review visit: https://www.storkmama.com/best-co-sleeper-reviews/