Baby bedding supplies are designed specifically for infants. In general, this means that they are designed for children up to age three. Cribs and the materials used within them fall under the term bedding.
When it comes to the beds designed for infants, there are many names by which they go. Cribs, cots, cradles, and stocks are just a few of these terms. In general, they have a wide hold in the Western world. In North America, Europe, and Australia, they are the most commonly used choice. However, plenty people in these regions and in other parts of the world opt for co-sleeping. This means that the babies sleep in the same place as their parents.
There are some significantly conflicting beliefs related to the use or lack of use of infant beds as baby bedding. Co-sleeping is the standard practice outside of North America, Europe, and Australia. In fact, it wasn't until the 19th century that the idea of giving a child his or her own sleeping area arose. Many feel that this sort of sleeping arrangement is the most natural and healthy. People report better sleep being gained by the parents as well as the children.
On the other hand people feel that this baby bedding arrangement comes with a lot of risks. Some claim that it is stressful for the child. Others say that it is possible for the child to be smothered. Another argument is that it will encourage the child to develop an unhealthy dependence on the parents.
At first, a bassinet or bassinette is the type of bed used. This baby bedding arrangement lasts from birth to about four months. It is very small and makes a sort of cocoon for the infant. This is very comforting for small children.
A bassinet may be either stationary or portable. The portable versions are sometimes referred to as "Moses baskets." The less portable ones are much more sturdier cradles. At the home, they often exist on stands so that adults do not have to strain to bend over and tend to the child. These bed forms are no longer appropriate when the child is able to roll over on their own, however. This is because they are then often capable of tipping themselves out.
When it comes to the materials used to accentuate a bed, safety, comfort, and appearance are all taken into consideration. On the safety side, firmer mattresses are preferred. This is because they have been linked to a lower risk of SIDS.
SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as crib death. It is marked by the death of an infant which is unexplained after a detailed investigation into the death scene and a thorough forensic autopsy. It also requires the situation being unexpected by history, meaning that the baby seemed fine. More recently, evidence points to the idea that clean and new bedding is another way to reduce the risk. A recent theory suggests that SIDS is related to a specific bacteria strain. To be on the safe side, it is wise to have the baby sleep on his or her back on a firm, clean, and well fitting mattress that is in good condition.