Growing in popularity over the past several years, baby nests are becoming a staple on baby registries around the world. Let us explore whether or not they are safe and why they are so popular among the parents-to-be.
What is a Baby Nest?
A baby nest is quite similar to a moses basket, although the nest tends to be more narrow so that it will fit into a stroller. It's more of a fabric basket with a wooden base. The baby nest allows you to carry your sleeping baby without disturbing them.
Babies sleep on their backs in the baby nest, and because the basket's sides are narrow, your baby can not roll over. The risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is greatly reduced when the baby sleeps on his back.
Baby nests are also a popular choice for parents who prefer to co-sleep with their babies in their beds. While many experts advise against co-sleeping, the use of a baby nest makes it safer for the baby. The baby nest greatly reduces the possibility of the baby rolling over, as well as reducing the possibility of the parent rolling over onto the baby.
When using a baby nest, the baby's head should be located at the same level as the parent's head. This keeps the baby's head from being covered by a blanket or duvet during the night.
Many parents believe that the baby nest creates feelings of familiarity and safety for the baby since the close surrounding environment may resemble the womb. When you are out and about, the baby nest offers the baby a familiar environment when they find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
Are Baby Nests Safe?
Because the baby nest is a newcomer on the baby market, there aren't currently any safety standards regulating the market to ensure they are safe. Some baby nests are made with the mattress and edges being too soft, which can cause the baby to suffocate if they place their face against the soft edges and can't move out of that position.
What to Look for When Buying a Baby Nest
- Read the packaging to learn whether the baby nest has been safety tested in some way.
- Make sure the sides and the mattress are soft but firm. You don't want them to be too soft where they could pose a suffocation hazard.
- Is the size adjustable to your growing baby? You want to choose one that will reduce to a size that will fit your infant newborn but will be able to expand when your baby starts growing longer.
- You want to make sure the material is nonflammable and made of Oeko-Tex standard 100 product class 1 certified.
- If it's multifunctional, that's a plus. If it has more than one function, you will be able to save space and money and maybe even get to use it longer.
When you want to be mobile with your baby, but are wary of waking him up, we have some safe and comfy baby nests in the market. These baby beds have been safety tested to give you peace of mind.
The breathable air mesh sides are easily adjustable to accommodate your growing baby and allow air to circulate within the baby nest to allow your baby to breathe easily and not get overheated.