Babies are really big fans of consistent every day routine. It is amazing how they pick up on just the slightest change to their day. One thing babies look forward to after eating, and play time is NAP TIME. When babies are ready for sleepy time, they show very obvious signs of fatigue. Our little one, Lah-Lah usually takes a nap between 9:00ish and 10:00ish in the morning and then again, in the afternoon between 1:30ish and 2:00ish. Despite babies not being able to verbally communicate they are sleepy, they do give lots of cues and hints:
- Rub her eyes
- Cry to be picked up, rests her head on our shoulder
- Fusses or cries
- Starts a tantrum
- Excessively yawns
- Pushes food or toys away
- Have glazed look in her eyes
- Disinterested in her toys
As much as possible, we do our best to keep her on a tight napping schedule, although, sometimes, situations beyond our control we are unable to but for the most part we try! If our outside errands or appointments that more than likely encroach into Lah-Lah’s naptime, my husband or myself will stay with baby for her nap time. I know this sounds crazy to work around baby’s sleepy time, but if she becomes overly tired, it is so much harder to put her down to sleep, and keep her asleep. Simply put, an overtired baby equals an unhappy baby! An unhappy baby means a sad mommy and papa!
Sleepy babies need a safe place of refuge to rest. Deciding on a crib or a playpen is a personal decision. My husband and I had many debates, going back and forth about getting a crib versus a playpen. I was on the fence most of the time about it – just could not decide! My husband preferred a playpen because it had so many beneficial uses such as:
- A Napper bassinet
- Flip over changer
- Its quick and and portable
- Lightweight and it has wheels for easy to transfer from room to room
- Baby is less likely to climb out
Eventually, after the morning sickness and headaches subsided, I too was leaning towards a playpen because it has so much breathable open space than a crib. There is no need to place crib bumpers in a playpen. I was very concerned about baby injuring herself on the crib’s wooden bars as she was able to move more independently on her own – rolling, sitting and crawling.
The only issue I have with playpens in general is it being too low to the ground than a crib. (My recovery from surgery was very slow, it made getting baby in and out of playpen a lot more challenging.)
Our baby is 13 months still less than 35 pounds, happy, healthy and sleeps all night in her playpen without difficulty, so getting a playpen was a really good idea than a crib. To make her playpen more comfortable, we got a matching playpen mattress to fit- Dream On Me 3″ Foam Play Yard Mattress. Often times, she prefers to hang out in it and plays independently.
Whether you choose a playpen or crib, remember SAFETY FIRST. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding crib safety for infants under 12 months of age, follow these practices to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and prevent suffocation:
- Place baby on his/her back in a crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress.
- Do not put pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like bumper pads or pillow-like stuffed toys in the crib.
- Consider using a sleeper instead of a blanket.
- If you do use a blanket, place baby with feet to foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, covering baby only as high as his/her chest.
- Use only a fitted bottom sheet specifically made for crib use.
Check Your Crib for Safety
There should be:
- A firm, tight-fitting mattress so a baby cannot get trapped between the mattress and the crib.
- No missing, loose, broken or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or mattress support.
- No more than 2 3/8 inches (about the width of a soda can) between crib slats so a baby’s body cannot fit through the slats; no missing or cracked slats.
- No corner posts over 1/16th inch high so a baby’s clothing cannot catch.
- No cutouts in the headboard or footboard so a baby’s head cannot get trapped.
- Cribs that are incorrectly assembled, have missing, loose or broken hardware or broken slats can result in entrapment or suffocation deaths. Infants can become strangulated when their head and neck become entrapped in gaps created by missing, loose or broken hardware or broken slats.
For mesh-sided cribs or playpens, look for:
- Mesh less than 1/4 inch in size, smaller than the tiny buttons on a baby’s clothing.
- Mesh with no tears, holes or loose threads that could entangle a baby.
- Mesh securely attached to top rail and floor plate.
- Top rail cover with no tears or holes.
- If staples are used, they are not missing, loose or exposed.
(This List was found on United State Consumer Product Safety Commission. CPSC.gov is an official website of the United States government
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it was informative and useful to you.