Where Should My Newborn Sleep?

There are what seems like a million different types of baby gear for sleeping. Which one is best for these first few weeks?
profile picture of Bonnie Vengrow
ByBonnie Vengrow
Contributing Writer
Updated
May 2017

The number of options out there is dizzying: There’s the Moses basket, co-sleeper, crib, bassinet — and each sleeping situation has its own selling points and drawbacks. It’s enough to make even the most prepared parent question which one is the “right” choice for their newborn.

The most important thing when it comes to baby sleep is safety. “The safest option out there is a completely flat mattress in a crib, Moses basket or bassinet,” says Preeti Parikh, MD, a board-certified pediatrician, assistant clinical professor in the Pediatrics Department at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an American Academy of Pediatrics fellow and spokeswoman. “And keep the toys, blankets and bumpers out.”

Okay, so now you want to know about that super-cool baby swing, bouncer or rocker you bought. Baby seems so comfy in it right? Officially, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting baby’s time in swings and chairs to 30 minutes, twice a day, and only when baby is awake. That’s because activity centers, like a swing or rocker, elevate baby’s head, which could put him at risk for SIDS. But practically speaking, it’s really okay if your infant sacks out mid-swing. Just move him to a flat surface as soon as possible.

Stick with gear that’s designed for a newborn (some items, like a chair that sits baby in an upright position, aren’t appropriate until baby gets older). And before you lay your infant down in the seat, adjust it to the most reclined position. Once baby is settled in, stay close — baby should never be left unsupervised in a swing or rocker, Parikh says.

Plus, more from The Bump:

 

Related Video

Best Baby Sleep Tips Ever

Elena Donovan Mauer

Kim Kardashian’s Photo of Baby Psalm Raises Sleep Safety Concerns

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
05/28/2019

Serenity Now! How to Sleep Train Baby

Anna Davies
Contributing Writer

This Pacifier Sleep Hack Is Hilariously Effective

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
01/08/2018

​Parental Sleep Deprivation Summed Up in One ​Crazy Graph

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
10/09/2017

Why Did My Newborn Change From Sleepy to Cranky?

Bonnie Vengrow
Contributing Writer

Mom Perfectly Sums Up the 'Million Reasons' Why Parents Don't Sleep

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
11/20/2018

Toddler Cosleeping?

Elizabeth Pantley
Parenting Expert

When Should I Stop Swaddling?

Conner Herman and Kira Ryan
Dream Team Baby Sleep Consultants

How Disagreements About Baby’s Bedtime Affect Co-parenting

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
08/23/2017
Advertisement