What are the benefits and tips of a baby sleeping on the floor?
For any parent, it is important that their baby sleeps without being fussy. Making your baby sleep on the floor may seem like a dangerous idea, however, it might be beneficial for your baby. Making your baby sleep in a crib will limit him from moving around when they wake up.
Benefits of making your baby sleep on the floor:
Cost-effective: Buying a crib for your baby, which will not be used after a while, is not very practical. Instead, the best alternative will be to buy a larger mattress for your baby, which your little one can use even when they grow up.
Your baby will not feel the need to cry: If your baby wakes up at night, he would not feel like crying and calling out to you, they can move around their mattress in the room. You will get some extra sleep at night, by making your baby sleep on the floor.
It will help save space: A crib will just add on to the furniture in your house, it will take up more space, it is difficult to move it to another room and when not in use it is a difficult store. A floor bed, however, can be moved easily.
It will ease the transition to a normal bed: When your baby grows up, it will be easy for him to sleep on a bed because they were already sleeping on a big mattress
Feeding your Baby will be Easy: Feeding your baby will not require you to take them out of their crib every time. You can simply feed your baby on the floor bed and you can also be next to them until your baby falls asleep.
Tips for the baby sleeping on the floor:
• Make sure the mattress is firm. Your baby’s mattress should not be too soft or too hard.
• Do not bombard the floor space around your baby with pillows, carpets, and toys, it will suffocate your baby.
• Make sure the room where you are setting up the floor bed is well ventilated. Your baby will feel uncomfortable and difficult to sleep if the room feels stuffy.
• Clean the space before thoroughly and make sure that no dirt or dust is piling up.
• Make sure your baby is not near plug points, wiring or any electrical appliances.
• You can use mosquito nets to keep away insects and mosquitoes, make sure you leave enough space for your baby to move around.
• Create a bedtime routine and lay beside your baby, while you put them to sleep on the floor bed, this will give them a message, that it is time to sleep.
• Keep away objects like vases, tables, chairs, lamps and decorative pieces away from the area, where your baby is sleeping, so that they can roam around when they wake without getting hurt
• Make sure your baby is wearing comfortable and airy clothing. The last thing you want is your baby not being able to sleep, because of their clothes.
• Make your baby sleep on their back, because this will lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, due to which the infant dies during sleep.
• Make sure the floor is not damp, as the dampness can be transferred to the baby and lead to diseases.
• Maintain a steady room temperature for your baby, ideally 27 to 28 degrees. Turn on the air conditioner if it is necessary and maintain the temperature as required.
• Place your floor bed away from curtains or drapes as babies tend to pull them.
If you keep in mind the above precautions, making your baby sleep on the floor is a safe option and it helps them be independent. Baby proofing the floor bed will eliminate all the dangers of making them sleep on the floor like injuries, allergies, and infections.
When your baby sleeps on the floor there are fewer risks of them falling from somewhere high and getting hurt. While cribs are great for babies, they can only be used for a year. However, investing in a big mattress, which can be used even when your baby grows up, is a smart decision. Floor beds are more personalized than cribs or beds.