Baby Beds & Cribs

A child's first room is always an important thing, so it also requires some proper furniture that both you and the child can feel secure in. 

That's why at Hoppekids we make it a point in selling furniture that makes sense, and why we always try to extend the life of our products. So you get the best products possible. This is also why our cradle, for example, can be converted into a bench. This ensures that you can enjoy the furniture long after the little one has outgrown the cradle. In addition, the ANTON crib is swan-labelled. The Swan label guarantees that the crib meets high quality and environmental standards, giving you peace of mind that your children's health is not at risk when they move in, on and around the crib. 



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Bed for baby: Cradle or Baby Beds?

According to Sundhedsstyrelse  (Danish Health authority) the safest place to sleep for your baby is in his own bed in the same room as the parents.  It may be a good idea to invest in a baby bed. If you are in doubt about which bed to choose, you can read more about both the baby bed and the cradle on this page.

For a newborn, a cradle can be a really great choice. The cradle gives newborns a feeling of security after lying inside the stomach for 9 months. It can also be easier for the little one to keep warm in a cradle or in a smaller bed. The smart thing about the craddle is that it has rocking chair feet so that the child is rocked, which helps to stimulate the sense of balance, which ensures that the child's motor skills are improved. In addition, it is also easy to move the craddle so that it is always close to you, so you can hear your child when he / she sleeps, whether it is in the living room or in your bedroom.

On the other hand, you choose a baby bed, you have a bed for a couple of years and the baby will have a lot of space to grow and change sleeping positions. But you will not get the benefits of the cradle's movements in the baby's first few months. When the child is cradled, it helps to improve the child's motor skills and then the cradle from Hoppekids can be made into a small bench when it is no longer used. However, you do not need go out and buy a new baby bed after half year.

Baby beds

When can you use a baby bed?

You can use a crib from the time your baby is a newborn. Some people buy a crib from the start, as a baby outgrows a cradle quickly and it is therefore easier for parents to buy a crib from the start. However, the disadvantage is that the baby does not get the benefits of being rocked. Being rocked helps to improve the child's motor skills.

Crib dimensions

Most cribs have mattress size of 60 × 120 cm. The ANTON baby bed from Hoppekids has external dimensions of 129x81x69cm and a lying surface of 60x120cm. A crib can typically be used from the time the baby is born until it is about 3 years old, After that, they can use a junior bed. 

Many of the baby beds that made are available with adjustable height, so that the bottom can be raised. It makes it easier for you to pick up the very small child from the bed when the bottom is raised, and then it prevents the slightly larger child from getting over the edge of the bed when the bottom is lowered. The crib from Hoppekids can be set in 2 heights: 19.3 cm above the floor and 38.5 cm above the floor.

Crib with removable side

The crib from Hoppekids is super smart because one side can be removed, turning it into a bench. The extra bed side can be mounted under the bed, so it creates an extra shelve in the room.

Which mattress for the crib?

The best mattress for a crib is a foam mattress. But the mattress also needs to be breathable so your baby can get rid of the heat. 

At Hoppekids we have 2 different mattresses for the crib and the bassinet/cradle.

Our flax mattress is made of a foam core and a top layer of flax felt. Flax is a natural material which, besides from isolation, also prevents pressure marks in the mattress. Flax is very breathable and helps to maintain a good and comfortable temperature during the night, as well as removing sweat from the child. The flax mattress has a hardness level of 120 Newton.

Our other mattress is ECO Dream. The ECO Dream mattress is also a foam mattress and it is swan labelled and hypoallergenic. The mattress contains Waterlily® foam which is a high quality, environmentally friendly product that provides a springy, soft and comfortable feel. In addition, it has air channels to dissipate heat from the baby. The mattress also has a mattress cover consisting of soft bamboo fibres on the outside with quilted thermo wool inside, which wicks moisture and heat away from the body and ensures that the child does not get draughts. The ECO Dream mattress has a firmness level of 145 Newton. Read more about the mattress here

Cradle

When can you use a cradle for baby?

For a newborn, a cradle can be a great idea. The cradle gives newborns a feeling of security after being inside the womb for 9 months. It may also be easier for the little one to stay warm in a cradle or smaller bed. The smart thing about the cradle is that it has rocking chair feet, so the baby is rocked, which helps to stimulate the sense of balance, which helps to improve the baby's motor skills. It's also easy to move the cradle so it's always close to you, so you can hear your child when he/she is sleeping, whether it's in the living room or in your bedroom. 

On the other hand, if you choose a crib, you will obviously have a bed for a few years and your child will have a lot of space to grow in. But you won't get the benefit of the cradle's movements in the baby's first few months. But in return, you won't have to go out and buy a new bed after six months. 

Measurement on cradle

As you know a cradle bed is not very large, as it must be able to fit the little newborn. The cradle from Hoppekids has external dimensions of 86x62x47cm and a lying surface of 80x40cm.

How to choose the right baby bumper

According to Sundhedsstyrelse  (Danish Health authority), it is important that the mattress for your baby is relatively firm, and that the baby does not get too hot during the night. A good, breathable mattress for your baby helps to create the safest setting for your baby's sleep. At Hoppekids you can find 3 different mattresses for cradles.

The foam mattress in size 80x40x7 cm is a fine mattress for the cradle, which with a hardness of 120 Newton provides good support and a comfortable night's sleep. The linen mattress in size 80x40x7 cm has a core of foam and a top layer of linen felt. Flax is hugely breathable and helps maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night. The linen mattress has - like the foam mattress - a hardness of 120 Newton.

The Nordic Ecolabelled ECO mattress in size 80x40x7 cm is an allergy-friendly quality mattress with a soft surface and a form-retaining interior that ensures good sleeping comfort. The mattress core is made of the environmentally friendly Waterlily® foam, and the mattress cover is made of soft bamboo fibers with quilted thermoform, which conduct moisture and heat away from the body. The Nordic Ecolabel ensures that the mattress meets strict requirements regarding health, safety, quality and the environment. The ECO mattress has a hardness of 145 Newton.

How to choose the right bed bumper?

There are different types of bed bumpers. Some are thick, so they can stand on their own, others are thin and are tied with a small ribbon. 
A typical bed frame measures 60x120 cm, so it will fit a standard crib/cot. You can also get a bed bumper that measures 40x80 cm and this one fits the cradle. 

What are the benefits of a bed bumper?

A bed bumper is a protective layer that you can put on the inside of a cot/crib or cradle. The benefits of a bed bumper are that it helps protect your baby from hitting their head against the hard bars of the bed. It also makes sure that pacifiers  and teddy bears don't fall out of the bed during the night. It also helps to protect baby from the worst draughts and ensures that baby's legs and arms don't get caught between the bars. 

What to remember before buying a bed bumper?

One important thing to remember is that a bed bumper for a crib will get dirty quickly, so it's a good idea to choose a bed bumper that can be easily washed. If you choose a crib bumper for the cradle, it should be fairly neutral so that your baby is not overstimulated in the cradle. 

Before buying a bed bumper, it is a good idea to measure whether it fits, as some bed bumper may not fit the bed.