3 magic keys from the sleep experts at Fée Dodo to choose the right bed for your child

3 magic keys from the sleep experts at Fée Dodo to choose the right bed for your child

When choosing a bed for a child, you should think not only about its aesthetics, but also about various criteria that will give your child a good night's sleep. Fée Dodo experts, specialists in the field of infant and child sleep, give some tips and explain how the KOYA bed, in addition to being beautiful, allows your baby to sleep well until the age of three. The KOYA bed evolves to meet changing protection and safety needs.


A woman putting her baby in a cot. Above her head is an inscription: the three keys to choosing the perfect cot


Key 1: Softness


When choosing furniture and decorations for a toddler's bedroom, Fée Dodo experts recommend a gentle, non-stimulating and cosy atmosphere during your child's sleep. In order to achieve this, you can use light, muted colours, reduce distracting decorations and mobiles, and add softness with rugs, cushions, curtains and even a canopy. The KOYA cot in white and wood-like colours and the rounded corners of the cot contribute to the desired softness. Thanks to the paints, the wood is soft and smooth, as well as non-toxic, which is important for the health of the child.


For safety reasons, do not put any pillows or blankets in the cot: just choose a sleeping bag with a thickness adapted to the room temperature and possibly a cuddly toy that will remain in the KOYA cot to accompany the child during each sleep. A cosy little nest!


Infographic with a woman holding her baby over a KOYA cot. There are arrows and captions about the benefits of the KOYA cot.


Key 2: Security


The experts from Fée Dodo say that in order for a child to fall asleep peacefully, he/she must feel safe and secure!. The environment in which he/she will sleep is therefore crucial! One way to keep your baby safe and secure is to sleep together if possible. The KOYA bed gives you this option: you can place it against the wall in the parents' bedroom, and attach one of the long edges to your own bed with the provided straps.


If you decide to put your baby to sleep on your own, the size of the bed will make a big difference to their safety. Especially in the first months of life, it is easier for babies to sleep in a small space that is adapted to their size and gives them a sense of security. The KOYA cot is really scalable: a shorter option with a built-in mattress allows you to get a bed of a size suitable for babies. After a few months, when your baby is older, you can simply add the side and bottom extensions included with the kit, which are very discreet when the cot is ready to use. The child will then have a 120x60 cm bed at their disposal, for which it is enough to buy a hard mattress with standard dimensions and in which the child will have enough space to move around while looking for sleep.


The last criterion used by sleep experts to increase the sense of security in a child's room is the visibility of the door from the bed.. The KOYA bed is perfect for this purpose: its side walls are slatted, so that the child can see who enters or leaves the room.


Regarding the position during sleep, we would like to remind you that the doctors and the WHO would rather recommend the dorsal position in order to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, this choice is always up to the parents.


KOYA cot standing in the room. The photo shows the logotype of the Made For Mums Awards 2022


Key 3: Surroundings


Fée Dodo's infant and child sleep specialists strongly recommend that babies be placed in a locked bed for the first two to three years of life. By choosing the KOYA bed, you will have various options to choose from at each stage of development of your child, with the possibility of modulating the size of the bed and changing the height of the mattress. A closed cot provides basic safety for your child, who can move around in it without the risk of falling out. The KOYA bumber bars are high enough to guarantee your baby's safety.


In addition the bed border symbolizes the sleeping environment, which is essential as a child grows and undergoes periods of high mobility and stimulation. A child under three years of age is not yet mature enough to take responsibility for not getting out of bed for "sightseeing", which can lead to parent-child conflicts as well as sleep anxiety. The bed must therefore draw a line.


The fact that a child's environment should be designed to reduce prohibitions and frustrations as expressed and shaped by adults is very much in line with the principles of positive education. These values animate all Village Fée Dodo experts.


This article was brought to you by the sleep experts at Fée Dodo.


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