Some time ago I told you about the Montessori bed with its advantages and disadvantages. Today, I thought it might be interesting to write an article about children’s beds in general.
Types of beds according to the material
Before moving on to the different “shapes” of children’s beds, a brief look at the materials in which they can be made. “Small” point because this is limited to two possibilities.
On the one hand, metal. Today, metal is very widespread in the supply on the market and has the significant advantage of being very resistant. It is also light because it is often made of aluminium. Wrought iron models are also more rarely found, which are more expensive and require a little maintenance.
On the other hand, the classic and pretty wood Globally, one finds here mainly beds made of pine, varnished for a better resistance in time, and which also offers a good solidity. You can also find beds made of bamboo, which is naturally resistant to humidity and heat, and sometimes mahogany, which is less common.
At this level, you make your choice, often based on aesthetics!
Types of children’s beds according to their structure
Let’s now move on to the different types of children’s beds in the literal sense of the word:
-the single bed: obviously the most widespread model, it meets most needs outside of families where several children are in the same room, because of the space available. Clearly, by opting for a single bed, this is where you will have the most choice.
-the bunk bed: this is obviously a choice that is often made for parents of twins, simply because of space. However, the high bed can be frightening, especially when moving from a crib, often with well-protected bars. Also, adding a crib rail provides significant protection. Pay attention also to the ladder, sometimes the floors are very slippery, you can then glue a granular coating to avoid this. And in case of a fight for who sleeps upstairs, you can put in place a bearing to be as fair as possible.
-the mezzanine bed: like the bunk bed, it saves space. For some children, the space under the bed represents a sort of personal little corner, like a hut, where they can do what they want. You can also add a small curtain to give him/her an area that is closed and totally his/her own. It can be a play area, a desk for homework, or a sofa/cushioned corner to relax or read a bit.
-the hut bed: among the most expensive models on the market in the entry-level models, they sell dreams to children. And, in fact, there are some really beautiful models that leave the child in me dreamy and a little jealous. It is a complementary structure to the bed, which is placed on top of it, forming a partitioned space, which children like because of its obvious “container” aspect. It also gives him/her its own little area, which some children like.
-the moveable bed: this is my choice since we gave up slatted beds. The goal was to have beds that weren’t too big at first, to save space, but that we would keep with the fact that the twins would grow. You just have to store the complementary mattress parts for a while, bought specifically for this purpose as well, and pull the bed out when you need it for great back support for sleeping.
-the trundle bed: here we’re aiming for cronyism! -the trundle bed: here we’re aiming for cronyism! This can also be used for siblings, but more generally a trundle bed is used when a guest comes to sleep at home. If you don’t know it, this is a bed with a drawer underneath that serves as a bed, with a mattress that you leave in place. Children love it because they not only sleep in the same room, but they are right next to each other. Be careful that the little blond heads don’t take too much advantage of this to chat/play until the last minute once you think they’re asleep!
To choose your cot you should therefore think a little bit about the evolutionary aspect, the material you would like, but also discuss it with your baby to avoid a possible disappointment.