The rocking motion from a swinging crib can help settle and calm babies - but, like Moses baskets, a crib is a purchase you'll get only limited use from. Weigh up the pros and cons before you buy.
If, after reading the pros and cons below, you decide not to buy a baby crib, check out the advice guide instead. The main advantage of cot beds is that they last such a long time - they can be used as a cot from birth and as a junior bed as your child gets older.
There are countless types and styles of baby crib available - from a basic rocking crib for around £50, to luxurious nursery centrepieces that run into hundreds of pounds. Many have attractive drapes that can be taken on and off - the drapes should always sit outside the inner crib where your baby lies. You might need to buy a separate drape rod.
Most baby cribs can rock, and can be switched from a fixed to rocking position that gently sways to help your little one get off to sleep. You should not leave the baby crib unattended while it's set to rock.
Avoid using an antique crib, as they won't meet appropriate safety standards and may be dangerous.
There are countless pieces of baby bedding available to buy - but you don’t actually need that much to keep your baby comfortable when sleeping.
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) additionally has these sleep safety tips for parents: