Baby cribs, as the first baby bed, have the most interesting history! The word "bed" initially means the place where a person is sleeping – originally no more than a cavity in the ground. The first kind of cribs were a small swing or rocking bed, known as a cradle. It has a long history and was usually one of the first pieces of furniture to be added to the new household. Before Europeans settled colonies, American Americans covered their babies in a multitude of different styles, almost as diverse as our modern baby cribs. There were sun loungers, leather beds, lattice kits, beds, baskets and much more. Style has been altered by tribal geography and influenced by materials available for construction. Hacking (tight wrapping the baby in cloth or skin) was a favorite for many tribes, since it was a security standard. Many Navajos still use a traditional tablet lying on a child to be safe and protected.
The oldest and most common type of cradle is a saddle pad, which is undoubtedly derived from a semi-finished product to ensure safe resting for babies. It was a simple step to move from a hollow log to a box placed on transversely curved parts and a special favorite child cradle with early colonizers characterized by a side-to-side hair and a hooded finish made of simple coated plywood. There are also examples of cribs that represent the "big beds of the state" for royal babies. These nice beds were richly carved and equipped with elaborate and expensive curtains. Many cradles have been designed so that they can easily rock, with one mechanical invention, claiming that the cradle can be self-sucking hour and a half! Early beds were placed just next to the parent bed, since the bedroom was actually a late add-on to the architecture that came with the option of easier home heating. It is not known whether there are security standards in those early days. After the baby was too large for the cradle, she had touched the spindle. The name is derived from the utility of this bed that was made to easily fit under the parent bed and thus keep space. Early homes were often one-bedroom or two-roomed, where space was premium.
A cot was born as homes became larger during the 1800's and could adjust their size. They were usually homemade and passed from child to child, since families were quite large at those times. Baby cots have also passed through generations since they are constructed of solid, durable wood locally found. If you come to this kind of crib today, you will be enchanted by its strength. A recent trip to the antique shop while looking for a baby cot for my new grandson. Beds are made of hardwood that has been softened for many decades – it has shaken the cradle and has not given any indication.
The basic shape and design of the crib has not changed much since the 19th century, although we have a constant improvement in design as well as an increasing demand for higher standards of safety. In light of these current security standards, it has become apparent that a beautiful antique cot that I found to display a doll or some wonderful animals better than to become the granddaughter bed. There were security issues that involved too far sloping walls and floor design that could be dangerous. We encourage parents to take care of safety, when purchasing a new crib and maintaining the existing crib. History is fun and interesting, but our priority is to make our babies safe.