Creche vs Crib


The first Christmas I spent away from my family I spent in Dublin. I was introduced to new delights such as mince pies, mulled wine and the fact that what I call a creche, is a crib here.

I had found the fact that my niece went to a “creche” in the afternoons a bit odd. A creche is a nativity scene you put up at Christmas time, right? Do you mean my niece goes to a daycare? Yes. Oh, ok. Daycare=creche. A few months later, as Christmas neared, I asked if a nativity scene was called a creche too.

No. It’s not. The Irish call it a crib. But doesn’t a baby sleep in a crib? No.  A baby sleeps in a cot. Isn’t a cot  a camp bed, or smaller bed used in hotels for an extra child? No.

In Ireland a crib is a nativity scene. A child goes to a creche to be cared for by adults other than his/her parents, and will sleep in a cot until at least two years old.

In America a baby sleeps in a crib, summer campers or an extra child will sleep in a cot, and the baby Jesus–with assorted animals, wise men and shepherds–can be found in a creche at Christmas time.

Got that?

Happy Christmas One and All!



Creche vs Crib

One thought on “Creche vs Crib

  1. I’m obviously more American than the native Irish my passport and residence suggest. Or maybe just ageing!
    Cribs to me are what babies sleep in; creches are where kids go for daycare and nativity plays are nativity plays in which a crib may be used as ‘the manger.’

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