Our Guide For Your Baby Bedding Needs
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What Bedding Does My Baby Need?
Choosing baby crib bedding can often be the first place to start when deciding on how to decorate the nursery. Every style you can think of is available and it’s fun to search online for inspiration. It’s also very easy to blow your entire budget on frothy lace, swathes of silk, yards of ribbon and pastel gingham’s! They are extremely tempting and very beautiful – and if you can afford them – great! But many new parents are on a budget, so before you start spending out on baby crib bedding, let’s look at what your baby really needs .…and anything else you buy is a lovely bonus!
These are crib sheets with elasticized corners or elastic all around the edge. They are made to fit tightly to whichever mattress you choose for your baby – so when you buy the mattress, it’s a good idea to buy a few fitted sheets at the same time, to be sure of a good fit. The tight fit is important as it cuts down the risk of suffocation or of your baby becoming entangled. You don’t need flat bottom sheets yet or top ones. Sheets for babies are usually made of 100% cotton, brushed flannelette, stretch cotton terry or cotton jersey. They need to be easy to wash and dry.
Sheet Saver or Crib Mattress Protector
Fitted sheets can be quite awkward to change – due to the tight fit! A sheet protector is flat, often quilted and has a waterproof backing to protect the main sheet from diaper leaks, posseting or other soiling, The other side, which faces up is usually cotton. A good feature to look for in a waterproof crib mattress protector is a tie in each corner for securing the protector in place. It’s much quicker and easier (especially in the middle of the night) to quickly replace a protector than to take off and replace a soiled sheet. Buying several of these will make life a lot easier – for you and your baby!
Sleep Sack or Pajamas
If you are worried about your baby kicking off a cover and getting cold, or sliding down under one and not being able to breathe – forget covers altogether and invest in a few washable, lightweight sleeping sacks or some all-in-one sleep suits or pajamas. Three or four sleeping outfits are probably adequate – if you have any more than that, your baby will probably outgrow them before they get worn!
If you want to use a baby blanket – and many people do – go for a couple of simple acrylic or cotton baby cellular blankets for summer and a lightweight polyester fleece blanket for winter. Avoid heavy or fluffy blankets as they can lead to overheating and their softness increases the risk of suffocation.
Babies don’t need pillows – ever. They are dangerous to babies as their faces may become pressed into the soft surface and they can’t raise their heads high enough to get their noses clear. This can lead to suffocation.
Make sure that the crib mattress your baby will sleep on is firm and fits snugly into whichever kind of baby bed you are using. Check that it meets with the current safety standards in your country and is flame resistant. Shop around as there are so many on offer with a variety of features but a snug fit and firmness are the two priorities. It’s a good idea to buy a couple of quilted, waterproof mattress protectors at the same time, to prolong the life of the mattress.
The Icing on the Cake
Once you’ve got the basics covered, see what’s left in the budget and then take a look at some of the gorgeous baby bedding that’s available. Let’s narrow it down – your baby needs to be comfortable but the main consideration is safety.
Here are recommendations to help keep your baby sleeping safely: