Our Guide For Your Baby Bedding Needs

A quick search online for nursery baby bedding will have you drooling over beautifully dressed cribs, cradles and bassinets. Preparing a nursery or sleeping area for your new baby is such a joyous time – but it can also be very confusing. How do you choose between all that’s on offer? Firstly decide ‘What does my baby need’. And always remember the safety aspects as outlined below, when buying baby bedding.’
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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!

Fitted Sheets

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!

Blankets

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.

Pillows

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.

Mattress

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:

SAFETY FIRST

  1. Always put your baby on his/her back. Babies who sleep on their tummies and sides have a higher rate of SIDS. Use a firm mattress that fits tightly into the crib, cradle or bassinet. Make sure it meets the current standards of safety in your country.
  2. There should be no pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, or soft toys in the bed that your baby is going to sleep in – to minimize risk of suffocation.
  3. A baby can sleep comfortably in an all-in-one sleep suit with no other coverings. This is the safest alternative.
  4. If you do use a lightweight blanket, place baby with feet at the end of the bed. Tuck the blanket in firmly, with it coming up no further than the baby’s chest.
  5. Do not place baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow or any other soft surface to sleep as this can increase risk of suffocation.
  6. The baby should wear nothing hooded to sleep in. Apart from obviously needing to breathe, babies need to be able to lose excess heat from their heads.
  7. Make sure that anyone who is caring for your baby knows these safety recommendations.

Now that we’ve covered the safety aspects, you can start choosing your baby’s bedding with confidence