Your Guide to Buying Crib Bedding
There is a whole world of equipment you will need to buy when you find out you are expecting, and all of it is important in its own right. When it comes to kitting your baby’s crib out with the right bedding, there is perhaps no bigger decision, because of the myriad of safety issues that go alongside it.
You need to get this purchase right, and you need to know a little background on the safety requirements, in order to have the best bedding available for your bundle of joy.
First things first, you are going to need the best crib mattress you can afford. This is possibly the most important part, because you need a mattress that is safe and comfortable, whilst being supportive and firm, but not too hard. As you can see, it’s a delicate balance.
There are several types of mattress out there, with foam being the cheapest and most basic. This is the most light-weight of the options, but it’s important to make sure you find a mattress of this variety that is firm. On top of this you have coil spring, pocket spring, memory foam, and natural/organic mattresses. Shop around and find the best option and deal for you.
You then move onto the crib bedding itself, and this is where the major safety requirements and issues come into play.
You need to have the peace of mind to know that your baby is safe and comfortable, you don’t want them to get caught up or tangled in the bedding, and you also need to know that they have a comfortable body temperature, without getting too hot or too cold.
These are the aspects you need to take into account:
- Whatever bedding you choose, we need to reiterate that babies should always be put to sleep on their backs, unless you have been told to do otherwise by a doctor. The head shouldn’t be covered over, and baby should be in a ‘feet to foot’ position, so they can’t move around and end up underneath the covers. The blankets should also reach no higher than the shoulders.
- Babies aren’t so great at keeping their own body temperature in the right bracket, so don’t overheat them by using a duvet; these shouldn’t be used until around one year of age.
- Make sure any bedding you buy is made of breathable fabrics, as well as being absorbent.
- It’s hard to specify how much bedding to use as a general rule, because it depends on the room temperature, so this is something you need to think about beforehand and monitor – one sheet and no more than three thin blankets is the general go-to. Do bear in mind that if you use one blanket and double it over, this counts as two.
Quality is everything here, not least from a safety point of view, but also because the better quality you invest in, the better they will wash, and the longer they will last you.