What You Need to Know About Baby Bedding
You have taken the time to get a good, safe crib for your baby and now you have to take care of all of the things that go into making up your baby bedding. You want to put together a fun and interesting environment that will capture your baby’s attention with colors and animals and all things to encourage his or her growth. All this and you want the room to look good too.
To get started, as much as all of the little frills and extra doo dads may seem adorable, remember that each item that is attached can also become quickly detached and could become a potential danger in the hands of little ones. As much as bumpers look cute in a baby crib, they do pose a potential suffocation hazard when your baby is small, and when they get older, they just serve as a launching pad to help them jump ship and get out of their own crib.
Make sure when considering baby bedding you are buying sheets for the baby’s new crib that they fit snugly and the elasticized corners stay in place. If the elastic gets worn, replace the sheets with new ones. You do not want to run the risk of a sheet snapping off and the baby getting caught up in it.
You should invest in at least two mattress pad covers that are waterproof when selecting your baby bedding. This way you always have one on the bed while you wash the other one. There are burp cloths that can be placed under the sheets to protect the mattress, but you are better off buying a mattress pad cover that fits right over the mattress. This way you can just put the crib sheet directly over the mattress cover and you’re baby bedding is all set.
All you really need with regards to baby bedding is a good crib mattress, a mattress cover, and fitted sheets. You should not add the baby bumpers in the crib. Even though they may look cute, they can become a potential hazard to your baby if they were to get caught close to them and cannot push themselves away.
The same is true with blankets, pillows, and toy animals. They all may look cute and add to the baby’s décor, but they could each pose a potential danger to little ones who are unable to control their movements yet. If you were given or purchased a complete baby bedding set for your baby, refrain from adding the quilt or blanket to the bed. You can always hang the quilt on the wall to add to the décor you are creating. You can take it down later, when your baby is old enough. The same is true with wanting to add stuffed animals to baby’s bed. Baby is fine without them.
You want your baby to be warm enough, so what can you use? They sell wearable blankets and also something called a swaddle wrap. Take those thin receiving blankets that you got at your baby shower and learn how to swaddle your little one. Babies love to be swaddle because they like the close attachment. They have been confined to a relatively small environment for nine months and this is what they are more used to than having their own big bed to themselves.
A wearable blanket is an important addition to your baby’s bedding needs. They sell them to go over your baby’s diapers, onesie, or pajamas. They totally enclose your baby keeping him or her warm and there is no danger in them kicking them off like a regular blanket and becoming cold during the night. Any kind of sleepers that have feet in them will work as well if you don’t live in a very cold environment.
Make sure that all the baby bedding you buy are made of natural materials and can be laundered in the washing machine. You can also find bedding for your baby made out of organic materials as well. They may cost a little more than regular sheets but if you think your child may have allergies you may want to cut the risk of setting off a reaction.
If your baby has sensitive skin you should look for un-dyed, unbleached for your baby bedding and any materials that are free of any chemical interaction. If you find baby bedding that has a label issued through the European Union, it should say Oeko-Tex. This means that it has passed testing and there are no harmful substances on the materials that you are purchasing. This means that there are no dangers due to dyes or any of the products that may be applied when they finish the product. Another indicator of standards set into place is from GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standards.
Other potential dangers when it comes to baby bedding are the crib tents that fit over a baby’s bed, portable crib or play yard. These should never be put over any type of bed for a baby as they could drop down or come lose and become a threat to a child.
While you shouldn’t use a quilt or thick comforter in the crib for your baby you can take it out of the bed and use it as a mat for baby to lie on while you are supervising. Babies do need to spend time on their little tummies in order to grow stronger and develop their motor skills. This would be a much better use of a heavy quilt or comforter and makes it a soft place for baby to lie on his stomach.
Just remember when putting your baby’s new room together that while you want it to look adorable and cute, you want it to be a save environment for your child. Look at everything as a potential danger because you never know what they are capable of and as much as you’d like to, you can’t really watch them 24/7. Creating a safe and loving environment for your child is the most important thing you can do.