Think of a nursery and you’ll more often than not think of a beautiful cot bed adorned with gorgeous baby bedding, after all its usually the focal point of this very special room. Making up a baby’s bed is very different to making your own, notably no pillows or quilts for one thing, well not for baby’s under 12 months old anyway, so we’re created this simple guide to help you select the perfect bedding for your little one.
Your cot bedding is an essential part of your baby’s nursery, and there are an abundance of colours, patterns and styles available today, from budget to luxury and quite often nursery bedding is the key factor in deciding the style of your nursery. But whatever style you choose its important to make sure baby isn’t too hot or too cold when they’re sleeping, babies can’t regulate their body temperature in the same way we can, so you need make sure you are using the correct amount of bedding for the temperature of the room. We've created a baby bedding guide to help you make your decision.
The best advice is to use lightweight bedding that you can layer, so a mix of sheets, blankets or coverlets, this way you can add or take away to keep your baby at an optimal and comfortable temperature. If you’re not too sure about the temperatures in your room, it’s a good idea to invest in a baby room thermometer and reference our simple guide below to help you decide how much bedding you might need of a night.
The ideal temperature for baby’s room is between 16C and 20C and the best bedding is that which uses natural fibres such as cotton against baby’s skin, as it is soft and breathable.
Feeling your baby’s neck or stomach is the easiest way to see if your baby is the right temperature, if it is hot or damp to the touch then they are too hot and you should remove some of the bedding, if they are cold then the opposite applies and you should add bedding. Do not worry if your baby’s hands or feet feel cool, your baby has an immature circulation so hands and feet are not an accurate indicator of the rest of the body’s temperature. You can also use how you feel as a guide, if you are cold and need an extra layer, then your baby is likely to be cold too.
Duvets, quilts and pillows are not recommended for your baby until he or she is 12 months or older. They can be heavy for little legs to kick off and they can also lead to overheating. Once your baby is over a year old, you may wish to use a quilt instead of blankets and sheets. When older giving your baby a quilt may help them get used to it when you eventually move them to a grown up bed, and feel more familiar to them. Making the bed would also be much quicker than with blanket and sheets, fantastic news for time starved mums.
Remember when putting baby to bed, its important to use the feet to foot position. Put your baby in their cot on their back with their feet at the foot of the cot bed and tuck all the bedding in and under baby’s arms, to ensure baby can’t wiggle down under the covers. Covers should reach no higher than baby’s shoulders, so tuck them in firmly as it can be dangerous if baby’s head gets covered when they sleep.
Babies need to lose excess heat from their head so make sure to remove hats before putting to bed, its also best to remove hats and extra clothing as soon as you come indoors from outside, even if it may disturb baby’s sleep and risk waking them.
As we’ve mentioned there are lots of styles of baby bedding available, but most will be available as quilts or coverlets, fitted sheets, flat sheets, blankets and bumpers.
Quilts are wadded products which have a higher tog rating and so are only suitable for use from 12 months onwards due to the risk of overheating, coverlets on the other hand have a lower tog rating and so are suitable for use from birth. Our coverlets have a tog rating of 1 tog, where as other manufacturers may have a higher rating, so its always best to check individual items to make sure they are suitable, selected coverlets can include minimum weights for baby if a slightly higher tog.
Fitted sheets are very useful, especially as your baby grows and starts to move around. A fitted sheet won’t come un-tucked as the result of a squirming baby, but we do recommend sheets with elastic all the way round, not just at the corners, as they are less likely to come off the mattress if your baby is active.
Flat sheets tend to be used in combination with blankets, as top sheets and many styles come with attractive embroidered cuffs, which can also create interesting textures for baby to touch when in bed.
Blankets are great for layering and cotton cellular blankets are perfect for the cot bed, and natural fibres too.
Bumpers are also designed to protect baby when in their cot bed, but make sure to check ties and ensure that the bumper is fitted securely. Once baby starts to pull themselves up or sit up unaided a bumper should be removed.
Babies can make a lot of little accidents in their early months, so make sure you’re prepared. While its good to have a complete spare set of bedding its not essential, just make sure you have at least one extra set of sheets and blankets, having three or four is even better, just in case of very messy nights.
An alternative to traditional sheets and blankets are sleep suits, essentially they are a sleeping bag for baby and come in 1 tog or 2.5 tog ratings. While you might prefer the look of sheets and blankets for your nursery, sleeping bags are great to take on holiday. If travelling abroad the 1 tog versions are especially practical when you’re not sure what will be available as baby bedding in your hotel or apartment and they don’t take up too much room in packing.
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