A set of bedding is needed for your baby’s cot, but it does not have to be expensive. You can save your cash for when your child wants his favorite television character on his duvet. Babies grow very quickly. You only need enough clothes to keep your baby warm and clean during the first few weeks.
You can buy bedding in various sizes to fit cots, cot beds, cribs, Moses baskets and travel cots. Buying extra bedding to fit cribs and Moses baskets may not be worth the cost. For your convenience, make sure that most of what you buy is machine washable and tumble dryer safe. It is best if all your bedding is white or light-colored so it can be washed together. You will spend less time separating washing loads.
Waterproof Mattress Protector
Waterproof mattress protectors are sheets that have a waterproof layer. It fits over the mattress and protects it from accidents. The mattress will be dry when you remove the cover.
Getting a mattress protector is not essential, but it will save you the hassle of cleaning up if the mattress gets soiled. You will have your cot or cot bed mattress for a long time, so it’s worth keeping it in great shape.
Pillows and Duvets
Pillows and duvets should not be used for babies less than a year old due to the risk of suffocation. A duvet can also make your baby too hot. Sheets and layers of blankets tucked in firmly below your baby’s shoulder level or a baby sleeping bag are safe for your baby to sleep in.
A lightweight baby blanket is usually made from cellular cotton or soft fleece. It covers the top sheet to keep your baby warm and comfortable. There may be a need for more than one blanket, depending on the temperature and the time of year. During warm weather, you might not need one at all.
A blanket is useful both in and out of the cot, so you’ll need at least three. You can use them to keep your baby warm in his pushchair and car seat, as well as to swaddle him.
Instead of sheets and blankets, your baby can sleep in a lightweight sleeping bag. With neck and armholes, the bag zips up around your baby while still allowing him to move. For a baby who comes out of his covers often, a sleeping bag is a good option. Sleeping bags have different Tog ratings. A 1 Tog sleeping bag is suitable for warm weather, while a 2.5 Tog bag is appropriate for cold weather.
Although sleeping bags are popular, they are expensive compared to sheets and blankets. You’ll need to buy bigger bags every few months that are appropriate for your baby’s age and weight. You also need different tog ratings depending on the time of year.
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