The most important item in a baby nursery, the core of that special room dedicated to your baby is the baby bed or cot. Setting up the baby cot is a milestone that signifies that all the other items and accessories can start going in such as the bed and beddings. Some of the important bedding accessories for a baby’s cot or bed are Baby Quilts, throws, and pillows, sheets and blankets, and duvets. Let’s talk about each of these items in detail.
Sheets, Blankets and Baby Quilts
Cotton sheets and blankets are easy to find and are great for layering. You can layer them to keep your baby at the right temperature when they sleep. You can simply add or take away a blanket if your baby is too hot or too cold, but remember that a folded blanket counts as two blankets. To save money, you could cut and hem sheets from an adult bed if you don’t want to buy special cot sheets.
You can also make Baby Quilts from sentimental blankets or pieces for your baby’s bed. Just make sure the pieces you use are soft and gentle on the baby’s skin. Generally speaking, the rule of thumb is that you will need about four sheets, and two or three blankets to start with. Sheets are usually made of traditional woven cotton, brushed flannelette which feels warm to the touch, stretch cotton terry, or cotton jersey. Stretch-fitted sheets are very useful as they are less likely to come untucked while your baby sleeps and are quick and easy to put on and take off.
Fitted Sheets and Flat Sheets
Fitted sheets are very useful, especially as your baby gets older and moves around or plays in the cot more. A fitted sheet won’t ruffle and come away from the mattress as a result of a squirming baby. However, they can be tricky to fit if the cot mattress you’ve bought is quite stiff and heavy. Fitted sheets tend to be made of the cotton jersey which won’t require ironing. Flat sheets are used as a top sheet in combination with a blanket. They’re fine for use as a bottom sheet too but are generally more difficult to put on than fitted sheets and don’t stay in place for long. Flat sheets are usually made either from flannel or plain cotton.
Plain cotton has the advantage that it can be washed at higher temperatures, although it doesn’t feel as soft as flannel. If your baby’s bedroom is very cold, you can use baby quilts rather than light blankets. When buying baby quilts, check to see if they are machine washable. If you buy baby quilts, look for a cover made of 100 percent cotton and buy a spare one so that you can have another to hand when the dirty one is in the wash. Polyester fleece blankets are also widely available and are very useful for the pram on a cold day. However, check your baby’s temperature regularly as they may make your baby too hot.
Giving your baby a quilt once he is one year old may help him get used to it when you eventually move him to a grown-up bed. However, like I mentioned earlier, you can’t use duvets until your baby is a year old. So they are not really a necessary purchase while your baby is still in a cot. You can stick with blankets and sheets, or a sleeping bag until the baby moves to a toddler bed.
Duvets and Pillows
Bed-making is easier and quicker with a duvet than with blankets and sheets. Duvets, quilts, and pillows are not recommended for babies until they are at least a year old. This is because they may make babies too hot and they also pose a risk of suffocation because they are quite heavy. Once your baby is over a year old, you may wish to use a duvet. Quilts and duvets are available with a variety of fillings, including a hypoallergenic version.
The types of blankets most commonly available are cotton cellular, acrylic cellular, and fleece. Cotton cellular blankets have a cellular structure of e 100% cotton which means the blankets are warm in winter and cool in summer. They’re also lightweight and are washable at higher temperatures than fleece or acrylic.
Acrylic Cellular Blankets
These are extra-lightweight and quick drying, with the same year-round usefulness as the cotton cellular type. They’re similar in price to cotton cellular blankets but tend not to be as soft on the skin as cotton or fleece. Fleece blankets are made from 100% polyester, and they are soft for your baby and easy to wash and dry. Fleece blankets tend to be more expensive than other types, though.
Baby Coverlets and Comforters
These are lightweight baby bedding version of a quilt that can safely be used for babies under one-year-old because it doesn’t have the soft padding of a standard quilt. It’s as warm as a sheet and blanket combined. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using a coverlet, as some aren’t suitable for babies under 3.5kg or 7lb 12oz. Baby sheepskin fleeces These are basically mini sheepskin rugs. They’re designed to be soft and comforting for babies to lie on, and many parents feel they calm and soothe newborns.
If you buy one, make sure it’s specifically for baby use. Pair up your choice of baby blankets with a good bed. Don’t put pillows in a baby cot and don’t pile up blankets too. The cot should be as empty as possible to allow for space for your baby to roll around. Baby’s will not need to use pillow till they are two or three.
Bedding essentials before your baby arrives There are countless pieces of baby bedding available to buy – but you don’t actually need that much to keep your baby comfortable when sleeping. Although you might want to stockpile a small stash of the basics ready to hand for when mishaps happen. Before your baby arrives, it makes sense to stock up on some basic baby bedding essential. When buying, go for a minimum of Three bottom sheets Three top sheets Three blankets. You’ll more than likely get blankets as presents and this is great because it’s always useful to have a few extra.