Choosing Baby's Bedding
When we think of a nursery and we more often than not think of a beautiful cot adorned with gorgeous baby bedding, after all its usually the focal point of this very special room. So we’ve 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 with the wide selection of fabrics, designs and colours available today, it can feel like quite a daunting task to choose the perfect ensemble for your nursery. But whatever style you choose it's important to make sure Baby isn’t too hot or too cold when they’re sleeping because 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.
The best advice is to use lightweight bedding that you can layer, so a mix of Sheets, Blankets and Duvets is recommended, 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 temperature in your nursery, 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 during the night.
A baby who is either too hot or too cold will be niggly and will wake frequently throughout the night.
The ideal temperature for baby’s room is between 16C and 20C and the best bedding is is Cotton as it is a natural fibre which is soft and breathable.
Feeling the back of your baby’s neck or her stomach is the easiest way to tell if she is hot or cold. If it is quite warm or damp to the touch then she may be too hot and you should remove some of the bedding. If it is cool the touch then the opposite applies and you should add more 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.
Heavyweight duvets or quilts, and also pillows, are not recommended for your baby until he or she is 12 months or older. These 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.
Remember when putting baby to bed, its important to use the feet to foot position. Put your baby in his or her cot on their back with their feet at the foot of the cot 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 she sleeps.
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 Duvet Covers, Fitted Sheets, Flat Sheets, Blankets and Bumpers.
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, as Baby could use it as a step.
While every effort is made to represent color accurately, every monitor is different and we cannot guarantee the colors you see match the colors of actual fabric.