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Buying Baby Bedding

Sep. 18, 2020

Buying baby bedding can be a fun way to prepare before your baby is born. Bedding can form part of a layette, which is a mixture of clothing and bedding for a new baby.

Sheets and blankets

Although you can now buy Soft Cotton Baby Quilt for newborn babies, most parents start off with cotton sheets and cotton cellular blankets.

Cotton sheets and blankets are easy to layer and keep your baby at the right temperature. 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.

If your baby starts off in a carrycot or Moses basket, you can buy special pram-size sheets and blankets. Generally speaking, you will need about four sheets, and two blankets 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.

Heated baby blanket

Heated baby blanket

If your baby's bedroom is very cold, you can use Heated baby blanket, which wash well. If you buy traditional wool blankets, check to see if they can be machine-washed. 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.

If your baby is sweating, or their tummy feels hot to the touch, remove some of the bedding. Don’t worry if their hands or feet feel cool, this is normal.

Sleeping bags

Sleeping bags are very popular with many parents. The great thing about them is that your baby can't kick them off, which means that he is less likely to wake up because he's feeling too cold. Although you can buy Winter Sleeping Bag for newborn babies, most parents start using them when their baby is a few weeks or months old. If you are using a sleeping bag for your baby, you will only need a few bottom sheets for the cot as well.

If you use a sleeping bag, make sure it is safe for your baby. Buy one in store if possible so that you can check it over in person. If you do buy online, use a reputable retailer and ensure you can return it in case there are any issues.