Finding the right crib and bedding for your baby is one of the most important steps you will take as you prepare your home for the impending newborn. There’s so much to consider, which can be overwhelming at a time when there seems to be far too much to learn. There’s conflicting advice online about the most appropriate cribs and bedding, which can be confusing.
In order to help you get started in creating a safe environment for your new baby, I want to provide you with a list of Six Things to Avoid When Choosing Cribs and Bedding for Your Baby.
Here are six things you certainly should avoid
AVOID: Unsupportive Baby Mattresses
There are many different types of baby mattress available, each with different benefits and drawbacks. It’s important to consider each of these before making a decision, as your baby will spend a lot of time lying on the mattress. If it’s uncomfortable, it could affect your baby’s sleep, which can cause issues, for both parents and baby. The most important thing to avoid when shopping for the mattress is an unsupportive baby mattress.
Typically, foam mattresses are the most unsupportive, so should be avoided within the main crib that will be used inside your home. They are suitable for temporary cribs (e.g. travel cribs), but are not suitable to be used on a long-term basis. Whilst they are the cheapest type of baby mattress, they’re not very durable, so will likely cost more than a high quality mattress in the long run, anyway.
AVOID: Inadaptable Baby Cribs
As your baby grows, your needs will develop with them. To start with, your baby will be small, and the crib may seem too large for them. If you buy an adaptable crib, with an adjustable height mattress, and a side that lowers, it will make it easier for you to lift your baby out of the crib safely. As your baby grows, you can adapt your crib to ensure maximum safety and comfort, lowering the mattress as your baby grows and becomes easier to lift.
AVOID: Substandard Used Baby Cribs
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is expensive, and it’s often a good idea to opt for a used baby crib in order to save unnecessary expense. You may decide to purchase a used baby crib, either in person or online, or borrow one from a friend or family member. In either case, it’s important to inspect the baby crib carefully to ensure it’s up to the required standard. Check for damage, or health risks, such as mould and mildew. If the crib has been stored in a damp environment, for example, this will present a health risk to your baby and you should avoid at all costs.
AVOID: Bedding That Causes Your Baby to Overheat
There’s a wide range of baby bedding available on the market, and it’s important that you choose the right time to improve the quality of your baby’s sleep (and, consequently, yours too!). When choosing the bedding, you must think about the temperature of your home. It can be tempting to opt for the most warm and soft materials, to keep your baby warm and comfortable throughout the night. However, if they will be sleeping in a warm environment, this may cause them to overheat.
Instead, opt for breathable fabrics, such as cotton. These keep your baby warm when in a cold environment, but also regulate the temperature to keep them cool during the summer months. If you’re unsure, you can monitor your baby’s temperature across a few nights to be certain.
AVOID: Introducing Baby Pillows Too Early
Babies should not sleep on pillows to begin with, as this can be extremely dangerous. Pillows present a suffocation risk to young infants, and have consistently been linked with injury, which has sometimes proved fatal. If you suspect your baby is uncomfortable, re-evaluate the type of mattress and bedding used, and don’t introduce a pillow until they are ready. Similarly, don’t place lots of soft toys inside the crib.
AVOID: Aggravating Skin Conditions
Many babies have extremely sensitive skin, and you should ensure their sleeping environment doesn’t add to any existing skin conditions. Choose hypoallergenic bedding, where possible, and be sure to wash all of the bedding regularly, keeping your baby clean, safe and comfortable.
The above items to avoid are just a starting point. Most of all, trust your instincts. If you feel that something in or around the crib may cause a danger to your baby, remove it. Consider the same if you co-sleep with your baby. Create the safest, most comfortable environment for your little bundle of joy. That way you will sleep as soundly as your baby! 🙂
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