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The Ultimate Guide To Baby Bedding For First Time Parents

When you are about to become a first-time parents and start to arrange your nursery, you will notice that there is a lot more to baby bedding than just picking some colours and designs. After all, you must make sure that the bedding is safe for your little one. To ensure you have all the bases covered where safety is concerned, here is the ultimate guide to baby bedding for first-time parents.

What baby bedding do I need for the first couple of months?

You need less for the first couple of months than you might think! In fact, certain types of bedding are unsuitable for your little one until they are older. So, let us take a look at what those basics are.

Firstly, you will need a cot or a crib. Ideally, you want to buy it new, as you can be sure it meets the current Australian safety standards. Also, make sure there is at least 50 centimetres between the top of the mattress and the top of the cot, this ensures your little one cannot fall out or climb out as they get older.

Now, the mattress you obtain for the cot requires some special attention. It should fit in the cot snugly, which means it cannot have any gaps around the sides or edges, as these could cause the baby's head to get stick and subsequently be a suffocation hazard.

We also suggest at least four suitable sheets to cover the mattress. You will find that you have to change the sheets over often, so having a couple ready will reduce some of the stress in terms of washing them. Fitted sheets are ideal, as they are considered as safer, this because they do not move when your baby moves. However, fitted sheets tend to be a little more expensive.

When your baby is a newborn, you do not need any blankets to cover your little one. In fact, they could be a suffocation hazard. So, blankets are only added for warmth once the baby is a little older.

Do I need duvets and pilots?

Heavier blankets and pillows are not suitable for a newborn or infants under the age of one. In fact, these items could also be a suffocation hazard. Heavier blankets could also cause the baby to get too warm, disturbing their sleep considerably.

At around six months, it is allowed to use a lighter blanket for your little one. However, blankets should be fastened underneath the baby's shoulder level, this to prevent the child from suffocating. There are also baby sleeping bags that are deemed safe and can provide a little warmth. Still, it is always necessary to check the weight of the blankets or sleeping bag you use.

What can I use when I am out and about?

The nursery is not the only place where you must consider things such as blankets and bedding, you also need to think about it when you are out and about. If you decide to take your baby on a walk, you must make sure they remain warm and comfortable. However, a light blanket and the appropriate clothing is usually enough to keep your baby warm.

Of course, you must also think about your pushchair or pram. Before you head out for a walk, always check if the breaks are in proper working order. Even if you have purchased a new pram or pushchair, check the brakes before every walk to avoid accidents. Also check the strength of the frame. Some pushchairs and prams are available for very low prices, but often leave much to be desired in terms of frame strength.

Finally, we can also suggest looking at the baby carrier. Baby carriers have proven to have big benefits for a child's development, as the baby is kept closer to his or her mum at all times. You can also use your natural body heat to keep the baby warm and that is better than any blanket!

Using a sling for the first time may be a little daunting, but you will find that they are a lot easier to work with than you might think. On top of that, it also gives the dad a fun way to also carry the baby around.

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