Proper baby bedding is essential to the health and well-being of your newborn. It not only provides warmth, but also provides comfort and a sense of security for the child. Gone are the days of just filling the crib with some sheets and blankets. Today’s bedding combines the softness and warmth of high-tech fabrics with unique, high-fashion designs.
One of the most important aspects of baby bedding is the mattress on which the infant will be sleeping. Most baby mattresses are made in standardized sizes, so it’s not terribly difficult to find one to properly fit your baby’s crib. Taking some basic measurements of the crib’s interior should provide you with the information you need to find the right size. A properly fitted mattress should show no obvious gaps between it and the crib rails.
When choosing a mattress, it is better to error on the side of firmness. A soft mattress sounds like a good idea, but they can cause problems for infants who lack the physical strength to move when sunk into the mattress. Mattresses for baby bedding are available in two basic designs, foam or spring-coil. Foam mattresses tend to be less expensive, but are just as safe and reliable as a coil version. If you do choose to go with a coil design, be sure to check the number of coils in the mattress. Higher coil numbers mean a firmer mattress.
Another important part of baby bedding is the sheet. Fitted sheets are by far the best option for a baby crib. A properly fitted sheet will hug the mattress snugly enough as to not allow it to come off as the child moves about. This helps ensure that the child does not become entangled in the sheets while sleeping or playing, thereby avoiding a possible hazardous situation. Baby sheets can be purchased from numerous sources, both online and locally, and can be found to match nearly any décor.
Crib bumpers can be an important part of baby bedding, but are generally only recommended if your crib is relatively old. These items were originally designed to provide protection against a child becoming stuck between the rails of the crib. However, most modern cribs are designed with rails that are much closer together in order to avoid this problem. Many advocacy groups are now recommending that baby bumpers not be used due to their links to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. The danger can occur when a child rolls over and ends up having their face pressed into these cushions, thereby causing breathing problems.
Baby bedding is often sold as part of an overall design theme for the nursery. The sheets, blankets and comforter all meant to blend in with the surroundings, which often include matching wallpaper, paint and furniture. However, if you feel you’ve got a flair for interior design, creating your own unique look by mix and matching various elements from different design can be a very rewarding process. After all, a nursery should be as unique as the child for which it’s designed. Be sure to check out Parental Guide's baby bedding collection. At Parental Guide, we offer the complete baby bedding collection including coordinating room accessories, all at a good value.