Here are countless pieces of baby bedding available to purchase — but you do not really want that to help keep your baby comfy when sleeping. Even though you may want to stockpile a small stash of the fundamentals ready to hand for when mishaps happen.
These are very useful, particularly as your baby gets older and moves around in the room longer. A fitted sheet will not ruffle and come away in the mattress as a result of a squirming baby. But they are sometimes complicated to fit whether the cot mattress you’ve purchased is very stiff and heavy. Fitted sheets are inclined to be made of cotton jersey or terry (fine towelling cotton/polyester mix), which won’t require ironing.
These tend to be used as a top sheet in combination with a blanket. They’re fine to be used as a bottom sheet too, but are usually more awkward to wear than fitted sheets. Flat sheets are inclined to be made either out of flannelette or plain cotton.
The types of blankets many commonly available are cotton mobile, acrylic mobile and fleece.
The cellular structure of these 100% cotton blankets mean they’re hot in winter and cool in the summer months. They’re also lightweight, and are washable at higher temperatures compared to fleece or acrylic.
These are extra-lightweight and fast drying, using exactly the same yearlong usefulness as the cotton cellular type. They’re similar in cost to cotton cellular blankets, but tend not to be as soft on the skin as fleece or cotton.
These are made from 100% cotton, are soft for your baby and easy to clean and dry. They tend to be more expensive than other types, however.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions prior to using a coverlet, as some are not appropriate for babies under 3.5kg or 7lb 12oz.
These are basically mini sheepskin rugs. They’re intended to be soft and comforting for babies to lie on, and many parents believe that they calm and soothe newborns. If you purchase one, make sure it’s specifically for baby use.