Crib Bedding And Baby Care

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So you’ve bought the crib – congratulations! But now you must be wondering what bedding you’re going to put in it. A big portion of bedding sets include a number of pieces – but do you really need them all? It’s really best to keep any extraneous bedding out of the crib, and this is what pediatricians now recommend. If you’re on a tight budget, you’re much better off spending your money on a few high-quality crib sheets than on a bedding set that can’t be used for much more than decoration.

It may come as a surprise to some, but neither crib bumpers nor blankets are recommended because they are a suffocation hazard. Most parents worry about their baby getting too cold, but this problem is easily solved with swaddling blankets or a sleep sack. Baby sacks are like sleeping bags for babies, except that they are worn like a vest, with head and arm holes. If you interested in a swaddling blanket, you might want to investigate some of the more modern styles that aid in getting the right fit. Swaddling helps some babies sleep better, but others find it constricting and do not like it. If you rock your baby a lot, you might still want a quilt or blanket to wrap around him or her. But remove the comforter before baby goes into the crib.

Another crib accessory is a sleep positioner – a kind of foam wedge designed to keep baby on his back. It’s supposed to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). However, since a newborn that is put to sleep on her back can’t roll over, she will remain on her back for the whole night. You should also realize that these foam wedges are themselves soft bedding, which is not recommended by most pediatricians for very young babies.

Aside from the standard bedding, a crib set can also include a diaper stacker, a toy bag, or even a window valance. These can be very tempting because they match the crib bedding, but your baby will not suffer without them.

But if you do want a bedding set, it’s much more affordable to buy gender neutral baby bedding like Hot Cocoa crib bedding. It’s much more cost effective because you can use it again and again, regardless of the sex of your next baby.

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