A Guide to Buying Bedding for Your Little One
Your baby’s skin is very delicate and could easily get damaged if not well taken care of. While there’s a myriad of skincare products out there, the simplest way of achieving this is by checking anything the baby comes in contact with. This includes their clothes and bedding. The fabric, knitting, aeration, color, and so much more determines how safe any cloth is for the baby. If your baby spends a lot of their time in their crib or carriers, the bedding should be checked thoroughly.
Here are some tips to help you when shopping for your baby’s all-important bedding.
Comfort is defined by the type of fabric that makes your baby’s bedding. Ideally, it should be soft and breathable to allow for aeration and temperature adjustment. Materials that are too tightly knit trap heat and could cause a lot of discomfort as well as overheat the baby. It should be knitted a little loosely to allow for air to flow in and out.
You should also make sure that you know about any allergies your baby could have towards certain fabrics. For instance, some are allergic to polyester and could get severe skin damage from it. As a common safety tip, get hypoallergenic bedding.
The Right Size
If your baby’s sheets, quilts, or covers are too small, they will pull off the corners of the bed. Not only will you have a hard time spreading them back on over and over again, but this is a potential health risk. The baby may tangle themselves up and risk choking as well as suffocation. The baby’s skin may also be exposed to the rough mattress fabric, which may damage their skin. Additionally, if the sheets are waterproof, the mattress may be exposed to the baby mess.
If they are too big, they will bunch and expose the baby to the danger of suffocation. You may also have a hard time cleaning them. The right size of bedding not only ensures that your baby is comfortable but also makes it easy for them to learn how to spread their own beds when they get older.
Easy to Clean
It is advisable to avoid bedding labeled ‘dry-clean only’ for the sanity of whoever will be cleaning them. These are really not the ones for tough stains. Get bedding that can be hand washed. As a tip, stay away from absorbent and lightly colored fabric (especially baby girls’ clothes) if your baby is a messy one.
Let Them Choose
Children’s bedding comes in crazy colors and patterns, and they like it like that. Let them come to the store with you and choose what they want unless they are too young to do it.
In conclusion, choosing bedding for your little ones is a lot more detailed than you may think. Don’t be tempted to shroud them in fluffy bedding and forget about their safety and comfort. Make sure it is breathable, soft enough, and is their size.
Ab Mandozay is the Content Manager at Bubs Warehouse and loves sharing important messages about parenting, sustainable living and wellbeing.