While setting up a nursery for the little one, an essential thing that you must consider is the sleeping arrangements. You do not want your baby to feel any discomfort while sleeping. And that’s why we have made this baby bedding tips and guide for new parents.
Making sure your kid gets a sound sleep is essential, and you can take that time to get some rest yourself. You will need it.
If you are having trouble deciding how you want to set up the sleeping arrangements than look no further.
Baby Bedding Tips
In this guideline, we will tell you how best to ensure your baby gets a sound sleep and will also discuss some safety questions as well.
- Choosing the Right Bed
In the early period, you will want to keep your baby in the same room as you. However, you should avoid letting the baby sleep in your bed as your mattress and pillow will not be suitable for him.
You can keep him in a crib or bassinet near your bed. Placing the baby in your room also makes night feeding easier on the mother.
Both cribs and bassinets are a safe choice for your baby. Cribs usually take up a lot more space.
So, if you have a smaller room, bassinet is the way to go. Bassinets have lower rails that allow you to place the baby or take him out comfortably. Additionally, many bassinets have covers that you can pull over to block out light.
Cribs, on the other hand, are long-lasting. If you are handy with tools, you can even convert them to a bed for the toddler when they grow up a bit.
They are also pretty heavy. While you can use the bassinets for the early few months, cribs offer flexibility for a year at the very least.
Choosing the right bedding will go a long way to ensure your babies sound sleep. Keep in mind that a baby spends 60-70 percent of his first few months sleeping. If the baby does not get enough sleep, a fussy baby would be the least of your worries.
- Make the Sleeping Environment Safe
Once you set up the nursery, you need to make sure that it is safe and baby-proof. Get rid of any hazardous materials in the room and ensure that small objects are not present anywhere. Anything present in the room and near the bed must be safe for the baby.
Try to avoid hand-me-downs if you can and invest in new baby bedding. You should get a new crib or bassinet, a mattress, and some blankets. The mattress should be firm.
Your baby does not need a soft cushion and also make sure that there is no space between the bed and the railings or walls of the crib.
Some soft blankets are useful in the first few months only if you are swaddling your baby. But do not keep any unused sheet near the baby.
A rouge blanket can easily slide over your babies face and cause him to suffocate. You do not want to risk this. So, keep the bed clean and free of any blankets that you are not using.
It is a common practice to entertain the baby with toys while he is awake. When the baby falls asleep, it is very tempting to keep the soft toy by his side. They look so adorable that way.
However, anything near a baby, while he is sleeping, is a potential hazard. You can shower him with toys while he is awake but when he is sleeping, steer clear of them.
- Make Sure the Room Is Air-Conditioned
The place your baby sleeps in must have regulated airflow. Make sure the room is not too hot or too cold.
Do not cover him in a blanket even if you think he is cold. Put on some light clothes and swaddle to keep him warm and cozy. A way to check if the room is too hot is to feel his neck. If he is sweaty, the place is too hot.
- Back Sleeping
Back sleeping or sleeping on the back is the safest way for your baby to sleep. It puts no pressure on the airway and reduces the risk of suffocation or SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
However, when the baby is around 3 to 6 months old, you might see him roll over on his tummy while asleep. Though you can let him keep sleeping that way, back sleeping is the safest.
- Avoid Couch Naps
It can get exhausting for the mother while taking care of the baby. While breastfeeding your baby, it is very natural for both you and the baby to fall asleep.
This set up is not safe entirely. A baby sleeping in your arms is beautiful for some time, but you should move him to the crib as soon as you can. The same goes for a car seat.
- Consider A Pacifier
A pacifier can be beneficial in many ways and giving your baby a pacifier while sleeping can reduce the risks of suffocation.
Do not force it on him if he rejects it. Some babies do not like pacifiers and will fuss when you push it on them. If your baby is one of them, make the environment safe and comfortable to let him fall asleep on his own
- Check Up Regularly
You need to check up on your baby every few minutes while he is sleeping. You need to see if everything is in order and the baby is comfortable.
Baby monitors are a helpful tool to have in the babies’ room. But it is best not to rely on them too much.
Being a parent is a full-time job. You need to make sure that you are ready for the arrival of the new one.
Setting up a safe and comfortable sleeping environment is part of that preparation. With the bedding tips mentioned above, you do not need to be caught unprepared.
We hope our baby bedding tips can get you started on your way to making a cozy atmosphere for your baby so that he can sleep in peace. Good Luck!