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Baby Bedding-Tips For Avoiding Dangers and Discomfort

Updated on April 16, 2012

Think Safety for Sleeping

Are you a new parent wondering what they best type of baby bedding would suit your little one and your living space the best? This article shares tips for deciding on the best bedding for your baby that is safe and comfortable for a good night's sleep.

Having a baby is one of the most wonderful things that can happen to a family. Once a baby is born, it is the parents responsibility to ensure that their baby is taken care of in the best way they can. Along with feeding practices, changing diapers, and immunization of your child, another important matter to consider is the kind of baby bedding you will get. Safety is one of the most important factors to think about when choosing suitable bedding.

What Makes Up a Suitable Bed?

A bed that is neither too soft nor too hard is what should be the goal. In the past, SIDS(Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) was linked to a bed that was too soft. A baby can end up with his mouth an nose buried in the mattress and unable to roll over and get the air he needs to breath. Even if he can breath, it is more than likely carbon dioxide from his exhaling that is going back into his lungs and this can cause drowsiness, coma and death.

What Types of Bedding Is There To Choose From?

There are many makes and models of baby bedding to choose from. Depending on the store or outlet you choose to shop in, there will be a wide selection of bassinets, cribs and cradles. Each type of bed has it's one design in mind. A bassinet is usually round and geared for young infants or for those who are on the go a lot. A cradle is larger than a bassinet but still designed for a younger baby. A cradle usually is mounted on a rocker and is good for those fussy little ones when sleeping beside mom and dad's bed. A crib is more than often the most economical choice as it can hold a baby from birth to two years old. Appropriate safety measures should be taken for each choice of bedding that is used.

The Makings of a Solid Bed

Bassinets are largely known to be lacy and full of trimmings. The bedding area is normally just wide enough for a baby to roll from one side or the other with not much leeway for moving around. This is one reason why it is geared for newborns and those who do not roll or try to sit up. The mattress in a bassinette is very thin and there are no fitted mattress sheets to purchase for this type of bed. Small pillows can be used inside providing there is enough room for the baby to move and breath.

Some moms prefer cradles for the soothing purpose. The baby bedding in a cradle is much like that in a bassinet with a thin mattress, and a small pillow or two. There is usually not much else placed in a cradle as it is primarily used as a rocking mechanism to put the little one to sleep. If this is the preferred method of bedding for your child, take care that once he does try to sit up, climb, or move about, that he is instantly changed to another means of sleeping apparatus before he can fall and get hurt.

 A crib is the most often chosen of the baby bedding available. The sides of the crib are high and the mattress can be lowered as the baby grows so as to keep him safe from climbing or falling over the side. You can choose many types of bumper pads to run along the sides of the crib for help in protecting your baby's limbs from slipping through the rails and being caught or bent. There are the traditional padded bumpers or there are the new flatter ones that allow for more air to pass through and are known to be safer when protecting from suffocation and SIDS.

Cribs Sheet Choices and Extras

You can buy crib sheets for both warm and cold weather, providing that extra thickness of material to help keep your baby toasty while he sleeps. Cotton is absorbent and the most suitable material to use with a baby's bedding. Choosing vibrant colors and patterns will help to stimulate your baby's brain and encourage color and pattern recognition. Remember that just because a crib offers more space for your baby, you should avoid putting numerous stuffed animals, big heavy blankets and pillows since it can still cause suffocation for your child when sleeping.

Everyone lives in a different environment. Some people may need to conserve space. Choosing a smaller more compact bed such as the bassinet or cradle can allow a baby to have a comfy sleeping place and still leave room for what is needed in the home. Regardless of the choice of bedding for your baby, making sure that their safety and comfort is first and foremost should be the prime concern.


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    • ebookshack profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Bremner 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I will go take a look and get back to you. Thanks.

    • rihamah profile image


      7 years ago

      Here's the link I forgot it in the previous comment

    • rihamah profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub and great collection of cribs. Very useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

      I've written hubs about baby monitors which are very helpful in reducing SIDS. I'd love it if you can check it out and leave me your feedback.

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    • ebookshack profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Bremner 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I agree. As a mom of 4 and from a family of six kids, a lot of times we had hand me downs and some of us ended up with back aches and more. Start them when they are little with a firm mattress and not only is it healthier but it is much safer.

    • steph.starr profile image


      7 years ago from Metro Detroit, Michigan

      Nice post. A lot of people don't fully understand the importance of having a firm mattress for their newborn.


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