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And So To Bed With Modern Nursery Bedding

January 13th, 2011

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fresh bedding. Crisp cotton sheets and a snuggly soft duvet or blanket can elicit a deep contented sigh and instant relaxation from even the grumpiest of people. You’re imagining it now, aren’t you?

In the days before ante-natal scans that were detailed enough to reveal gender, nursery bedding for baby’s first bed was invariably white. A moses basket or crib dressed in broderie anglaise, it was often only the colour of the sleepsuit or teddy tucked in the corner that gave a clue as to whether the sleeping infant was a boy or girl.

Now that prospective parents can learn the sex before birth, decorating and choosing modern nursery bedding for a boy or a girl is much easier. Which isn’t to say that neutral themes don’t have their own appeal, personally I chose a unisex Noah’s Ark scene which lasted more than one child of opposite genders and thus justified the slightly larger than usual initial outlay for the full bale of quilt, cot bumper, two sheets and a blanket.

Naturally, there are considerations which are of more importance than just the print or colour of the soft furnishings. The rise of cot deaths meant that a lot of research was carried out to discover the best ways to keep our babies sleeping safely and it is crucial to follow the most recent guidelines.

“Back to Sleep”, the campaign to educate professionals and parents to lay healthy babies to sleep on their back, has reduced the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome dramatically. Similarly, it’s been shown that a firm mattress without plastic covering, placing infants feet to the foot-board and tucking a blanket in at the bottom half of the cot so that it can’t ride up over baby’s face or tangle up around them are all beneficial.

Babies aren’t good at regulating their temperature so it’s up to us to make sure they don’t overheat. Cuddly toys may look cute in the cot but they have been found to trap in heat so should be kept elsewhere. In a similar vein, a baby’s cot should not be positioned near a south-facing window or radiator and parents should resist the ‘in case they kick it off’ urge for another blanket.

A neat way of avoiding the kick off problem if you have a wriggly bubba is a baby sleeping bag. Made from natural fabrics, these keep your little one snug through the night whilst allowing them freedom to squirm without losing their covers and waking up chilly.

Contented sighs all round!

Ashley J Downs has been at the sharp end of parenting for over a decade and is well versed in the joy and pain of childcare.
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