Because babies can’t regulate their body temperatures, crib bedding is very vital. To keep them from being too cold or too hot at night, you’ll need to use the appropriate baby bedding.
In their cribs, babies should not have loose baby nursery bedding. Blankets, cushions, comforters, and plush animals all fall into this category. Instead, cover the mattress with a basic fitted sheet.
Babies should sleep in footed sleepers with zippers or buttons. Swaddling young babies is a popular practice, so wrap your baby tightly before going to bed. You can replace the swaddling blanket with a sleep sack, which is a zipped sleeping bag that will keep your baby warm as he or she grows bigger. Make sure these sleeping bags don’t have a hood, though. Also, do not purchase sleeping bags that are too large. Although it may be tempting to get a larger size so that the baby can grow into it, this is a bad idea because the baby can slide down into the bag.
What Type of Mattress?
Mattresses should be firm because your infant does not like to sleep on a soft surface. Also, make sure it doesn’t sag and fits snugly into the cot.
It is necessary for the cover to be waterproof. You should not use a hand-me-down mattress unless you know where it comes from.
Avoid mattresses with ventilation holes. Because they are difficult to clean, they need to be keep away from.
At least 60% of a baby’s first year is spent sleeping, soaking up the vapour exhaled by their mattress, sheets, pillow, comforter, pad, baby quilt set, and other well-made bed accessories. This fact alone has aided the start of major changes in the bedding industry, with a shift toward natural, chemical-free fabrics. As a result, the environment will be healthier. Greener bedding may be more expensive, but it will last considerably longer and wear better. Here you’ll find the most up-to-date information on non-toxic (or at least less-toxic) mattresses, linens, blankets, and pillows.
We’ve all spent our childhoods sleeping on mattresses made of ecologically unfriendly, off-gassing petrochemical-based synthetics such as polyester and polyurethane foam, as well as stain repellants, and flame retardants, and other breathable pollutants. Still, if you’re making a green bed for your child, the mattress should come first.
To establish flame-retardant barriers in their mattresses, several commercial producers have begun to use naturally flame-resistant fibers such as wool rather than chemicals. Wool also aids in body temperature regulation, resulting in a better night’s sleep. If you want to avoid synthetics totally, invest in a true eco-mattress with cotton and wool padding over steel coils, or natural latex from rubber trees. Latex is the firmest option, and it’s also anti-allergenic and mold-resistant. Plus, you can pass down that crib mattress numerous times before repurposing it as a floor pad, making up for its higher price tag if you plan on having additional children in the future.
Look for the Pure Grow seal, which guarantees that the wool in a sustainable manner, allowing the mattress to be comprised of organic cotton and wool.
Easy-care polyester and poly-cotton blends are a thing of the past; Everyone wants 100% cotton bedding for their children and themselves right now. Chemical-free linens are favoured over chemical-treated linens since cotton is often treated with formaldehyde to prevent wrinkles. There are many allergy-friendly websites where you can find traditional styles, for example;if you’re looking for something more stylish than rabbits and bears (or soft pink and blue), check out some of the stores that cater to hip parents – Modern Mini and Duc Duc’s both carry Boodalee and Kukunest formaldehyde-free cotton sets. However, this does not imply that cotton is completely healthy – at least not for the environment.
Cotton is one of the most intensively sprayed and treated commodities, thus becoming organic is the only way to go green.
Organic baby clothes, made from supersoft unsprayed, untreated cotton, is becoming increasingly popular; you can get it at Walmart and Babies “R” Us, as well as on eco-friendly websites. The knit variety will stretch over your thicker-than-vinyl wool puddle pads after being swab in hot water. Grow Eco Bedding is available in a choice of high-end modern patterns on organic cotton that may be color-matched, as well as some entertaining graphics from Stokke Organic. New ranges of attractive organic bedding from young design companies like Argington and Q Collection Junior are also available.
The Natures Purest collection at Babies “R” Us uses unbleached and undyed organic cotton buds that are naturally cream, green, and brown; another BRU line, the very bunny is Bunny Meadow, uses a deeper palette of natural hues.
Blankets, pillows, bumpers, and pads
On your toddler bed, a fluffy cloud of polyester-filled cushion, comforter, and bumper looks fantastic (though the fluffiness tends to vanish after multiple machine washes). The eco-friendly versions aren’t as puffy, but they have their own appeal, similar to that of an antique teddy bear. They’re also ideal for babies, who shouldn’t sleep in clouds for their own safety.