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Caution Before Everything Else: Finding the Optimal Baby Nursery Bedding

Caution Before Everything Else: Finding the Optimal Baby Nursery Bedding


    

Caution Before Everything Else: Finding the Optimal Baby Nursery Bedding

by Dorothea Frankson

Shopping online for baby bedding brings a vast selection. This can be great when you know what you want and you're just trying to find it. But if you haven't already got a clear picture of what you're looking for, shopping online can actually confuse you even more. Looking for animals? Find anything you can think of, from caterpillar crib bedding to gorillas. So what about angels? That shouldn't have too many choices, right? Right - only a hundred or so! For extremely popular themes (think Winnie the Pooh or Noah's Ark), the number of choices can start to get ridiculous.

Whether it's boy crib bedding or baby girl, it can be really hard to stick to a budget, because everything is irresistibly adorable. It's natural to want a beautiful room for your baby, but don't let looks overshadow more important concerns. So here are a few suggestions for things your baby will need:

- Bumper pads have become somewhat controversial, as there is some evidence that they may do more harm than good. The idea behind a crib bumper is to protect baby from the hard bars of the crib, but if the bumper comes loose it may cause suffocation. It is generally recommended to keep bumper pads out of the crib until your child is at least 1 year old, but if you insist on keeping them in the crib, make sure they are secured tightly, with the ties on the outside of the crib.

- The term "crib sheet" refers only to the fitted sheet, because flat sheets are unnecessary (and potentially dangerous) for newborns. When buying crib sheets, make sure they fit your mattress properly. If they are too big or too small, they may come free from the mattress and pose a suffocation risk. Diaper leaks are inevitable so consider a mattress protector and avoid white sheets!

- Loose blankets are a safety hazard for babies under one, so stick to sleep sacks or warm pajamas instead. There is one other serious safety hazard you should be aware of: stuffed animals and pillows.

When you're evaluating a baby crib bedding set, first make sure it's safe. With so many options available, you can still find something adorable.

About the Author:
Dorothea is a writer and researcher on parenting and family issues. She also works part-time as a freelance writer for Your Baby Bedding.


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