When you learn bedding and linen basics
for adults, you know that if your bed isn't perfect no harm is done. Well, when outfitting your baby's crib, this is not the case. You have to take safety into account and make to choose a crib
that won't put your baby in harm's way,. Newborns don't have the ability to turn over and remove a blanket or sheet that is suffocating them, so you'll want to choose items that will help prevent this from happening. According to the American SIDS Institute
, more than 2,500 children die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) each year. Crib bedding should be kept minimal at first, until your child is able to sit up and has plenty of neck strength. And finally, as part of the "Back To Sleep Program," The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
recommends all children be placed on their backs to sleep.
Keys to Crib Bedding Safety
* '''Fit''' Everything should fit well. Loose fabric can suffocate your baby.
* '''Firm''' You don't want the baby sinking in and getting "lost" in the bedding.
* '''Clean''' free detergent to prevent skin irritation and place the bedding through an additional rinse cycle.
* '''Comfort ''' The bedding shouldn't be too warm. Overheating has been linked to increased chances of SIDS.
A Note on Style
If you thought naming your baby was going to be the last overwhelming decision for a while, think again. There is a dizzying array of crib bedding options.
# '''Gender Neutral '''bedding'>Noah's ark, also always work well in this category.
# '''Quirky & Eclectic''' matchy sets of baby linens, mix and match may be right for you.
# '''Boy themes''' sheets'>fire trucks is a matter of preference.
# '''Girl themes''' bedding'>angels. Think pink and get in touch with your inner Cinderella.
Read on to learn how to make the best choices for fit, safety, and durability.