Is baby bedding necessary?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with organizations including SIDS First Candle Alliance and Health Canada, warns that crib bedding poses a significant danger to babies. Its recommendation: The only thing your baby needs in their crib is an appropriate-sized firm mattress and a well-fitted crib sheet.
What kind of bedding do you need for a crib?
To create a safe sleep environment for infants, no blankets or flat sheets should be used—a bare crib with only an encasement, pad, and fitted sheet should be used on baby’s bed. Parents should purchase at least 2-4 fitted crib sheets so they have additional sheets to use while the others are in the wash.
What is the point of crib bedding?
It is the crib mattress’s topmost layer. It primarily makes your baby’s sleeping environment more comfortable while adding an aesthetic element to the nursery. Crib sheets should remain perfectly fitted, even after washing.
What should I look for in a crib sheet?
Most crib sheets have fitted corners to keep them secure. They’re made of fabrics that include woven cottons, cotton blends, and lightweight flannel. Three should get you off to a good start. Don’t use fitted sheets that are loose or bunchy; they should fit your baby’s crib mattress like skin.
What bedding is best for babies?
While it’s tempting to tuck your infant in with cozy-looking blankets, soft bedding is a suffocation hazard and has been strongly linked to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). To keep your baby warm, it’s best to use sleepers or infant sacks or pajamas with feet rather than comforters or blankets.
Do you put 2 mattresses in a crib?
If that’s the case, you may wonder if more mattresses are needed, or if you could stack more than one in the crib. No, you cannot stack two crib mattresses. While we understand why you may want to do so, cribs are designed to be used with only one mattress.
How many fitted sheets do I need for a crib?
We recommend a minimum of two crib sheets and a maximum of seven. There’s no need to over-buy crib sheets, but you want to make sure you’re prepared for anything that comes your way.
How tight should crib sheets fit?
Tightly Fitted Sheets
The elastic should be tight but not so tight that it comes off the bottom edge of the mattress. Likewise, you don’t want your sheets to fit loosely around the mattress either. A fitted sheet that stays secure is best.
When can you put sheets in crib?
There is no official age that’s been deemed 100 percent safe to use a blanket, quilt or comforter, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), but most medical experts feel that soft bedding poses little danger in the crib to healthy babies after 12 months of age and ideally when they’re 18 months or older.
Is it safe to use a mattress cover on a crib?
Mattress pads are safe in general, but you need to use them correctly, especially with a young baby. However, you shouldn’t put your newborn baby to sleep on a mattress pad, because they could roll over and suffocate.
Are quilted crib sheets safe?
Bedding such as thick blankets, quilts, and pillows can block an infant’s airway, leading to unintentional sleep-related suffocation. This type of bedding can also increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the unexplained death of a child within the first year of life.