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baby bedding – what you need

Once you’ve got your cot mattress you now need to make it more comfy and home-y by adding fitted sheets and bedding. This is one of the only products parents are likely to buy from new – generally, bedding isn’t too expensive and you of course want the best quality and safety for your baby. So, what do you need?

Bedding can include anything from what goes on the mattress, what goes in and around the cot and what your baby will wear while asleep.

It is usually recommended that you start off with cotton sheets and cotton cellular blankets. These are easy to layer and keep your baby at the right temperature. As the sheets are in layers, it is easy to remove one or add one if the baby becomes too hot or too cold. If you’re trying to cut costs as much as possible, you can even cut small hem sheets for your cot from an adult sized bed sheet.

To start with you will need four or five sheets and two or three blankets. If your baby is starting in a crib, moses basket or pram/carrycot bed, you will also probably need specially sized fitted sheets and blankets. Fitted sheets are very handy as they are less likely to come untucked as your baby moves and wiggles and they are also quick and easy to remove and put on for washing and changing.

If your baby starts off in a carrycot or Moses basket, you can also buy special “pram size” sheets and blankets. Generally speaking, you will need about four sheets and two or three blankets to start with. Sheets are usually made of either traditional woven cotton, brushed flannelette which feels warm to the touch, stretch cotton terry or cotton jersey. Stretch fitted sheets are very useful as they are less likely to come untucked while your baby sleeps and are quick and easy to put on and take off.

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