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Mattress

Buying a baby mattress: Where to find reviews of different mattresses

If you’re shopping around for a baby mattress you probably already know there are hundreds to choose from. So how are you supposed to make an informed decision without knowing the differences between all the mattress types?

The main thing to look out for is the type of material the mattress is made from. Basic foam cot mattresses are relatively inexpensive, so make sure you do not pay too much. The smaller mattresses, unless specifically stated, also tend to be quite thin, often only one or two inches deep. If you need a thicker mattress, make sure you know the depth before you buy. Thin mattresses will wear out quicker and are generally less comfortable for your baby to sleep on long term; however they are fine for irregular use.

Once you have narrowed down the mattresses you want to buy, you can directly compare the material, size, quality and price of each. You can also use customer reviews as a great way to compare mattresses. One of the best ways of finding product opinions is parent and baby forums on the Internet. If you do a quick search, you’ll easily be able to find parents and previous customers discussing specific products or even a conversation that will sum up your research nicely – maybe you’ll find a group discussing the best mattress you can buy for your money.

Another great way of finding reviews is to find the product you’re considering on an online store. Online stores often have customer reviews or comments on each product and often even a star rating. You can use this to back up your research and make a further informed decision.

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Moses Basket

Benefits of a Moses basket

A moses basket is a great, inexpensive addition to your nursery. Named after the Biblical character Moses who as a baby was hidden in a basket, they provide an alternative sleeping area and position for your baby that can be moved around safely and easily.

A moses basket, sometimes referred to as a bassinette, is specifically designed for babies from new-born to about four months. They are small in size and so are perfect to provide a type of enclosed bed or “cocoon” which the baby will find comforting.

These types of baby furniture are often used on airlines for adults travelling with very young babies. They are ideal for moving around as they are lightweight and small. On an aircraft, they can be attached to a bulkhead for safety or sat on a parents’ lap during the flight.

The level of comfort your baby experiences while in a moses basket is mostly dependent on the type of moses basket mattress. Research has shown that a firm baby mattress provides the best type of posture and highest level of comfort for the baby. You can also buy covers, sheets and bedding specifically for moses baskets.

Moses baskets allow babies to be transported from place to place safely, ensuring they are always close to their mother or father. At home they can be rested on a moses basket stand or surface to make it easier for the parents to access the baby. There are also wheeled frames available to convert a moses basket into a pram.

Once a baby is able to move more on their own, such as kicking their legs, moving their arms a lot and rolling around, it is unsafe to keep using a moses basket as they are able to roll themselves out of it. This is when they would be moved to a crib, cot or cot bed.

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Cot or Cotbed

Cot vs. cot bed: pros and cons

Deciding on your baby’s first bed can be tricky – should you buy a cot or a cot bed? First you must understand the main differences between the two. A cot is generally used from birth to about three years old, and so is a good investment with regards to most of your baby’s furniture. They are often made small enough to fit into a reasonably sized bedroom however they may need to go in the baby’s room. The place depends on whether you mind going to the nursery in the middle of the night for feeding, or whether you would rather the baby slept in your room.

A cot bed is similar to a cot but can usually be converted into a junior bed or can be used as a junior bed up until the baby is five to six years old. This is a great investment if you can make it when your baby first arrives as it saves on potentially three generations of furniture. Make sure to pick a nice neutral style if you plan on redecorating the room in those first six years. A plain dark or light wood would be fine for any coloured room or nursery.

You would have to have a relatively large bedroom to fit a cot bed in too; however this again would be the ideal solution for midnight feeding.

If your new born starts sleeping in a cot from the time they are born, they will need to be positioned in the highest base position which will need to be lowered as the baby grows.

Ensure the cot or cot bed you choose has drop side, lockable end castors, teething rails and an adjustable mattress height base. This will ensure that you can customise the positioning and height of the furniture as your child grows, extending the life of the furniture and saving you money.

Remember always to position your baby in the ‘feet to foot’ position, on their back, with any bedding or sheets tucked in at the sides. Make sure the covers are no higher than their shoulders. Try to maintain a room temperature of 18c at all times. For the highest safety conditions, buy a good quality cot bed mattress.

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Travel Cot

Buying a travel cot: what to look for

If you’ve decided that you need a travel cot, you probably still need to decide which one. You need to consider a few things before diving in head first to a baby store and buying the nicest looking travel cot. Here are a few pointers:

1. Try it out before you buy: If you’re buying a cot from a store, ask to see the cot being assembled, and then try carrying the cot through the store for a few minutes. Does it fulfil your requirements? Was it is easy to assemble? Does it look good? Is it comfortable?
2. On the Internet: If you’re buying from an online shop, email or call the sale assistants. Ask them what they think of the product, if they have used it and if so did they think it was easy to assemble and OK to carry.
3. Check the wheels: Check to see if the cot has wheels, which travel cots often do have. This will make moving the cot from room to room a lot easier and safer. Make sure they are also lockable.
4. Make a note of the measurements: Some cots may be too large or too small for your needs. Pay attention to the dimensions to make sure it will fit in the room or to make sure its not too small for your baby.
5. Travel cots can double up as a playpen: If you would like this to be the case, the baby would prefer four mesh sides rather than two, so keep that in mind.
6. Extra features: many travel cots have extra features. Make sure you know all the details before buying and try to get the best buy for your money.
7. Cleaning: Make sure the travel cot can be cleaned easily – can you remove the mattress and sheets? Can it be wiped down easily?
8. Check the type of travel cot mattress you need: If the travelc to is an unusual shape or has rare dimensions, make sure you can find a custom made mattress for it.

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Bedding

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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Sleeping Bag

a baby’s first sleeping bag

Sleeping bags are popular with parents to cloth your baby in for nap times along with a good quality cot mattress. The baby can’t kick them off so they are less likely to wake up because they’re cold. You can now buy sleeping bags for newborn babies however most people start using them when the baby is at least a few weeks or months old. Using a sleeping bag also means you’ll need less bottom sheets for the cot. If the room is quite cold, you can place a blanket or sheet over the sleeping bag to keep the draft out.

There are several extra safety guidelines if you’re using a sleeping bag for your baby. The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) recommends baby sleeping bags that do not have a hood and that fit around correctly the neck. This ensures that your baby won’t slip down the bag while asleep. They also advise never to use a sleeping bag with a quilt, duvet or thick blanket as this will make your baby far too hot.

Some quick tips would be to choose a sleeping bag that’s suitable for the current season. A low tog one for summer (from 0.5 to 1) and no more than a 2.5 tog for the colder months. Anything higher than this is likely to make your baby much too hot, even in winter. If your baby is ever feeling too hot or sweaty you must remove some of the bedding. However, hands or feet may feel cold which is quite normal.

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Duvets and Pillows

Baby duvets and pillows

When you have fitted sheets and thinner blankets it may seem you don’t need any extra bedding such as duvets or pillows for your baby. However, once your baby has reached a year old, it is recommended that you use duvets instead of layers of sheets. Duvets and quilts are available in a variety of fillings and materials including anti-allergenic ranges. When buying a quilt ensure that it is made of 100% cotton and always have a spare one at hand for when one needs washing.

A duvet is likely to help your baby get used to the idea of a junior or adult bed before they need to make the move. This can be helpful as this transition can create sleeping problems for all involved. Duvets also make the bed easier to clean as there’s no need to remove multiple sheets.

However, you can also argue that a duvet or quilt really isn’t needed. If you have plenty of sheets for the colder nights and spare ones for the wash, then you should be fine until your baby is ready to move out of the cot and into a junior or adult bed. Remember that if you buy a sprung cot bed mattress it will last until your baby is 5-6 years old.

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Nursery Accessories

Top Nursery Accessories
As a future parent, you want to buy the best for your baby, and at The Mattress Factory we strive to provide products that are most comfortable, safe and enjoyable.

That’s why we have created a list of the top ten accessories to have in a nursery. They are items we think your baby will love, and we hope they will provide the comfort and luxury your baby deserves!

Rugs

Floors can be quite bare and boring, especially if much of it is shown. So putting a rug there will make it colourful more homely. When the baby gets older, they can use it to play on.

Wall stickers

You can purchase as many as you want of these, and they are usually sold as packs of 20 or more. They usually have a theme to them also, and are removable, so if you are moving house, you can easily take them with you.

Throws/blankets

Come winter, it can get quite cold. Having extra blankets for cold weather are essential, especially when it concerns a young baby.

Cot tidy

A nursery can have lots of different things in it, and can get clustered as the baby gets older and needs a rocker chair or big a bigger cot! So we advise you to use a small tidy to keep all those little nick-nacks in one place. It would also make things much easier for you to keep the nursery clean!

Cushioned headrests

Making sure your baby is comfortable is a parent’s big concern. Try placing headrests and cot bumpers around the inside of the cot, and it will provide that bit of extra softness for your baby to be snug and sound while in dream-land!

Themed furniture/bedding

It may be a good idea to invest in products that have certain characters in-printed on them. They look much for fun, and would be perfect for when your baby gets older and becomes interested in TV!

Wall mobiles

A classic baby-soother, the music-playing wall mobiles are perfect for calming down your little one so that they are ready for bed.

Audio/visual monitors

It’s impossible to be in two places at once, and when your baby is asleep in another room, you need to check up that that the baby is still sleeping safe and sound. These monitors are perfect for keeping your mind at rest, and you are informed immediately when your baby begins to stir! Latest technology has now allowed for monitors to have a video display as well.

Thermometers

The temperature needs to be kept at a constant warm for a baby, so using a thermometer is a handy gadget to make sure the room stays that way!

Nappy stackers

Babies can use up an alarming amount of nappies! They can take up so much room as well. So this handy sack can be used to keep them all in one handy place, without all the fuss of plastic wrappers!

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Sleep

Getting Your Baby To Sleep Properly

Sleep routines and getting a your baby to sleep properly – what the experts say

Ever had the problem of getting a baby to sleep well? At The Mattress Factory, we know it can be tough to get that sleeping routine sorted early. But we have been looking into what the experts say are the best methods. Here’s some tips and advice they give:-

Dr. Richard Ferber, the director for The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders developed the Ferber method, which is also known as the “Cry It Out” (CIO) method, or the “Ferbirization” method[a].

He suggests that you should gradually prepare your baby for sleep by putting them into bed and leaving the room, then returning at regular intervals to comfort him/her (not pick them up) until the baby is asleep. Each time you return, it would be after a slightly longer time, until the baby is asleep. This could be carried on for a number of nights until your baby learns to sleep on his/her own, and is in a regular routine.

For example, the first night could be after 3 minutes, then 5 minutes, then 8. Then the next night could be 10 minutes, the third night 20, and so on.

Danah Obleman, an Infant & Child Sleep Specialist, devised “The Sleep Sense Program”, about which you can find more information on her website www.sleepsense.net

She suggests that a baby with a healthy sleeping pattern has a healthier lifestyle overall. Her customized sleeping guides (which can be sent to you after contacting them) offer a step-by-step on how to get your baby settled into a regular pattern. The plan also allows you to measure how the routine is progressing over time.

Some recommend that if you teach the baby the difference between night and day, it will help them to settle much easier. For example, talk and play with them during the day, and at night be more quite and calm[b]. By doing this, your baby will gradually learn when she/he should sleep. And it will be much easier if they do not switch suddenly from play to sleep.

It is also recommended that a bath before bedtime helps to relax your baby. The Johnson’s Baby “3 Easy Steps” Guide[c] suggests that following a bath you should give your baby a massage, and then quietly settle your baby to sleep. The website also features a helpful video guide.

It is also suggested that a comfortable mattress means your baby gets a better night’s sleep. So be sure to check out our great quality baby mattresses at unbeatably low prices!

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Packing For Labour

What to pack when preparing for labour

It’s recommended that a bag to take to the hospital when giving birth should be ready once you reach eight months of pregnancy, as you could go into labour at any time during your last month of pregnancy.

But what should you take with you? It can be a bit of a daunting task for a first-time mother.

So we have prepared a handy checklist we hope will help.

For You

A Nightgown

Toiletries (shampoo, lip-balm, moisturiser, deodorant, etc)

Comfortable, loose pyjamas

Slippers

Socks

Pillow (this may make you feel more comfortable when in labour)

Stretch mark cream

Face towels

Hand-held mirror

Mobile phone & charger

Going home outfit

Personal items that will help you relax (personal mp3 player, reading book, magazines, etc)

For Your Baby

Vests

Bodysuits

Newborn nappies

Sleep suits

Blanket

Coat/jacket

Socks

Mittens

Clothes to go home

Documents

ID cards

Hospital documents

Birth plan (if you have one)

Other

Camera and batteries

Video camera with an empty cassette/CD (depending on what type of camcorder you have)

Money for vending machines

Money for parking

Snacks

When your baby is first born, you will want him/her by your side all the time, and a Moses basket is ideal for this. So check out our mattresses for Moses baskets by clicking here.

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