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Baby bedding

Helpful tips for baby bedding

Here are my tips on baby’s bedding. Your baby’s bedding would have to be the most important part of your baby’s life. Getting it wrong can be life threatening.Your baby has very limited temperature control of its body, therefore your baby relies on you to keep it warm. I found this is why many people resort into co-sleeping in the same bed, this is not recommended by SIDS.

Many baby’s will go to sleep in your arms if held firmly, because it is using your body temperature to keep warm. You’ll find you baby often sweating in your arms, therefore you will think you have a warm baby and put it to sleep with not enough layers.

Dummies/pacifiers are not needed.

I don’t recommend using a dummy for your baby, they can become a bad habit that is hard to break. Having two boys, I had used a dummy for the first child. Coming to the realisation it’s a bad Idea and a hard habit to break. The use of a SIDS approved comforter teddy bear is all that is needed. If you use the bear in the same periods you would give a dummy, your baby will form a bond like no other with the bear.

To help form this bond: Start by placing the bear in the mother’s bed before the baby is born. Also place bear in mothers breast area, getting all the scent the baby is looking for on it. When baby is born place the bear with the baby during feeding times. During sleep time place the bear in the bassinet or cot away from baby’s head but close enough that baby can smell it.

Baby sleeping position

Its recommended your baby sleeps on its back. Your baby will try to roll onto its belly to keep warm. The chest, tummy and face is where most of your babies heat is regulated from. In the case your baby manages to roll on to its belly, you want their head to be free from smothering or choking obstacles! E.g pillows, head-ware, teddy bears and excessive blankets. Up to 85% of your babies heat loss is through its face, therefore blocking the face area can cause overheating and can be fatal.

4 a.m is a pretty common time for a baby to wake up and is also the coldest part of the night. Dressing your baby appropriately for the temperature of the room and applying the correct amount of layers is must. Your baby can have up to 16 light removable layers. Remembering every time your blankets are folded it is increasing the TOG rating ( Thermal insulation measurement). This will also depend on room temperature. Doona and duvets are not necessary for a baby, some have a tog rating of up to 13.5 and can easily become a smothering object.

Temperature control with clothing and bedding

I’ve found the following selection of clothing and blankets successful pending season: Nappy-Singlet- Long sleeved Onesie- Sleeping Bag- Cellular blankets tucked firmly in to the cot or bassinet. Remembering every time you fold the blanket it increases the TOG rating. A quality mattress is a must have fitted with a breathable 100% cotton mattress protector. Occasionally check your baby chest for temperature to control overheating. Sweating and red skin are key signs of this. As recommended by SIDS a room temperature between 20ºc – 21ºc is ideal. With the use of a fan for cooling the room. 1ºc – 2ºc is a big change in temperature for a baby. Make sure you use a quality thermometer as close to your babies sleeping area as possible.

Conclusion

Lay your baby on its back with the recommended layers needed to keep warm. Check you baby’s temperature regularly on the chest and head area until you have found the perfect balance needed to keep your baby warm. Remember 1ºc to 2ºc can be a big change for your baby, control baby’s room temperature to 20ºc to 21ºc. You don’t need a dummy, they cause headaches in the future.

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