Select the Baby Bedding Thats Right for You

By: Suzannebrowne
Oftentimes new parents choose baby bedding based upon its looks instead of its functionality. Unfortunately, this is not the way in which baby bedding should be chosen. Instead, a baby's safety and comfort should be thought of first and foremost. When you begin thinking in this way, you will find that there are some things that you really should not do. This includes:

1. Make sure that you never ignore your baby's safety. While this is not something that you would willingly do, you should know that the government has actually established some safety rules that you should follow. These include making sure that your crib has no sharp corners, flimsy wheels or slats that are more than 2.5 inches apart. This does not mean that you cannot purchase a used crib but you do need to make sure that these rules are adhered to.

2. Do not use any bedding material that your baby may be allergic to. Instead, make sure that you only use wool, cotton or baby-friendly synthetic materials.

3. You should not use soft baby bedding. Your baby's bedding should actually be firm. This is important since soft baby bedding has been listed as a leading cause for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

4. Do not stuff your baby's crib full of cushions or too many other items. In fact, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) will tell you that pillows, cushions and other soft items should not be left in your crib while your baby is sleeping.

5. You should never use bumper pads. The AAP says that these too increase your baby's risk of SIDs. If you feel that you really must use them, then you should make sure that the bumper pads are not soft or bulky and that they are securely attached to your crib with any extra string having been removed.

6. Do not use rubber sheets. While it use to be quite popular for parents t cover their baby's mattress to ensure that it would remain dry, it is now widely believed that rubber sheets will irritate your baby's skin. Instead of using these rubber sheets, use flannel-lined mattress pads instead. These are specifically designed to keep things dry without irritating your baby's skin.

Knowing what baby's should not have whenever it comes to baby bedding should make you feel more knowledgeable about what to purchase for inside of your baby's bed. This should make you feel safe and secure whenever you do go shopping.
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