The birth of your first child is both a wonderful and frightening time. Welcoming the new addition to your family is exciting; yet you can be left questioning whether you have the skills to look after this precious little being. The desire to protect your child never leaves your mind from the minute they are born and it can be difficult to switch off even at night once you have gone to bed.
As a result many parents will often find themselves creeping into the nursery to check that all is well with their newborn. Here we consider newborn bedding options that can improve the safety of your child and increase your chances of a good night’s sleep.
The threat of cot death
Whilst no single cause has been identified for cot death, suffocation is always a danger. Once your baby is a little older they develop the strength and understanding to push away anything that may fall across their face. However, when still in their first few months the danger is very real and you should seek out the right bedding items to minimise the risk.
Maximising clothing benefit
One way to reduce the danger is to reduce the amount of bedding items in your cot. This can be done by dressing your child suitably before you put them to bed. So rather than just putting them in a baby grow, you can also add a vest.
During the summer months it could even be that your baby does not need any bedding to keep them warm when wearing these two items of clothing.
Of course during the winter months you will need something in addition to their nightwear to keep your baby warm. A relatively new option which combines safety and comfort is that of the grobag. These bedding items are very similar to a sleeping bag in their design, although they incorporate dungaree like straps which prevent the user from wriggling down into them, thus avoiding suffocation.
A traditional solution
Your final option for newborn bedding and one which you may already be familiar with is the use of cellular blankets. Most commonly made from cotton, these blankets are specially woven with gaps.
This of course allows the air to flow through which prevents suffocation if the child ends up under the blanket at some point during the night. Additional cellular blankets can be added as required during colder spells.
A final suggestion
In addition to getting the right bedding for your child, there is also another great way of increasing safety and easing your own nerves. For a reasonable price it is possible to purchase a baby monitor and sleeping movement sensor pad. In addition to letting you know if your baby is crying during the night; they also have an inbuilt alarm system that will go off if the sensor does not detect any movement over a set period of time – usually about 20 seconds. The sensor pad, which is placed under the cot mattress, is capable of detecting both movement and a heartbeat; providing you with the opportunity to go to your baby’s aid if required. Whilst you are likely to encounter a few false alarms, especially in the first night before you find the right position for the pad; they do provide a real peace of mind and allow parents get a much better night’s sleep.