Ahhhh, one of the most enduring memories of my childhood could be the smell and feel of freshly laundered, cotton sheets – we’ll gloss swiftly over those ghastly nylon issues that made an electrifying but brief appearance in the 70s! Oahu is the cotton ones I recall – the scent that remained from a loving mother ironing out most of the creases blended with the security of being tucked up in an attractive warm, soft bed.
When it was impossible to understand the baby’s gender just before birth, nursery bedding was invariably white for its first bed hendon nursery A moses basket or crib dressed up in broderie anglaise, it was often only the colour of the sleepsuit or teddy tucked in the corner that gave a hint as to if the sleeping infant was a boy or girl.
Now that prospective parents can learn the sex before birth, decorating and choosing modern nursery bedding for a boy or a girl is significantly easier. Which isn’t to state that neutral themes don’t have their particular appeal, personally I opt for unisex Noah’s Ark scene which lasted multiple child of opposite genders and thus justified the slightly bigger than usual initial outlay for the full bale of quilt, cot bumper, two sheets and a blanket.
Naturally, you can find considerations which are of more importance than simply the print or colour of the soft furnishings. The rise of cot deaths meant that many of research was carried out to find out the most effective ways to help keep our babies sleeping safely and it is a must to follow the newest guidelines.
The incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) has decreased dramatically as a result of the’Back To Sleep’campaign which educated professionals and parents on the importance of putting healthy babies to sleep on their backs. It’s been proven to be beneficial to place infants on a company mattress that has no plastic covering, with their feet to the cot foot board and a blanket tucked into the underside 1 / 2 of the cot so that it cannot entangle the kid or ride up over its face.
Babies aren’t good at regulating their temperature so it’s as much as us to ensure they don’t overheat. Cuddly toys may look cute in the cot but they have been found to trap in heat so should really be kept elsewhere. Likewise, don’t place baby’s bed near a radiator or south facing window and don’t succumb to the temptation to add one more blanket “just in case they kick it off “.
A neat method of preventing the start up problem when you have a wriggly bubba is an infant sleeping bag. Made from natural fabrics, these keep your little one snug through the night whilst allowing them freedom to squirm without losing their covers and getting out of bed chilly.