A quick trip to a department store or baby store will reveal that there are lots of bedding items sold for babies. That being said, the types of bedding that are sold and what is actually good for a newborn are two different things. When it comes to selecting bedding for a newborn, it is best to stick with the basics. The less you have in the crib, the less hazardous it is to your newborn.
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Fitted Crib Sheet
Your baby's crib should have a fitted sheet to cover the mattress. You should only use an appropriately sized crib sheet on a crib mattress. Flat sheets and sheets sized for other mattress sizes may slip off. If a sheet comes loose while your baby is in the crib, it may be hazardous because your baby may become entangled or suffocate.
Waterproof Mattress Cover
It is advisable to use a mattress cover in your baby's crib. If your baby's diaper leaks or your baby gets sick, a waterproof mattress cover protects the mattress from becoming soiled. It also creates a barrier between your baby and dust and debris that collects in the crib mattress over time. Like the crib sheet, the waterproof mattress cover should have a snug fit and be made specifically for a crib.
Bumper pads can be used in your newborn's crib to protect the crib from wear and tear. They also protect your little one from rolling into the hard sides of the crib. For optimal safety it is advisable to use bumper pads that snap or tie in place and have a minimum of six straps. Remove excess length from the bumpers and ties to ensure your baby does not chew on them. Once your baby can pull himself up to a standing position, it is advisable to remove the bumpers. Otherwise, your baby may use the bumper to help him climb out of the crib.
Blankets, quilts and comforters are unnecessary in a crib. You can keep your baby warm by dressing her in a sleeper blanket. You can use these items in a crib as decor, but they should be removed before you put your baby in the crib. If you want to use a thin blanket to keep your baby warm, cover your baby to her chest and tuck the blanket in tightly under the sides and foot of the crib mattress.
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