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A Few Things to Keep in Mind as You Search for Baby Crib Sheets

When you have a newborn child or if you've had a baby for a few months, there's no discounting the role that a child's sleep plays in their overall health, happiness, and well being. In fact, in cases where a child is not sleeping well, it's not uncommon for the rest of the household to suffer as well. These are just a few reasons why it's so important to invest in the right sheets for babies. But many people aren't sure how to get started or what to look for when they're shopping around for baby crib sheets, potty training sheets, or hypoallergenic sheets. Here's a guide to a few simple things that you should keep in mind as you search for the right baby crib sheets.

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3 Ways to Perfect Your Newborn's Bedtime Routine

For most first-time parents, the revelation that newborn babies sleep 10.5 to 18 hours a day may come as very welcome news. Here are some key facts about your baby and sleep:

  • On average, newborns will sleep for stretches of two to four hours.
  • Establishing a regular bedtime routine with restful, uninterrupted sleep helps your baby learn to walk and talk faster.
  • Babies require nighttime feedings. Your newborn is not waking up in the middle of the night or the early hours of the night randomly, but out of necessity. Babies have small stomachs and need to feed every few hours to remain full.

Once you have the basics down, the next step is learning how to establish a healthy nighttime routine for your new child. Follow these steps to promote undisturbed, healthy sleep.

Help Babies Tuck In With The 5 S's

Soothe and calm babies with the five S's. The five S's is a technique developed by Author Dr. Harvey Karp. In his book, The Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Karp encourages parents to swaddle babies, rock them on their side, shush babies, swing them, and, the final S, let babies suck on a pacifier.

Swaddling is especially helpful for newborn babies. Use a swaddle to tuck in your little one up to his or her shoulders. A snug swaddle reminds babies of the womb, calming and soothing them to sleep. The second S stands for side or stomach. This is an optimal way to calm fussy babies while you are holding them. When babies are in their crib, it is important for them to sleep on their backs for safety reasons. Like swaddling, shushing babies recreates the conditions of the womb. Babies continually hear their mothers' blood flowing prior to birth. A gentle shushing or humming noise is familiar and comforting. Once again, swinging helps babies feel comforting sensations much like the sensations of the womb. Babies continually kick, fidget, and move in the womb. Swinging your baby from side to side or putting your baby in a swing recreates this motion. Finally, giving your baby a pacifier helps him or her self-soothe and helps them sleep more soundly. To prevent tooth-related issues, cut off pacifier use by age two.

Set The Scene

White noise, soft music, and a reassuring cuddle are best to set the scene. Keep babies' rooms temperate--at no more than 68 to 72 degrees. These moderate temperatures will help your baby drift off to sleep while protecting them from overheating or getting too warm while sleeping. Use hypoallergenic sheets -- often just a single sheet at a time -- to keep respiratory problems at bay.

Another good idea is to set a bedtime. For the most part, newborns do not settle into a perfect bedtime routine. Newborns may generally wind down around 9:30 p.m. During this stage, it is important to stick to a routine whenever possible. It is also important to get sleep while you can (often while the baby is sleeping). At three or four months old, parents can begin reigning in bedtime and establishing a regular routine beginning at 8 p.m. or earlier. To encourage babies to wake up at a particular time, feed them regularly at that time every morning until the routine sets in.

Put Babies To Sleep In Their Own Bed

Another important part of routine--other than an established bedtime and swaddling, swinging, or cuddling before bed -- is the environment. Do your research about baby crib sheets and hypoallergenic sheets. Select whatever materials suit your baby best and put them to bed in their crib, on their special hypoallergenic sheets, and in their space every night. Doing this will cue to your baby that it is time to close their eyes and go to sleep.

On average, new parents sleep four hours and 44 minutes per night. Master your infant's bedtime routine for more restful sleep. Follow Dr. Karp's five S's, introduce a routine, and put your baby to bed on the same hypoallergenic sheets every night.

Gather These Items And Have Them Ready For Your Newborn Baby

Millennials are having babies later in life. In fact, 2019 marked the very first year that there were more new moms in their 30s than in their 20s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Whatever age you plan to welcome your first bundle of joy, the fact remains that some of us have very little experience with babies prior to holding our newborn child in our arms.

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Put Your Baby's Comfort First: Think About Grooming And Bedding Needs

If you haven't heard already, there are some sobering facts for new parents. One of the messiest realities (literally) is that babies need their diapers changed an average of 10 times per day--or 70 times per week! Don't worry. Biology prepares us for these realities and releases a cocktail of feel-good hormones, like oxytocin, to help you bond with your baby and get through most diapers with relative ease. You do need to make sure you are prepared, however. Here is what you need to do:

  • Stock up on these items for your baby's nursery and diaper bag: diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, changing pads or paper diaper changing liners, at least one extra change of clothes, odor-containing diaper disposal bags, and cotton balls. During the first few weeks of your baby's life, the What to Expect foundation recommends cleaning your baby after changing their dirty diaper with a sterile, slightly damp cotton ball. In the nursery, you may want to invest in a diaper bin or bucket with a lid and a tight seal.
  • For bathtime and grooming, purchase baby oil, baby bath soap, baby shampoo, Vaseline, a soft baby brush, a baby bath, a lightweight plastic cup, soft washcloths, and hooded baby towels. Whenever possible, opt for safety! Remember that portable baby bathtubs manufactured after 2017 include new safety features, making them the preferred option. Similarly, consider purchasing a soft, collapsible plastic cup for rinsing. That way, if you drop the cup--new parents are tired and new babies are squirmy!--or your infant grabs it, there are no accidents or injuries. Your baby needs a bath in mild water two to three times per week. Just two or three inches of water in the bath is more than enough, and make sure to test the temperature with a thermometer.
  • Finally, it's time for your tot to go to sleep! The good news is that newborn babies sleep fully 16 hours per day, even if it doesn't always quite feel like it. Equip the nursery with lightweight sheets for babies; these may include fitted crib sheets and/or waterproof bedding. Even if you choose the best quality cloth or disposable diapers, occasional leaks are bound to happen! That means baby-safe, waterproof bedding is a must to keep your baby's crib intact and odor-free.

Nursing And Feeding Essentials

With diapers, baby oil, baby shampoo, and waterproof bedding purchased, you may think you have all you need. Think again! Babies are a big responsibility.

Don't forget nursing pillows, nursing pads, nursing tops, breastmilk storage bags, and a soft cloth to clean your baby's face after feeding if you plan to breastfeed. If you choose not to, have bottles, extra bottle nipples, and bottle brushes handy. Keep in mind that breastfeeding does not always go off without a hitch. Have bottles and formula ready just in case you end up needing them, even if you plan to breastfeed most of the time.

Formula-feeding can feed babies two or three ounces at a time. Babies may breastfeed for a total of 20 to 30 minutes per feeding. Generally speaking, doctors recommend feeding babies as often as they seem hungry--or as often as they cry--during the newborn stages.

Having a newborn is not as straightforward as you might think. Be kind to yourself, and patient with your partner. Put together a hospital bag well before the baby is born, and have cribs and waterproof bedding set up and ready to go several months in advance.

Give Your Big Kid the Sheets They Need, Without Embarrassment

As kids get older, they become more and more themselves, and they get more and more determined to grow up. Everything matters, even their sheets. Adolescence is a time of swift change, and all of that can get a bit messy. The last thing your big kid wants is for their friends to notice “special” sheets are on their bed, but if those sheets are from BSensible, their mattress stays protected without the embarrassing plastic fanfare.

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Everything You Should Know about Baby Bedding

Good sleeping behavior is vital for your family’s physical and emotional fitness. Due to the current education system, school-aged children usually sleep for 9.5 hours, which is less than the recommended 10-11 hours. An essential part of enhancing healthy sleeping habits is the sleep environment, where your child sleeps, the type of crib or bedding, and so on, which is why you -- like so many others -- may wonder how to protect your mattress.

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