The longer your baby sleeps, the longer you get to sleep in turn. This is a general piece of wisdom shared with new parents, which is why they need to invest in their child's bedding carefully. Though newborns typically sleep a total of ten and a half to eighteen hours a day, they probably won't sleep through those hours consecutively for their first few months of life. But the sooner you can get your baby used to a regular sleep schedule, the easier life will be for all of you.
Just like adults, babies sleep best when they are comfortable. They can tell the difference between itchy sheets and comfortable ones, or an overly hard mattress versus one that's just right, no differently than you would. It's not enough to simply buy the cheapest fitted crib sheets that you can find. Though you don't have to break the bank to ensure that your baby is comfortable in bed, you should make some considerations when shopping.
1. Consider Sensitive Skin
The fact is that you won't know until your baby arrives whether or not they'll have sensitive skin or if they'll even be allergic to certain fabrics. Babies are new to the world, so they are generally a bit sensitive to harsher fabrics, which is why you'll want to invest in bedsheets that are both soft to the touch and hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic bed sheets are made to accommodate a wide variety of allergies that your baby may or may not have; and in the worst-case scenario, your baby won't have any allergies and you can still use the sheets. When buying fitted crib sheets, look into not only what the sheets are made of, but what kinds of chemicals have been used to create the sheets in the first place. You may be surprised by how harmful some of those chemicals can be to your baby's skin, and how easily they can be affected by them.
2. A Firm Mattress
When investing in your baby's crib mattress, you won't want to buy the cheapest one on the market. Your baby will be more comfortable with a mattress that is firm without being hard, and comfortable without being too soft. After all, as your baby sleeps his or her bones will still be growing and solidifying, and you want them to get the best possible support. Another thing to consider when buying a crib mattress is what it can absorb. Not only through bedwetting, as discussed below, but through exposure to dust and mites as well. Your mattress can also absorb a variety of different indoor allergens through the air, and can ultimately not only trigger allergies already existing within your baby's body but create new allergies as well.
3. Waterproof Sheets
When considering sheets for babies, you of course need to consider waterproof fitted crib sheets. Yes, even though your baby will obviously be wearing a diaper to bed, they can still wet the bed. Particularly when babies begin sleeping through the night, they can become prone to soaking through their diapers. The last thing you want is to deal with a wet mattress, which you may very well need to replace immediately. In order to protect your mattress, you should invest in waterproof sheets. These sheets will keep that nice mattress you invested in up to par, and will also keep your baby much more comfortable. Furthermore, waterproof fitted crib sheets will last longer for your baby, and you'll be less likely to have to keep buying them over and over.
4. Wait On Pillows
You don't need to buy pillows for your baby immediately; in fact, you really shouldn't. Pillows can be serious hazards for newborns, and in general you shouldn't give your baby a pillow until they are able to sit up, roll over, and generally move around on their own. These same measures should be applied to other loose fabrics that can be placed in the crib.
Ultimately, you need to be careful when buying items for your baby. You can create a comfortable and safe bed without sacrificing your own personal taste; just shop around before committing!