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Why Do You Need A Mattress Protector?

Approximately 78% of people are excited to go to bed when their hypoallergenic sheets are freshly scented. But they actually should be more excited by what’s under those sheets: the mattress protector. The mattress protector is a vital element to keeping you healthy while you sleep at night and keeping your mattress dry. Why do you need a mattress protector? Here’s everything you need to know.

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How to Choose the Best Sheets for Your Child's Bed

It's never easy to make the right decisions about your child's sleep. Choosing the perfect sheets and bedding is no exception. With so many different options available to you on today's market, it's tough to know which companies and sheets you can trust, and which ones you're better off leaving alone. If you're looking to choose the perfect sheets for your child's bed, then here are a few simple tips to keep in mind.

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The Benefits and Advantages of Selecting the Right Bed Protector Sheets

If you've ever had to deal with bedwetting in kids, then you know just how challenging it can be. Not only do you have to address the issues that are causing the problem at the core, but you also have to handle the real-world consequences of the issue. One such consequence is the enormous trouble that bedwetting can bring to your mattresses and bedding. This is just one way in which the right bed protector sheets can assist you throughout the process of dealing with bedwetting. Here's our list including some of the benefits and advantages of selecting the right bed protector sheets for your mattress.

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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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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.