Decorating the nursery is a favorite project for new parents and caregivers. Bedding must always be used as instructed by the manufacturer to help ensure baby’s safety. Here are some bedding guidelines when setting up your nursery:
- To reduce the risk of SIDS, pediatricians recommend healthy infants be placed on their backs to sleep, unless otherwise advised by your physician.
- ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on mattress and wraps around the mattress corners.
- Only a tight fitted sheet, mattress pad and/or waterproof pad should be used under the baby.
- When using bumper pads avoid those that are pillow-like. Bumper pads must fit properly in your crib and tie or snap securely into place. Bumper ties MUST NOT exceed nine inches. Make sure the bumper pad can be secured along the sides of the crib.
- Use bumper pads only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib.
- NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.
- Remove pillows, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys and products not intended as infant bedding from the crib when infants are sleeping. NEVER place additional padding under an infant.
- Do not overdress your baby. Consider using a sleeper, wearable blanket or other sleep clothing as an alternative to any covering.
- For newborns, consider swaddling.
- Check periodically for loose threads or stitching which could cause gagging or choking.
Creative options for that beautiful bedding!
Consider these creative options for utlizing those beautiful blankets, pillows, and quilts that came with your crib bedding set:
- Hang blankets on the wall as art. It's a great place to store them for the first few years until your toddler is ready to use them in their toddler bed.
- Hang the blanket on the back of your glider/rocker! A blanket comes in handy to keep moms' legs warm during night feedings.
- Pillows are great on gliders to help support mom's back or arms during feedings.
- When your toddler is old enough, pillows are great on the floor for a reading retreat before bed.
- Another great use for cute blankets and comforters is as a "tummy time" mat when your baby is awake and playing. Tummy time is important to strengthen baby's upper body muscles and prevent bald spots on the back of the head.