Should it be in your room or theirs? Cellular blankets or sheets? Do I need bumpers? It is recommended you use air wrap breathable bumpers only Feet to bottom of the cot? Temperature of room and appropriate layers? Sleeping bag or blankets? I remember how panicked I was, when we first brought our son home.
There was so much information — much of it conflicting. After going through all this twice, we have settled on the method that works well for us. Sleeping bags are designed to take away some of the safety and temperature issues of bedtime and make choosing what to put your baby in for bed simple; for us they were by far the most convenient and effective bedding. Here are a few tips I have picked up along the way — the information I would have found useful when I had my first child.
Some parents prefer to start with a toddler bed, which has the same size mattress as a crib but has open sides so the child can get used to climbing into and out of bed independently. But untold numbers of babies and children have slept on second-hand mattresses and thrived. Don't worry if her hands or feet feel cool, this is normal The Lullaby Trust
Sleeping bag size Most bags have a lower weight limit, generally about 10lbs. Until your baby reaches this weight it would be best not to use a sleeping bag. I also found that, at first, both mine liked to be more secure in their bedding, mimicking the womb — like a swaddle. We used Summer Infant Swaddle Pods for the first 6 weeks.
Gro now do their own version, called a Gro Snug , but we have not tried those personally. Once your baby reaches the weight threshold, the bags go right up to age three and over. My son used bags until he went into a bed at two and a half years and I imagine Littlest will be the same.
For the most part, in the British climate, you will need a 2. If you live in a colder country or have a house that gets very chilly below 15 degrees , then you might need a 3. This feels slightly on the chilly side to most adults, I think, but if wearing the right sleep attire your baby will be just right. During the spring and summer months, a 1.
If it gets very hot indeed, over 24 degrees, you may need a 0. In terms of knowing the temperature of the room your baby is sleeping in, I cannot recommend the Gro Egg highly enough. Whenever friends or relatives are expecting, I will recommend or buy them a Gro Egg. Not only does it display the temperature in the room extremely accurately, it also changes colour, from blue, to orange, to red.
This enables you to spot changes in temperature easily, even on those bleary-eyed sleepless nights.
This part can be really tricky and I have spent many a hot summer night desperately debating with myself at bedtime — 0. Or just short-sleeved pyjama top? Or just a longer sleeve vest? Luckily, Gro have a really useful table that lets you know just what to dress them in, and which bag, for any conditions.
You can find it here. I dress my children in pyjamas for the majority of the year. Tonight their rooms are Sleeping bag brands I must admit, our favourite brand of sleeping bag is Gro. They are slightly pricier than some other brands and supermarket alternatives but the quality and consistency of the togs and sizes is great.
And they come in so many lovely patterns. A favourite of ours from this winter was the top left 2. They have a great range at reduced prices. The benefits of sleeping bags are great. Fidgety babies cannot kick their covers off and become too cold.
Our Gro bags have lasted well enough for me to use all sizes for both of mine. I know, naughty gender-stereotyping mummy.
But the bunnies were so cute! Hope some of the information has been helpful.
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