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Baby bedding help please!

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HeffalumpTheFlump Sun 26-May-13 18:16:53

As you will be able to tell this is going to be my first DC, sorry if it's a stupid question.

I'm looking at baby bedding sets and cant work something out.

All of the sets include a cot quilt as well as other bits. I was under the impression that you shouldn't use a quilt until baby is a year old, so do you lay baby on the top of the quilt? Or keep taking it out because it's just there for decoration?

Would the quilt not make baby too hot if they are laying on top of it with blankets on/ in a sleeping bag?

Sorry again if it's a bit of a daft question! blush

sjuperyoni Sun 26-May-13 19:45:38

I used pillow cases for dd1 at my aunts recomendation - fantastic ness all round smile used to get 2 packs in asda for 2 pound compared to pram sheets at 8 pound a pair shock

I didn't use muslins for dd1 but did for ds - he's almost 19 months and they still come in handy on a daily basis smile we have so many of his still that we've hardly bought any for dd2.

cravingcake Sun 26-May-13 19:51:03

Only other things I can think of is to agree, that you can never have too many muslins.

And I brought all my DS bedding (and vests and muslins) in plain white, its often cheaper than patterns or coloured. I find easier to wash as you can chuck it all in the washing machine in one go with a big scoop of vanish as required 19 months on from the newborn stage and all well most still looks like new

Splatt34 Sun 26-May-13 19:53:47

i just had a fitted sheet on the cot and a sleeping bag (from about 12 weeks). Before that swaddled in Moses basket. even when she first went into a bed she just had fitted sheet and sleeping bag. It was only at 2.4 when she was too tall for the 18-36 month sleeping bag that we bought pillow and duvet

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Sun 26-May-13 20:01:23

In fairness, I would suggest not bothering with the Moses basket. Had one last time, used for 2 months. This time there will be a cot bed in our bedroom and a travel cot in the lounge.

zzzzz Sun 26-May-13 20:05:22

You really really don't need 90% of the stuff on sale.

Grobags are really useful but all the other bedding is a rip off. Just fold an adult sheet in half or cut one in half and hem it.

Babies are easier to bath in the sink IMO, if you have a washing up bowl it's better, changeing mat on drainer.

Cotton sleep suits and vests cost pennies. If you own a washing machine and somewhere to dry or tumble seriously consider cloth nappies (so much easier).

If you can boobs are free and sterile.

Pushchairs are really good for big babies but littleys are honestly easier to carry.

The bet high chair is the cheep ikea plastic one.

My first child cost a fortune because I really didnt know what to buy. My fifth was practically free for the first 10 months or so.

HeffalumpTheFlump Sun 26-May-13 20:18:17

Fantastic tips thank u!!! I feel like I know nothing.. I'm the perfect person to sell baby things to. When the shop assistant says something is an essential I stupidly believe them!!

6 cotton fitted sheets 2 Air Wrap Bumpers & 4 Gro Bags. That is all I bought and my twins are 8 months old.

itchyandscratchy26 Sun 26-May-13 21:35:22

When can I start using a gro bag. I heard they're not suitable from birth. Do you have to wait until a few weeks or a particular weight ?

StuckOnARollercoaster Sun 26-May-13 21:43:45

I understand that grobags are suitable from birth but that assumes you haven't got a really tiny newborn. I've got myself a couple of 0-6 mth bags that have extra poppers on the armpits so that the bag is a snug fit and baby can't get her arms into the bag and get stuck.

SoftSheen Sun 26-May-13 21:45:18

I would suggest getting two 2.5 tog gro-bags and 3-4 cot sheets. A waterproof mattress protector is useful. You might also need a 1 tog gro-bag for warmer summer nights.

We used gro-bags from a couple of weeks old- I think the minimum weight is 8.5 lbs. Before that we swaddled with a thin cellular blanket.

grobags are suitable from 8lb 8oz so it depends on their birth weight and how quickly they gain weight as to when you can start to use it. Some sleeping bags are only suitable from 10lbs.

Lurking to pick up tips here! Keep them coming!

allagory Sun 26-May-13 21:46:53

I used one from birth. They just have to be the right size for your baby. BTW John lewis charge 20-35 for a grobags. They are 10-15 pounds in ikea.

itchyandscratchy26 Sun 26-May-13 21:46:57

Also, does it have to be the original gro bag, or are the cheaper versions any good. £20-£25 each seems quite steep. ( I have twins due)

SoftSheen Sun 26-May-13 21:49:14

I wouldn't bother with cot bumpers. Very young babies that can't roll could get trapped against them and suffocate, whilst older babies that can pull up could use them as a means to climb out of the cot. The window within which they are safe to use (can roll, but can't pull up) is therefore pretty small.

stripes1 Sun 26-May-13 21:52:54

For each size we always made sure that one of the gro bags was a travel one, they have holes for the car seat straps to go in. Then if you are out for the day/visiting relatives etc you can travel home with them in it and put them straight to bed asleep from the car.

zzzzz Sun 26-May-13 22:44:57

With twins you DO need a pushchair (been there!)

I like white Muslims for protecting clothes and wiping up sick etc.

I also think changeing mats help (though a folded up old towel will do).

A cotton blanket or shawl to wrap the baby in for chilly moments.

For twins a duvet on the floor is much better than a play mat, room for two and you can wash the cover easily.

HeffalumpTheFlump Sun 26-May-13 23:01:33

Thank you all so much for your advice!! I know no two babies are the same, but I feel a lot more prepared now! Nice to know I'm not alone needing these pointers too smile

KatAndKit Mon 27-May-13 07:19:53

Definitely doesn't have to be the original gro-bag - the cheaper ones are fine - I like Ikea ones myself but the supermarket ones are fine too. TKMaxx generally have great bargains on grobags. How many you need depends on what time of year your baby is due - if you are going to have a middle of summer baby then you may find some nights are too hot for bedding and baby will be warm enough in just their babygrow. As a general rule I would say 2x 2.5 tog and 1x 1 tog but for a summer baby it might be the other way round. I got too many in the 0-6 size but my little monkey needed to be swaddled for 3 months so we didn't get that much use out of the small ones. I got some bargains on ebay for grobags.

Any sort of sheet you can do with 3 or 4 of. Otherwise you can end up washing bedding every day. Supermarket cot sheets are fine. I never used the flat sheets, I just got fitted cot sheets. Now he is bigger and doesn't spit up in his sleep I don't need 4 any more but in the earlier days it was useful. Muslins at the head end of the bed are a good way to cut down on washing sheets.

forevergreek Mon 27-May-13 07:57:14

Expensive but if you can get hold of in tkmaxx or secondhand I recommend the baby merino sleeping bags. The merino wool adapts to temperature so you don't need different togs as the same one fine in summer and winter. Each one is bigger also 0-2 years ( this size has poppers under arms so can't slip through), then 2-4 years if you still want

So full price around £50, but that is for summer and winter for two years. We have had ours over 3 years and through two children and look and feel new so I expect they come up on eBay often.

You can swaddle a small newborn with a large muslin in summer or a swaddle blanket in winter.

Actually the sleeping bags mentioned usually have a guide of what to wear with bag rather than extra blankets. Ie over 20 degrees , just long sleeved vest and bag. Under 15 degrees vest, babygro/ pjs and cardigan if still cold

mikkii Mon 27-May-13 08:12:53

I would suggest looking in the supermarkets for fitted jersey sheets, mine came from tesco nearly 9 years ago and are still in dail use for DC3, I do have some newer ones because DH bought pink ones when DD1 was born.

Terry sheets can get scratchy so I would avoid them.

I do have a baby duvet, but DD2 prefers a blanket. That's fine as I've already ad nearly 8 years worth f use from it.

Definitely muzzies, loads f them. I'm currently contemplating what to do with a huge stack of them....... Supermarkets sell these too.

mikkii Mon 27-May-13 08:15:14

If you are thinking about a Moses basket, can you borrow one and just buy a mattress? I bought one for DD3 and she used it for about 5 months, but she was a month early and little. I then gave it to a colleague.

MadeOfStarDust Mon 27-May-13 08:21:03

Brought back memories - our dds are 10 and 12 now - their muslins are STILL being used - the best window cleaning cloths around!! So don't get rid after the baby phase!

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 27-May-13 08:26:21

Agree with other posters unless you can borrow nose basket and just have to buy mattress I wouldn't bother- we only had our dd in it for a few weeks we'd have been better off using the little cot straight away
I'd also say you don't need to buy a lot of cloths you will probably be brought a lot so don't go too mad on clothes shopping, I would recommend Sainsburys for inexpensive babygrows and vests smile

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