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Where do I start with bedding for a newborn?

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jominired76 Sun 21-Apr-13 14:07:25

Hi I am 18 weeks pregnant and have no ideas where to start with sheets,bedding and blankets for me baby. I get such conflicting advice!

Thanks x

KLou111 Sun 21-Apr-13 14:15:51

In what way are you confused?
When I had ds, he was in a Moses basket for 3 weeks with Moses basket jersey fitted sheet and blanket over (the ones with holes as it was summer) he wore a all in one cotton sleep suit.
Then in cot he had the same type sheets, then in a sleeping bag from around 2 months x

dashoflime Sun 21-Apr-13 14:16:39

Safety wise you need to avoid:

second hand mattresses (everything else is fine 2nd hand)
soft toys in the cot
duvets (all three are suffocation risks)

Other than that- do what you want.

Some babies like to be swaddled (mine didn't). You can buy swaddling blankets or use a sheet.

You can also get baby sleeping bags

I went old school with sheets and cellular blankets.
You need to beware not to over heat the baby so I found light weight sheets and blankets the best as you can build up layers.

get a few as they piss, shit and vomit on them.

You can test if your baby is too hot by feeling the back of his neck. It should be warm but not clammy.

My other big tip is: don't buy fitted sheets for moses baskets. Pillow cases do the same job for a fraction of the cost.

Put the baby to sleep with his feet at the bottom of the cot, not his head at the top (iyswim). this will stop him slipping under the covers and suffocating.

Hope this helps smile

KLou111 Sun 21-Apr-13 14:23:57

Cellular blankets, that's the ones I was thinking of with the holes in smile
Great tip with Moses sheets! I never knew that, wish I had especially as ds was only in his 3 weeks!

dashoflime Sun 21-Apr-13 14:26:24

"Great tip with Moses sheets!"

I got it from mumsnet grin

beckslovestimmy Sun 21-Apr-13 16:42:05

I started with cellular blankets in the Moses basket and then DD was in her cot by 7weeks with a bigger cellular blanket. Now she's sleeping through the night she's in a grobag sleeping bag (she's 14 weeks). Sleeping bags can only be used once baby is 8lb in weight. I've got 2 soft fleece blankets that I use to cover her in the car seat or buggy as they are more snuggly. She also lays on these on the floor in the lounge when she's having a wriggle. I got fitted sheets for Moses basket and I managed to find them quite cheap, they also fit my mattress in the carry cot. smile

memememum Sun 21-Apr-13 20:16:26

I needed to get something on a budget, so bought a 'bedding bale' from mother care, one to fit the Moses basket and one to fit the cot. My ds is in the cot as I type using the same bedding bought for my daughter 4 years ago, it has washed and dried fine many times. I think it was about £20 for 2 fitted sheets, 2 flannelette sheets and 2 cellular blankets.

SquidgersMummy Sun 21-Apr-13 21:10:32

I bought loads of sheets and cellular blankets and have hardly used any. Growbags are safer and easier - no worry re smothering - they come with a room thermometer and guidance you what to dress them in for the temp - they can be placed anywhere in the cot - and the bag gets and stays warm during a feed which helps keep them asleep when you put them down again. Don't rush and buy loads of stuff - just get a few bits - whatever works out best for you you can then buy more of. Also lots of people do give you fleecy and cellular blankets when the baby comes. X

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