For Baby No. 2? Baby No. 2 will be a full sibling to DD. I have loads of sheets still left over. We'll be getting a new mattress, b/c the cot will be different, but the old sheets still fit it fine.
We're on a REALLY tight budget, so I'm wondering if I can still use the same sheets for the new baby - I read somewhere that using sheets from someone other than a full sibling can increase the risk of cot death, but wanted to be sure this was true before the baby's Xmas gift has to be sheets b/c we literally have no money to buy all new stuff.
Same as Hausfrau. After reading SIDS foundation stuff, decided to use same mattress as DD1 - was stored well so dry and totally mould free. had one of those breathable membrane type covers so washed and dried it. Used all old bedding, just washed it again prior to use to get rid of any possible dust etc and was totally fine and healthy.
I am not saying that what you have heard is wrong - just that I have never ever heard it and if it were the case would have expected the mw and hvs to be spouting it at you loud and clear.
Check out the SIDS foundation website and email them if you are worried.
Hausfrau & basketcase, I was glad to read your responses, MIL bought DS1 a mattress for our cot and it was very expensive one (although it doesn't have a removable cover), she was horrified when she heard from SIL that we should get a new one for the new baby and launched into how her four all shared the same cot, mattress, blankets, etc. I have heard that you should replace it but also that it doesn't matter if you don't, it is something I had put off not knowing what to do for the best or where to look for the best advice.
What kind of mattress should I use?
It doesnt matter whether the mattress is new, as long as its firm, not soft, doesnt sag and shows no sign of deterioration. Keep it well aired, clean and dry. Use a mattress completely covered with PVC or another wipe-clean surface. Ventilated mattresses (with holes) are not necessary. Place your baby with their feet to the foot of the cot. Never sleep your baby on a pillow, cushion, bean bag or water bed. Never sleep together with your baby on a sofa or settee.
I have never heard this before, I used the same bedding for all 3 of mine (and would do for number 4 if I had kept it!). Personally I even think the new mattress thing is also OTT and pushed by bloody mothercare! Generations of families have used the same mattress with no ill effects - as long as you are sensible about its condition. Same goes for car seats, if you know it hasn't been in an accident then it should be ok - obviously taking notice of wear n tear etc. It's more important to fit it properly. I bet some people's car seats are worth more than their cars! Trust your own common sense, you don't need a bath thermometer, a room thermometer or a baby listener unless you live in a mansion! People lived without these things for years. It's more important not to smoke or let the baby fall asleep in a squashed position.,