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The safe choice for bedding

February 27, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Diane

A popular choice for baby gifts is the purchase of baby bedding. There is a wide array of blankets, sheets, swaddling blankets and quilts available for newborns and babies and you are guaranteed to receive a great selection from friends and family.

However you need to be aware of the safety issues surrounding baby bedding and make sure that you use only that bedding which is appropriate to the age of your baby. There is much evidence to suggest that cot death or SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) can be attributed to the baby overheating or suffocating in some cases. For this reason you need to select bedding very carefully in the first twelve months.

Baby quilts are not recommended and should be saved for later in your baby’s development. Don’t worry about offending friends and relatives. There will be plenty of time to use them in the future. In the meantime you can use them as play mats for example.

Swaddling blankets are great to make a baby feel secure when transporting them from the car to the house or when breastfeeding. Cellular blankets are a good choice also as they are lightweight but offer warmth.

To avoid the dangers of suffocation, sleeping bags are becoming increasing popular. They stop the baby wriggling down underneath bedding and also stop the baby kicking off the blankets and getting cold.

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