In the early months of a newborn baby’s life, their most frequent activity, after eating and pooping, is spending time asleep. Getting used to baby sleep patterns can be difficult, but with our baby sleep guide – which includes tips for how to choose the right bed essentials – you can be sure to make sure they are safe and comfortable at all times.
When is baby bedtime?
Your baby’s bedtime will vary, although it is likely they will begin to fall into a routine after the first few days. Newborn babies cannot differentiate between day and night, which means they will not realise there is such a thing as ‘bedtime’ to begin with.
How often should your baby sleep?
How much a baby sleeps varies once they enter the world. During the first months your baby could sleep for as many as 18 hours a day! This sleep will be in spurts of around 3-4 hours, throughout both day and night. We recommend you grab sleep whilst your baby naps, as you will not get your usual nightly dose of sleep in those early days!
Five top tips for choosing bedding for a baby
When it comes to choosing bedding for your newborn, you want to make sure they are comfortable and safe. Here are our five tips for choosing the perfect bedding for a baby – don’t forget to wash it with Persil Non-Bio & Comfort Pure to keep it clean and fresh!
- Choose the right crib, Moses basket or cot.
There are safety standards set out for these so be extra careful if you purchase one second hand.
- Choose the right mattress.
Select a firm mattress (as a soft one can be a suffocation hazard) which fits tightly.
- Cover the mattress with a fitted sheet made of cotton.
Mattress sheets should fit snugly to ensure it won’t come loose whilst your baby is sleeping. Flannel sheets add a touch of warmth and comfort in winter months.
- Avoid cot bumpers.
Bumper pads are not a necessary addition and the puffy ones may even be hazardous – especially once your baby starts to roll over.
- Use sleepsuits, sleeping bags or pyjamas with feet instead of blankets.
Cosy blankets may look cute but soft bedding can be a suffocation hazard. If you do use them, choose thin materials and tuck them in securely so that they don’t reach higher than your baby’s chest.
Now you have top tips from our baby sleep guide you can choose the right bedding for a baby and be sure to make the most of each moment spent with your new baby waking or sleeping.