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Beginners guide to sleep

Beginners guide to sleep

Helpful tips, good advice and a few essential items to make sure your baby sleeps safely.

It's important that you take all the precautions you can to ensure that your little one is safe and comfortable whilst in their crib or cot.

What you'll need

  • Cot mattress
  • Fitted mattress sheets x 4
  • Top sheets x 4
  • Blankets x 3
  • Room thermometer
  • You may also need a crib or moses basket

DO NOT use the following bedding for babies under 12 months

  • Cot quilts or duvet
  • Pillow
  • Sheepskin
  • Hot water bottle

Sleeping bags for babies

Good for little ones who tend to kick off their blankets. Use a vest or bodysuit (long sleeved if necessary) underneath the sleeping bag. Check the weight and size of sleeping bag is suitable for your baby. Summer and warmer nights: 1 tog rate. Winter and colder nights: 2.5 tog rate. Should fit snugly around your baby's chest.


Swaddling may help your baby settle and feel secure for the first three months. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep once swaddled, and make sure your baby doesn't get too warm. Please make sure materials are lightweight and your baby's head should not be, or become, covered.

How to swaddle your baby

Tog ratings and temperature

Check the tog rating and remember the higher the rating the greater the warmth. For a good safe night's sleep, babies need to be warm but not too hot, which is why we apply a tog rating to all our sleeping bags (and quilts/duvets for babies over 12 months). A steady room temperature for your sleeping baby is 16-20繙C. Buy a room thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature and check if your baby is sweating or feels hot to the touch to see if you need to adjust clothing or bedding.

Choosing a mattress

Our mattresses have been designed to the very highest level of comfort, safety and hygiene. Visit our stores, to touch and feel our full range of mattresses. They are all made from non-PVC, designed to meet the same standards and cater for all budgets. A new mattress is also recommended for new babies because of the link between bacteria and SIDS.

Current sleep safety advice

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back in a cot in your room for the first 6 months
  • Keep your baby smoke-free
  • Do not let your baby get too hot
  • Keep your baby's head uncovered
  • Place your baby's feet at the bottom of the cot, to prevent wriggling down under the bed clothes
  • If your baby is unwell seek medical advice promptly
  • Never fall asleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair