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sleep safety

Knowing your baby is sleeping safely and soundly will give you peace of mind and the ability to take some time to rest yourself??something you'll be in need of in the early days of parenthood.

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

Baby Nursery & Bedding Advice Guide

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

Lots of parents choose to use baby sleeping bags for their babies because they're great for little ones who tend to kick off their blankets at night, but also give parents peace-of-mind that their babies are the right temperature. A baby sleeping bag is basically a little sleeping bag designed especially for babies. Your baby wears it which means they can't kick their covers off and become cold. Use a vest or bodysuit (long sleeved if necessary) underneath the sleeping bag. Check that the weight and size of the sleeping bag is suitable for your baby and always use a sleeping bag which is specifically designed for a baby. There are different togs for different seasons during the years.

  • For summer and warmer nights: 1 tog rate.
  • Winter and colder nights: 2.5 tog rate.

It should fit snugly around your baby's chest. Click here to view our range of sleeping bags. You can use a baby sleeping birth from birth. Make sure you buy the right sleeping bag for your child's age so that the neck size is not too big and they cannot slip underneath the sleeping bag. Never use a duvet or quilt with a baby sleeping bag as your baby may become too hot. Instead use a winter sleeping bag for colder nights and a summer weight one for sleeping in the heat.

Swaddling

Lots of parents choose to swaddle their new babies ??newborn babies love it because it helps them to feel safe and secure and reminds them of the womb. You may have noticed your baby waking up with little jerky movements, which is an involuntary startle reflex that babies are born with - swaddling can help to stop this. 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. Make sure materials are lightweight and your baby's head should not be, or become, covered.

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

Babies don't need especially warm rooms. All-night heating is rarely necessary. Babies should never sleep next to a radiator or in direct sunlight. To keep an eye on the temperature, buy a simple room thermometer and keep it next to where your baby sleeps.

  • 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