What to buy?
There are so many things that you might want to buy but there are only five things that you really need to keep your baby healthy and safe. They are…
3. room thermometer
4. sheets and blankets or baby sleep bag
The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back in a cot, crib or moses basket in a room with you for the first six months.
It is very important that your baby's mattress is firm and flat. A soft or curved mattress (or a hammock, bean bag or any other different product) is not as safe as a firm and flat mattress. It is also a really good idea to have a waterproof cover around the mattress, which will prevent any fluids leaving bacteria in the foam layer which can lead to an infection. Make sure your baby’s mattress is clean and dry, and it fits the cot well. Its ok to use a second hand mattress if it has been protected by a waterproof layer, and is still in good condition.
Babies don't need especially warm rooms, so all-night heating is rarely necessary. Between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius is just about right. To keep an eye on your room temperature, you can receive a simple room thermometer, available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheet and blankets or a baby sleep bag
It is really important that no material covers your baby’s head while they sleep, so make sure the sheets and blankets are tucked in firmly no higher than your baby’s shoulders. It is also best to place your baby with their feet at the foot of the cot, so there is no room for them to wriggle down under the covers. The alternative is to use a baby sleep bag, which is the right size for their weight and snug around the shoulders.
Using a dummy every time you settle your baby to sleep - day and night - can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death. If breastfeeding, do not begin to give a dummy until your baby is one month old to ensure breastfeeding is well established. Don't worry if the dummy falls out while your baby is asleep, and don't force them to take a dummy if they don’t want it, but if you decide to use a dummy it should be offered to your baby at the beginning of every sleep. Never coat the dummy in anything sweet. You can gradually wean your baby off a dummy after six months and before one year.
If you would like to chat any of this over with a safer sleep adviser, give us a call on 0808 802 5859