There is a lot of debate surrounding introducing a baby to a proper duvet and bedding. Some parents choose to do it as soon as the baby is born, while others wait until they are a little older. So what is the right answer? When should you introduce a baby to a duvet and bedding?
So, what bedding should I use for a newborn?
For the first few months, it's best to stick with a simple baby sleep bag. These sleeveless bags zip up, and usually have different tog ratings to help regulate your baby's temperature. They're also nice and breathable, so you don't have to worry about your baby overheating at night.
If you live in a particularly cold climate, you can also invest in a baby sleep sack with sleeves. These work in the same way as regular baby sleep bags but will keep your little one's arms warm too!
Once your baby is around four months old and has started to roll over, you can start thinking about introducing breathable blankets such as a cellular blanket. Again, make sure to choose a breathable option to avoid any accidents.
The cellular blankets are designed to regulate a baby's temperature, keeping them warm in cooler weather and cool in warmer weather. The cell-like structure of the blanket allows air to flow through, providing the perfect amount of comfort for your baby.
When to introduce bedding
It is essential to wait until your baby reaches 18 months old before adding a pillow and thicker blankets or duvets. This will allow them more control over their mobility and reduce the risk of suffocation/SIDS.
Adding these items too early on could create a safety hazard for your baby, so it's essential to wait until they are older and can better understand how to use them safely. Once your baby reaches 18 months, you can start slowly introducing these items into their sleep routine. Begin with one pillow and see how they do before adding any more, likewise with blankets or duvets. Taking things slowly can help ensure that your baby stays safe while getting the best possible sleep.
It can be tricky to know when it is right to introduce a proper duvet and bedding set to your baby. We hope our guide has helped you make an informed decision about when to switch from blankets and crib sheets to a more grown-up bedding set.