What type of bedding should I use?
For starters we strongly recommend you only use natural fibre bedding on your baby's bed. Babies are not able to regulate their own temperature, and in particular merino wool has been found to be the best option for baby's bedding.
With newborns, choose cotton or wool blankets, and 100% cotton sheets. Look for light layers so you can easily add additional layers, rather than a heavy single blanket.
Choose blankets of a suitable size, so you can securely tuck them into the side of the mattress. Click here for more info on making up your baby's bed safely. It's also a good idea to choose machine washable bedding!
Your swaddling wraps should also be 100% natural fibre - either cotton, merino or bamboo.
Do not use a swaddling wrap that is lined with fleece when your baby is asleep, as your baby is too small to regulate their own temperature and can easily get too hot inside tight fitting fleece.
Once you are no longer swaddling, we recommend using a sleeping bag. This means there is no loose bedding and it is easier to keep your baby at a consistent temperature all night as a sleeping bag can't be kicked off.
Choose a sleeping bag with cotton or merino against your baby's skin. We do not advise using any products either on your baby or in baby's bed that are made from polyester fleece, as they often result in sweating...which then cools down and makes your baby cold. It's also very hard for your baby to regulate their temperature inside synthetic fabrics.
We also advise not to use duvets inside your baby's cot until they are over 1 year old. Duvets are light and easy for baby to pull over their face, not designed to be tucked in or baby can slip down underneath. They are also often made from synthetic material. Resist the temptation to buy a cute matching duvet and bumper set for your newborn, they are just not a safe option until at least 1 year old!