A horn, blanket, sleeping bag, swaddle, or maybe a quilt and pillow?
What to cover a sleeping Child with are probably the most common questions I get from Young Parents… right after what to wear them. Today I will deal with this dilemma!
Personally, we've probably tested all the ways to cover a child: a cone, blanket, sleeping bag, swaddle, quilt. Which one is the best?
It all depends on the age of the child
So, products that worked for a newborn baby are completely unsuitable for a one-year-old child.
For the newborn, the horn works best, and actually works perfectly. Why? Because it provides almost everything that such a baby needs from the cover, which is warm and cramped.
Which cone to choose?
Go completely indifferent to the stiffened cones (who even invented it?) And go to those made of natural materials. Tiny Babies in the first weeks after childbirth have problems with thermoregulation and in the initial period I admit that I used a fleece-finished cone, but I am not a fan of them (fleece is 100% plastic ...). That's why, apart from this one warm cone, I tried to choose cotton or terry ones.
We took the horn with us to the hospital:
He was also with us during the first morning in our home:
And every other day, until Mikuś began to turn himself from one side to another, that is, it was around 5 around the month of the child's life.
Why is a quilt or blanket for a newborn baby not a good idea?
The child has a reflex to lift the hands up and can simply throw such a quilt over his head, which is dangerous for him. We checked. Ours accused.
And the swaddle?
We had 3 different covers: Woombie, Aden + Anais and a muslin diaper. Certainly not every child likes to be wrapped up so tightly, but Mikołajk had a period that he liked very much.
An infant who starts to turn sideways
This is a very important moment when you should give up the cone, because the child hanging around in it may have trouble breathing when the part that should be under the head hits the face.
So we replaced the cone with a sleeping bag. I know that not all children accept sleeping bags, but there was no problem with us. I had a bigger problem in using the sleeping bag, for example to change my diaper at night, wear a baby or bounce, not to mention the downpour.
A year-old who begins to stand up
Of course, every child has a different age, so the word "yearling" is such a simplification. Getting up in a sleeping bag can be problematic for the child, the sleeping bag should not inhibit his physical development, so it was the moment when we gave up the sleeping bag for a quilt. The reflex of throwing the quilt does not occur with Mikołaj anymore, with the rest of Mika, she usually sleeps on the quilt instead of under the quilt ... From birth, we also have a breathing monitor in the crib, so it allows us to feel calmer.
What about protectors?
Until our child starts to turn sideways, we do not need the rung pads. But when it starts, it may be necessary - just like with us. Preferably around the entire bed (many children love to sleep like the hands of a watch, in all directions). It is very important that the bumper has a lot of strong strings, that it is firmly attached to the crib so that the child cannot get tangled in it.
And the pillow? Where's the pillow?
Do you know what the appropriate age is for your baby to sleep on a pillow? The kind when she goes for a pillow herself and brings it to herself. Seriously! For a child to be happy, a pillow is not needed and may even be harmful. No cuddly, fluffy, tall or short… And I didn't make it up myself.
A wedge-type pillow is used, which we use today, but it would be best to raise the bottom of the cot / cot on one side up a few degrees so that the child lies on a perfectly flat surface.
What specific products are worth choosing?
In the next post from the series #layette I will prepare for you a list of products that we have used with comments that we recommend, which we advise against and which we would like to buy now.
Well, what ... good night, because I made myself sleepy 😉
PS. Moms, write what are your expectations and experiences!
PPS. Each child is different, my advice is like a friendly chat. It's best to consult your doctor before making a final decision. Or pharmacist 😉 Or best with mother-in-law. They know everything best 😉
PPPS. Greetings to our mother-in-law!
See our other posts on how to decorate a children's room:
1. An idea for a children's room design, or how and where to start> click
2. Zigzag, asterisk and an owl - yellow and gray room for a child> click
3. Yellow-gray room for the child step by step, i.e.
list of all products with links to DIY stores and projects> click
4. How to sew curtains? DIY or do it yourself> click
5. Garland with stars for a child's room - DIY> click
6. How to organize the first sleeping place for a child? > click
7. How to organize a breastfeeding corner? > click
8. How to organize a changing corner? > click
9. Swaddle blanket, sleeping bag, swaddle blanket, or maybe a duvet and pillow? > click
10. How to choose a feeding chair? > click
11. Bin for used nappies - test and review> click
12. What is worth having in the room of a one-year-old baby? Changes are coming! > click
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