There is much debate about the type of baby bedding, crib bedding that babies should have in their cribs or bassinets. While it has been proven by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the SIDS Society that crib bumpers are unsafe and present a choking hazard, there hasn’t been much talk about the actual type of baby bedding that is best for your infant’s sleep. In most cases, the type of fitted sheets that you choose for the crib is mostly a style choice based on the baby’s health, personal preference as well as price and the time of season that you are purchasing them. One thing that many doctors are agreeing on, however, is that the sheets and other bedding and room décor that you choose for the baby’s sleeping area should be darker colors.
When it comes to selecting bedroom sleep items, you want to make sure that the bedding and window treatments are dark. The more light colored items or light that can enter the room will promote playtime making baby not want to sleep as long as they should. It will also make it more difficult for them to fall back asleep when they wake up in the middle of the night. If they can’t fall back to sleep when they walk up in the middle of the night, it is more than likely that you will be the next one awake. When the room is dark, it makes it harder for baby to see what is around them so they get bored with trying to keep themselves awake. This helps babies get the 12-14 hours of sleep that they should be getting every night.
Since it is never a good idea to keep things other than a fitted sheet, possibly a bottle or pacifier in the crib with baby, loose sheets, comforters, quilts, stuffed animals or other toys should not be placed in the bed at all. While many parents are afraid that their child will get cold in the middle of the night without a blanket wearing warm sleeper pajamas will help prevent this. Mobiles should not be placed above the crib either if you want your baby to sleep soundly through the night. While they may match the crib bedding and entertain the baby while you try to keep them quiet for bed or naptime, it will actually stimulate them to play and keep them up. It has also been known to cause vertigo in babies making them walk later in life than is common. Keeping the thermostat around 60 degrees will also help your baby sleep better and increase brain activity which will cause better REM sleep. It has been proven that people sleep better after a significant decrease in body temperatures such as a cold room.