Baby Gear / July 13, 2018 / Annalee Dangelo.
Bedding - On the cover of every baby gear catalog, there is always a crib with a nicely laid out quilt and bedding set complete with bumper and dust ruffle. Most of them are very cute and they tend to set the theme of the room. However, bedding for a baby is not only completely unnecessary, it is also a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends not putting any soft bedding in, on, or near a crib. This includes bumpers as well. Truly, the only bedding a baby really needs is a sheet. If your baby is cold, put them in a wearable blanket or footed pajamas instead of baby bedding. You can still design a strongly themed nursery without the bedding.
Burp Cloths - Although you do need something to protect your shoulder from spit-up, it doesn’t have to be official burp cloths, it could be any kind of cloth. Burp cloths are a nice size and shape for your shoulder. Baby Washcloths - You may be confused: how are baby washcloths different from adult washcloths? They’re smaller, thinner, and cheaper. It’s kind of like having reusable paper towels (they help with mess control as well as bathing).
Sheet Savers - Sheet savers are waterproof pads you put on top of the fitted sheet on the crib mattress. When your baby spits up or has a leaky diaper during the night, you can supposedly change the sheet saver instead of the entire fitted crib sheet. When I heard of them, I thought it was such a good idea that I went out a bought a whole bunch. The first night my baby came home from the hospital, I put him in the crib on top of the sheet saver thinking he would stay right there. Little did I know that even newborn babies can move all over their cribs and get some distance with their spit-up. Needless to say, the sheet savers never saved my crib sheets from anything.
Bodysuits - More popularly known as onesies, the main thing to consider here (besides cuteness) is how easy it is to peel baby in and out of them. Babies are very squirmy, so make sure you get ones that don’t have too many snaps or buttons. Sleepers Gowns - A kind of newborn pajamas that makes diaper changing much easier (they’re also called sleep bags, sleepsacks, or wearable blankets).