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SIDS and wrapping / sheets
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:52 AM
My baby is due in about 6 weeks, and I'm a bit confused about bedding. I was planning to just wrap the baby in a muslin wrap and place on a fitted sheet in the basinette. However, when I went to my antenatal classes, the midwife said that the baby should also have a sheet tightly over them and tucked under the mattress. Until then, I had thought it was wrap or top sheet, not both. When I look on the SIDS website I can only see diagrams of wrap or topsheet, not both. Can anyone enlighten me?
Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:59 AM
You don't need a top sheet, although I know when I went to Tresillian Residential with DD1 at 3 mths they used a top sheet tightly over her for settling purposes (they can't wriggle, they feel more secure). I continued doing it with her at home, but didn't bother with my other babies. Just wrapped using 100% cotton cot sheet.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:01 PM
Sometimes the wrap might not be warm enough so you need more coverings.
I always had a fitted sheet, baby wrapped, then a tightly tucked top sheet, then any extra blankets that were required tucked tightly so they couldnt be kicked onto baby's face.
I know it is summer but my babies always got cold in the night unless it was a super hot night. It is 25-30degrees here during the day at the moment but we have cold nights so I suppose it might depend on where you live and how cold your house it is.
Edited by Ehill, 18 December 2012 - 12:03 PM.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:30 AM
You can do both, I found that a tucked in top sheet helped with the settling.
You need to make the bed up with the bedding tucked in at the bottom so it only comes up to the chest, when bub is placed with the feet at the bottom of the bassinet.
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