Must-Have Items for Your Baby’s Cot

Must-Have Items for Your Baby’s Cot

As a parent, an important decision you’ll make is choosing the right items for your baby’s cot. Create a safe, relaxing and cosy sleep environment for your little one. We have created some must-have items for your baby’s cot.

Safety Considerations for Baby’s Cot

When it comes to ensuring the safety of your baby’s cot and mattresses, it should be one of your utmost concerns. It is crucial to select a well-built cot from a reputable company like Dream Furniture that is renowned for its high-quality cots and children’s furniture. Look for features such as sturdy construction, rounded edges, adjustable mattress heights (which can be especially beneficial if you have back problems or plan to have a C-section), otherwise known as adjustable base levels that facilitate everyday bending.

To enhance safety further, consider investing in a baby monitor that allows you to keep an eye on your little one even when you are not in the same room. Additionally, make sure to regularly inspect the cot for any loose screws or broken parts. Avoid placing it near windows or blinds with cords that could potentially harm your baby.

The Right Cot for Your Baby

Choosing the right baby crib for your baby that will be comfortable and safe is important. Consider the size of the cot – It should be large enough for your little treasure to move freely but not so big that they feel unsafe. Look for adjustable mattress heights, as this will allow you to lower the mattress as your baby grows and becomes more active.

Mattress and Bedding Essentials

The mattress and bedding you choose for your baby’s cot plays an important role in ensuring their comfort and safety while sleeping. Just like adult mattresses, baby mattresses should be breathable and allow airflow. Avoid plastic wrapped mattresses, as they can cause overheating.

Items You Need to Look At

To create a relaxing and comfortable sleep environment for your baby, there are a few essential items you should consider. A white noise machine can help drown out any background noise and lull your baby to sleep. Look for one with an adjustable volume and different sound options to find what works best for your child.

A night light can also be beneficial, providing a gentle glow that helps your baby feel secure during the night. Look for one with adjustable brightness and a timer function, so it automatically turns off after your baby falls asleep. Additionally, consider using a cot mobile or a musical toy that plays soothing melodies to help your baby relax and drift off with Dream Furniture leading the way. .

Swaddle Blanket

Provides a cosy and secure feeling, mimicking the womb environment. They help promote better sleep and prevent the startle reflex.

Baby Mattress

Look for one that is firm and meets safety standards

Mattress Cover

A waterproof and breathable mattress cover helps protect the baby mattress from spills, accidents, and allergens

Co-sleeper or Bedside Sleeper

Our cots have an option to add a co-sleeper rail, allowing you to use it next to your bed.

Sleep Wedges, Dividers, or Baby Sleepers

These accessories help to create a comfortable and safe sleeping environment for your baby. They can be used to divide the cot or prevent the baby from rolling onto their stomach while sleeping

A crib mobile

A toy that hangs over a crib and can help soothe your baby to sleep. It usually has soft toys that move and play music. Choose a mobile with soft colours, gentle music, and safe materials.

Baby Swing or Bouncer

These accessories provide a soothing and calming motion for babies, helping them relax and fall asleep. Look for ones with adjustable speed settings and safety harnesses.

Soft, Easy-to-Clean Rug

A soft rug in the nursery provides a comfortable and safe space for playtime. Opt for one that is easy to clean and hypoallergenic.

Play Mat

A cushioned play mat offers a safe and comfortable surface for babies to explore and play. Look for one that is easy to clean and has stimulating patterns or toys attached.

Age-Appropriate Toys

Having a variety of age-appropriate toys in the nursery helps stimulate your baby’s senses and encourages their development. Choose toys that are safe, non-toxic, and free from small parts.

Storage and Organisation Solutions for the Cot

It is essential to keep your baby’s cot tidy and free of clutter for both safety and convenience. Look for cot organisers or storage baskets that can be attached to the sides of the cot. These are ideal for storing essentials like diapers, wipes, and extra bedding within easy reach. Consider investing in a hanging diaper stacker or a changing table or compactum for the cot to keep diapering supplies neatly organised.

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Decorative and Sensory Items for the Cot

Decorating your baby’s cot can help create a soothing and engaging sleep environment. Consider using a cot bumper or a crib rail cover to protect your baby from bumping into the cot’s sides. Look for one made from breathable mesh to minimise the risk of harm to your baby.
To provide visual stimulation, hang a colourful mobile above the cot. Choose one with soft, dangling toys that your baby can focus on and reach for. You can also attach a small mirror to the side of the cot, allowing your baby to see their reflection. This is a great way for them to keep busy and learn. .

Convenience and Practicality Items

There are a few accessories that can make life easier for both you and your baby when it comes to the cot. Consider investing in a waterproof mattress protector to protect the mattress from leaks and spills. Look for one that is machine washable and hypoallergenic.
A nursing pillow or a breastfeeding arm pillow can provide added support and comfort during nighttime activities. Look for one with a removable, washable cover for easy cleaning. Additionally, a baby monitor with a temperature sensor can help you ensure that the room is at a comfortable temperature for your baby’s sleep.

Essential Items for Newborns

When it comes to newborns, there are a few additional must-haves to consider. A swaddle blanket can provide a sense of security and prevent your baby from being startled awake. For a cosy and womb-like environment, opt for a baby sleep nest or sleep pod that is breathable and has a firm, flat base for safe sleep. Finally, ensure your little one stays in a safe and comfortable sleeping position by using a baby sleep positioner.

Take a look at our cot accessories to find the perfect items to complete your baby’s cot setup and create a sleep environment that promotes their well-being and comfort.

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