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What is the the best type of bedding for my baby's cot?

There are many choices when it comes to bedding for your baby's cot. Blankets, flat sheets, fitted sheets, sleeping bags, comforters... we could go on.

The most important consideration when buying cotbed bedding is safety. Never use anything that could increase the risk of your baby overheating or suffocating. Always adhere to the advice and guidelines of health experts.

Despite all the new bedding developments, most parents still use a combination of cotton sheets and blankets. These help keep your baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It also enables you to easily add or remove a layer to help maintain the prefect temperature for your little one.

Sleep bags are now very popular but you must make sure you buy the right size for your baby to prevent her slipping down into the bag. The main benefit of sleeping bags is that your baby can't kick them off, so she'll invariably remain the same temperature throughout the night.

Duvets and quilts are great but should not be used until your baby is at least twelve months old. They are too heavy and restrictive for a young baby.

Instead, you can use what is known as a coverlet which is essentially a lightweight quilt without the padding. These are as warm as a blanket and sheet combined, but may not be suitable for very small babies.

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