Creating a baby registry adds to the excitement of having a baby. One of the most popular items to register for is a baby bassinet. Newborns spend a lot of time sleeping, so selecting a model that fits your needs is an important decision. Arm’s Reach offers several models that meet the needs of families with small spaces, who require portability, or want a bassinet that’s multifunctional. Parents also should educate themselves about bassinet sheets and why it is essential to get the right fit.
Why Are Sheets Necessary for a Baby’s Bassinet?
Bassinet sheets provide a comfortable and clean sleeping environment for your baby. The right sheet can offer an extra layer of protection and maintenance for the bassinet mattress, keeping it clean and prolonging its lifespan. Snug-fitting sheets are recommended for the bassinet as they can prevent potential hazards that loose sheets might present.
Safety and Comfort Go Hand in Hand
Babies should sleep in an environment free of unnecessary items. The bassinet should contain only your baby and a tight-fitting sheet. Any extra items that could pose a safety risk must be removed before the baby is allowed to sleep in the bassinet. A fitted sheet, especially one with all-round elastic, can stay snug around the mattress without loosening, ensuring a safe sleeping environment for your baby.
The Best Sheets to Use with Arm’s Reach® Co-Sleeper® baby bassinet
Arm’s Reach has a selection of 100% cotton sheets fitted sheets that are specifically designed for Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper® Bedside Bassinets, and they will fit the Mini Ezee™, Cambria™ and Clear-Vue™ Co-Sleeper® Bassinets. Parents are also big fans, giving the sheets 5-stars. As one mom said, “These sheets are smooth and feel like they would be comfortable to sleep on. They fit our Arms Reach Cosleeper perfectly. I like that they have Velcro on the underside to help them stick to the bottom of the bassinet and not come off the mattress.”
Easy Cleaning and Improved Sleep
Soft and smooth sheets that are easy to remove make it easy to manage any mess, like a leaky diaper or spit-ups. It can also potentially enhance your baby's sleep quality. Having extra fitted sheets handy means you're always prepared, even on laundry days.
Getting the Right Fit
When it comes to selecting bassinet sheets, a proper fit should be your top priority, even above considerations such as comfort, fabric, and design. A well-fitting sheet reduces the risk of suffocation as it minimizes the chance of the sheet bunching up or coming off the mattress during sleep. You'll want to look for elastic sheets that are deep enough to fit over all four corners of the mattress without slipping, but also tight enough that they can't fold or bunch. A quality sheet should fit perfectly without any issues.
Machine-Washable for Convenience
Let’s face it. Few parents have the time to hand wash crib sheets or follow complex care instructions. Choose easy-care products that can be tossed in the washing machine and dryer whenever they become dirty. Opt for a gentle, hypoallergenic detergent with minimal chemicals to protect your baby's delicate skin.
The Benefits of Multiple Sheets
Newborns are known to be messy. Between dirty diapers, spit-up, and the occasional sweaty baby head, you can expect to be washing your bassinet sheets very frequently. Therefore, it's crucial to have at least 2-3 sheets. This allows you to rotate them without having to rush to wash and dry one before the next nap.
How Often Should I Change My Baby's Sheets?
Given the messes that babies can make – think wet and dirty diapers, spit-up, sweat, and drool – it can feel like you're changing the sheets every day. If you're fortunate enough to have a particularly clean baby, or more realistically, one who doesn't let you put them down often, plan on changing the sheets once a week. If your baby is unwell or has a lot of mucus, you'll want to change the sheets daily or every other day to minimize the spread of germs.