Why Are Natural Fibres Better For Your Baby?
There’s an abundance of choices when it comes to baby bedding, clothes and towels. While it can be hard to know what to choose, we recommend sticking to one simple guideline - go natural! There are a multitude of benefits to choosing products crafted from natural materials and it’s the best way to keep your baby safe and comfortable.
We explore why natural fibres are best for your baby and touch base with Red Nose Chief Midwife, Jane Wiggill, to learn more about making a safe and cosy cot.
Thin, natural fibres like cotton, muslin and TENCEL™ Lyocell breathe well and are gentle on all skin types. Lightweight, breathable materials provide increased airflow and will prevent your baby from overheating.
We only want the best for our little ones and they deserve to be comfortable all day and night. Look for certified organic products when purchasing pieces for the cot and nursery. These are crafted without the use of harmful chemicals and will be less likely to irritate sensitive skin.
Baby bedding and clothing crafted using quality, natural materials is durable and easy to care for. There’s comfort in knowing the bedding, blankets and towels you buy for your newborn will maintain their beautiful softness after every machine wash.
A safe cot made up with natural bedding is the best place for your baby to sleep. Jane provides her advice for making up the safest and most comfortable cot.
"The most important thing to remember when selecting fabric types for bedding, is that you choose blankets and sheets that are thin so your baby cannot overheat beneath them. The bed linen needs to be able to be tucked in firmly without raising the base of the mattress due to the bulk of the bedding underneath."
To create a safe sleeping environment:
- Ensure your cot or port-a-cot meets Australian safety standard AS/NZS 2172:2003
- The mattress must be firm, flat and well fitted without the addition of extra padding, loose bedding, pillows, bumpers or soft toys
- Always place your baby on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot
- Bring the bed linen to the level of their chest, tucking firmly underneath to ensure they remain safe and with their head and face uncovered at all times
Choosing lightweight, breathable fabrics and following Red Nose safe sleeping guidelines will keep your baby safe and comfortable each night.
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