Before your baby arrives, make sure to stock up on some basic baby bedding accessories. Find out what you actually need to keep your baby snug and safe in his or her cot bed.
These are very useful, especially as your baby gets older and moves around in the cot more. A fitted sheet won’t ruffle and come away from the mattress as a result of a squirming baby. However, they can be tricky to fit if the cot mattress you've bought is quite stiff and heavy. Fitted sheets tend to be made of cotton jersey or terry (fine toweling cotton/polyester mix), which won't require ironing.
QUILTS, DUVETS AND PILLOWS (Safety Tip)
Quilts, duvets and pillows shouldn't be used for babies under one year old. After this, it's fine to replace baby blankets and top sheets with a cot quilt or duvet if you wish. Pillows can also be safely used from the age of one year, but don’t feel you have to buy one – your baby will be used to sleeping without one and may even not want it in the cot.
BABY SLEEPING BAGS
These sleeping bags designed for babies and young children usually have a full-length front zip or poppers at the shoulders and sometimes a zip at the side with sleeveless arm holes.
Rather than tucking your baby up at night under sheets and blankets, you simply zip or popper them into the bag. According to The Lullaby Trust, sleep bags should be cotton, lightweight and not have a hood. Make sure the sleep bag is not too big around the neck, to prevent your baby from slipping down into the bag. There are no covers to throw off, so your baby stays warm all night. However, older babies and toddlers may find the bags constricting.
These are soft pads that are tied to the sides of the cot, designed to give babies some protection from the hard sides. However, they definitely sit under the 'optional accessory' category. If you do buy one, it should carry BSI number BS 1877-10:1997.