Sunday, June 28, 2015

Choosing a Comforter for your Baby

Some things to think about when choosing a comforter for your baby:

A comforter for a baby and toddler is, I think, a vital part of growing up. Every child attaches themselves to something, so it is important for you, as a parent, to choose something for them that is SAFE and easy to wash and indeed replace if something goes wrong and it gets lost or ruined.

The most important factor when choosing a comforter for your baby is to make sure it is safety tested and meets all safety standards for your country. Many on the market DO NOT have the necessary testing done, so I'm sure you would not want one of those for your baby!

So, with these points in mind I think it is a great idea to buy more than one! I personally have 4 for my daughter and they get rotated around so one is not more washed than the others. You never know when your baby's favourite toy may be lost, or just need washing! This also is good as sometimes manufacturers change the style/colour/shape of the comforter you use for some reason, so if you buy enough to start with you don't have to worry about that down the track.

Choose a comforter which is simple and consistent, the less fussy the better. Babies and children (most children use comforters well into school age) love simplicity, consistency and routine. A round shape like a ball is the first shape a baby familiarises with, so the shape of a Cuski head is perfect for growing little fingers to discover and hold. The familiarity of a special comforter will help your child find their place in the world, and will help immensely with any changes or transitions in their lives. An infant needs simplicity and consistency and most importantly safety, so do Mums and Dads. For the first few months make sure this is the only toy in your baby's cot and pram while going to sleep. Otherwise he/she may adopt something else which may be impractical or difficult to replace!

If you've chosen a particular toy for your newborn baby's comforter, try to avoid anything bulky or furry, with loose fibers, removable parts or fussy adornments. Choose one made of natural hygroscopic material such as soft cotton toweling as this is the best material for retaining your scents and it is also breathable if bub puts it over her head for some reason. Teddy Bears and other soft toys are NOT recommended as a comforter, they are just too dangerous.

Before introducing your baby to his or her new comforter, sleep with it in your bed or carry it around in your clothes to absorb all those comforting mummy/daddy smells. When you place it in the cot it will help to soothe and calm your baby, feeling secure in the knowledge you are always close by...
Choose a different coloured baby comforter for your second baby so that there will be no confusion.
Keep a note of name and place purchased from or take website address off packaging, then if you need to buy another comforter exactly the same, it will make it easier to track down! Otherwise buy at least two I can assure you it will be a sound investment. 

So choose your child's comforter wisely and your baby will grow up contented and secure. It will make life a lot easier for you as parents if your child has their own special comfort item (while allowing you to be happy knowing it is safe for them to have), giving more precious quality time to spend with your little treasures.

Some safety issues to think about when choosing a comforter:

There are a few things you really need to be aware of when introducing comforters to your baby. 

  • Some babies like to sleep with their comforters over their faces. If this is your baby, make sure she can still breathe (a natural breathable cotton or bamboo fabric is ideal). 
  • Make sure your baby cannot get the comforter tangled around his neck. A good comforter size is about 38cm by 38cm. 
  • Soft toys are not the same as comforters. When choosing a comforter, please avoid ones with bean fillings or long fur that your baby might pull out and accidentally inhale. Pull at the fur a little to see how easily it comes away. Some companies specialise in making baby comforters. They have usually conducted a lot of research into the best comforter features for you and your baby. 
  • We also recommend that you have more than one comforter, and that they are machine washable for hygiene reasons. This also enables you to rotate and wash them periodically, as well as ensuring you have a back-up comforter in the event that you misplace one. 

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