Everyone wants and needs a comfortable bed to sleep in, from newborns to the elderly and everyone in between. Sleep is universal, but people of different ages may have some different sleep habits and needs. Babies and toddlers in particular need a lot of sleep per day, and they often fragment this sleep into sessions of two to three hours or so. Older children and adults, meanwhile, can sleep for eight hours per night, and sleep may be easier to come by in a comfortable bed with good sheets. Getting a fine mattress and box springs is one thing, but the sheets and covers should be taken seriously, too. This also applies to a baby’s crib, from crib sheet protectors to baby waterproof sheets to hypoallergenic baby crib sheets. When it comes to sheets for baby beds, parents may choose from a number of options, and new parents may learn a few things about sheets for baby beds. These sheets for baby beds are designed for the baby’s safety as well as comfort. How does it work?
Babies and Their Sleep
Nearly everyone is aware that babies sleep in cribs, and that babies sleep for many hours per day (not all at once, though). What some people may not know (and new parents should learn) is that a baby’s crib, and sheets for baby beds, are designed with safety in mind as well as comfort. Human babies are fairly helpless relative to infants in other animals, so many baby products are designed with that in mind. This includes the bars of a crib to keep a baby from rolling out, but protective measures don’t stop there. The crib sheets, crib paint, and more play a role, too.
A baby may take a number of naps per day, and may be supervised during that time. But by night, the whole family is asleep, and babies won’t have someone watching them the entire time. So, a baby’s crib will not have pillows or blankets during night. Why not? Those features can be a suffocation hazard, so informed parents will keep them out. Rather, a baby crib’s mattress will have a fitted sheet, a smaller version of fitted sheets found on adult mattresses. Fitted sheets of any size will secure snugly to a mattress, as the name implies, with elastic bands to keep a tight grip. No one actually goes under those sheets, but rather lays on them. Parents will purchase a fitted crib sheet for their new child, and a baby can sleep safely on that.
Similarly, a baby will wear full-body pajamas and even a hat during sleep, to replace blankets for warmth. Pajamas are a blanket the baby can wear and pose no suffocation hazard. Having a baby sleep on just the fitted sheet and mattress may look pretty bare-bones, but the baby should be comfortable and safe like this. Parents may also consider the thread count of the sheets, and a higher thread count may mean a softer and more comfortable fabric. For those unaware, thread count describes how many horizontal or vertical threads (not both) a piece of fabric has in a given square inch. And yes, thread count is measured for adult sheets, too.
Sheets for the Parents
The bedding industry is a robust one, since everyone wants a comfortable bed to sleep in. Here again, the customer may consult the thread count of a fabric before purchasing it. Sheets with a lower thread count are a good idea in summer or warm spring weather, since they breathe more easily. Meanwhile, fabrics with a higher thread count are a fine idea in winter, and they are soft and trap heat easily. And what about someone with allergy issues? Some Americans suffer from asthma or other allergies, so a person may buy and use hypoallergenic bedsheets to use. Some baby sheets are also hypoallergenic, and babies are certainly sensitive to airborne particles such as VOCs or dust. Customers may ask store associates for hypoallergenic bedding in particular.
As a bonus, any bedroom can be made more allergy-friendly by using only hypoallergenic paint or varnish on wood, and carpets and rugs should be diligently vacuumed and deep-cleaned regularly. This can make all the difference.