It may not seem like it, but newborn babies sleep for a grand total of 10.5 to 18 hours every day. Throughout their early development, it’s important to ensure your baby is getting a good night’s sleep in order to promote growth in both the brain and body.
But because your arms and chest aren’t always available to be your baby’s bed, one of the biggest questions is which kind of baby bassinet sheet is best for your newborn? There are a number of options to choose from, so we've outlined some of the best materials for baby bassinet mattress pad below.
Classic, 100% cotton bed sheets are often the standard when it comes to choosing a baby bassinet sheet. This is often because cotton is a breathable fiber, therefore it keeps your newborn cool during the summer and warm during the winter. While it can be rough and scratchy at first, cotton sheets eventually soften while remaining surprisingly durable.
Additionally, 100% cotton sheets are hypoallergenic so you can be sure your baby won’t be suffering from any skin irritations related to their bedding.
Polyester sheets are another budget-friendly option for your baby’s bassinet. While not as breathable as cotton, polyester is cheaper than cotton and is less likely to shrink in the wash. It’s also far less likely to wrinkle, whereas cotton wrinkles incredibly easily. However, keep in mind that polyester may not be the greatest choice when the temperature begins to creep up.
Like polyester, flannel sheets in your baby’s bassinet may not make for the best choice during the warmer months. But when it’s cold outside, flannel bassinet sheets are ideal for keeping your baby warm and are also incredibly soft.
Waterproof bassinet sheets and protective pillow cases are a popular choice for obvious reasons; however, the best waterproof bassinet sheets and pillow cases also offer the breathability, softness, and hypoallergenic qualities of 100% cotton bassinet sheets. Baby waterproof sheets and protective pillow cases will keep you from having to continuously buy additional bassinet sheets in the event that your newborn’s diapers leak and leave a mess. Additionally, waterproof fitted bed sheets can be re-used as potty training sheets as your child grows and their bassinet becomes a toddler bed.
Even better, the zinc in the fibers of our waterproof bassinet sheets and protective pillow cases assist with reducing the odor of your baby’s bassinet and help aid against skin irritation.
Regardless of which materials you choose for your baby’s bassinet sheets, be sure they are fitted to the bassinet’s mattress and do not exhibit any strings -- these may be a choking hazard to your newborn. Furthermore, be careful of fibers which may cause bunching and may loosen around your baby, creating an additional danger. Your newborn baby shouldn't just be comfortable in their bassinet, they should be safe and secure, too.