The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Safe and Comfortable Cot Bedding

Cot bedding is an essential consideration for any parent, as it directly affects your baby's safety and comfort during their early months and years. With so many options available, selecting the right bedding can feel overwhelming. But by prioritising safety, comfort, and quality we can help you to  simplify the process.

In this guide, we share our expert tips and tricks to help you on your journey to choosing the right cot bedding for your little one.

Safety First

Safety is every parent’s top priority when it comes to selecting the perfect cot bedding. Look for products that align with safety standards, such as those set by the British Standards Institution (BSI) or other relevant authorities.

Make sure that your chosen bedding is hypoallergenic and free from harmful chemicals.

Do: opt for organic or natural fabrics to minimise the risk of allergies and skin irritation.

Don’t: use soft bedding items like pillows, duvets, and loose blankets in the cot, as these can pose suffocation hazards. Instead, choose fitted sheets and lightweight blankets specifically designed for cot use.

Material Matters: Choosing the Right Fabric

Your choice of bedding material directly impacts your baby's comfort and well-being, so it’s important to consider this carefully when making your decision. Cotton is a popular choice for cot bedding due to its breathability, softness, and durability.

At Secret Linen Store, our Baby and Child bedding is made from 100% organic cotton to provide gentle comfort for your little one. 

Bamboo is another excellent choice for cot bedding, known for its hypoallergenic properties and moisture-wicking abilities, keeping your baby cool and dry throughout the night. Avoid synthetic materials, like polyester, as these can trap heat and moisture, leading to discomfort and potential skin irritation.

For more helpful tips on this, check out our blog on Understanding Different Materials: Which Fabric is Best for Your Baby's Cot Bedding?

Cot Bedding Size and Fit

When it comes to selecting the style of your baby’s bed linen, make sure that it fits snugly and securely in the cot to reduce any potential risks of entanglement. Opt for fitted sheets, designed specifically for cot mattresses, with elasticated edges to keep them in place.

Avoid using bedding that is too small or too large for the cot, as this can lead to potential safety hazards. Snug-as-a-bug is key with this one!

Temperature Regulation

Parents know (all too well!) that getting babies into a regular sleep cycle can prove to be a challenge. While some little ones manage to sleep soundly through the night, others can struggle to settle. Getting the temperature of your baby’s room just right can significantly help babies and toddlers fall into a deeper, more restful slumber. Several studies show that babies’ rooms should be between 16-20 degrees for optimal comfort.

With this in mind, choose bedding that helps regulate your baby's body temperature to ensure they stay comfortable throughout the night.

Lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and bamboo are ideal for maintaining a comfortable sleep environment, especially during warmer months.

Consider layering bedding options, such as a fitted sheet with a soft blanket, to easily adjust to fluctuating room temperatures.

Easy Care and Durability

If you feel like your house has become a part-time launderette since your little one’s arrival, you’re not alone! According to recent reports on Mumsnet, the average couple's laundry multiplies by five after having a new baby. So, with all that extra washing, it’s more important than ever to choose bed linen that will stand the test of time.

At Secret Linen Store, we have a selection of high-quality cot bedding that withstands multiple washes while still maintaining its softness over time. By investing in quality muslins, blankets, and bedding that will last, you can save money in the long run.

Top tip: Don’t forget to check the washing instructions on your bedding labels to ensure compatibility with your washing machine and detergent.

Baby Bedding: Style and Aesthetics

While safety and comfort are key, finding cot bedding that complements your nursery decor and personal style is definitely an exciting part of the journey! 

There’s a whole world of dreamy bedding to explore that will bring your little one’s room to life. Choose from a range of colours, patterns, and designs to find bedding that reflects your aesthetic preferences while meeting safety and comfort standards. 

If you have a newborn, we recommend purchasing multiple sets of bedding to have on hand for easy wash rotations. If you want to change up your style variations, opt for reversible bedding accessories with playful prints and plain colours so you can mix and match with ease, whenever you fancy a change.

Baby Cot Bedding FAQs

It's safest to use bedding in your baby's cot once they are old enough to roll over independently and have outgrown the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Every baby develops at their own pace but, typically, this occurs around 6 months old.

It's not recommended to use duvets or quilts in a baby's cot until they are at least 12 months old, as these can pose suffocation hazards. Instead, opt for lightweight blankets or sleeping bags designed for infant use.

To keep your little one’s bedding softer for longer, follow these helpful washing guidelines:

  • Always check washing instructions on labels for specific garment guidelines
  • Use a mild, fragrance-free detergent, suitable for sensitive skin
  • Wash bedding separately to prevent contamination
  • Avoid fabric softeners and harsh additives
  • Consider gentle wash cycles and low-temperature settings
  • Rinse bedding thoroughly to remove detergent residues
  • Air dry whenever possible, or use a low heat setting in the dryer

Want more advice on how to care for your bedding? Visit our helpful blog on Our Top Washing Tips.

Cot bedding should be washed regularly to maintain hygiene and prevent the buildup of allergens and bacteria. Aim to wash bedding, including fitted sheets and blankets, at least once a week or more frequently if required.

Shop Cosy Cot Bedding & More at Secret Linen Store

Explore our complete collection of cot bedding to find the perfect combination of comfort, quality, and style for your baby’s nursery. For further tips and tricks on all things baby bedding and more, check out the Secret Linen blog, The Bed Spread.