One of the first things parents talk about to other parents is how their children are sleeping. One way I thought I'd help my twins sleep is to give them an organically, cozy, sumptuous crib.
I knew nothing in the beginning.
I write this because I thought if someone had passed on all this information, it would have saved me days and days of handwringing.
This is what I found after a lot of research.
Note: these items are expensive, but babies spend close to 16 hours asleep.
More importantly, one key element in preventing SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is a well-ventilated crib. A crib that breathes needs cotton and wool not processed rubber and other synthetics. Also, everything I list here is also available for adults (except for bumpers and cribs unless you are into something I haven't heard about yet).
- Crib: Pacific Rim Solid Maple Crib We choose the simplest, most organic crib we could find. With no metal hardware on the crib, its surface is beautifully smooth. (My other son sleeps in a crib we inherited and even though it is lovely, one of the hinges cut his mouth.) The Pacific Rim Crib will also convert to a toddler bed.
- Matress: 3 Choices
There are many good places to buy crib mattresses online. My top three are Ecobaby.com, Lifekind.com, and Dreamsoftbedware.com. When considering the price, remember this mattress will also go on your toddler bed.
- Wool Mattress Pad: SnugFleece Mattress Covers
Now, let's build up from the mattress. One of my sons was given a wool mattress cover and he slept very soundly. The son that didn't have one was not sleeping so well. As soon as I bought one from Dream Soft Bedwarehe slept, well, like a baby.
Since it is not recommended that you use blankets in cribs till @18 months, this extra cushioning underneath. I believe, gave him something to burrow into and snuggle.
- Puddle Pad: Pure Wool Puddle Pad Wool naturally adjust to your body's temp and tends to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter – so you want to stay away from rubber which attracts mold and tends to heat up. Wool also wicks away moisture. The least expensive wool puddle pad I have found is again at Dream Soft Bedding. Ecobaby.com and Babyworks.com also carry them.
- Crib Bumpers: Kindersoft bumper pad
The only organic cotton bumpers I have found that are not filled with polyester, but are filled with wool are again from Dream Soft Bedding.
- Sheets: Sherpa flannel
My absolute favorite sheets were (they have been discontinued) Maggie's from Babyworks.com. My new favorites are the Sherpa flannel (so thick they feel more like a flannel blanket) and the cotton flannel from ecobaby.com. I couldn't bring myself to spending close to $40.00 on crib sheets from Lifekind.com, but if anyone does let me know.
- A little extra something: Danish Woolen Delights
I have to turn you onto the worlds most luxurious blanket from Danish Woolen Delights. I know this sounds hyperbolic, but these blankets are softer than cashmere and are the most soothing element I have ever been near. I have given the adult size for very special presents.
Sweet dreams. LMD