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Before my LO was born I only bought him a crib to go in our room, and the assorted bedding for that. It was when he was 9 weeks old and kept banging his arms off the sides of the crib thus waking himself and us up that we decided it was time for a big bed. And so off we went to my favourite baby shop - Mamas & Papas - and I was in heaven. We chose our lovely cotbed and then needed the bits and pieces to dress it.
At £19 for a pack of 2 fitted sheets these were definately on the pricey side, but when you consider that these sheets will be next to baby's little hands and face for anything up to twelve hours every day it doesn't seem such a bad price to pay. They come in a variety of pastel colours, as well as white and cream.
We got them in lemon to match our Zeddy and Parsnip nursery and as soon as we put one on the mattress I loved the soft feel of them. They are easy to wash and dry and the fact they come in a pack of two is ideal in case baby is unwell and vomits on one (which is luckily a really rare occurance in our house).
When I found out I was pregnant, I made a huge list of things that I would need to buy our baby for when he or she arrived. The list was rather long and worried me actually, as we didn't have a house of our own and nowhere to store these items! So we had to get things as we needed them, only buying a cot literally a week before he arrived (at 33 weeks) and so it ended up staying in its box until Harry was about 4 months old, as he was so tiny he needed a moses basket until then. As I hadn't used the cot, I hadn't actually bought any sheets and quickly I realised I needed to get on with buying some!
*Sheets Buying Guide*
When you begin to look at things such as sheets and blankets, it can be daunting as there are lots of types, sizes and colours on the market, it kind of seems like there is a little too much choice out there for us parents-to-be! There are 2 types which are fitted sheets and flat sheets. Fitted sheets are elasticated so they sit snuggly to the mattress, and flat sheets have to be folded underneath the mattress. As well as that, you have to choose whether you want flannelette or cotton jersey. Flannelette can be warmer for babies born in the winter, but cotton jersey is smooth and soft. And most importantly, you have to buy the right size. You can buy them in Moses Basket size (35 x 73cm), Crib size (35 x 89cm), Cot size (59 x 119cm) and finally Cot-Bed size (70 x 140cm). These are standard sizes so its worth bearing in mind what sort of bed your baby will have before you buy sheets.
I think that it is important to buy good quality sheets and they will be used a lot, as baby's sleep a lot when they are younger, and will also need to be washed and dried countless times, so you want sheets which will last, are easy to wash and can preferably be tumble-dried. Your baby will be in theit cot until rough 18 months-2 years old so it's better to spend a little more buying good sheets that'll last rather than cheap sheets you'll need to replace 2 or 3 times before your child moves to a bed. Not only that, but better quality sheets means a more peaceful and undisturbed sleep for your baby (and hopefully you too!) as they will be comfortable and unirritated by their bedding.
I opted for buying Cotton Jersey sheets, as Harry went into his cot in July so the weather was warmer, and felt cotton jersey would be lovely and soft next to his skin. Cotton Jersey is basically the same material as a t-shirt, not thin cotton like on adult bed sheets, so this means it is much softer and more flexible too. I had just a normal cot so I purchased Cot/Cot-Bed sized and I also chose fitted as I felt it would be easier in the long run to use and quicker for changing as well. I had a good look around Mothercare but I wasn't keen on their sheets but I can't really remember why now! I was getting a bit desperate when my mum rang and said she's got me some sheets at a bargain price, so I was chuffed!
*The M&P sheets*
My mum had managed to get me Mamas & Papas sheets from her local Co-operative store, in the fitted style I wanted and in Cotton Jersey as well. Mamas and Papas sell their sheet in Cot/Cot Bed size which is 70 x 140cm, and are available in 6 colours: bleu (powder blue), cheesecake (soft yellow), rose (soft pink), white, ivory and cream. My mum got me 2 blue ones and 2 yellow ones I could alternate, and matching flat sheets as well to use as a cover for Harry in the summer and autumn. The colours were gorgeous, with the blue being a really soft baby blue colour, and the yellow one is a lovely soft lemon colour, and the pair together really contrast each other perfectly.
The quality of the sheets is perfect. They are so so soft, made from 100% cotton which is fantastic for a baby's delicate skin. As they are fitted sheets, they are elasticated all the way around the edge, which means that the sheets fit tightly to your mattress and don't gape or ruffle up at all, which is important for your baby to have a good night's sleep and so that they stay comfortable. I found it so easy to fit them our mattress, which was Cot size and although the sheets were a tad too big (being that they are cot/cot-bed size) but I just gathered the excess underneath the mattress and it stayed there perfectly, and stayed smooth all night.
Washing the sheets was very easy, I simply washed them at a 40 degree wash and they came out clean and soft every single time. I used the sheets up until January this year when Harry moved into a bed and they are still soft, and don't showing any signs of wear and tear, and there is no bobbling either, which is amazing considering how many washes they must have been through! I also found that when dried over a clothes airer, they didn't crease either, and when stretched over the mattress, it was lovely and smooth, so no need for ironing!
Mamas and Papas is one of the world's most trusted babycare brands, and that is why I felt happy and confident when my mum told me she had bought Harry M&P sheets for his cot. They are of the highest quality, are made of wonderfully soft cotton, and the sheet has retained its elasticity even after nearly 2 years of constant use. As mentioned, they are available in 6 colours so something to suit any nursery scheme. The sheets retail at a pack of two for £19 in Cot/Cot-Bed size, which I think is very good value considering how much use you will get out of them. I would recommend that you get 4, so you have plenty of spares for accidents and in case you can't get them dry quick enough. You can tumble dry them on a low heat though. These sheets are also available in Pram/Moses Basket, Crib and Travel Cot. I'd not hesitate to recommend them to any parents-to-be, they are fab quality, lovely colours and most importantly, they last!
You can buy them online from the Mamas and Paps website, www.mamasandpapas.co.uk, or in M&P across the country.
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Available in a sortment of colours to match your decor.