Place a mattress of at least 8 cm thick on it. Your little one will certainly sleep very often in the beginning and therefore lies on the mattress a lot. A mattress with a thickness of at least 8 cm is necessary to bear the weight, without the bars of the bed base being felt. Due to this minimal thickness, the mattress is firm enough to support your child well during the many hours that it sleeps.
Wrap a molton fitted sheet or underlay around the mattress to protect the mattress against moisture. Babies sometimes spit up or a diaper leaks through, so it's nice if your mattress has extra protection. Especially if you have a mattress from which you cannot wash the cover. A molton fitted sheet or underlay offers extra protection, but is certainly not superfluous. When your child gets older, they regularly drool while sleeping and that moisture can't penetrate the mattress either.
4. Bed sheet
Then place a cotton fitted sheet over it. It is nice to use a cotton fitted sheet, because it breathes and regulates heat.
Cotton warms when it's cold and cools when it's hot. Ideal and nice and soft to lie on.
Did you know that Meyco sells fitted sheets in no less than 18 colors and in many different sizes?
5. Short and tight
Make the bed short and tight with a cotton bed sheet
. Make sure that the baby's feet are almost against the foot end and that the bedding comes up to your baby's shoulders. Tuck the sheet and the blanket in well at the bottom and both sides. Making the bed short and tight is important, because otherwise your child can get under the bedding and may not be able to get himself out of it. By making the cot short, your child can sleep safely and immediately feels safe, because it is tucked in properly.
Place a muslin cloth on your fitted sheet. For example, fold a muslin square into a point so that you get two layers. If your child spits, you don't have to wash the fitted sheet right away. This saves a lot of laundry (and time and is good for the environment) and you can quickly make the bed again. This is handy, because in the beginning your little one will sleep every two hours.