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For the most part, choosing a baby comforter should be determined by your own personal tastes and style preferences. You can also find comforters that are made without using chemicals on the fabric. For instance, there are many organic cotton bedding options for infants and small children now. These are usually just as stylish and comfortable as more conventional items. Aside from comfort and materials, the main aspect of a baby comforter to consider is what it looks like and whether it fits in with your nursery decor theme.
There are a wide range of baby comforter options you can choose from. Most have a theme or color scheme, and many come as part of a collection where you can choose wall hangings, diaper hangers, rugs, and other decor items to coordinate with the bedding. Other times a baby comforter will come with matching sheets, crib bumper, and receiving blankets. These options allow you to fully coordinate your entire nursery. In some cases, there are even high chairs, travel systems, and play pens with the same designs as the bedding.
Although these options do exist, you should consider your budget when choosing a baby comforter. These coordinated options are often pricey, although they do come in a large range of budgets. Lower prices options are also available at many discount department stores. If you are on a budget, there is no reason to spend a large amount of money on a cute comforter. The most important thing is that you have a warm and inviting place for baby to sleep.
Many doctors actually do not recommend actually putting infants to sleep with a baby comforter. Doing so can lead to overheating, and an increase in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) risk. Heavy blankets also make suffocation more likely to occur. For this reason, very young infants should be put to bet with a wearable blanket sleeper, or with a very lightweight blanket. Comforters are mostly to help the nursery look attractive during the early stages of infancy.
If you do go with a bedding set, you might also consider the materials it is made from. Many parents are growing more and more concerned with the chemicals used to treat fabrics for fire prevention purposes. There are organic bedding options that are naturally fire resistant, making chemicals unnecessary. If you want to go with more natural fibers, make sure that the bedding you use has still been treated for fire resistance, or that the materials meet government mandated regulation through being made with an appropriate fire resistant fabric.
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