Bedding Advice

Designing your own nursery is an especially exciting time when you have a little one on the way! Everyone wants something different - whether you're a minimalist, modern mom or funky fun father, our nursery pages have some fabulous ideas to create the ultimate baby chill out zone, whatever you're into! Our aim is to inspire, so enjoy!

We select the finest fabrics for our nursery collections and test and trial our products rigorously to ensure they meet our high quality performance standards. Baby sleeping safely and peacefully is so very important. We suggest you put your feet up from all that painting and decorating for 5 minutes, make yourself a nice herbal tea, and have a read through our practical nursery safety advice. There are commonly asked questions with some helpful hints and tips too! And you never know, when you're finished reading, someone might have finished off all the hard work for you.

What's the right room temperature for baby?

First things first - ensuring that the nursery is the most comfortable temperature for baby so they have a peaceful nights sleep! Around 65º is ideal.

The temperature of the room will affect the amount of bedding needed so it's really important to keep an eye on this.

We recommend you carefully select the position of your cot or crib, never place it near a sunny hot window or hot radiator as this will affect the temperature in and around the crib/cot.

We recommend you always use a room thermometer.

What is TOG?

Tog rating measures the products' ability to retain heat. Babies naturally create body heat and garments and bedding keep them cozy. The higher the tog, the more the heat is retained in the product.

On our duvets, quilts, blankets and sleeping bags, we label our products with the Tog. Always use your room thermometer as a guide for the correct temperature.

How many blankets, sheets and which quilt or sleeping bag will my baby need?

Like adults, the temperature of an individual baby and the amount of bedding required may vary. See our guide below:

Room Temp Amount of Bedding and Clothing
77+˚F, Too Hot 0-1 TOG sleeping bag or sheet and a diaper
70-75˚F, Warm only 0-1 TOG or 1-2 TOG sleeping bag or a sheet and short sleeved bodysuit and a diaper.
61-69˚F, Just Right 0-1 TOG,1-2 TOG or 2-3 TOG sleeping bag or a sheet and 2 layers of blanket and short sleeved bodysuit or pajamas and a diaper.
55-60˚F, Cool 2-3 TOG sleeping bag and optional blanket or a sheet and 3 layers of blanket and short sleeved bodysuit or pajamas and a diaper.
Less than 54˚F, Cold 2-3 TOG sleeping bag and optional blanket or a sheet and 3 layers of blanket and short sleeved bodysuit or pajamas and a diaper.
  • A blanket is a fleece or cellular
  • Please note that 'or' means one or the other, not both
  • Please note that a blanket doubled over counts as 2 layers of blanket.
  • Check your baby isn't too hot or too cold by feeling the back of their neck or body. Cold hands and feet are normal.
  • Consult a doctor if your baby is unwell.
  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep in the feet to foot position.
  • Avoid smoking in pregnancy, that includes daddies too & never let anyone smoke near your baby.
  • Always keep your baby's head uncovered for sleeping.

What sheet & bedding combination is recommended for a newborn?

Fitted bottom sheet, flat top sheet top and a blanket either fleece or cellular OR a sleeping bag.

What sheet and bedding combination is recommended for an older baby in a cot?

Fitted bottom sheet, flat top sheet top and a blanket either fleece or cellular OR a sleeping bag and a bumper.

When should I use a bumper?

For some babies up to 12 months old, but a bumper should be removed from the cot when baby can sit unaided. A bumper is designed to protect baby from banging against the bars of the cot and must be securely attached to the cot using the ties provided. Check regularly when in use and check the ties are still secure after every wash.

When should you use a quilt?

A quilt should only be used after baby is 12 months old.

What is the feet-to-foot position and how do I dress the cot?

Recommended by midwives, this means dressing the cot with the sheets and blankets at the bottom section of the cot so the baby’s feet are at the foot or the end of the bed. Babies wriggle around, so this is deemed to be the safest way of ensuring his head doesn’t get under the covers, which may cause overheating. If you have a particularly active little baby and are concerned about covers been kicked off and leaving him cold, you can use a sleeping bag. Check the clothing recommendation above. When dressing your cot in the feet to foot position, make sure that the sheets and blankets are smooth under the mattress so that the bottom end is not elevated.