At the very basic, you need a mattress protector and a sheet for your baby's bedding. It's not recommended to have anything else in the bassinet such as pillows and plush toys as there is a risk of suffocation. You can use a bassinet bumper to protect your baby from the hard rails of the bassinet. There are also brands that sell bassinet bedding sets.
To buy the best bassinet sheets for your baby, consider these factors:
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing between a fitted or flat sheet for a baby bassinet. Some parents prefer fitted sheets because they stay in place better, while others prefer flat sheets because they are easier to change.
No, all bassinet sheets are not the same size. Different countries have different standard sizes for bassinets. Make sure to measure the bassinet before you purchase sheets to be sure they will fit, especially when you buy online.
No, you should not use a regular cot sheet for a baby bassinet. The sheets for a bassinet are specifically sized to fit the smaller mattress. Using a regular cot sheet could cause it to slip and become unsafe for your baby.
Bassinets sheets should be changed as often as necessary. Some people do it daily while some change them every few days. If your baby is sleeping in the bassinet a lot, you'll want to make sure the sheets are clean and free of any dirt or debris. It's a good idea to have a few sets of sheets so that you can change them out as needed.
Bassinet sheets can be cleaned in the same way as regular bedding. They can be machine-washed and dried, or they can be hand washed and air-dried. If you are washing them by hand, make sure to use cool water and mild detergent, or a detergent that's made for baby clothes.
It is not recommended to use a blanket in a baby bassinet due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Blankets can be a suffocation hazard for young babies. If you want to use a blanket, make sure it is lightweight and breathable. When they are young, it is safer to use a baby sleeping bag instead of a blanket. When they are bigger and mobile, blankets pose less of a risk of SIDS.