Make up your baby's bed

The whole baby room has been furnished. The crib is ready to put your child in. Just a little while and then it's time. You want to get everything ready in advance. The final details must be correct. Well prepared you want to go to the delivery. You are standing by the crib, with the sheets and the blanket in your hands. But how do you make the bed exactly? Vaguely, you may have heard something about condensed formatting. But what does that look like? What should you pay attention to?

Shorten formatting

A baby cot (cradle or bedstead) makes you shortened. This means that your baby almost with his feet against the foot end. For his own safety. He can no longer slide down with his head under the bedding. His head is not at the head end, but in the middle of his bed.

What do you need?

To make up your baby's bed properly, you need the following products:

molton cover
fitted sheet (cotton)
cloth (cotton)
blanket (cotton or wool)
hydrophilic diaper
small sail (optional)

How do you make the bed?

Place the molton cover around the mattress and cover both the fitted sheet. The fitted sheet is therefore around the mattress and the molton cover. Put the mattress well in the bed, so that everything is completely smooth.
On the spot where your baby's head will lie, you put a hydrophilic diaper. The hydrophilic diaper is meant to catch the drool and spit of your child. It is therefore important that you change this diaper every day.

Place a sheet over the mattress and lay the blanket over it. Make sure the sheet is still about 20cm above it so you can wrap it around the blanket. Fold the lower part of the sheet and the blanket under the mattress and make sure that it is all firmly secured.
Never fold a blanket twice. Double-folded blankets can provide heat protection. This increases the risk of cot death.


You can put a small sail on the spot where your baby's bottom is. If you use this, make sure you cover it with a hydrophilic diaper. However, it is not necessary.


The maternity nurse will always check in advance whether the bed has been made up properly. If this is not the case, she will adjust this until the cot is safe for your child.

That's all

Make sure there is nothing else in the bed. No pillows, cuddly toys or head protectors. A duvet is also not recommended for children up to two years. A duvet can be far too warm and your baby can easily squeeze under the duvet. This can obstruct his breathing. Up to two years, your child is not strong enough to get out of it.

Sleeping bag

Of course you can also opt for a sleeping bag. The advantage of a sleeping bag is that you do not have to make the bed and that it can not come with its head under the blanket. Rolling over is also a bit trickier in a sleeping bag. The disadvantage is that the sleeping bag must be properly tailored and that you therefore have to buy a new one regularly.

Sleep position

The advice of the Maternity Care and the consultation office is to always put your child on his back in his bed. It is the most secure sleeping posture because it keeps its face free. Switch the direction in which your child looks, by gently and gently turning his head so that he is one sleep to the left and the next one to the right. From the moment he can turn his head himself, you do not have to pay any attention to this.

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