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A baby has to be loved and nurtured like a precious flower. Your baby needs love-filled nurturing and loving protection. One major part of this nurturing includes keeping his/her nursery cute and comfortable. This can be achieved partially with the usage of crib quilts and coverlets. These, when chosen wisely, help the baby live comfortably.
Before we look into the features of an appropriate quilt and coverlet, let us first understand the difference between a quilt and a coverlet.
A quilt is a thin blanket stitched using three layers, a top cloth layer, a middle stuffing layer and a backcloth layer all stitched together in patterns with threads. This is generally used as a blanket to cover the baby.
A coverlet is a thin bedspread, which can be quilted or woven — used as a top layer of the bed, aiming to dress the bed beautifully.
Some significant features of a quilt are
- Material – Organic cotton, linen, rayon, silk, and muslin are favoured to make the outer cover. The middle stuffing layer can be foam, paper foam, fibre, polyfill, etc. The back material is also a cotton fabric, which may be same or different than the outer cover. Depending on the weather, the stuffing can be chosen accordingly. On the whole, the fabric needs to be airy and breathable.
- Thread quality – The threads used to make patterns on quilts should be soft, made out of cotton and non-allergic. The seams on the sides should also be soft and durable.
- Patterns- quilts are generally made of cloth patches stitched together to add a vibrant look.
- Size- Quilts are usually larger than a crib sheet or a coverlet. They should be selected depending on the height of your baby.
Some significant features of a coverlet are
- Material- A coverlet for a baby can is usually made out of cotton, which is gentle on the skin and acts as an excellent absorbent. Similarly, bedspreads made out of bamboo cotton, perform even better than regular cotton as they are naturally soft like cashmere.
- Nature- Coverlets are generally non-reversible. They may be quilted with stitched patterns, but are functionally different from quilts. These are made without any batting (or stuffing).
- Patterns – Coverlets can be made with patterns like quilts or single pieced with only borders stitched.
- Size- Coverlets cover the entire breadth of the bed, and are usually purchased according to the mattress or cot size, and not the height of the baby. They should be chosen depending on the size of the baby bed, cot, crib, and so on.
When you buy a quilt or a coverlet look for the features discussed above. Nowadays, you also get combo packs of quilts and coverlets for babies and children up to the ages of five. Combo packs help maintain the uniformity of the baby bedroom and add to its beauty.
Taking care of quilts and coverlets
- Similar to blankets should not be washed in the washing machine. Only hand wash or dry clean.
- Should be washed with cold water using a mild detergent which is not harsh on the skin of the baby.
- Dry it on a flat surface, because it is heavy when wet and the weight might cause the patterns to separate or unweave.
- Should be dry cleaned for tough stains because getting rid of these stains would require hard brushing and rubbing which might damage the quilt or coverlet.
- Should be kept wrapped in cotton or muslin covers when not in use.
- Don't get it trapped in things like the cot bed.
- Check the seams before washing and repair them before the quilt or coverlet is put to wash. Otherwise, it might get even more damaged during a wash.
Taking care of the baby with quilts and coverlets
- Do not use quilts until the baby is 12 months old. Cuddling with the quilt unattended may leave your baby to the risk of suffocation, smothering, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Remove the tags, buttons, tassels, ribbons, fringes, or any other item from the quilt or coverlet which might pose a risk to the baby.
- Do not leave your baby alone with the quilt.
- Make sure no toys are trapped in it.
- Make sure the quilt reaches the chest of the baby, not above that.
- Tuck the quilt beneath the arms of the baby, with the arms above it.
- The coverlet should be tucked to the sides of the crib, cot or bed.