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Create a Nursery Fit for a Princess or Prince

Nursery Ideas

Nursery Ideas From The Fine Cotton Company

The Royal Baby has now arrived – Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

Here are a few tips for creating a beautiful nursery for your baby.

Choosing your Nursery Bedding

With babies spending up to 14 hours a day sleeping, after choosing the cot, one of the most important purchases will be the bed linen.

The skin of your precious new baby is so delicate that what we put against it needs to be as pure as possible. To protect your baby from nasty chemicals and pollutants which leach from the materials into our bodies, it is important to consider buying organic cotton bedding as organic cotton is grown without chemicals and pesticides. Bear in mind that ordinary cotton sheets are typically coated with formaldehyde to make them wrinkle-free, and are processed with chemicals that have essentially become a part of them. When your baby sleeps on this bedding, he or she will be in direct contact with these harmful substances, without you being fully aware of the effects.

Pure organic cotton bedding is breathable and this will help with temperature regulation of your baby.

It is probably a good idea to opt for subtle coloured bedding and add personal touches of colour with toys and pictures. Neutral colours will ensure that everything will go together with no colour clashes and also so it has a bit of longevity.Having a baby is an expensive time so it helps if you can buy things that can be passed down to a baby in the future.

When buying your baby bedding plan for 3 or 4 fitted and flat sheets and 2 light weight baby blankets for layering. This will enable you to have a couple of spare changes. The baby blankets we recommend can be used as a swaddling blanket.

Tips for Buying Bedding

You’ll need a good collection of quality essentials

  1. Quality – always ensure you buy good quality fabrics such as percale. As you have to wash baby bedding so frequently they will last longer than cheap fabrics.
  2. 100% Organic Cotton. Don’t go for mixed fibres such as polyester cotton as these will be too warm and sticky for the baby and after frequent washing tend to ‘pill’ and become bobbly to the touch.
  3. A Swaddling Blanket is an essential item to help with the new baby’s sense of security. Always choose one made of natural fibres; 100% organic cotton is best.
  4. Go for a mix of sheets and light-weight blankets, so you can easily add an extra layer or take one away – Please do remember that a blanket doubled over counts as two layers.
  5. Duvets, pillows and cot bumpers are not suitable for babies under 12 months old.
  6. There is currently a debate about the use of cot bumpers and their safety. Certain States in the USA have banned the use of cot bumpers as they believe they may contribute to cot deaths. There have been many cases reported of suffocation caused by the baby being caught between the bumper and the mattress.

Essential Accessories

  1. Blackout Blind –Planning for a good night’s sleep now will make all the difference in those sleep deprived weeks yet to come. Most babies sleep better in the dark simply because their bodies start to produce the sleep hormone that is stimulated by darkness.
  2. A brightly-coloured mobile that attaches to the cot is a good choice for stimulating his senses.
  3. Swaddling Blanketmay help with the baby’s sense of security.
  4. Baby Monitor – as a Mum you want to hear everything once baby is safely tucked up in bed

Soft to the touch and kind on the conscience, The Fine Cotton Company ensures optimum quality by offering 100% organic cottons, silks and natural fabrics, all ethically produced without any harmful chemicals or pesticides. All organic cotton used is certified by GOTS, which ensures the organic status covering the production, processing and manufacturing of the fibres.

Top Tips to help your children get to sleep

In our recent survey we asked for your top tips to help your children get a good nights sleep.

Thank you to all who entered.

Here are the top 7 tips:

  1. Relaxing Bath before bed
  2. Bedtime story
  3. Work out a routine and stick to it!
  4. Dark Room with blackout blind
  5. Warm Milk or a snack
  6. Cool Bedroom
  7. Lavender Oil on the pillow

 

Please let us know if you have any more tips!

 

The best Mothers Day Present is Sleep!

The best Mothers Day Present is Sleep!

mothers day

Mothers Day is just days away, and always the biggest conundrum is what to give her on this special day. Well probably one of the best things she would love is sleep! Mums work harder than anyone could imagine, whatever their age. And if she has young children the the day is packed with running around looking after them, and it can be hard physical work, with either staying at home with them when they are young or taking them to school.

bed

Housework, shopping and cleaning all take their toll physically on her, and at the end of the day all you want to do is sleep! So if  she  like most new mums, a good night’s sleep seems as far away as the moon and stars in her weary mind. Sleep seems a million miles away when the kids are up all night, and so are mums and dads are also indeed up all night, and it’s just no fun any more. But a good night’s rest doesn’t have to be an illusion. a good nights sleep will have a huge effect on the quality of her life. So on Mothers Day, besides your thoughtful card and gorgeous big bouquet of flowers, present her with a cool morning off, just let her sleep late or take a sweet nap while you take the kids out to the park.

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But, one thing is for certain, she will sleep much better if she has a decent bed and bedlinen. It will make such a difference to her all round wellbeing, with a good nights sleep in a beautiful bed think how happy she will be! Bedlinen might seem like an expensive Mother’s Day present, it certainly is something that she should be treated to at some point.

Owls Duvet Design in Natural

Following many requests from our customers, we have introduced the Owls and Stars designs in Natural colourways.

Owls Duvet Cover Natural

Owls Duvet Cover Natural

In a range of sizes – single, cot bed and cot duvet covers with coordinating pillowcases.

Blankets are also available to coordinate.

Choosing Your Nursery Bedding

After choosing the cot, one of the most important purchases will be the bed linen.

The skin of your precious new baby is so delicate that what we put against it needs to be as pure as possible.  To protect your baby from nasty chemicals and pollutants which leach from the materials into our bodies, it is important to consider buying organic cotton bedding as organic cotton is grown without chemicals and pesticides. Bear in mind that ordinary cotton sheets are typically coated with formaldehyde to make them wrinkle-free, and are processed with chemicals that have essentially become a part of them. When your baby sleeps on this bedding, he or she will be in direct contact with these harmful substances, without you being fully aware of the effects.

Pure organic cotton bedding is breathable and this will help with temperature regulation of your baby.

What bedding do I need to buy for my new baby?

New baby bedding essentials:

It is probably a good idea to opt for neutral bedding and add personal touches of colour with toys and pictures. Neutral colours will ensure that everything will go together with no colour clashes and also so it has a bit of longevity. Having a baby is an expensive time so it helps if you can buy things that can be passed down to a baby in the future.

To start with the following list is a minimum that you need:

Fitted Moses Basket Sheets

Flat Sheets
Swaddling Blankets
Organic Cotton Light Blanket
Hooded Towel

Receiving Shawl – for the trip home from hospital or the baptism or Naming Ceremony

When buying your baby bedding, plan for 3 or 4 fitted and flat sheets and 2 light weight baby blankets for layering. This will enable you to have a couple of spare changes.

The baby blankets can also be used as a swaddling blanket.

Top Tips for Buying Nursery Bedding

You’ll need a good collection of quality essentials and the following are considerations:

Quality – always ensure you buy good quality fabrics such as percale. As you have to wash baby bedding so frequently they will last longer than cheap fabrics.

100% Organic Cotton. Don’t go for mixed fibres such as polyester cotton as these will be too warm and sticky for the baby and after frequent washing tend to ‘pill’ and become bobbly to the touch.

A Swaddling Blanket is an essential item to help with the new baby’s sense of security. Always choose one made of natural fibres; 100% organic cotton is best.

Go for a mix of sheets and light-weight blankets, so you can easily add an extra layer or take one away – Please do remember that a blanket doubled over counts as two layers.

Duvets, pillows and cot bumpers are not suitable for babies under 12 months old.

Essential Nursery Accessories

Blackout Blind – Planning for a good night’s sleep now will make all the difference in those sleep deprived weeks yet to come. Most babies sleep better in the dark simply because their bodies start to produce the sleep hormone that is stimulated by darkness.

A brightly-coloured mobile that attaches to the cot is a good choice for stimulating his senses.

Swaddling Blanket – may help with the baby’s sense of security.

Baby Monitor – as a Mum you want to hear everything once baby is safely tucked up in bed.

 

Cashmere Baby Shawl – Perfect for the new arrival

With the Royal Baby due on the 13th July, there must be a frenzy of shopping to make sure everything is ready before the new Prince or Princess arrives.

Our cashmere baby shawl is the perfect treat to ensure baby is snug on the way home from hospital.

BabyShawl

 

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