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.

Get Your Bed Ready For Spring

Spring is on its way with the days seeming a little longer and brighter. Easter is just around the corner and is usually the biggest DIY weekend of the year so why not get ready to clear out, brighten up and get an amazing nights sleep.

Roma Sateen Bed Linen

Roma 300 TC Sateen Bed Linen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open your windows wide and let the spring air flow through your home sweeping out the winter. It’s so true that most people feel the need to do a thorough ‘Spring Clean’ to get rid of the stale air and dust and put the dark winter nights behind them.

Preparing your bedroom for Spring is all about clearing out the old, cleaning any dust away and then it’s time to introduce into your bedroom beautiful, soft 100% organic cotton bed linen, a lighter weight duvet and new pillows for that refreshed spring feeling.

A great place to start getting the bed updated is at the base and work up to the top of the bed.

  1. Take off your sheets, mattress protectors and valance and if possible vacuum the mattress, divan base and under the bed. Wash any bed linen at 60°C to kill any dust mites. If you’re looking at replacing your valance, the Tuck Top Valance makes it quick and easy – in tests it took less than 1 minute to put it in place and 17 seconds to remove! And that’s with just 1 person and without lifting the mattress at all
  2. Change your mattress enhancer (if you have one). Going into Spring and Summer is all about keeping cool. There are different options – Silk is great for all year round cool; Wool and Alpaca are brilliant for temperature control; Duck Down and Goose Down give a soft blissful feel to your mattress.
  3. What type of sheets do you like to sleep on? Choose from Percale for a crisp, cool finish or the silky feel of Sateen. Check to depth of your mattress and choose an extra deep fitting sheet to prevent the bottom sheet pinging off in the night.
  4. Choosing a duvet cover is all about personal taste. For ease and flexibility, choose bed linen fabrics in white so your bedroom accessories, cushions and throws, can ring the changes,
  5. Do you need to change your duvet? Throughout the winter you’ve probably had a 12 or 13.5 Tog so now you may want to switch to a 9.0 Tog for the Spring and then 4.5 Tog for the Summer.
  6. To finish off your bed and just in case the night is chilly, use a throw or blanket.

Here at The Fine Cotton Company we have wonderful, luxurious ranges of 100% cotton bed linen, including hotel collections Roma, Brooklyn and Capri as well as our Timeless Classics collections of Vermont, Lille and Seville.

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!

 

10 of your Tips for the Perfect Night’s Sleep

Thank you to all who entered our Facebook Competition to tell us your top tip for a Perfect Night’s Sleep.

Here are the first 10 of the hundreds we received.

  • A comfy bed and a comfy pillow are essential!
  • A comfy pillow and the correct tog duvet
  • A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow at bedtime is fantastic for helping you relax
  • A glass of warm milk last thing
  • A lovely bath with relaxing oil and a cup of hot chocolate before bed
  • A very dark and cool room
  • Always sleep with the windows open
  • Always buy good quality bedding, you sleep much better
  • Change your diet! Eat tryptophan rich foods eg bananas, milk, cheese, pumpkin seeds
  • Don’t go to bed too late so you have time to unwind, clean fresh sheets and reading a nice book help me to have a perfect sleep

 

We hope you find your way to getting the Perfect Sleep. Please let us know if you have any great tips

Tips to Keep Cool at night with Cotton Bedding

TOP TIPS FOR A COOL NIGHT’S SLEEP

Choose your bedding carefully to make sure you have a light weight low tog duvet for the time of year and organic cotton sheets. Most people find a 3.0 or 4.5 Tog are adequate in the summer months. If you are too warm in bed it can lead to a poor night’s sleep.

Using breathable organic cotton bed linen which is effective in absorbing moisture and perspiration, it becomes much easier for your body to regulate your temperature while you sleep. If you use synthetic bedding, it can make you feel hot and sticky in the night.

Check your mattress protector is a cool cotton or hypoallergenic silk which really does regulate body temperature.

Silk filled duvets and mattress toppers from The Fine Cotton Company are naturally hypoallergenic and they really do help to regulate your body temperature.

Relax before going to bed – maybe have a cool bath or shower, listen to some quiet music or a relaxation tape or do some yoga.

A Cool Coastal Summer Look for your Bedroom

We’re always on the lookout for bed linen to help you get the perfect nights sleep and with summer fast approaching, a quick change to your bed linen can really make a difference!

The Hudson and Boston striped duvet cover designs are inspired by New England and make you feel as if you’re living in a cool coastal town.

Both designs are made from 100% organic cotton which keeps to cool and fresh at night.

Hudson Stripe Organic Cotton Bed Linen

Hudson Stripe Bed Linen with Hampton Red Blanket

Hudson Organic Cotton Striped Bed Linen

Hudson Stripe Bedding with Latte Throw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hudson is a woven striped design in tones of blues, reds and latte on a white ground. The twill weave gives a really soft and interesting look to the design.

The Boston stripe bed linen is woven in tones of blue with a textured detail, again in 100% organic cotton.

Stripe Blues Organic Cotton Bedding

Boston Stripe Organic Cotton Bed Linen

How much Sleep Do You Need?

How much Sleep Do You Need?

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Oh don’t we need our sleep! Why we need it, why it can be hard to get, and how that affects everything from our daily routine to our income.. So, how much sleep is ideal? Studies show that people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, live the longest. And people who sleep 8 hr. or more, or less than 6.5 hr., they don’t live quite as long.  The amount of sleep you need depends on various factors — especially your age.

Consider these general guidelines for different age groups:

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Pregnancy. Changes in a woman’s body during early pregnancy can increase the need for sleep.

Aging. Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults. As you get older, however, your sleeping patterns might change. Older adults tend to sleep more lightly and for shorter time spans than do younger adults.

Previous sleep deprivation. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

Sleep quality. If your sleep is frequently interrupted or cut short, you’re not getting quality sleep. The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity.

Contrary to what is often thought, sleep is actually an active, organised process. How and when we sleep is governed by a number of factors. These include factors under our control, such as whether or not we are sleep deprived, and factors beyond our control.

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But going to bed also has the factor that sleeping in a good bed with great bedlinen makes it all the more inviting! Also washing your bedlinen regularly is as important too. If your bed is uncomfortable uninviting them the chances are it’s a put off and not a very good nights sleep! Get your beautiful bedlinen and a GOOD nights sleep with The Fine Cotton Company!

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