In this how-to article, I’ll show you how to keep your baby dry with a waterproof bassinet pad. It’s important to keep your newborn dry and comfortable during the first few months of their life. We all know how hard it is to change a dirty diaper in the middle of the night! A waterproof pad will help with that. The best part about this project is that it’s really easy and doesn’t take much time or money!
How To Make A Waterproof Bassinet Pad
Step 1. You’ll need two layers of waterproof material. You can use a tarp or other type of plastic sheeting from the hardware store. A second option would be to purchase a large piece of vinyl from your fabric shop and cut it down to size for your bassinet pad.
Step 2. Cover one side of the plastic sheeting with cute fabric and then use glue to attach it. The exposed, unfinished edge goes down into the bassinet so that you don’t see any raw edges at all!
Step 3. Choose bright colors for your bassinet pad. But if your baby is going to be sleeping in their crib or room, you can choose something more neutral such as white or grey. Be creative and have fun! You can also use different fabrics on each piece of plastic sheeting if you want a pattern instead of just solid color.
Step 4. Once both pieces are finished, lay them out flat next to each other with wrong sides facing each other (the plastic sheets will be shiny side up with the fabric facing down).
Step 5. Take one of the pieces and fold it in half so that the wrong sides are together, then use a ruler to measure about an inch from where you folded. Then cut across this line making sure not to go past your seam allowance (which is typically ¼” for quilters but you can make yours ½”).
You should now have two identical pieces with raw edges showing along the crease which makes them look like open envelopes.
Step 6. The next step is sewing the edges of your pad shut with a ¼” seam allowance on both sides. Now lay it out flat and topstitch along both seams for durability — this also makes them look nice and finished!
Step 7. Fold each corner in towards the centre. Then sew around all four corners using a ½” seam allowance: Once sewn, trim off excess fabric close to the stitching line but not quite touching it – leave about half an inch. Repeat for all four corners, and you’re done!
Now lay it out flat and admire your handiwork.
Is a Waterproof Crib Pad Necessary?
While it is not required for you to add a waterproof protector pad, we surely recommend that. In fact, buying two will be the best decision of your life. But why?
A waterproof protector pad will prevent the sheet that is directly on top of your mattress from getting damp and potentially breeding bacteria. This is one way to keep babies safe, while still allowing them some dirt-sugar explosions!
With a pad, you can sleep soundly without worrying about waking up to clean up an accident. You won’t need antibacterial soap and water after every occurrence because the Breeze waterproof pads are washable.
Are Waterproof Crib Pad Safe For Baby?
For the best safety, it’s important to pick out a pad that gets the job done. Your baby’s crib mattress should be firm and thin because plush or quilted options could cause suffocation hazards. But since there isn’t an official definition for “firm,” you’ll need to check them yourself on your own before purchase.
The key is finding out which type of material will keep him/her comfortable while still providing enough protection from air-flow hazards in his/ her sleep space.
Crib Safety Tip
#Tip 1: Infants should always sleep on their back and in a crib with no loose bedding.
#Tip 2: Make sure the side latches are intact, or else your baby could suffocate!
Tip 3: Do not use pillows, bumper pads, or blankets for them to nestle into while sleeping- this increases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
#Tip 4: Always keep crib rails up when placed inside an enclosed space like at home.
#Tip 5: Don’t tie straps across babies’ chests if you’re worried about safety as well since it may restrict breathing patterns during REM cycles – which would cause apnea/snoring issues later down life
#Tip 6: A child can suffocate on a pillow or stuffed animal he uses as steps. Do not put pillows, plastic toys that cling to your baby’s face and cause them harm; instead, use the crib mattress alone without any extra padding for protection from injuries in case an accident happens while climbing out of bed at night time.
#Tip 7: A child should start sleeping in a bed when she learns to climb out of her crib or is 32 inches tall.
Tip 8: Use guardrails on top-bunk beds for older kids, as they may be more likely than younger ones with little strength and balance skills at that point (and the railing can keep them from falling down).