Choosing the best crib sheets for your baby’s crib can seem like a daunting task when there are so many baby crib sheets available. How do you decide about issues like thread count, or whether you should have a baby sheet protector, or whether you need hypoallergenic sheets? Here’s some thoughts to make the decision about sheets just a bit easier.
Before you think about anything else, think about safety. It’s absolutely crucial that your baby be safe, and this consideration is more important than cost, style, or simplicity of putting sheets on. So how can your baby crib sheets contribute to baby’s safety?
- Get fitted sheets. A fitted crib sheet is the best way to make sure that your baby will never accidentally roll over in the sheets and suffer from impaired breathing. Ironically, this means that your baby crib sheets are even more important than you might think because the Pediatric Society of America says that babies should never be covered with blankets or comforters. A fitted crib sheet that fits snugly around all sides of the mattress is the safest way to provide your baby with a comfortable sleeping experience.
- Get durable sheets. You can find fitted crib sheets that are quite cheap, but you will definitely get what you pay for. The most important thing about a sheet for baby is having a durable elastic band with deep pockets that keep it securely on the corners of the mattress. If these don’t fit properly, or if they tear up after one or two washes, they can present a safety hazard for your child.
- Get hypoallergenic sheets. Your baby is going to be spending a lot of time in bed. Not only will your baby spend more time in bed than you do, but your baby also doesn’t have the resilience and the immune system development to deal with some of the synthetics and toxins than an adult, or even a larger child, can perhaps bear. A great way of keeping your baby safe is to make sure the baby crib sheets they’re using for hours every day are hypoallergenic and made of natural materials.
Style and Decoration
As you prepare your baby’s room, you naturally want the room to be as beautiful as possible. As you’re putting in all that time and effort to decorating the walls, don’t overlook the baby crib sheets as a way of decorating the room. The sheets can make or break the space. They can be simple to set off other decorations or be elaborate and intricate to complement a simpler decorating style elsewhere in the room.
Bear in mind that you’ll be getting new sheets and bedding as soon as your baby moves on into larger and larger beds. You are changing out the sheets pretty soon, so this is a perfect opportunity to explore and take some risks. Why not try a vibrant color or an interesting pattern that you wouldn’t try in another setting?
Comfort and Convenience
As important as it is that your baby crib sheets be safe, it is also important that they make your life as easy as possible. Make sure you’re not buying any baby bedding that is dry-clean only. That’s the way to drive yourself mad. Remember that your baby is likely to throw up on the sheets or have a diaper leak frequently. Make sure they sheets are easy to wash and that you have enough of them that you always have a spare on hand.
While you think about how easy they are to change and clean, don’t forget to think about how easy they are to put on and take off. You’re going to be doing that sometimes in the middle of the night, when you’re extremely tired, or when you’re frustrated. Make sure you get sheets with nice deep pockets so that changing them is simple and stress-free.
Being pregnant is no piece of cake. Giving birth is difficult. Taking care of a new baby is hard. Your baby’s crib sheets shouldn’t be part of what makes this time stressful. Find comfortable, safe, practical, and beautiful sheets and you’ll make at least this part of life a whole lot easier.