How to Choose the Best Crib Sheets for Your Baby
With so many decisions to make, crib bedding shouldn’t be rocket science. However, how you choose the best crib sheets for your baby makes a difference. Crib sheets are more than just something to cover your crib mattress. With a wide range of brands to choose from, the best crib sheets are a simple and effective way to decorate the nursery. Just keep in mind one thing: a crib sheet also needs to be safe for your baby.when
Fitted crib sheets are the best crib sheets for the safest sleep environment for your baby. We know that the Pediatric Society of America recommends “Bare is Best”, meaning no bumpers, no blankets, and no stuffed animals in the crib. This will reduce the risk of SIDS related deaths.
Considering the amount of time you’ll spend in the nursery, you’ll want to pick a crib sheet fabric and design that you really love. In fact, we suggest you get a least two crib sheets, so you’ll have another on hand for a quick change in case of unexpected accidents. We love the simplicity of a white Egyptian cotton crib sheet paired with a simple gathered linen skirt (shown here with our petal pink/nectar double ruffle skirt).
Safety Considerations when Buying the Best Crib Sheets
Whether you’re planning an elaborate nursery décor or simply using a crib sheet as your only décor, when shopping for sheets, make sure you know how to choose the best crib sheets for your baby. Babies sleep 16 hours a day on average, so investing in a quality crib sheet makes a difference.
Yes; you can buy a fitted crib sheet for about $15. But like anything else, with a crib sheet, you get what you pay for. Two things to look at when you choose the best crib sheets for your baby: the elastic band, which should wrap all the way around the crib sheet, and the depth of the pockets. It goes without saying the quality of stitching should be a factor because you don’t want sheets that come apart at the seams after washing.
Most crib sheets have fitted corners to keep them secure. The sheet should fit your baby’s crib mattress like skin.
The top complaint we hear is that sheets shrink when washed. That’s why a sheet with extra deep pockets, allowing for a small amount of shrinkage, is important for the best crib sheets. You don’t want to fight with your sheets every time you change the mattress! See the comparison below of a Liz and Roo crib sheet with our signature one-inch elastic band (on the left) compared to a crib sheet we bought at a big baby box store. The elastic is not firm, the sheet sags, and after many washings, that elastic loses its strength, which is the reason sheets start to “creep” up the sides of a mattress (another safety hazard). The lesson is this: Buy Quality Sheets!
Your bedding choices will seem endless, with the vast array of fabrics, colors, and print choices available. That adorable collection with the watercolor floral print might inspire you to paint your baby’s room in blush and gray!
While bedding sets with bumpers might look pretty online, bumpers are not recommended by the Pediatric Society. Their recommendation is “bare is best”, which means the best crib sheets in the crib are fitted sheets… and nothing else!
No Bumpers In The Crib
You might think that a fitted sheet and a crib skirt alone aren’t much to work with, but the bottom line for safety is that the best crib sheets for your baby are fitted sheets. There are so many options available in both fabric types (think linen or cotton), styles (gathered vs flat panel), and patterns. You’ll find the best crib sheets for your baby can brighten the nursery and update the look and feel by just changing the crib sheet and crib skirt.
If you buy two or three fitted crib sheets and invest in a high-quality crib and mattress set, you’ll be on your way toward creating an attractive room that’s safe for your baby.
Liz and Roo offers all the latest designs and fabrics when you’re figuring out how to choose the best crib sheets for your baby. All our crib sheets are made with love right here in the U.S. We don’t skimp on quality and we believe the best crib sheets are both safe and beautiful!
Read more here about the best crib sheets for your baby’s safety.