Baby crib sheets are probably more important than even the mattresses since they are likely to be in direct exposure to the baby for extended periods of time.
What should you look for?
- You should always look for fitted sheets that fit correctly around the mattress, loose sheets should never be used as they can come off and pose hazard.
- Look for sheets with thread count at least 200 and preferably 300 plus.
- Avoid buying bedding sets which include sheets, bumpers, comforters, pads etc. Some of these like bumpers and comforters are not needed in any case.
- I always preferred cotton sheets throughout the year but flannel is also a good option during winters – helps keep baby warm even when it gets cold.
- Among cotton sheets I preferred organic cotton. Cotton sheets are generally rough in the beginning and soften up with time.
- Don’t avoid polyester sheets thinking it might be unsafe for the baby. Technology has come a long way and these are now very soft, shrink proof and do not
- Standard Weave Vs Sateen Weave – Sateen weave is one vertical thread woven for every four horizontal threads – which imparts a lustrous look and satin feel to the fabric. Standard weave is one vertical thread for every horizontal thread – which is more durable but less soft. Be cognizant of this while choosing your sheets.
- Cotton Crib Sheets($9-$15) – Among the cotton crib sheets American Baby Company 100% Cotton Value Jersey Knit Crib Sheet, Whiteat $9 a piece are a good option if you prefer plain colors. Carter’s Cotton Fitted Crib Sheet comes in simple designs for around $5 more.
- Organic Cotton Crib Sheets($14-$30) American Baby Company 100% organic cotton interlock crib sheet, Natural is the cheapest solution. Magnolia Organics Fitted Crib Sheet – Standard, Natural is also highly recommended They are available in single colors as shown below.
Magnolia Organics Printed Crib Sheet, 300 Thread Count Sateen – Standard, Wheat Elephant is also available in elephant prints which is really cute. I also like the YourEcoFamily Muslin Fitted Crib Sheet made from organic cotton.
- Flannel Sheets – Trend Labis my favorite among the flannel sheets, extremely useful during the cold winters.
- Polyester Sheets – The polyester sheets are more comfortable than you might imagine. The recommended ones are American Baby Company Heavenly Soft Chenille Fitted Crib Sheet and Cozy Fleece Microplush Fitted Crib Sheet which is a fleece sheet useful for winters, but one which I would recommend only for little older babies.
- Innovative Designs – If you bought a heavy mattress and do not wish to go through the trouble of lifting the mattress every time you change the sheets – opt for Quickzip crib sheets. The mattress is placed in a zipper base and you only wash the top of the crib sheet which you can zip back to the base after wash.
The extra zip on sheets are available here – QuickZip-Extra-Zip-On-Sheet-Cotton. They are made of cotton but in my opinion are too expensive – though I appreciate the ease of use.
If you are in the market for mattress protectors then I would suggest one of these