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Crib Bedding Buying Guide


The crib or cradle is often the focal point of a nursery, so choosing cradle bedding is an important step to take. The goal is to create a warm, safe, beautiful spot for the new arrival. Choices abound, from traditional-style baby bedding to more sophisticated design options. But first there are a few things you need consider before you settle on particular bedding set.

If you already have a decorating scheme in mind, be sure the bedding you choose will work with it, both in color and in mood. Sometimes colors can coordinate, but the feelis off. If you haven't come up with an idea, finding a bedding set that you love can jump start your creativity and give you a direction.

When outfitting a crib or cradle, keep in mind that babies need just the basics: a crib sheet and a bumper. Some sets have coordinating blankets and pillows, which look nice but must be removed when putting the baby down to sleep. The extras can suffocate an infant who is unable to pull bedding off his or her head.

Comfort is a big consideration: You want anything that touches your baby to be soft and comforting. Cottons and flannels work well for nursery bedding because they are softer than acrylics or other synthetic fabrics.

Be sure to choose bedding made especially for cribs, cradles or bassinets. Most reputable manufacturers take care to ensure that their products are safe for very small children, so baby products are the safest option.


When you're expecting a baby, it can be an overwhelming time . There are many choices to make, options to choose from, and advice coming from all different directions. You may be confused as to what you really need to meet your baby's bedding needs for the first few months of life. Here's a list of bedding basics that will get you started; you can add on as the need arises.

  • Sheets
    Essential crib or bassinet bedding is basically a sheet to cover the mattress. The sheet should fit the mattress snugly with no loose fabric. You'll need several matching sets as they will probably have to be washed fairly frequently.

  • Bumper Pads
    This crib essential will protect your little one's head from bumping against the rails on the crib while also providing a cozy feel. One pad will suffice, but you might want two so you have a spare when you're washing the first.

  • Blankets
    Babies love to be wrapped up in a nice, soft cotton blanket. Consider purchasing three or four so you always have a spare in the inevitable event that your infant spits up or otherwise soils the blanket.

  • Pajamas
    As it is suggested that newborns sleep without blankets, warm, comfortable pajamas are essential. Look for the bag types that zip or have a drawstring on the bottom; infants are comforted when wrapped up. Pajamas with feet will also keep them warm at night. Invest in six or more sets because you'll likely go through them quickly.
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