Choosing just the right bedding for your new arrival is a fun, and sometimes overwhelming, task. There are so many different items and patterns to choose to from it can be hard to know where to start. Do you pick the bedding and then design the nursery around that or do you pick a theme and then find the right bedding? And there's always the question of how many? How many sheets, how many mattress pads, how many blankets ...? The good news is that it's easier than it seems at times, and you'll love watching as your vision for your baby's nursery comes to life.
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One of the most basic necessities for any nursery is a mattress cover. From diaper leaks to complete blowouts, it's important to protect the integrity and cleanliness of your baby's mattress. At the bare minimum you'll want to have two so you can easily switch one out when necessary. However, having a third, while not crucial, is often helpful for those days when things just don't go as planned. Either your baby has decided that it's fun to exceed the capacity of her diaper, or you didn't get to the laundry as planned (or both!) and you end up trying to come up with an impromptu mattress cover while you start the washing machine in the wee hours of the morning.
The same is true for crib sheets. While two will provide you with what you need, having a few more helps to simplify your life and lower your stress. Also, many moms layer the covers and sheets so that they can easily take off the top layer (which includes one sheet and one mattress pad) to reveal another sheet and mattress pad. This not only saves time that could mean the difference between your baby going back down for their nap or thinking it's play time, but it also makes middle-of-the-night sheet changing a bit easier.
Most bedding sets include a blanket, and while you won't use one the first year, after that first birthday you'll be glad to have a matching blanket on hand to tuck in your baby. And, for the first year, you can always use the blanket as a decoration piece on the wall and then exchange it out for other wall art when your child is older.
There are several types of blankets you'll want on hand. Along with the heavier quilt often included with crib bedding sets, you'll want some lighter weight blankets for warm summer nights. Usually blankets made from lightweight cotton or muslin make great choices since they're breathable and airy. And you'll want a warmer blanket for winter so your baby is cozy and warm through those long winter nights. Receiving blankets are also great for keeping your little one warm and double well as burp cloths. Finally, small tag blankets are great for infants. They're usually made from a small square of cloth and have tags of different fabrics sewn around the edges. Not only are they great for teething and cuddling, the different cloths provide a great tactile learning experience.
Changing pad covers also falls under the bedding you'll need for your little one. Designed to provide a soft, and absorbent, surface for your baby, these covers go over the plastic changing pad and help to ensure your baby is comfortable. Changing pad covers come in prints and solid colors so you can easily choose a matching cover. And you'll only need one or two since a blanket or soft towel can be used in a pinch.
Whether you go with a complete crib bedding set (which can include up to 9 items), choose each item separately, or a little bit of both, there are a lot of design and color options. For your little girl you can could think about princesses, ladybugs, animals, a floral design, a simple print, or so much more! And for your little boys there are jungle prints, nautical themes, bold plaids, sports, and just about anything else you can think of. Many of these prints are full of neutral colors, making them ideal for parents who are waiting until delivery day to find out the baby's gender. There are many trusted brands to choose from when it comes to nursery bedding and decor, including Laura Ashley, Eddie Bauer, Disney Baby, Pickles, Kolcraft, American Baby … the list goes on and on. While all the different options can be a bit daunting at times, you can also rest assured that you'll find the perfect bedding for your little one.
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