Nursery Bedding: A Shopping Guide

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Nursery bedding makes things cozy for baby. Credit: Getty


OK, baby's on the way. Now, where are you going to put the bundle of joy while he sleeps? (And yes, no matter how it seems at the beginning, he will eventually sleep!) Here's a quick rundown of the things you're likely to need in your nursery and nursery bedding set and how much you might expect to pay:

The Crib: Cribs are the basis for any set of nursery bedding. Choose a neutral crib that can either be used again for your next child in a potentially different nursery altogether, or one that can convert into a toddler bed. Cribs can cost anywhere from about $150 to more than $1000, depending on what style you choose.

The Crib Mattress: It can be easy to forget babies and kids need comfortable places to sleep too, but they do! Make sure the crib mattress you choose fits your crib exactly -- gaps between the mattress and the slats of the crib are a nursery bedding safety hazard. While you can get a completely serviceable mattress for about $100, you'll also find organic and other models for a bit more.


The Waterproof Mattress Pad: Accidents happen. But, with babies, nursery bedding accidents happen a lot. Investing in a good waterproof crib mattress pad will save your baby's mattress, and having a second one on hand will save you from doing laundry in the middle of the night. You also can supplement your mattress pad with smaller waterproof pads that double as excellent changing pads. Expect to pay about $20 and up for the waterproof mattress pad and around $15 for a set of three waterproof pads.

The Crib Sheet: Crib sheets, while perhaps not the flashiest part of your nursery bedding set, are likely to be the most used. Be sure to get yourself several backups so you're never left without a clean one in case of emergency. You don't have to invest in fancy styles, though -- nice solid-colored crib sheets will do the job just fine. You also can make your own if you're good with a sewing machine, but whatever crib sheet you use needs to fit the crib mattress snugly. Quality and price for crib sheets varies just as widely as it does for bed sheets, but you should be able to find good crib sheets for about $10 each.

The Crib Bumpers: Your nursery bedding set probably comes with crib bumpers, too -- that's great, just make sure all the ties are tied and remove the bumpers when your baby is old enough to pull himself up. You'll also want to avoid pillowy bumpers (along with other pillows or stuffed animals) in the crib, as they could pose as suffocation hazards.

The Nursery Bedding Accessories: And then there's everything else -- crib skirts, curtains, valences, rocking chair covers, nursing pillow covers, diaper organizers, changing table covers, wall art -- you name it, you'll probably be able to find something that works with your nursery bedding. Remember that you'll be spending a lot of time in the nursery, too, so make sure it's a comfortable place for everyone.

And don't forget: lssue number one with any nursery bedding set is safety. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is a good source for some nursery bedding safety tips.

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