Outfitting the nursery is one of the many wonderful steps in planning for the new arrival – so many choices coupled with so many hopes and dreams; choosing the perfect crib and baby bedding is an important part of the process, especially if you are a first-time parent. The best thing to do is to learn as much as you can in advance of making a purchase decision and the internet is ideally suited for such research – you can browse and learn any time of the day or night without regard to conventional retail store hours.
When outfitting the crib you will want a brand new crib mattress, especially if you are borrowing or using a second hand crib; you will also want several mattress protectors. The typical crib ensemble consists of:
- fitted crib sheet;
- crib skirt;
- one or more crib bumpers.
Read expert recommendations before purchasing!
Experts recommend three sets of sheets with one set in the wash, one set at the ready and one set on the bed but many parents prefer to have 3 or 4-Piece Crib Set ($159.99 – $269.99, BedBathandbeyond.com) on hand in case laundry chores get backed up.
It is a good idea to read reviews as you shop for bedding because concerned parents just like you will have weighed in with their honest opinion about the positives and negatives of whatever item you may be considering; this is not information any sales associate could ever provide. When shopping for baby or toddler bedding you will want to select easy care machine washable items which do not require ironing or any special treatment; items which you need to dry clean can be costly and inconvenient.