What makes comfortable and safe baby bedding? This question occurs to first time moms and dads shopping for the coming baby's bedding.
Comfort and Safety First
A newborn needs all the loving tender care. In the matter of fabrics, care should be taken to pick out fabrics that are tender on the baby's skin because a newborn's skin is thinner and prone to skin rashes upon contact with certain fabrics. When choosing affordable baby bedding, the baby's comfort should be top priority and it does not mean eternally splurging on high end products.
The point here is to choose fabrics appropriate for the baby's age. For bedding and newborn clothing, it is recommended to choose fabrics made from 100% cotton. The decorating scheme comes second to baby's comfort. However, not all 100% cotton is safe.
Commercially grown cotton is loaded with pesticides and processed with carcinogenic chemicals and dyes. Since baby's skin is vulnerable to infections and rashes choose organic baby bedding and clothing. This is a tad more expensive than regular bedding but a happy baby also means a happy mom so what difference will price have on moms who want the best for their babies?
How to Shop Smart for Baby Bedding
Today's moms and dads and babies are luckier than their counterparts ages ago because there were no ready-made beddings for small beds and cribs. Now parents can choose the right sized bedding in safe and soft fabrics flaunting soft pastels and innovative colors to create a distinctive decorative flair to a baby's room.
But comfort and style are not synonymous with drab looking baby bedding. With so many brands offering classic to ultra-modern crib bedding in sets and separates, budget conscious moms and dads can have fun choosing what they want for the baby's crib. That cheap baby bedding – baby boy bedding or baby girl bedding – may be cheap but if you check the label and it shows it's made of 100% cotton; you have hit on the jackpot.
Makers of baby bedding have gone creative with baby bedding. Remember that once upon a time nurseries had the cookie-cutter whites, blues, pinks, and yellows? In keeping with new technologies and demands, manufacturers have rolled out beddings of varied designs, themes, and fabrics, and introduced new baby colors to keep moms happy with their dream nursery without sacrificing baby's well-being and comfort.
For crib bedding within budget, watch out for discounted sales and get those bedding for under $ 100 or compare prices for items that catch your eye. There will always be something spectacular within your budget if you take your time – before baby comes along. You have choices for sets or separates. For sets, there is a crib bumper pad, crib sheet and comforter. Some sets have those adorable crib ruffles and crib mobiles.
With separates, you can choose items you want to use for the baby's crib. For separates, you may want the crib cover but not the comforter since babies have no real need for this. You may not like those crib bumper pads because of the hazards they pose.
How to Choose Your Baby's Bedding
Bedding size – when shopping for the crib bedding, choose one that will snugly fit the mattress. Measure the mattress so there will be no room for error and choose bedding with elastic straps to hold the sheet in place.
Get extra bedding – it is inevitable that babies will surely soil the bedding so keep some extras on the ready.
Start with your favorite colors – if you love pink and blue why not use them both or choose colors to complement the existing colors in the nursery or combine colors for a pretty effect. You can get ideas from baby magazines and glossies.
Choose easy to wash fabrics – no matter how tempting it is to get that bedding when it looks impossible to wash, skip it. Select fabrics that can be machine washed easily. Fabrics like flannel and cottons make for easy machine washing. Imagine the number of times baby can soil the bedding; You can't be hand washing the load several times in a week.
Keep in mind the length of time baby will be using the bedding. If you deem baby will not be using the crib for too long, don't be extravagant and splurge on a dozen items. But if you are planning a large family, then by all means, buy the best there is. For this, inexpensive baby bedding can stretch your budget for more baby things.