Outfitting your baby’s crib safely is easy, especially when you’re a member of the “bare is best” club. When you’re shopping for crib bedding, all you need is a tight-fitting crib sheet (think drum) and you’re good to go.
But changing a crib sheet? Not so much. First, you gotta hoist up the crib mattress completely out of the crib (cue: grunting sound), take off the old sheet, stretch on a new one, then plunker down the mattress in the crib again–often in the middle of the night, which is prime time for diaper blow-outs. There’s gotta be a better way.
AM/PM Problem: The crib sheet doesn’t exactly fit?!
Sheet solution: Don’t skimp
All crib mattresses sold in the U.S. must come in a standard size: 28 x 52, plus or minus 5/8ths inches in width and 3/8ths inches in length, and is no more than 6 inches thick. But oddly, there’s no standard size for crib sheets. Some crib sheets can look like they’re stretched too thin–completely covering the crib mattress on one end but not fully on the other, especially after the first washing. Uh oh!
For a tight fit that won’t come off no matter what, look for high-quality fitted crib sheets. Liz and Roo crib sheets, for example, have deep pockets and an elastic band that goes around the entire perimeter of the sheet, not just on the ends, so the fitted sheet hugs the mattress. To get such a high-quality sheet, be prepared to spend a little more ($28 to $40 or so) and check the store’s return policy before buying a crib sheet. A crib sheet isn’t a super expensive purchase, but hey, it all adds up.