How do I select good baby crib bedding?
You should consider the materials used in manufacturing first. Get as close as you can to 100% cotton because synthetic materials may irritate sensitive baby skin. Flame-retardant is also a must. Actually I think it’s a law in many states that sleep materials for babies be flame-retardant. You also definitely want machine washable sheets and blankets. You’ll also need at least two extra sheets. You will have lots of times that sheets are only clean for one night–diaper leaks, spit up, etc–and you won’t always have time to do laundry every single day. Most bedding sets include a bumper. This doesn’t mean you should use it. Skip it for a newborn, as it can contribute to SIDS deaths. When baby starts moving independently, i.e. pre-crawling and sitting up, you can start using it if you are concerned about head bumps. The dust ruffle is purely aesthetic and has no bearing on baby’s safety. The blanket, like the bumper, should be put away until baby is a little older. It is also a SIDS ris