Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crib Bedding 101: How To Choose The Perfect Set

So you finally found out if you are having a boy or a girl. You have had it narrowed down to 2 bedding sets, one pink, the other blue and now you can finally start decorating the nursery around your bedding set. Long hours have already been spent locating the perfect set and now you can finally order it. Well, you may want to consider a few factors before you click that button.

Choosing a set because you love the pattern on the quilt? Most experts advise against having loose bedding in the crib, so you can't even use the quilt. You can always drape it over your rocker, but then you can't really see it in all its glory. One thing you can do with it is hang it on the wall like a tapestry. Most Lambs and Ivy sets even include tabs to hang it from a rod or dowel.

Does your set have the cutest crib bumpers with a ruffle at the top? Well, eventually, the bumper will have to go too. You see, crib bumpers were originally used because older cribs had more space between the bars and they prevented injury. Now those spaces are regulated and most experts agree that bumpers can do more harm than good once baby can start rolling over. So, here is what your crib will really look like most of the time. Sad but true.

So, basically your crib bedding set is going to be reduced to a crib skirt and sheet. So, make sure you love those parts! One option is to choose separates instead of getting a set. Pottery Barn, Target and many other stores offer separates you can mix and match to create your own look. You will need at least 3 crib sheets, so you can get different types. Look for ones with a cute all over pattern that you do like, since the sheets will always be on.

Another thing to consider is price. I know that Caden Lane set looks cute, but imagine how cute it will look when baby has a little accident on it. Because, trust me, it will happen. So it may not be worth it to spend the big bucks on bedding. After all its washing, you probably aren't going to want to use it with another child anyway even if you still like it in 3 years! Instead I suggest investing the most money in a stroller you love that will work well and saving one the crib bedding.

There are plenty of sets out there for a good price. Check out sets from Migi, Babylicous, JJ Cole and Kids Line for some cute choices at affordable prices. Babylicious even has a cute crib bumper alternative called "crib fringe."

Naturally, I suggest focusing your decor on a gorgeous custom painting or an interesting wall paint or treatment. It will impact the space much more than that bedding set that the baby product manufacturers make look so appealing on the crib!

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