Every child deserves a good night’s sleep, and one of the best ways to provide that is with a crib sheet. These sheets keep your child comfy throughout the night. And because newborns spend anywhere from 11 to 18 hours a day, that’s very important. But there are many different types of crib sheets, so how do you choose?
The first thing you will want to consider is how high of a thread count you want in these sheets. Thread counts are highly varied depending on your specific tastes. Typically, a lower thread count equals lighter and thinner sheets and vice versa. Most experts suggested choosing somewhere between 200 to 800 thread count. Cotton is a recommended choice, with cotton percale being one of the most durable choices as opposed to something like cotton satin. Percale has a denser wave in comparison, meaning that it is more durable overall and is less likely to pill. However, it really depends on what you think your child will need. If you live somewhere warm, a lower thread count will probably work better for keeping your child comfortable.
You also want to think about whether you want a fitted crib sheet or not. Fitted sheets fit more snugly around your crib and keep your child from messing them up. They will stay in place throughout the night no matter how much your child tosses and turns. There are different kinds of these sheets as well, including hypoallergenic or waterproof fitted sheet singles. These are fitted sheets that are also waterproof in order to make it easier to clean spills or other accidents. Studies estimate that 15% of children still wet the bed when they’re five years old, so it’s a common problem for newborns. You can’t exactly blame them, but you can make the clean up a little easier with the waterproof fitted sheet singles.
Whether you choose to go for fitted or a lower thread count as opposed to other choices doesn’t seem like a large deal. But when you’re a new parent, you want to make things as smooth for your child as you can. And in the end, it’s entirely your choice what you decide to use for your child.