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Your grown-up bed may be a veritable cloud of high thread-count sheets, cozy comforters and pillows — but your baby’s bed needs none of that. In fact, until they’re a year old, babies should sleep with nothing in their crib but a tightly-fitted sheet. No bunting, blankets or bumpers. Even after a year, experts recommend limiting the items in a child’s crib to just one favorite stuffed animal or a light blanket.
So, since there’s only one piece of bedding in there, you might as well make it count. The best crib sheets should be well-fitted, soft and stand up to repeated washing (because, as you know, nighttime accidents happen). And, hey, a little flair never hurt anyone. Here are our favorite crib sheets that tick all those boxes:
1. Ely’s & Co. Crib Sheet 2-Pack
Ely’s & Co.’s 100% jersey cotton sheets are light, breathable, and oh-so-soft and cozy. Your baby will love the texture, and you’ll love the super-tight elastic band that keeps this crib sheet secured onto a standard crib mattress with minimal bunching. The unisex color and patterns feel modern, and you can complete the look with purchasing matching covers for changing pads, bassinets, and more if you want to coordinate. Plus, a set of two means you automatically have a back-up ready to go.
2. American Baby Company Cotton Jersey Fitted Crib Sheet
Beloved for its super-soft jersey knit, these sheets will give your baby a soft and cozy place to sleep. And with more than 20 options to choose from, including basic colors and more exuberant patterns you’ll find it easy to coordinate with your nursery as well. (Honestly, we’re kinda partial to this cute, gender-neutral “super stars” version.)
3. Burt’s Bees Baby Fitted Crib Sheet
Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, these Burt’s Bee’s crib sheets are a soft, absorbent jersey knit that’s super comfy for baby — but they’re not treated with any toxic dyes or substances during the manufacturing process. Aside from families who prioritize organic, these also could be a good option for babies with sensitive skin. The sheets have an extra-thick elastic band for a super-tight fit, and are available in 12 different color/pattern options.
4. Ely’s & Co. Waterproof Crib Sheet
Nighttime accidents and leaks happen, which is why many parents opt for a waterproof mattress pad in addition to a crib sheet. This handy product, however, combines the two — it’s a crib sheet and mattress protector in one. On top is the same soft jersey knit on standard Ely’s & Co. sheets, and on the bottom is a Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) lining. Despite the waterproof lining, however, the sheets are soft and don’t crinkle when baby moves.
5. American Baby Company Supreme 100% Natural Cotton Jersey Knit Fitted Crib Sheet
If you’re just in the market for a spare sheet for laundry day — or looking for a basic, solid color, this American Baby Company Supreme Cotton Jersey Knit fitted crib sheet is a great budget pick. Made from the same soft, T-shirt-like jersey as our overall top pick, this version trades cute patterns for vibrant solid colors — 18 in all.