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Every new parent has a lot to think about when they bring their child home for the first time. Is the house baby-proofed? Do we have enough diapers, clothes, and other supplies for them, and so on. However, one question that doesn’t often cross parents’ minds is about the quality of the baby crib sheets.

Crib sheets seem fairly straightforward. They’re simply the sheets that go inside a child’s crib. However, when you have a newborn baby the crib is where they will spend a majority of their time. Research studies show that newborn children sleep a total of 10 to 18 hours every day. While not all of that is spent in the crib, a considerable amount is, especially when the parents are trying to sleep.

So what does this mean? Well, it means that you want your child to be comfortable in the crib. You might want to consider waterproof crib sheets to absorb the accidents that may occur in the middle of the night. There are also hypoallergenic baby crib sheets to keep your child from having an allergic reaction to the sheets themselves. While you can’t know exactly if either of these sheets are for you, they’re good options to be aware of and consider before you bring your child home for the first time.

You could also choose to find a fitted sheet for your crib so that when your baby gets a little bigger and starts tossing and turning, they won’t mess up the sheets every time they take a nap. However, fitted sheets are more expensive and they may end up getting stained or torn during this time, so choosing not to get them fitted for such a short time is perfectly valid. And getting bigger sheets means that your child could grow into them and keep them as a toddler. If you keep up with them, of course.

Another consideration is the thread count, as it could affect your child’s sleep. Thread counts for linens are usually recommended to be between 200 to 800 for maximum durability. Obviously the lower the thread count, the lighter the sheets. However, a higher thread count is denser and may keep your child warm throughout the night. Each of these factors is really a personal consideration and you probably won’t know what works for you and your child until you try them out for yourself.

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