How Many Crib Sheets Do I Need?

Crib sheets might not be your top priority when preparing for baby, but it’s good to know how many you’ll need to keep on rotation.


Whether you’re a new mom or you’ve been in the trenches for years, being informed about the best baby products is essential to making smart choices. As exciting as it is to buy new cute baby items, it’s crucial you are shopping for safety as well as comfort.

The list of what you need for such a tiny human is never-ending, and preparing a comfortable and clean sleep environment for your baby is just one small part of your overall checklist.

Your babies’ bed is where she will spend a lot of her time in her first year. Not only do they eat, poop, and sleep their first few months away, they sometimes even combine these all into one.

So, how many crib sheets do you need to be armed with to make sure you have a fresh set readily available for baby?  The consensus is about 3 three crib sheets: one for the crib, one for the drawer, and one for the washer.

You will lose track of the many loads of laundry those first few months, so no need to go overboard and purchase a set for every day of the week, but having at least three crib sheets will give you some wiggle room for unexpected accidents.

The Best Types of Crib Sheets

There are plenty of types of crib sheets on the market, and some of the most commonly used include cotton sheets, polyester sheets and flannel sheets. Here’s a look at what to consider with each type.

Cotton Sheets

Cotton sheets are a common pick among parents for baby’s crib. It’s a breathable material that absorbs moisture and helps to keep body temperature regulated, making them a useful choice for the winter and summer months.

They are also hypoallergenic for baby’s delicate and sensitive skin. A disadvantage to cotton sheets is they wrinkle easily and tend to need ironing more often than some of the other options.

One of the most popular cotton sheet sets for new parents are Magnolia Organics’ fitted cotton crib sheets . They’re 100% organic cotton and designed with eco-friendly processes.

“The sheets are very warm, durable and high quality, and shouldn’t shrink after drying,” says Jennifer Taylor at Mom Tricks.

We also recommend organic cotton sheets from Burt’s Bees, The Land of Nod and Pottery Barn Kids.

Polyester Sheets

Polyester is extremely durable and long lasting due to its elastic properties. Polyester sheets will sustain many years of wear and tear and thousands of washes through the years, and they’re tear-resistant.

This material is more budget-friendly than the other options and when you are preparing for a new baby any amount saved is a relief. The disadvantage to buying polyester is they are less breathable to cotton and won’t fare quite as well in the summer months.

Mom Tricks recommends American Baby Company Heavenly Soft Chenille for those looking at polyester options. These are one of the top-selling sheets online, and reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

“Don’t be fooled by the polyester; these sheets are very soft,” says Jennifer Taylor. “They’re also great for colder weather, and should keep baby warmer than standard cotton sheets do, as they hold in warmth pretty well.”

Pottery Barn Kids, BreathableBaby and Disney also offer popular polyester crib sheets.

Flannel Sheets

Flannel sheets are a smart option if you have to deal with harsh winters. They’re great for cold months and keep your baby warm by trapping the heat. Flannel is also a lightweight material and extremely durable making them last longer than cotton.

They’re not great for warmer temperatures, and are more likely to shrink in the wash, so they’re not generally the best all-around option for milder climates.

Thoroughly Reviewed recommends the fitted flannel sheets from TillYou because of their comfort, support and durability over the years. The flannels sheets come highly reviewed and more than 70% of all reviewers gave the TillYou set 5 stars.

Other popular flannel crib sheets can be found from Aden + Anais, The Land of Nod and Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Key to Safe Sleeping

No matter which type of crib sheet you choose to go with, make sure you have nothing else in your baby’s crib except the sheet. Any soft items such as blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or bumper pads are considered a safety hazard and increase the chances of SIDS.

“Parents can safely start using pillows for children who are 1½ years old, about the same age at which parents can safely move children out of the crib and either into a toddler bed,” says the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

It’s also important to ensure the crib sheets are fitted tightly and correctly. According to the Office of the Federal Register, a mattress used in a full-sized crib must be at least 27 1/4 inches wide by 51 5/8 inches long and no more than 6 inches thick.”

The type of sheets you decide to go with will play a role in your baby’s temperature while sleeping depending on your location and as always-safety first. Your baby will spend a lot of time in his crib and being knowledgeable about what products to use is a sure way to create a safe and healthy sleep environment for your baby.

Luckily, there are many options on the market today to have the two things most of us desire most when it comes to products for a new baby: safe and adorable.


Stephanie Portell

Stephanie is a single mom to two boys and a part-time writer. She is a lover of literature and bookstores. Trying to keep sane when her kids purposely try to make her insane. Check out more of her truths about parenting on her site.

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