Patchwork Crib Bedding

For a warm, traditional feel to your nursery you can start with patchwork crib bedding.

Patchwork is a type of sewing in which small pieces of fabric are stitched together to make a much larger item. (Quilting is the most common and best known form of patchwork.)

This type of sewing has been around forever, of course, as a way to make good use out of every available bit and piece of fabric. Nowadays in advanced countries, patchwork is more often regarded as an artistic endeavor. Particularly beautiful or unusual pieces of patchwork are hanging in museums around the world.

If you buy or make a patchwork quilt for your baby’s nursery, go ahead and buy a simple rod-and-brackets set to display the quilt on the wall. The funny thing is you won’t want your newborn to actually sleep with the quilt. It’s a suffocation hazard for little babies. They should sleep in an infant sleeper or other appropriate clothing, on top of a fitted sheet.

Choose crib sheets that coordinate with the patchwork quilt. If you have a convertible crib, then when you convert it into a toddler bed, your child will be able to use the quilt on his toddler bed along with the crib sheets he’s been using all along.

Patchwork crib bedding has been gaining in popularity recently. For many crib sets that come with a patchwork quilt, there are coordinating items available like crib bumpers or bedskirts (dust ruffles).

Sometimes there are other room décor items specifically designed to go with the crib bedding. Curtains, wallpaper borders, rugs and lampshades are commonly available. But sometimes there are even more matching items – bookends, tablecloths, prints, furniture, lamps, nightlights, toys, mobiles and more.

While quilts should be hung on the wall when the baby is little, you also keep pillows out of a baby’s crib. If crib bedding comes with matching pillow shams, they can be used as doll bedding in a little girl’s room.

When you’re choosing bedding for your baby’s crib, make sure you pick up a couple of fitted mattress pads that lie flat and tight over the mattress. Newborn diapers tend to leak a lot, even the best ones. A mattress pad will keep the mattress dry at night. A second pad is important so that you can replace a wet pad while running it through the wash.

All-cotton sheets (flannel or standard woven cotton) are the best choice for a baby crib. Cotton breathes better than synthetic fabrics, and is softer as well on your baby’s skin. Cotton sheets also go through the clothes dryer without erupting in static and small shocks when you take them out.

Important: Babies need different bedding than adults do. The best way for a baby to sleep is on her back, dressed appropriately for the season, on top of a fitted crib sheet. An infant sleeper will serve the same purpose as a blanket in winter. Don’t put pillows, comforters, soft toys or any toys into the crib. See these CPSC safety guidelines for infant crib bedding.

Have fun decorating your nursery – with patchwork crib bedding, or whatever you end up choosing!

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