Nursury furniture and baby gear safety is a top concern that parents and care givers of young children most often have (Read our tips on crib maintenance and general crib safety), but did you know that baby bedding and soft textile items should also be included in general safety awareness? This past year, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) launched their “Bare is Best” campaign. It promotes how to “keep your baby cozy without the clutter”.
While the trend in the past was to fill the crib with pillows, stuffed toys, and decorative bumpers, the advice is that a safe environment not only involves furniture that meets North American safety standards, but one that is clear of clutter. The CPSC explains that “Bare is best when placing a baby to sleep in a crib. By creating the toughest crib safety standards in the world and urging parents to keep pillows, quilts, heavy blankets, and sleep positioners out of the crib, CPSC has made great strides to ensure that babies and toddlers have a safe sleep.” Read more about reducing SIDS and creating the safest environment for baby to sleep here and here.
(Image taken from CPSC)
So what’s one to do when all those adorable frills and fills for the crib are no longer recommended? Does this mean that the dream nursery that you had already pictured has to remain plain and lack the plush look that we all love? Fortunately for design addicts, quite a few crib bedding companies have made the transition towards creating bedding options that will make you never miss all the clutter. Below are some of my favourites.
Skip Hop’s Complete Sheet bumper-free crib bedding has seven adorable designs to select from. Without that bumper, the crib may seem like it’s missing that extra decorative element, but Skip Hop has solved this by putting the print along the side of the fitted mattress sheet. I’ve already got a few of these sets selected on my baby registry list already!
Got a rambunctious child that you eventually realize does need a bumper to prevent bumps and bruises? Target 365 crib bedding makes sets where the bumper is included should you decide that a bumper is something that is required for your child. But even without using it, those crib skirts with their bold and playful patterns do more than well in keeping the design element present in the overall look of the crib.
Oilo’s crib bedding: Need a set with bumpers? Check! Need a great skirt that can make a crib look great without bumpers? Check! So whichever pattern you have fallen in love with, and whether you go bumperless or not, Oilo’s got the options for all their sophisticated crib sets.