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Best Crib Bedding


February 2015

Here are our top picks for crib bedding by subcategory:

Note: Our editors developed this list by summarizing TotScoop parent favorites and adding a few hand-picked editor favorites and new releases. Our picks are 100% unbiased — we never accept compensation in exchange for coverage. That said, this page may contain affiliate links, meaning we may receive a small commission on any purchases that you make (at no cost to you); see our full disclosure.

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Best mattress protectors

Value pick: American Baby Company Waterproof Fitted Crib Pad

This waterproof fitted crib pad ($13 at Amazon) is a no-frills, affordable waterproof cover. It’s absorbent, durable, and soft enough to keep baby comfortable. It features a 100% cotton quilted top, breathable poly fill, and a waterproof vinyl backing — the last of these meaning that it won't be as breathable as our other picks. That said, it’s durable and great value and gets the job done.

Everyday pick: American Baby Company Organic Waterproof Fitted Crib Pad

One step up is the organic waterproof fitted pad cover ($32 at Amazon), also from American Baby Company. It's a fantastic safer choice, with a 100% organic cotton top layer, poly fill, and a bottom layer made of 100% breathable polyester (TPU) instead of vinyl. It is soft, fits snugly, and washes well.

Everyday pick: SafeRest Premium Waterproof Bed Bug Proof Crib Mattress Encasement

This waterproof mattress encasement (MSRP $60, Amazon $40) is a smart choice if your home has a history of bed bugs, you’re using a hand-me-down mattress, or you live in a dense urban environment. It blocks bed bugs, allergens, dust mites, and urine. It features a breathable cotton terry top and is free of PVC, vinyl, and phthalates.

Splurge pick: Naturepedic Organic Waterproof crib protector pads

The gold standard in non-toxic baby bedding, Naturepedic does not disappoint with the safest waterproof crib mattress protectors (MSRP $59-69) on the market. They feature top and bottom layers made of 100% organic cotton and an inner waterproof layer incorporating a food-grade, GreenGuard Gold-certified version of polyurethane. It is free of vinyl, PVC, phthalates, and latex. It is available in both :flat ($59) and fitted ($69) versions. Drying time is on the longer side, so it’s not the best choice if you anticipate frequent washing (unless you are prepared to buy two).

Best fitted sheets

Value pick: American Baby Company

If you’re looking for a great basic, soft, chemical-free 100% organic cotton fitted sheet ($14 at Amazon) — this is a great choice. They also have selected other patterns/prints and non-organic options available.

Everyday pick: Pottery Barn Kids

PBK fitted sheets ($19) are available in a wide range of adorable patterns and prints and coordinate with PBK’s extensive bedding collections. The styles range from classic to contemporary. They are soft, cute, and wash well. They come in 100% cotton and organic cotton.

Splurge pick: QuickZip

QuickZip is an ingenious product designed to make changing sheets easier. It features a top sheet that zips onto a fitted base sheet. Both are made of 100% cotton (organic cotton available in white only). Styles are limited and mostly basic. The starter set (MSRP $40) includes a fitted base and a zip-on top sheet; additional top sheets (MSRP $22) are sold separately.

Splurge pick: DwellStudio

DwellStudio fitted sheets (MSRP $35-40) are pricey, but they’re a great choice if you’re looking for a durable sheet with a lot of pizzazz. They’re 100% cotton and are available in unique designs and subtle colors.

Best light to midweight blankets/comforters

In addition to these picks, see also the crib quilts/blankets sold a la carte by The Land of Nod, Pottery Barn Kids, etc.

Value pick: aden by aden + anais Muslin Stroller Blanket

This lightweight blanket (MSRP $19.99) is soft and breathable and consists of two layers of A+A’s signature 100% cotton muslin (so twice as thick as their popular swaddles). It’s marketed as a stroller blanket, but also makes for a perfect lightweight crib blanket. It is 44” square, large enough for toddlers.

Everyday pick: American Baby Company Organic Cotton Sweater Knit Blanket

This simple, classic, midweight knit blanket ($20 at Amazon) is made from a 100% organic cotton and is similar in thickness and texture to a sweater. It is soft, natural in color, and measures 30” x 40”. If you want a basic, organic cotton blanket but need something thinner, ABC also makes a thermal blanket.

Splurge pick: Petit Pehr Quilted Blanket

Petit Pehr makes quilted blankets ($65 at Giggle) in a few different modern styles. They are reversible, and feature a 100% cotton shell with polyester fill.

Best heavyweight blankets/comforters

Everyday pick: aden + anais Muslin Dream Blanket

aden + anais’s Dream Blanket (MSRP 49.95, Amazon $39-50) features four layers of their signature 100% cotton muslin material. It gets softer the more it’s washed, is breathable, and is a great choice for cooler weather. It’s available in A+A’s range of fun prints.

Splurge pick: Holy Lamb Organics Natural Wool Crib Comforter

Based in Washington, Holy Lamb Organics makes an extensive line of bedding made from premium merino wool and organic cotton (all the fabrics they use are GOTS-certified). Wool bedding is breathable and auto-regulates temperature. Their merino wool crib comforter (MSRP $160) contains a thick layer of fine eco-wool and is encased in an organic cotton sateen cover. It’s generously sized (35” x 53”) so it can be used well into toddlerhood, and is also machine washable (with special instructions). It is available in three weights for different climates/seasons. Holy Lamb also makes a 100% merino wool blanket ($100).

Best crib bedding sets

Everyday pick: Land of Nod

The Land of Nod’s a la carte crib bedding collections feature a wide variety of contemporary styles, colors, and accessories. The main pieces are all 100% cotton, with poly fill inside the quilts. Pieces are sold separately (approximate prices: quilts $79-99, fitted sheets $24, crib skirts $49-59, changing pad covers $35). Note that accessories (e.g., throw pillows, crib skirts, changing pad covers, curtain panels) vary by collection.

Everyday pick: Skip Hop

Skip hop’s four-piece crib bedding sets (MSRP $99, Amazon $30-90) include a 100% cotton sateen fitted sheet, reversible plush-velour-and-cotton blanket, wall decals, and a crib skirt. They’re available in four super cute themes. Coordinating accessories (e.g. pillows, changing pad covers) are sold separately.

Splurge pick: Caden Lane

Caden Lane’s two-piece crib bedding sets ($134-220 at Caden Lane) are definitely a splurge, but they are absolutely gorgeous. They include a coordinating fitted sheet and crib skirt, and come in a broad range of styles from sophisticated patterns to bold prints. Additional matching accessories (e.g. matching crib rail covers, blankets, changing pad covers, pillows, curtains) are sold separately.