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Are you a soon to be mom who’s looking for the best crib gear to add to your registry? Why wouldn’t you be? The crib is going to be an important place for your little one. Why? It’s not only the space where they will get their much-needed beauty rest, but also a safe spot they can call their own. Their chill zone, their casa, their “crib”- if you will- where numerous hours will be spent.
As a first-time parent, are you ready with the right accessories to make this location safe, practical, and equipped for much more than just sleeping?
My registry experience was overwhelming, to say the least. Although I received of a checklist and some help from a consultant, but I was registering for a hundred items in a matter of two hours! When all was said and done, I knew I had everything on the list, but I didn’t understand exactly what all these things did and if I had even chosen products that were quality items, for the right price. I was especially concerned about selecting the best crib gear for my baby.
This is where my most precious item will be spending most of his time! Had I done it right?
Lucky for you, you’re an overly prepared mod mom, and you are doing your researching and checking it twice to find out which items are a necessity and why you actually need them. Otherwise, how can you truly be prepared for something that you’ve never experienced before?
So, what are the critical things you will need for your crib to be complete?
Whether you are just starting to research the best cribs and bedding or had a confusing whirlwind of a registry experience like me, let this easy to follow guide help put your baby’s bed together the right way.
These are the tried and true, reviewed items of the best crib gear, no fluff included. Here are my tips and 7 top picks for your essential crib gear:
1. Convertible Crib
A Convertible Crib is a crib that can later bed modified to grow with your child. In my opinion, this option is the best crib selection for saving money and future uses.
There are several different types, but you will want want yours to eventually convert into a full-size bed.
If you go this route make sure you buy all the extra pieces that go with the crib right now, in case the crib becomes unavailable in the future.
Cribs and the other furnished pieces can definitely add up, so ensure you absolutely love it. Read reviews online about experiences other customers had with the product before making your final selection.
In the end, my husband and I chose a moderately priced set from Child Craft. Child Craft is not only well made, but the brand has been around for many years.
After registering for our furniture, my mom pointed out that the furniture I had when I was a baby was Child Craft, and she had just sold the Child Craft dresser she bought back in 1987 at a garage sale in 2012! Solid…
Next you need a mattress. There are several to choose from and each will boast some distinct feature you may want to consider for your baby.
I highly advise you to work with someone on these mattresses and have them explain it, so you fully understand what you’re buying! Mattresses can add up, especially if you are going organic.
We ended up with a Colgate Breathe-Flex mattress that the consultant at Buy Buy Baby helped us select. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this mattress as the best crib mattress due to what I’ve recently read online from other owners who were not satisfied with the product.
Although I have not experienced the same issue, I know Buy Buy Baby has an awesome return policy. (As a side note: I purchased big ticket items at places I knew had great return policies! You should consider doing the same.)
3. Waterproof Mattress Protector
Of course you’re going to need something to keep that expensive mattress protected from pee, poop, vomit, and whatever else your baby may secrete during sleep time!
My mattress protector has been put to the test several times. Let’s just say, when these things happen in the middle of the night, you want to ensure the product you chose is going to do what it promises.
Also, if you wanted to buy an organic mattress, but were shocked by prices, you may find an organic mattress protector is a good compromise.
I did not go organic, but have been pleased with our selection of theSealy Stain & Waterproof Mattress Protector.
Obviously, you want to buy at least two!
4. Crib Sheets
The crib sheets are the fun part! Here’s where you get to pick and choose items that will compliment your nursery décor. There are a ton to select, so I just focused on colors and went from there.
Whichever sheets you buy, make sure that they fit your mattress, prior to washing them! Some say that they fit standard mattresses when in fact they don’t. (Another issue I experienced firsthand!)
Also, if there is a sheet you really love, buy in multiples, as you never know what could happen.
Here are some sheets that I love from Land of Nod!
5. Sheet Savers
Yes, another waterproof item for your crib, but this one fits over the sheets.
I initially started out with a much smaller sheet saver, and then my baby had an accident in the crib during the first few months. I realized I needed a much larger one if I planned on actually “saving” my sheets.
I am very happy with thisiLuvBamboo product I found (I’m a big fan of anything this company sells!), as it’s soft and definitely remains true to being waterproof. Besides just the sheets, the sheet saver has also protected me from several different loads of laundry!
6. BreathableBaby Mesh Crib Liner
The crib liner was something I didn’t register for, but later found I needed once my baby started to roll.
After using the BreathableBaby Mesh Crib Liner, I love that it’s safe for your baby and provides a cushion against the sides of the hard crib. It’s definitely the best crib liner on the market!
I wish I would’ve bought this crib liner in the beginning. That way, I wouldn’t have had to make an emergency baby store run. I couldn’t even wait a day for Amazon Prime shipping because he kept waking himself up!
7. Crib Skirt(Optional)
The crib skirt is optional, but, as I suggested in my post regarding maximizing space in your nursery, having a crib skirt would ensure the use of space under the crib for storage. It also adds texture or color to your crib, as the crib is really the center point of the room!
Once again, before washing, make sure everything fits the way you want it to.
Noticeably Missing from my List: Crib Mobile
Before baby arrived, I looked desperately for a crib mobile! I wanted something that didn’t take away from my chic décor, but also didn’t cost a ton of money.
After I did some reading about crib mobiles, I found they are actually not recommended. Basically, you don’t want your baby to think it’s play time…. You want them to get down to business, and actually sleep. Just like that, my search was over!
You Have What You Need
So, that’s it…These are the 7 pieces of the best crib gear you’ll need to add to your registry for a complete sleep space for your new baby. Use this list as your guide by sharing or pinning it for later use. Or, you can start purchasing or adding to your registry now, by following the provided link!
Nice list! Lots of really great items on there! I don’t have the mesh bumpers – just might have to buy them!
Yes! Definitely need the mesh bumpers! Thanks for your comment!
Awesome list! Every new mom should read it!
Great list! the sheet savers is the best, and much needed! loved this article, and the cribs look lovely! Thanks for sharing this with us!
The sheet savers are my favorite too! Thanks for checking it out!
Great round-up of essentials! I remember doing research trying to figure out what was best to buy for our little one. It’s so hard when you’re a new mom, this is a big help
Thank you! Researching what to buy for your newborn is so difficult and stressful!
This is such a helpful list for first-time moms! I didn’t use a mesh crib liner, but some moms feel safer with them. It might’ve helped when my son was just over a year old, and getting his chubby legs stuck in the crib though! Lol
HAHA! That’s what made me go out and get the mesh liners right away- my baby kept waking up because he was getting caught in the crib. I wish I would’ve had them on hand rather than having to rush out to get them.
Great list, I agree with your items. I love such posts coz they help other mamas. I actually wrote mine recently coz I was feeling there aren’t many out there – so glad to read this.
Awesome! Thank you for your feedback.
Love love looove your article!! I do not have a baby yet but I am crazy in love with all related to these little angels!
The cribs look lovely!
Thank you for sharing!!!
Make sure to bookmark my page so you can use it in the future! Thank you for reading!
I had never heard of a sheet saver until reading this – definitely going to get myself one now!
Yes! This is a great product that I am so glad I have for my little one. This specific one is large enough to cover a decent amount of your sheets. I highly recommend it!
I love this list. Some items we already have (mesh liner) and others we need (sheet saver) !! Great essentials for sure
The sheet saver is the absolute best! I’m glad I could help.
This list is great. I always see myself as one of those first time moms who over buy unnecessary stuff. Lol
I was that mom! That’s part of the reason I started this blog, to help others not be the neurotic, over buyer! haha Thanks for reading.
Added the sheet saver to my list! Thank you!
Glad you found something you hadn’t added yet! The sheet saver is AWESOME- enjoy 🙂