How to Prepare Your Baby’s Crib

I always say that the prettiest baby cribs are ones with no babies in them yet! That’s when your crib and nursery look absolutely pristine. Snap a few pictures now while the ribbons on the bumper are placed just so… like a vignette from Cookie. No messy burb cloths slung on the sides. No used diapers that didn’t manage to make it all the way into the diaper genie.

For me, style became secondary to ease very, very quickly. I’ll let someone else give you design tips. My advice… get those mattress pads and sheet savers in place! I tell every soon-to-be mommy to get at least two Ultimate Crib Sheets.

crib_sheetThese were my lifesavers! The Ultimate Crib Sheet is a sheet and water proof pad in one that attaches with straps to the crib rails. What does this mean? It means that when you have the middle of the night mess, you avoid putting your sore postpartum body through the gymnastic routine of having to strip the crib bare while keeping the baby asleep and crying your eyes out for even being up at that hour. Instead, whip the top sheet off and replace. Simple. Practical.

I STILL use one on my big boy’s bed (I cut the straps off).

Practical Mommy is Ria Sharon. Click the links for Practical Mommy’s recommendations for travel car seats, affordable and fun diaper bags (skip hop bag), and the best-selling crib brand, Da Vinci Crib.


  1. Zen Mommy says:

    so funny you say this ria cause this is a favorite tip of mine to give new moms. someone gave it to me after a night i spent changing sheets MULTIPLE times. i just layered mine if they were sick and popped off the snaps and was ready to go with the fresh ultimate crib sheet underneath waiting for me. SUCH a help. worth the price too. clean easily and are durable I’ve found.

  2. What a great idea that crib sheet is- why didn’t anyone think of these earlier?? Or maybe I’d just never heard of them..Gosh, thanks for the helpful post! 🙂

  3. This is a really great idea. I cant believe I havnt heard of this before. I will need to get a set of these for my babys crib right away. Thanks for the link!