Avoid going overboard when you buy bedding for your baby's crib for the sake of your newborn's safety and to save money for other baby necessities.
- Step 1: Be an informed consumer -- avoid baby products treated with flame-retardant chemicals, which are believed to be a human health risk, especially for young children.
- Step 2: Buy baby bedding online, from a brick and mortar store, or from a garage sale. Remember, the less bedding, the better for both your baby and your wallet.
- FACT: As of 2010, middle-income families can expect to spend between $11,650 and $13,530 during their child's first year.
- Step 3: Choose waterproof pads that secure to crib railings, so they don't move around.
- Step 4: Select baby bedding that fits snugly to the crib mattress to reduce suffocation risk.
- TIP: Add a safe, decorative touch to the crib with a dust ruffle.
- Step 5: Make a list of baby bedding basics to purchase, including a mattress pad, two fitted sheets, two to four waterproof mattress pads, and one or two blankets.
- TIP: Use a blanket sleeper as a blanket alternative.
- Step 6: Stick to the basics when you buy baby bedding. Avoid soft bedding like comforters, crib bumpers, and pillows, which have all been linked to infant deaths.