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How to Buy Baby Bedding

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.

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