The Best For Your Baby

Every parent wants the best for baby! When it comes to the linens and beddings for your child, how do you know which are the finest? Posh Tots' interior designer has some tips.
Pam O'Hallaron, ASID

Deserving the best
Baby's soft skin deserves the coziest of linens. Free from dyes and abrasive fabrics, luxury linens are a sleepy-time treat. PoshTots interior designer Pam O'Hallaron says luxury linens are set apart by their soft touch. "Soft chenille, velvet, satin and polished cottons feel good on babies skin -- but you cannot get more luxe than 100 percent silk organza." Washable silks, satins and velvet fabrics are now available, making them perfect for cribs and Moses baskets.

O'Hallaron suggests coordinating luxury fabrics with traditional cottons in Baby's crib. "Some parents choose soft cotton flannel for crib sheets and luxury fabrics for bumpers and blankets. Using multiple fabrics for dust ruffles creates a custom look. "Bedskirts are often found layered with a sheer fabric overlaying a coordinating solid or design. Decorative pillows add a nice touch; just remember to remove them from the crib when baby is sleeping. Pillows should also be free of buttons, loose ribbons and bows.

Moses baskets serve many purposes and are luxurious in soft chenille and polished cotton. They allow baby to be near mother in all areas of the home and are convenient with easy to grab handles. Keep in mind babies should never be carried in the basket, always place your child in the basket after it is in a safe place. Add a plush grab-and-go blanket, and baby will always be surrounded by the softest touch.

Luxury linens are not limited to sleeping areas and can be found throughout the nursery. Window treatments, decorative crowns and canopies are lovely when covered in light sheers and the richest velvets. Upholstered rockers and chairs, available in a variety of wonderful fabrics and styles, make a comfortable retreat for mom and baby while adding a chic touch to the nursery. The bassinet is a nursery favorite and notorious for luxury linens.

Full length skirts in satin and chenille wrap many bassinets while others sit beneath coordinating canopies and beside luxurious window treatments. Coordinating blankets made of chenille, velvets and hand-embroidered cottons are also an excellent gift for new mothers and babies.

Heirloom pieces
Luxury linens are grand when they boast hand-stitching and original designs. Detailed embroideries and custom sizes are unique as are dyed-to-match fabrics and monograms. "Luxury linens can be heirloom pieces," says O'Hallaron. Many families preserve babies linens or have them sewn into a keepsake quilt or wall hanging. Attention to detail and high-quality fabrics preserve the beauty and memory of your baby's most precious year.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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