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What do you need for a baby's bed? Not a lot! A few snug-fitting crib sheets, some soft cotton receiving blankets... but babies don't need (and should not use!) pillows or comforters.
In fact, safety should be your number one goal when choosing bedding. If you've chosen to use a crib, your baby probably will spend quite a bit of time alone there, so do be sure he or she won't get hurt! Paula Markowitz, president of Patch Kraft baby bedding [www.PatchKraft.com] says, "Any fabric that can be removed by little fingers and gums should not be used in any way on the interior of the crib in the bedding -- for example, decorative fringes on quilts and bumpers that could easily pull out."
All bedding should be washed before use to remove any dirt, dust and chemicals from the manufacturing process or from storage. Wash the bedding shortly before you're due, and store it in a linen closet. When your baby comes home, you'll be able to make up the crib, cradle or bassinet with clean, dust-free bedding.
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Ready to get started? Be sure to check out our interactive, customizable nursery checklist. It's an easy way to help you get baby's room all ready! We also have many more nursery articles here -- take a peek to learn about everything from creating a unisex bedroom to decorating on a budget.