Factors to Consider when Deciding on the Number of Crib Sheets You Need
Frequency of Crib Sheet Change
Crib sheets, just like regular beddings, need to be changed regularly. These sheets may need to be changed more often compared to the sheets on an adult’s bed because the possibility of crib sheets being soiled is much higher. How often you will need to change the crib sheets will depend on a lot of things. Even when you try to keep a regular changing schedule, you may find yourself deviating from that schedule to change the sheets more often, such as when your baby throws up or during instances when the diaper leaks. It is important to change the crib sheet immediately when it becomes wet or soiled so your baby will not have to stay on a dirty surface. Each time you change the sheet, you will need to have a clean one on hand, ready to be used to protect the crib mattress once more.
Number of Babies in the Home
More babies in your home mean there will be more crib mattresses to clean and maintain – and you will naturally need more crib sheets. When you have twins, you will need twice the number of crib sheets on hand to prevent the need for emergency laundry sessions.
Your Baby – Swaddled or Not?
Do you keep your baby swaddled or uncovered? Cribs used by babies who are swaddled tend to stay cleaner and may not need sheet changes for a longer time, since there is no direct contact between the baby’s skin and the sheets. In this case, the sheet may need to be changed only every three days or so, except in cases when the diaper leaks or when your baby is sick and either throws up or perspires heavily enough to soak through the sheets.
Baby’s Skin Sensitivity
Your baby’s skin is sensitive, but there are cases of skin being even more sensitive than what is normal for babies. Babies with extremely sensitive skin will need extra care to prevent irritations and rashes from developing. Aside from using hypoallergenic products, more frequent sheet changing can help ensure that your baby is protected from being irritated by dirty or soiled sheets. In this case, you may need more crib sheets on hand to account for the more frequent changing.
How Many Crib Sheets Will You Need?
Having enough crib sheets will ensure you always have a clean one on hand to replace the sheet that has just been soiled and removed from the crib. If you are planning on changing the sheets weekly, you may need only 2 crib sheets. However, if you plan to change the sheets daily due to personal preference or to deal with your baby’s hypersensitive skin, you may need 4 to 7 crib sheets to ensure you’ll always have clean sheets while still maintaining your regular laundry schedule. Having 7 crib sheets will also make you prepared for more frequent or unexpected sheet changing needs, such as when huge messes are made on the crib.