If you’ve already equipped your nursery with an organic crib mattress, getting a set of super-adorable organic crib sheets is the next logical step in creating your perfect non-toxic nursery.
Certified organic cotton crib sheets are surprisingly a bit hard to find. You can probably go to buybuy BABY and find some organic sheets, but the selection isn’t going to be the same from store to store.
We scoured the internet to compile this list of good, certified organic crib sheets that are super comfy, warm, non-toxic and safe.
Is buying organic cotton crib sheets worth it?
They can be rather expensive compared to their non-organic counterparts, and for some parents, they can’t quite justify spending the extra money.
The main reason for buying organic sheets is that cotton is typically grown with a lot of pesticides.
The problem with this is two-fold:
- The massive amount of pesticides is wrecking havoc on our planet. In fact, 10% of total world-wide pesticide use is on cotton. If you’re an eco-conscious mama, this might be a big reason for you to go organic.
- We’re not sure how much pesticide residue stays on the cotton as it’s made into sheets. Since baby’s skin is in contact with the bedding for extended periods of time, this might be a concern.
If either of these two reasons are a concern to you, going with organic cotton crib sheets is the way to go.
Just be warned that you’ll be spending upwards to 2x the amount you might spend on non-organic sheets, but you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing that your baby is safe and not being exposed to any toxic chemicals.
Great choices for organic cotton crib sheets.
Burt’s Bee’s Baby – Price: $17.95-$20 – 100% organic and GOTS-certified super-soft sheets that come in tons of different colors and patterns if you shop directly from their online store. These are a great choice for the budget-minded shopper.
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Great choices for organic flannel crib sheets.
Coyuchi – Price $38 – They also make an organic flannel crib sheet that comes in 2 colors.
Tadpoles – Price $35 for 2 – They make a line of organic flannel sheets that are available in neutral colors. The price is right for a set of two.
Magnolia Organics – Price $17.95 – This company also makes GOTS-certified organic sheets. Available in neutral and masculine colors.
Other materials (and why polyester is bad stuff)
Polyester – A cheap material that’s essentially plastic. You can find cheap crib sheets made of polyester, but they’re not recommended. It’s awful for our environment because it takes an eternity to biodegrade, and takes many more resources to manufacture compared to cotton and other better materials. Avoid.
Flannel – Can be made from either cotton or polyester, but go for organic cotton flannel only. It’s a great fabric because it’s durable, warm and breathable. Because of the way it’s made, flannel also won’t shrink in the washing machine (yes, it’s washer-friendly.)
Bamboo – In recent years, bamboo sheets and clothing have become popular. It’s a natural and renewable material, it looks beautiful when used in hard goods like bowls, and it’s developed this sort of eco-mama image. It’s great when used for hard goods, but there’s a problem when it comes to bamboo as a cloth material.
The process of turning bamboo into cloth takes a lot of chemicals and processing, and is not only awful for the environment, but there’s a big mystery as to the safety of the material as well. I wouldn’t recommend bamboo sheets for this reason.
Things to look out for when shopping.
Now that you know the different types of crib sheets, you can start to shop for some. Here are common questions, concerns and things to look out for.
Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric; the higher the count, the softer and more durable the material.
People tend to put too much emphasis on thread count! While it is important, it shouldn’t be the only thing you look at when buying crib sheets.
In general, any sheets with a thread count of 300+ are good quality, 200+ is acceptable and anything lower than that should be avoided.
However, please keep in mind that this doesn’t apply to flannel as flannel has to maintain a lower thread count in order to retain softness.
What size of sheets should I look for?
Baby crib sheets should always be fitted to exactly the right size for the mattress, so be sure to measure your mattress before purchasing.
The reasoning is safety; a loose sheet can be a hazard if it comes off or bunches up. For extra safety, you can opt to purchase elastic straps that hold the sheet down securely.
How many sets of crib sheets do I need?
Ideally, you’ll want 2 sets of sheets, and you really don’t need any more than that.
That way you’ll have one extra to use when the other is in the wash. If you really want to, you can go with 3 just in case of accidents.
Wrapping it up.
Do you have any questions about organic cotton crib sheets? Let us know in the comments section below.
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