10 April 2007

Polar fleece makes crib extra cozy

Kittenpie's suggestion for a soft, warm crib:

I was making my daughter's bed when I realized I was tucking in a hack! No, not her...

A yard of cheap polar fleece fabric tucked in over a crib sheet makes a crib extra cozy for chilly nights. We bought enough to make two, so it's easy to change for washing or accidents, and it's still really reasonable. I just cut it large enough to have lots for tucking, so I didn't have to sew in elastic or anything. We also bought an extra yard and finished the edges for her to take to daycare and use in her cot there - it makes it feel a little more like home. The only trick is finding a pattern you can live with!

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love this! so much cheaper(and easier to change) than the Fleece Crib Sheets.


We've been laying Beeb's favorite fleece taggy blanket over his sheet - he'll fiddle with the tags for ages, and still has the coziness

This is a great solution--I've been doing this for a couple of years. And the great thing about fleece is that it doesn't fray, so you don't have to finish the edges (unless you simply want to). It's much cheaper than buying fleece blankets or sheets!

The other winter trick I use, since my daughter refuses to sleep under her blankets and prefers to sleep perpendicular to the mattress with at least two limbs sticking out the slats, is to turn a crib blanket sideways over the other blankets. It's much, much easier to tuck right the heck under the mattress so my daughter is snug all night long.

I love fleece, don't get me wrong, but I would never use it in the crib because fleece is basically recycled plastics and polyester (and depending on the product a dash of nylon and/or lycra) which is all highly flammable. There were problems in the late nineties (I would like to think they reconsidered their "recipe" for fleece back then (go to -> http://www.recall-warnings.com/cpsc-content-97-97074.html). Understanding that not all fleece is made the same, I still would not want to take any chances. Here's another interesting article about how fabric softener actually washes off any flame retardant on the fabric (http://www.thekansascitychannel.com/consumerwatch/2156318/detail.html)

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