Don't revel in the unofficial start of Summer just during sunny, warm days. Celebrate the season after dark with cute kids' bedding, inspired by the sun, sea, and outdoor creatures. From mermaid-adorned crib and kids' bedding from The Land of Nod and Zara Home Kids to RH Baby & Child's subtle whale print and Serena & Lily's nautical flag sheets, the following seven bedding finds will make it feel like Summer, before and after your annual trip to the beach.
Its been a year since the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its sleep guidelines to officially advocate against the use of crib bumpers. While many moms simply remove the offending piece from their lil ones' cribs, they've still paid (often a hefty price) for the padded fabric that is going to waste. Rather than throw money down the drain, parents in search of safe, AAP-approved crib sets can now find a variety of bumperless options to complement their nursery. While some simply play up the crib sheet and crib skirt, others are specifically designed to mimic the bumper look, without the actual product. Keep reading to see some of our favorite options!
Waiting for a delivery-room surprise? No need to hold off on picking a stylish crib set just because you don't know the baby's gender! Gone are the days of plain yellow or green bedding for a gender-neutral nursery. Today your lil one can sleep in style on sheets that blend with any nursery decor. We've rounded up a collection of crib bedding that is sweet, soothing, and perfect for either a boy or a girl!
Vroom, vroom! It's no secret that kids love cars, trucks, and things that go — that's why nursery design firms spend so much time making bedding and room accessories featuring all kinds of vehicles. While vintage styles always look cute in baby's room, more modern designs — especially those featuring silhouettes of the vehicles — continue to attract decorating moms-to-be. Check out a couple of our favorite options for any budget.
Simple: Carter's may be synonymous with soft-as-can-be layette and baby clothes (not to mention fabulous basics like undershirts and pajamas), but the 146-year-old company is now expanding into the world of nursery furniture and bedding and is making a grand entrance. Its Bumper-Bumper Collection ($160) is just one of four modern collections that include a fitted sheet, reversible quilt, dust ruffle, and diaper stacker. Bumpers can be added to the sets for an additional $60.
Swank: The industry leader in clean, modern design for babies and kids, DwellStudio revolutionized the nursery industry when it first introduced its crib bedding designs. One of the company's most popular sets, the Dwell Transportation Crib Bedding ($360) comes with a fitted sheet, play blanket, dust ruffle, and bumper.
Which do you prefer?
If you want your babe to be old-school cool, invest in some beat-bumping boom box products! From soft-soled shoes to crib bedding, you can find all kinds of retro-inspired goodies on the market. Check out five of my favorite finds for retro movers.
It's alive! Bringing the outdoors inside when designing a tot's room does not necessarily have to involve cute and cuddly farm animals. Thanks to the wonders of modern design, there are plenty of options for parents looking for something a bit more contemporary than previous generations. We've rounded up some of the most inspiring animalistic pieces that will help transform a blank nursery canvas into a furry-friendly lair.
Going wild when planning a lil one's nursery has never been easier. With animal prints ranging from classic jungle themes to modern single species designs, mamas with a thing for the great outdoors will have an adventure planning where their tot will rest his head. Check out some of the most popular themes.
Stripes, polka dots, gingham or animal prints? When it comes to picking nursery bedding, parents can drive themselves crazy trying to decide between all of the adorable options. Leave the tough decision making to wall art and use simple crib sheets to match the rest of the decor.
The Pottery Barn Kids plush chamois fitted sheet ($49) is all baby needs. Outfit baby's cocoon with the cozy cover allowing the infant to snuggle up to a cushy surface. Parents who follow the AAP's recommendation of not allowing blankets in the crib will find comfort in the warmth the velvety layer provides.
Baby emporiums have lots of options when it comes to the linens on which your impending wee one will lay their head. We've highlighted everything from traditional to modern designs, but some women seek out something especially unique for their lil angel.
The Make Room For Baby Kit allows even the most novice seamstress to create the crib set of her dreams with easy to follow instructions and formulas to customize the set to individual crib mattress depths and desired crib skirt lengths. Owner Shirley Cohen used the kit to turn the shower curtain shown here into the beautiful black and white crib set. Available in three different sizes, depending on the plushness of the bumper, each kit comes with a six-piece bumper insert and a full-length zipper. Starting at just $50 (not including fabric), it may be time to bring out the sewing machine and brush up on those skills.