The Homemade Way to Change Crib Linens

I can’t believe my sweet little Vivian is now 6 months old.  How time flies!!  I still so clearly remember the morning of her birthday – I had no idea that she was about to be born!  And now she is grabbing everything and smiling with friends and strangers.  Her newest trick is sitting up, which allows her to interact with Evie and Mack in a whole new way.

Since we brought her home from the hospital, Vivian has been sleeping next to me in her ArmsReach CoSleeper.  Its been so easy for me to nurse her in the middle of the night, and Chris and I sleep soundly knowing that she is in a safe place.  But, now that she is 6 months old it is time to move her into a real crib.  I think we’ll make the move this weekend, so today I washed the crib linens.

Its been a while since we’ve used the crib, and I was quickly reminded of how much it sucks to change crib sheets.  When Evie was a new baby I tried to change the sheets while the mattress was in place.  But, I soon figured out it was much easier to pull the mattress out completely.  It takes a little extra effort up front, but it pays off in the end.  Thought I’d share this little trick here in case some other Homemade Mothers need the help!

Pull the mattress out and rest it on top of the crib (we use an organic crib mattress from OMI):

Lay a moisture pad down – I prefer a wool one because it repels moisture naturally and without any harsh and toxic chemicals (our moisture pad comes from OMI, too):

Tuck a mattress pad on (ours is an organic cotton flannel one from OMI):

Top it off with a simple fitted crib sheet.

Because Vivian’s crib is right next to her big sister’s bed, I just had to order coordinating blankets.  She’ll be so snug and cute when the winter winds howl.

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  1. Juliana says:

    Did you use the mini co-sleeper or the regular size?

  2. Courtney says:

    Another trick I learned is to layer all the mattress pads and cribs sheets after washing them (as long as they aren’t fluffy or thick, since the bed needs to be firm). That way, you can simply strip off a dirty layer instead of changing the whole thing, and you don’t need to store extra linens in drawers 🙂

  3. Katie says:

    I just had a “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment. Such a great tip only a been there/done that mommy would know. I will no longer dread washing that crib sheet.

  4. Abby says:

    Hi, What kind of Crib do you own? I love what yours looks like. I have been searching everywhere for a low/non toxic crib!


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