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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Target carries good, inexpensive crib sheets

Before Alex was born, I repeatedly read that it was important for safety reasons to get crib sheets that were elasticized all the way around, and didn't just have elastic at the corners. Fully elasticized sheets are less likely to slip off the mattress and pose a suffocation risk. I remember walking through Babies R Us, scrutinizing every crib sheet package that wasn't pink to see if it said "fully elasticized" anywhere. I only found two different patterns there.

It was probably cost that made me pick up a crib sheet at Target the first time. Sheets at Babies R Us were over $15, whereas Circo brand sheets at Target (like this one)were $5.99 or $6.99, depending on whether they were a solid color or had a pattern. Even non-Circo brands like Amy Coe were less than $10. I was thrilled to discover that the Circo brand sheets were fully elasticized, and I've been buying them ever since. I think I've bought one non-Circo brand sheet and that was fully elasticized too.

You can probably find inexpensive fully elasticized sheets at Wal-Mart as well. When we were on vacation a couple of years ago, we bought a Carter's brand sheet at a Wal-mart that was fully elasticized.

Now if only I could find flannel sheets that are fully elasticized . . .

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  • At 1/31/08, 10:14 AM, Blogger Carol M said…

    I got some elasticized flannel sheets on clearance from Lands End a few years ago - not sure if they still carry them but you might check.

  • At 1/31/08, 2:04 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    Wow. My Target store must sell seconds because I DETEST the Circo crib sheets. After a couple of washings they don't fit my crib mattresses anymore. And don't even get me started on their fitted crib mattress pads - they completely come apart!

    I prefer either the Walmart brand (Baby Connection) or JCPenney (watch for sales) for crib sheets.

  • At 1/31/08, 4:07 PM, Anonymous Esther said…

    Eddie Bauer used to carry great flannel crib sheets. This was back around 2000 when my first baby was born.

  • At 1/31/08, 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Of course, as pointed out above, buying higher-end items from a retailer like Land's End or Eddie Bauer will give you some insurance of quality... but you also will not get your hands on those crib sheets for under ten bucks! LE and EB are selling them for about twice that. The good side of that is that they hold their shape well and are much safer for children in their cribs, according to a Good Housekeeping study!

  • At 1/31/08, 8:11 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @Carol - Thanks for the tip! They still have them - but they're $34 for a pair! I'm going to keep an eye on their overstocks and coupons and then maybe I'll get a pair for next winter!

    @Christina - You know, I was actually concerned about that after reading some of the online reviews. But it really hasn't been a problem for me - and I've washed them repeatedly in hot water. I've had quality problems with other Circo products to be sure, but the sheets have been just fine for me. I wonder what the difference is!

    @Esther - Unfortunately, they don't seem to have them anymore. But thanks for the tip!

    @Jerry -As I said to Christina, I've had quality issues with other Circo products but the sheets have held up great. The only reason I keep having to buy new ones is because my kids keep destroying them - vomit, stains, etc. Oh, and the fact that about a year ago we got a second crib - that meant I needed more sheets too!


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