How Many Crib Sheets Do I Need

Many crib sheets are machine washable, so it’s a good idea to always have a few clean crib sheets ready to use. If you want to place fresh sheets in your baby’s crib once a week, plan for two or three crib sheets. But if you plan on changing your crib sheets out every day, we recommend having at least five to seven crib sheets. To stay on the safe side, take into account the amount of unpredictable messes.

If you want to place fresh sheets in your baby’s crib once a week, plan for two or three crib sheets. But if you plan on changing your crib sheets out every day, we recommend having at least five to seven crib sheets. To stay on the safe side, take into account the amount of unpredictable messes that may occur with your little one-chocolate pudding and strained peaches might not mix well with white crib sheets, for example.

We recommend two or three crib sheets per baby. That way, if you want to place fresh sheets in your baby’s crib once a week, you should have at least two or three crib sheets on hand. But if you plan on changing your crib sheets out every day, we recommend having at least five to seven crib sheets. To stay on the safe side, take into account the amount of unpredictable messes.

We recommend having two or three crib sheets available for each week in order to keep fresh, clean sheets on your baby’s crib. If you plan on changing your crib sheets out every day, we recommend having at least five to seven crib sheets available to ensure that you never run out.

We recommend approximately two to three sets of crib sheets per week of your baby’s life. (We know, it sounds like a lot, but trust us! Babies can be messier than you imagine.) If you want your baby to sleep on fresh sheets every night, plan on having at least five to seven sets of crib sheets. Also, don’t forget extra crib sheets for blow-outs and spit-ups!

It’s important that your crib sheets are always fresh and clean, especially since we spend the majority of our first year sleeping. Buy in bulk because you never know when an unexpected mess may occur. If you plan to change your baby’s crib sheet once a week, we recommend having at least 3 on hand.

There are plenty of tasks that come along with preparing for your new baby’s arrival. But just getting through that first trimester can zap all of your energy, leaving very little motivation for baby-prep!

The closer you get to your due date; however, the stronger your urge to start nesting will get. Once you reach the nesting phase, you’ll probably start compiling a list with all the items you need before baby’s arrival.

Building your ideal baby registry will come with all sorts of questions: which registry items are essential, what items should you not put on your registry, what things will make your life easier, and how many do you need of everything?

As a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, it’s no surprise that one of my main priorities is to help you create a safe nursery space that is conducive to sleep.

Your newborn is going to spend a lot of their day sleeping. And ideally, those sleeping hours will be spent in a safe and cozy crib of their own.

Let’s talk about an essential part of creating that cozy crib: the crib sheets.

baby sitting on crib sheets

Why Do I Need A Crib Sheet?

baby bed with crib sheets in an empty nursery

Your little bundle of joy will need baby items that are not so little, including a crib. In addition to your baby’s crib, you’ll invest in a mattress, like Newton Baby’s Basic Crib Mattress. And to cover, protect, and preserve your baby’s mattress, you’ll need a crib sheet.

(Unless you’re using a Newton Baby crib mattress, of course! Our mattresses come with a soft, breathable, washable cover. And unlike other mattresses, ours are made with a Wovenaire Core that’s much more breathable and more comfortable.) 

But if you don’t have a Newton Baby crib mattress or you simply want to add to your little one’s comfort, the right crib sheet can be just the ticket! 

Plus, with the variety of colors and patterns to choose from, crib sheets add to the aesthetics of your baby’s nursery

Factors To Consider When Purchasing Crib Sheets

baby sleeping after his mother answered the question "how many crib sheets do I need?"

Crib sheets are just as important to your baby’s safety as crib mattresses. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of factors to think about when purchasing crib sheets. 

Below are the three main priorities to take into consideration for safe sleeping.


Newborn babies lie on their backs for the majority of the day unless they’re being held. Their bodies easily get hot while lying in their crib, which causes them to sweat a lot. 

Look for sheets made with breathable materials to help keep your little one cool. 

Newton Baby not only offers breathable mattresses, but our sheets are also 100 percent breathable. Check out our Breathable, Organic Crib Sheets and give your baby a comfortable night’s sleep!


The fit of your baby’s crib sheet is an important part of sleep safety. The sheet should fit tightly around the mattress, and the mattress itself should fit tightly inside the crib. 

Babies tend to move around quite a bit in their cribs. Using a tight-fighting crib sheet leads to less chance of it bunching up and being moved around, which could be dangerous for your baby. 

Because your baby is not yet able to move away if something is pressed against their face, avoid placing any extra fabric in your baby’s crib because it could obstruct their breathing. This includes things like stuffed animals, bumper pads, extra blankets, and pillows. 


The term “hypoallergenic” is used to describe products — specifically cosmetics and fabrics — that contain fewer allergy-producing substances known as allergens. 

While it’s impossible to guarantee that these products will never cause an allergic reaction, they are known to minimize reactions. Because your baby will sleep on their crib sheet for several hours each day, it’s important to give them the most hypoallergenic materials possible. 

At Newton Baby, we only use hypoallergenic materials in our products. The breathability factor and breathe-thru technology keep humidity and moisture build-up away, eliminating an environment for dust mites to multiply. 

And all of our products can be washed easily, which helps keep dust and allergens at bay.

Newton Baby’s Breathable, Organic Cotton Sheets 

Baby lying on a Newton Baby organic crib sheet

Newton Baby’s Breathable, Organic Cotton Sheets are soft and safe to use with our mattress. The breathability factor in our sheets allows for superior airflow, which keeps your baby comfortable and promotes better sleep. 

The all-around elastic guarantees a safe, snug fit for any crib mattress. Made from organic muslin cotton, our sheets provide a soft and gentle sleep experience for your little one. 

Take a look at the many benefits of our crib sheets:

  • 100 percent breathable – Babies can breathe straight through our sheets!
  • 100 percent washable – The pre-shrunk, organic muslin cotton is machine washable for the most hygienic sleep surface. 
  • 100 percent comfortable – Our sheets are incredibly soft and cushy on a baby’s skin. They’re also hypoallergenic. 
Baby sleeping in crib on Newton Baby mattress

Additionally, we’ve found sweating to be one of the reasons that many babies wake up in the middle of the night. And most crib mattresses and sheets increase sweating rather than decreasing it. 

But with Newton Baby’s Crib Sheets, your little one can say goodbye to sweaty backs and hello to longer, more restful sleep! Our breathable crib sheets are ideal for keeping your little one cozy, comfortable, and safe overnight. 

Every Newton Baby crib sheet is just as breathable as our mattresses, providing a safe and gentle sleep experience and superior airflow for newborns and babies of all ages.

What Size Crib Sheet Do I Need?

There are two main categories when it comes to crib mattress size: standard and mini. Which size crib sheets you choose will depend on your little one’s crib. 

Take a look at the measurements for both mattress sizes below so that you can make an informed decision.

Standard Crib Sheet

A standard crib sheet measures 52 inches by 28 inches. Newton Baby’s standard crib sheet fits a crib mattress up to 8 inches thick. 

Our crib sheets are designed to fit securely over the Newton Baby Basic, Original, and Waterproof Crib Mattresses, but they also fit securely on other mattresses with similar dimensions. 

Mini Crib Sheet 

If you’ve opted for a mini crib, try the mini version of our crib sheets, which fits mattresses that are 24 inches by 38 inches in size. 

How Many Crib Sheets Do I Really Need?

wood-colored baby bed with crib sheet in a neutral nursery

After taking all of the above information into consideration, it’s time to decide how many crib sheets you really need. You’ll want to evaluate your family’s needs and size to truly answer this question.

How Often Will I Change Crib Sheets? 

Just as you regularly change out your bedsheets, you’ll regularly change your baby’s crib sheets — but probably more often! 

As a parent, you’ll need to decide how often you want to change and wash your baby’s sheets to make an informed decision about how many crib sheets you’ll need. 

Babies tend to drool, spit-up, sweat, and have diaper leaks in their beds. When this happens, you’ll need an extra crib sheet available for a quick change to keep your baby’s crib clean. 

Remember to check your baby’s crib and sheets regularly for any overlooked spots that might be soiled!  

If you want to place fresh sheets in your baby’s crib once a week, plan for two or three crib sheets. But if you plan on changing your crib sheets out every day, we recommend having at least five to seven crib sheets.

To stay on the safe side, take into account the amount of unpredictable messes. Having a few extra sheets on-hand would make dealing with accidents a little easier!  

Babies Get Sick 

The last thing you want is for your baby to get sick, but, unfortunately, it happens. It’s normal for your baby to get sick every now and then while they adjust to the world around them. 

If an infection or sickness is going around in your home, the germs will settle on your baby’s clothes, toys, and sheets. Sometimes there are even unfortunate sick days that call for a sheet change as often as a diaper change. 

This is why it’s not only important but necessary to change out your baby’s sheets frequently — possibly daily — during this time. Whether your baby is in a crib or bassinet, they need to sleep on clean sheets to stay healthy. 

In addition, remember to use proper handwashing techniques and keep those who are sick away from your baby to reduce the opportunity for sickness to spread in your home.

To sum up, the exact number of crib sheets you’ll need for your new little one is a personal choice that depends on your family’s unique situation. We recommend a minimum of two crib sheets and a maximum of seven. 

There’s no need to over-buy crib sheets, but you want to make sure you’re prepared for anything that comes your way.

Help Your Little One Sleep Safe And Sound 

Baby sleeping on a Newton Crib sheet and Mattress

No matter how many crib sheets you choose to purchase, make sleep safety your top priority when it comes to your baby’s crib, mattress, and sheets! 

Newton Baby wants what’s best for you and your little one, which is why we’ve designed our mattresses, mattress pads, and crib sheets to be 100 percent breathable and comfortable. 

Whether you’re using a standard-sized crib mattress or a mini crib mattress, Newton Baby has the crib sheet for you. Our products give your baby safer, healthier, and better sleep!  

How Many Crib Sheets Do I Need For Newborn

As an expectant or new parent, you’re probably wondering, “How many crib sheets do I need?”. While sorting things out as you get ready to welcome a new little one into the world, it’s helpful to have an idea of where to begin. 

This is where Newton Baby steps in to help you make an informed decision. In this article, we’ll answer the question of how many crib sheets you really need. 

But before we get to that, we’ll cover general questions that parents may have in regard to their baby’s crib and crib sheets, so take a look! 

Do I Need Crib Sheets?

A newborn’s innate needs are simple, and that goes for their sleeping arrangements as well.

You’re not just going to plop your baby on a bare mattress and call it good, but it’s also important for their safety not to get too fancy with the bedding.

A good rule of thumb is that a boring crib is a safe crib. The only crib-related baby registry must-haves are a firm mattresswaterproof mattress pad, and a fitted sheet. The rest is unnecessary and can be dangerous.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strictly recommends against the use of blankets, pillows, or other soft items in the crib with your newborn. These items greatly increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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You’ll need to wait until your little one is at least past their first birthday before you consider adding any bedding beyond the fitted crib sheet.

You can find more information about crib safety do’s and don’ts in my post about the ABCs of Safe Sleep.

baby awake on crib sheets

How Many Fitted Sheets Do I Need for a Crib?

The answer to this question depends largely on how often you plan to change the crib sheet and do laundry.

Let’s be real: your tiny human is about to contribute a lot of dirty clothes to your household. You’ll be shocked by just how many onesies and burp cloths you’ll go through in those first months at home.

With the frequent spit ups and diaper blow outs, you’re likely to do a load of laundry for your newborn every few days at least. That gives you a couple of opportunities each week to toss their crib sheet into the wash.

If you’re creating more of a minimalist baby registry, you’ll want to have at least three fitted crib sheets on hand. This allows for one to be dirty, one to be in use on the crib, and one to be tucked into the linen closet for an emergency backup.

We had three sets of fitted crib sheets and it was plenty. That being said my daughter rarely had blow outs or leaks in her crib.

If you want to be even more prepared, I would recommend putting somewhere between 3-5 fitted crib sheets on your registry. Consider registering for the higher number if you know that doing laundry is a low-priority chore in your home or you’re concerned your baby may have frequent leaks or blowouts.

Another reason to keep more sheets on hand would be if your baby suffers from reflux and frequently spits up.

baby alseep in crib

How Often Do You Change Crib Sheets?

I recommend changing your infant’s crib sheet 1-2 times per week. Of course if they have any sort of accident that soils the sheet, it should be swapped out immediately.

The crib sheet isn’t the only thing that will need changing. It’s important to invest in waterproof mattress protectors as well.

Even if your crib mattress claims to be “waterproof,” it’s best to protect it with a mattress protector, too. It’ll only improve the longevity of the mattress and help late-night cleanups go a bit smoother.

How many waterproof crib pads do you need? I’d say at least two, so you have one as a backup in case things get messy (and they will!).

How Do I Choose the Best Crib Sheets to Buy?

baby asleep in crib

I know it’s super tempting to just go for the cutest crib sheets you can find. There are some seriously adorable options out there!

But crib sheets aren’t just there to decorate the nursery and make everything Insta-ready. Your crib sheets need to be fully functional when it comes to comfort and safety as well.

When you’re picking out crib sheets for your little one, it’s important to pay attention to the fit and fabric material.

For example, Newton crib sheets are breathable and made from organic cotton muslin. Muslin is not only a more temperate fabric, but it’s safer for your baby because it decreases suffocation risk.

By using a more open fabric weave, the Newton crib sheets allow for easier air flow. They’re also super soft to the touch, and fit snugly to the mattress.

A snug-fit crib sheet is important to make sure there’s no loose fabric near your baby’s face while they sleep. If the crib sheet doesn’t fit the mattress correctly, it can come loose and might be a suffocation risk for your sleeping babe.

Favorite Fitted Crib Sheets

The best crib sheet options on the market will fit the standard crib mattress size snugly, are made from comfortable and breathable fabric, and offer cute prints, too!

Here are some of my favorite options to keep your newborn cozy, safe, and sleeping in style:

  • Newton crib sheets – I know I’ve already sung their praises, but these sheets are a great option. They sell in two-packs and have some cute gender-neutral print options.
  • Aden + Anais crib sheets – Like Newton sheets, these are also made from muslin and are super soft. I love the variety of prints they offer! They make some of my favorite swaddles as well.
  • Burts Bees crib sheets – If you’re looking for a good organic cotton fabric option, these are the sheets for you. From zoo animals to fancy florals, they’ve got plenty of options to choose from to complete your sweet nursery aesthetic.

I hope this post helped you figure out how many crib sheets you need and equips you to start getting your baby’s crib ready for sleep!

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