When it comes to bedding I’ve always been drawn to simplicity and quality, as I’m sure most of us are. In fact, I prefer only plain white bedding for my own room. But then I had a baby girl and something in me went insane. Suddenly I wanted ruffles and pink and patterns and skirts! Once I started looking for crib sets that fit this girlie fantasy, I realized that this was not going to be an easy design decision. There’s a lot of choice out there, and it ain’t always cheap — especially if you want to go the natural/organic route.
I survived my hunt for baby bedding — more on that below — but in a few days my baby is turning three years old (stifling my sobs). Suddenly I find myself in the same dilemma I was in three years ago, hunting for toddler bedding for her new ‘big girl’ room. Only this time I’m trying to avoid the babyish, cutesy designs and find bedding that’s both age appropriate and classy and refined. Simple, stylish bedding for babes? Is it possible? It is!
As I am want to do, I’ve researched (read: surfed on the internet a lot) the heck out of this issue and conveniently narrowed it down to five possibilities. Convenient because it means now I can share those five choices with you all and let you help me choose. See what I did there? Put the pressure on you.
Clockwise from top left: Paper Dolls Petal Crib Set, DwellStudio.com; DwellStudio for Target Olivia Crib Set, Target.com; Owls Sky Bath Bundle, DwellStudio.com; Large Canvas Baskets, ellaandelliot.com
DwellStudio baby bedding was my first choice when I was decorating my daughter’s nursery, but the hefty price tag was limiting with so many big ticket items to buy. I fell in love with their graphic, modern patterns and couldn’t find anything else that satisfied my need for age appropriate girlie cool. So I cheated. A little cross-boarder shopping scored me the DwellStudio for Target Olivia crib set (pictured above). Then I mixed in a few accessories from the DwellStudio’s pricier line, like a bath towel and stroller blanket. Perfection. We still use this bedding today, but it won’t fit her new toddler bed, so it’s time for a change. They also make beautiful toddler and kid bedding. Hmm.
Clockwise from top left: Carousel Designs Steel Grey Organic Crib Bedding, babybedding.com; Carousel Designs Solid Buff Toddler Bedding; babybedding.com; Carousel Designs Custom Fabrics, babybedding.com
The coolest thing about Carousel Designs is their custom baby bedding feature. Use their online tool to design your own crib or toddler bedding sets, selecting from over 300 fabrics. Ironically, what I love best about Carousel baby bedding is the fact that it’s available in beautiful, classic solid colours! I mean an organic cotton solid steel organic grey crib set? Impossible! But it’s not. They have done it. And they ship to Canada.
Amenity prides itself on creating healthy, sustainable, certified organic products that are at the same time beautiful and usable. One snuggle with that Wetlands crib blanket pictured above (available in several other wildlife-themes that are each stand alone works of art) will tell you that they have succeeded. Their crib and toddler sheets and accessories are only available in the natural colour seen above, but why would ever want anything more? They make grown up sheets and blankets too. But this isn’t about us. Or is it?
Seriously though? What would we do without Ikea? I haven’t written about price so far because I prefer to let you discover the shock of it all for yourselves, but I’ll gladly speak of it here – $14.99 for the crib set, $12.99 for the duvet/pillowcases. And cute to boot! Let’s face it, you’re kids are going mess up their sheets. A lot. Even if you don’t make Ikea your primary set, might be good to stock up on extras? One thing to note, some Ikea linens will only fit Ikea furniture. Make sure to measure before you buy.
Clockwise from left: Pique nursery bedding, potterybarnkids.com, Garden Party sheet set, potterybarnkids.com; Monogrammed pillowcase, potterybarnkids.com; Organic star sheeting, potterybarnkids.com
If you want a look that speaks to traditional design and references gender without going over the top, but also comes through for lovely unisex choices that avoid falling into the cliched yellows and greens (unless that’s what you want!) you can’t go wrong with tried and true Pottery Barn Kids. You’ll find baby, todder and kid bedding at reasonable prices that will stand the test of time. Organic cottons are available and of course you can get a monogram on just about anything to add that personal touch.
Now it’s your turn to help. Which of these bedding lines will make my daughter (me) the happiest?