Laundry can be overwhelming for new moms. Once a new baby arrives on the scene, there’s immense joy!
But there’s also a whole lot of trying to figure out a new routine with meal preparation, keeping the house relatively clean, and the never-ending task of laundry.
As a mom of 5 children, I definitely have found a few laundry methods that really work for me.
This laundry tip for mew moms is one of my favorite discoveries!
Layering Crib Sheets
It’s great to know how to fold a crib sheet and how to fold a crib mattress pad. But there are times when layering crib sheets is the best method.
If you have limited linen storage space or if you know you’re going to do multiple bed changes – stomach bug, anyone? – layering crib sheets might be your best bet.
It’s so simple.
Layer your crib sheets in this order:
→ On the bare crib mattress, place your first crib mattress pad. (Layer 1)
→ Then put on your first crib sheet. (Layer 2) This is probably your normal routine.
This is where things get fancy.
→ Next, put down another crib mattress pad (Layer 3) and then another crib sheet. (Layer 4)
It should look like this:
Just complete the bedding above by pulling over the top fitted sheet. (Layer 4 over Layer 3)
Repeat as many times as you wish.
So the next time the baby wets all over the sheets in the middle of the night, your sheet changing experience will be so simple.
This definitely works for me.
What is your best laundry tip for new moms?
This was my standard for the crib when my kids were (very) little. Midnight sheet changing is no fun – for mommy or baby – and I loved the added bonus of less sheets to fold!
I do this for my four year old that still has an occassional bed wetting accident. It saves on time and nerves in the middle of the night.
this is exactly what we do in the hospitals to take care of adults it only makes sense to do this for the little ones as well
Angie – Yes! I’m an RN. That’s where I stole the idea from!
Amy at The Red Chair Blog
Great idea! I have a 15 month old at home, and I will definitely try this!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Neat to meet someone local via blogging!! Your business looks like it fills a unique niche, and your website looks great! I’m impressed by your laundry expertise as laundry is not one of my strong suits. Having a toddler who loves to eat avocados and blueberries (and tends to get them all over her sleeves) has pushed the limits of my stain removal knowledge!!
It IS so neat to meet someone local!
Blueberries. Yikes. One word: Oxi-Clean.
It’s been the only thing that I can find to take out blueberries and that is after extensive soaking. There’s a reason they used that back in the day as a dye, huh? 🙂
I so could have used this advice last week. My 7 month old woke up in the middle of the night. I thought it might help him go back to sleep if I changed his diaper and I thought it would keep him from waking up more if I just did it in the crib. Bad idea! As soon as I took the diaper off, he peed everywhere! Sheets came off and we went straight to the bathtub. I didn’t feel like making his bed up again so he ended up spending the night in our bed.
Thanks for the great tip! I’ll be stacking his crib tomorrow morning!!!
Oh I’ve had so many nights like that: changing sheets, bathing babies in the night, etc. It’s craziness, isn’t it??
Hope this idea helps you! It definitely has helped our family!
That’s such a great idea. I never would have thought of it.
I tried this when my son was little, unfortunately, his mattress is so large and fits so tightly in the crib, that a) I can barely fit one sheet over the mattress protector, and b) I still have to take the mattress completely out of the crib to pull the sheet off of it.
What we did instead was get the mattress protectors that are the same size as the mattress, but aren’t fitted and I kept one or two super handy for when the one on top of the crib sheet got wet, then just pulled it out and laid down a new one. Not pretty, but very effective. As my son got older, we made a couple of quilted comforters to just lay over his sheet, for the rare accident…and we made them in cute patterns, so he has a halloween one and a Christmas one and an everyday one. His favorite color is yellow, so we made sure that each material chosen had some yellow in it, and then we put yellow borders (using bias tape) on each one and gave him a yellow pillow case, that way they all “match”.
Any recommendations on mattress pads and sheets that layer well together? Afraid the fitted sheet won’t cover all the layers.
I’m going to be a first time mom in October and I’m trying to figure out my registry, what brand of mattress pads are you all using? The only kind I am finding are fitted.
Hey Camden! Congratulations to you!
I am sad to say that I bought these at a big used children’s sale, and I’ve never found another set like them. And I have SEARCHED because I loved these mattress pads. They were so much easier than the fitted kind!
I am sorry I can’t be of more help!