32 Weeks: Snapshots

July 7, 2012

This week a beautiful crib sheet arrived in the mail!!


Thanks to Jessica for the gift : ) It’s hard to tell in the photos because the sun was so bright, but it’s a pretty mist seafoam blue. We’ve had an empty white mattress in the nursery for months, so I was so excited to put some color on the crib.



What I didn’t anticipate was how hard it is to change a crib sheet! If you think making a queen size bed is hard…my gosh this was much harder to maneuver. I know the tightness is very important for baby’s safety though, but I had to really pinch my hand in there to lift up the mattress and put the sheet on. Hard also to bend over and lift a heavy mattress with a big belly in the way!


[We will hopefully have mattress pads soon too – and I know the trick about layering for midnight blowouts!]


The zoo found it to be extremely comfortable and fell asleep at once


Boppy and sleepy sound sheep were hand-me-downs from a local Twitter friend! Thanks Greg!


One step closer to a baby friendly bed!


(32 weeks = 8 months!!!!!!!!!)


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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelly C July 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

Don’t you think it might be easier to lift the mattress up between the slats from the outside of the crib?


2 C. Xoxo July 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

Changing the crib sheet is tricky! I usually just lift out the whole mattress, set it on the floor vertically and change the sheet that way. Then just heave it back over the rail and into place. If you use a bumper (which I don’t recommend) it’s next to impossible!!


3 Kelly Baker July 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

Def agree – take the mattress out completely to change a sheet. I don’t like the “trick” of layering. It seems to be more tricky than just pulling it out. And I DO use a bumper pad! Gasp!


4 Kate L. July 7, 2012 at 9:14 am

Yes, definately lift up the mattress – one side, then the next – and it should be a breeze.


5 Jessie @ Graze With Me July 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

I agree with the comment above! I use those breathable bumpers though & they stay in place nicely.

Not to burst your bubble but when my daughter was 32 weeks she was 7 months & 11 days old. So the whole “32 weeks = 8 months” thing isn’t quite right.


6 KERF July 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

I’m going by the typical doctor’s office weeks not fetal age, which no one uses.


7 Salle July 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

The point is that 4 weeks =\= one month. If it did, we would have 13 months in a year 52/4 = 13).


8 Jessie @ Graze With Me July 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

Sorry, I guess I should clarify, I meant after she was born. Her birthday was on Sept 19th (a Monday). Thirty two Mondays later was April 30th (11 days after she turned 7 months).


9 Christianne July 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

I used zip off crib sheets and they were great!!!



10 Natasha July 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

I take the mattress out of the crib to put the fitted sheet on. So much easier!


11 polly July 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

32 weeks is 8 months to me!! :) love you, girl! and yay for the pretty blue sheet. baby boy is just browning on top and will be baked soon! 😉 XOXO


12 Ann July 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

I just absolutely love how inviting and airy that nursery “feels” in your photos. What a wonderful place – and what a sweet gift from your friend Jessica! Matches the decor perfectly.


13 Kristen July 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

I love those sheep! If it’s the one I’m thinking about, they have the cool heartbeat woosh. I just think they’re neat because of how familiar and comforting the sound must be to the baby. The nursery looks great, btw!


14 Susan July 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

What a pretty color!
What’s the layering trick for blowouts?


15 KERF July 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

It’s mattress pad, sheet, mattress pad, sheet so that if your baby dirties the sheet in the middle of the night you just pop off a layer instead of having to hunt down and put on a whole new set


16 Brooke July 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

Oh my gosh, Im in LOVE with that crib! Did you already do a post about where it’s from? I just found this blog, so I’m still catching up! :)


17 KERF July 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm
18 Erin Motz July 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

I love how the nursery is coming together. Not too “baby-ish” but still calming and sweet enough for a little beeb :)


19 Christine @ BookishlyB July 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Hahahahaha- I think I know your Twitter friend, Greg. I met him one summer at camp in high school out here in Socal and have remained in contact since. Such a nice guy. Small world!


20 KERF July 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Indeed!! Small world!


21 Abby July 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

You’re probably going to need a lot more crib sheets…you end up changing them way more than you realize (diaper leaks, spit up, etc…). You’ll need some extras to put back on the crib while dirty ones are in the laundry.
Also, make sure you wash the new sheets before baby sleeps on them…there are lots of chemicals in new fabrics that will irritate sensitive baby skin!


22 KERF July 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Oh I know – I hope to have quite a few sets in time.

And I will be washing them – just wanted to test it out for size! Don’t want to wash just one sheet, so I’ve been saving a lot of the baby stuff to wash at once.


23 Wendy July 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I did not layer, I just had several sets of sheets . Our sheets always got dirty from spit up instead of potty leaks, But every baby is different. I used a bumper for the first, but not the second, I just felt they didn’t serve much purpose. I also recommend the plastic changing pad without a cover. We always ended up with messes and it was much easier to clean without a cover.


24 Lyn July 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

LOL, is that a naked lady in the artwork on the wall?? I might have missed your nursery tour :)


25 KERF July 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

It’s Eve of Adam & Eve!


26 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

There were days when I changed crib sheets 2 or 3x in a 24 hr period. It happens. Between spit-up, blowouts, and everything else, you’ll get lots of practice. Make sure you have AT LEAST 3 crib sheets. There were also times I literally had 2 in the wash and 1 on the crib. And make sure you have at least a couple waterproof matress pads, too. Because those get taken down with the cribsheets in the event of blowouts and such…the things you don’t think about til it’s 3am and you need them!


27 Brie @ Brie Fit July 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I registered for the Quick Zip crib sheets–my friends rave about them! http://www.amazon.com/QuickZip-Crib-Sheet-Set-White/dp/B000RJ9TCY


28 Brenda July 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I swear by the Quick Zip sheets. They are so easy to change. You’ll be happy you registered for them, Brie!


29 Marci July 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Have you heard of the Ultimate Crib Sheet? We have those and lay it on the crib sheet and then you never have to change the crib sheet. It’s white but you only see it from above. From the sides, you see your own crib sheet. The Ultimate Crib Sheet snaps around the bars and is easier to change. Also waterproof, which is the point. We have literally never changed the crib sheet, just the top.


30 JustNML July 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Love that color combination – very ‘calm beach.’.

Off topic, though, I have a question for you and any other readers – how many calories would you say you approximately eat per day in the third trimester? I’m 29 weeks pregnant myself, and my OB just sent me to a nutritionist since I have only gained 8 pounds so far (started at 5’6″, 130 pounds). I would guess that I eat around 1900/ 2000 calories per day. I eat whole, vegetarian foods, including cheese and eggs. I graze throughout the day, and never leave myself hungry. Am I way off?


31 KERF July 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Are you exercising too? If you’re in the third trimester, caloric needs go up to 450ish. Plus your regular needs, plus any exercise. 1900-2000 does sound low to me. I’m not counting, but I’ve gained right on the low end of the normal recommendation for me, so my doctors say I’m eating the right amount. Seeing the dietitian will probably be very helpful.


32 Angel7 July 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Crib sheets can be hard to change. Our daughter is still using the same crib mattress on a daybed, and I still find it somewhat cumbersome to change.

Our daughter’s crib is a 3-in-1, which means it can be a crib, a daybed, or a regular bed. It is a daybed right now, but will be the baby’s crib once he is born. Our daughter will then transition to a big girl bed.



33 Joanna @ Midwestern Bite July 8, 2012 at 6:04 am

I realize this advice is too late to be of any use to use, but…we went with a lightweight foam mattress just so it would be easier to change. And it is! We pull the whole thing out but it only weighs 8 pounds I think so it is much easier. I have no idea how parents wrangle the heavy ones. Also if it were me I would not want four layers between baby and mattress. But that’s just me. It’s crazy to me to see your crib with the matress in the highest position. Ours is all the way down now for my 8 month old who I am pretty sure is going to be a climber…


34 Allison K July 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

We have 3 crib sheets, and have yet to (knock on wood) have a blowout that warranted a midnight changing of the sheets. He did have a serios spit up episode once in the middle of the night. I decided I couldn’t be bothered with changing the sheet, and just brought him back to bed with us.


35 JenP July 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

Hi – You may have already heard this, but I strongly suggest you get 2 Ultimate Crib Sheets (got mine at BRU). They are flat and snap around the bars of the crib. You may never have to change the actual crib sheet! So much easier.


36 Kristin Reagan July 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Where did you get your crib? Love it!


37 KERF July 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm
38 Annie July 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

I always ended up taking the mattress out of the crib to change the sheet! It was a workout! :-)


39 Monica July 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

We use the QuickZip crib sheets and they are amazing! No lifting the mattress, no fumbling with securing it down, just zip zip zip. They are amazing, but really make a difference at 3 a.m. when you need the quickest sheet change imaginable.


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