Some people would prefer not to find out the gender of their baby, and even if they do, others like the thought of greens and yellows rather than pinks and blues. The Best Gender neutral nursery bedding offers you the freedom to have more than one child and doesn’t hold you to the societal confines of what the colors of gender should be.
By keeping it neutral, you can pair your bedding with other nursery items and match a lot more things without keeping yourself in a pink or blue box.
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Gender Neutral Colors
Two of the most popular gender-neutral colors are yellow and green. If you don’t know the gender of your baby beforehand, these are great colors to choose from. They’re bright and fresh, offering options for parents and their new arrivals.
However, there are a lot of other gender-neutral colors you may not have thought about before. Here are some more options.
White is a very traditional baby color that used to be used a lot at the turn of the century. In fact, all babies, no matter the gender, were dressed in white most of the time. White is easy to bleach without worrying about losing color.
You can pair white with any accent color, so it’s a staple for any newborn. A plain white cotton sheet is soft and gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin, and you can add other bedding as your baby grows.
Gray is very trendy and still neutral enough to go with just about any other color. If you’re thinking about using gray tones, you can go with dark, light, or a mixture of the two. Patterns like chevron are modern and adorable.
Add in other gender neutral colors like yellow and green for a super sweet mixture or mix and match patterns for something that really pops.
While blue is traditionally thought of as a boy color, navy is a fabulous gender neutral choice. It’s classic and elegant. You can pair it with jungle animals or a nautical theme. Once again, it matches other gender-neutral tones like yellow, white, ivory, or gray.
Brown is another versatile option that you can find in barnyard themes and other fun gender neutral patterns. It’s dark enough to be calming for bedtime and perfect to mix and match with other colors already mentioned.
Cream or ivory
These timeless colors are the perfect alternative to stark white. Many people prefer not to use white, but want something neutral, not gender specific, and versatile enough to go with anything.
It’s light, soothing, and awesome for matching with brown, navy, gray, green, yellow, and nearly everything else. If you decide later on to introduce gender specific colors like pink and blue, it goes with those, too!
Pink and Blue Origins
While we commonly think that pink is for girls and blue is for boys, it wasn’t always that way. In fact, blue and teal look great on little girls, and boys look dapper in a pink Oxford for church on Sunday.
So why does society say these are gender specific, and where did they come from? Because at the turn of the century, both boys and girls wore white dresses until about age six, simply because it was easy to clean. Gender neutral clothing was normal.
Over time, pink and blue were introduced, but not as gender signifiers. In fact, right before World War I, these two colors came out in a publication of Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department. They said that pink was for boys because it’s stronger while blue is for girls because it’s more dainty and delicate.
Other people said blue looked better on blondes and pink was for brunettes. Or that blue was for babies with blue eyes while pink was for babies with brown eyes.
Time magazine even printed a chart in 1927 that showed gender-appropriate clothing where the boys were dressed in pink. Stores like Marshall Field, Halle’s, and Best & Co. led the way in telling parents how to dress their children.
Finally, in the 1940s, manufacturers, and retailers shifted to telling people that pink was for girls and blue was for boys.
And as we all know, feminist movements pushed back to gender neutrality in the 1970s, which only led these pink-deprived girls to lean back the other way in the 1980s with their kids.
It’s hard to believe it matters, but some people argue that it does. If you’re looking to stop the madness with gender-neutral bedding options for your baby’s nursery, here are some of the best options.
Pottery Barn does a fantastic job of incorporating all kinds of wonderful colors into their bedding so that it’s not for one specific gender. While some of it is white, gray, and black, many of their crib sheets go beyond the realm of the word neutral.
Their Dakota Woodland pattern has orange foxes, raspberry bushes, and pale yellow and blue trees. Brown rabbits frolic and play among the leaves and the white background brings it all together. If you love licensed characters, take your pick from numerous Winnie the Pooh, Peanuts, Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, or Peter Rabbit prints, all with colors characteristic of their branding.
For something loud and fun, the Scandi Starburst pattern includes bright yellow, red, blue, green, black, and gray stars on a white background. And there are plenty of other options if you’d rather keep it muted.
The great thing about Pottery Barn sheets is that they’re all organic. Sets of two come in coordinated patterns, which offer a great value for the price. They also offer crib skirts if you want to dress your baby’s bed up even more.
- Great mix of vibrant colors
- Plenty of licensed characters to choose from
- Neutral designs for those who prefer calm colors
- All organic
- Pricier than other brands
Crate and Barrel
Crate and Barrel offers a good mix of organic and regular bedding. Most of it truly is neutral, but the patterns that feature colors are too cute for words. There are animals, planets, and vehicles. They even offer mini crib sheets and bassinet sheets. You’ll also find a variety of sheet sets and gender-neutral blankets. While these items aren’t safe for infants, they’re great for older babies who can roll over.
You’ll find Crate and Barrel crib sheets in sets of one, two, and three, so you can purchase as many as you need in coordinated sets or in different patterns. The thing I like most about Crate and Barrel crib sheets is that you can purchase them in muslin, which is extra breathable and easy to care for. It keeps your baby warm in the winter and cools in the summer.
- Standard, mini, and bassinet sheet sizes
- Come in sets of one, two, or three sheets
- Sheet sets and blankets available for older children
- Muslin fabric available
- Less variety in patterns
Brooklinen’s line of Brooklittle crib sheets are, shall we say, totes adorbs? And there’s not a gender specific design in the bunch. There are only ten patterns to choose from, but they’re all unique, and they’re all made of 300 thread count cotton and smooth sateen weave.
They’re unbelievably affordable for the quality you get, and the deep pockets ensure that even on the thickest crib mattress, the sheet won’t bunch or slip off, which is one of the most annoying mom pet peeves ever.
Perhaps the coolest thing about Brooklittle crib sheets is that you can mix and match patterns, so you’re not stuck with sets of two where you like the first crib sheet pattern and hate the second one.
Simply pick your first pattern, then pick your second one. They’ll ship any set of two you like. They also sell mini crib sheets and toddler sheet sets. And, if you simply love the feel of your baby’s sheets, check out Brooklinen’s adult sheets!
- High-quality cotton and sateen weave
- 300 thread count
- Deep pockets for a perfect fit
- Mix and match patterns
- Mini and standard sizes available
- Small selection
Lambs & Ivy
If you want truly gorgeous patterns and deep color, Lambs & Ivy offers some of the best options you will find anywhere. While many of their options are gender-specific, all of their crib sheets feature-rich and vibrant in color.
They offer some licensed characters, several cute patterns, and plenty of gender-neutral designs with sharp, eye-catching contrast. They’re affordable and 100% cotton, but don’t offer any organic options.
While they don’t sell their sheets as a set, many of the colors correspond with one another to make cute matching pairs if you choose to purchase more than one.
- Rich, vibrant colors
- A large variety of designs
- Freedom to mix and match designs
- No organic options
Aden + Anais
Affordable, gender-neutral, and high-quality, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to buy these. They’re made of 100% cotton muslin, so they’re super breathable and easy to care for. They come in ten super cute designs with bright colors and adorable patterns.
The best thing about these sheets is that they continue to get softer the more you wash them. They won’t pill and you don’t need to iron them.
They don’t come in sets, but for the price, you can buy as many as you like, and you’ll want to. They’re so soft and easy to wash that you and your baby will both love them.
- Easy to wash
- Super soft
- Limited designs
If money is no object, Biscuit is the top of the line. You can choose from a number of extremely gorgeous gender neutral designs for your child’s nursery. They make 350 thread count, 100% cotton sateen sheets.
Not only that, but you can purchase crib skirts to match, and you can even get sheets for your bed with the same pattern.
If you want to provide your child with something that truly is luxurious, these are some of the best crib sheets you can get.
- Super soft
- Excellent quality
- Matching adult sheets
- Very expensive
- Limited number of designs
Answer: Because you shouldn’t put your baby to bed with any extra blankets or pillows, the best material you can use for crib sheets is cotton. It’s breathable, and it helps your baby regulate their own temperature.
It keeps your baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Cotton muslin is even better, because it’s softer, more breathable, and easier to take care of. However, it’s thinner and sometimes doesn’t last as long.
Typically, cotton is preshrunk, but be careful to make sure it is, because otherwise, your crib sheets will shrink after the first wash and they won’t fit the mattress. It’s also easy to find organic cotton.
Answer: Muslin cotton has a relatively open weave, which makes it even softer and more breathable than regular cotton. This can be good and bad. It means that it will help keep your baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and it means the sheets are easy to wash and take care of.
However, it also means they can wear out faster because there’s not as much fabric there. The sheets aren’t poor quality, they’re just more gentle, so you have to wash them on a gentle cycle and be sure you aren’t as rough with them.
Answer: If you’re not sure of the gender of your baby or your friends don’t want to find out, but you still want to get them a gift, there are some really fantastic gift ideas. Of course, you can stick to the gender neutral colors above in bedding, clothing, and all kinds of baby supplies.
You can also get stuffed animals, blankets, and toys. Most of these items come in gender neutral colors anyway. Diapers are always a safe bet, because every new parent needs a ton of those!
Oh Boy! (Or Girl)
So, you don’t know the gender yet, but that’s okay. You don’t have to find out, and even when you do know, you don’t have to use the ‘right’ colors. You can use any colors you want. There’s no hard and fast rule that says a girl’s nursery must be pink or a boy’s nursery must be blue. You can mix and match colors to follow your nursery, favorite colors, or even your night light!
As long as you love it and you have fun decorating, gender neutral colors can be classy, timeless, and beautiful.