When it comes to Pack and Plays, you will need to find different sheets than your crib sheets, as standard baby/toddler mattress sheets will be too big for a pack and play mattress. As with all baby products, there are many things you might want to consider before purchasing your pack and play sheets: pattern, softness, mattress protection, and so on.
Top Pick Up Front- The Hands Down Winner
My top pick for pack and play sheets are the American Baby Company’s playard sheets. They have the elastic corners to keep the sheet in place, and they are stretchable to fit some of the less common pack and plays. To top everything off, they are amazingly soft.
I am a huge fan of jersey sheets – they are what I use on my bed, so I was eager to find them for my son as well. They are just so cozy! And they are also on the cheaper side. They are not the cheapest available, but they are definitely fairly priced.
These American Baby Company sheets are fairly thin, and do not come in fun patterns. But if you are looking for a sheet to use for your pack and play that you use infrequently, these are a best bet in my book.
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|Best Pack n Play Sheet||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|American Baby Company Playard Sheets||These are the best, with the perfect stretch and perfect softness at the perfect price.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Cuddly Cubs Pack n Play Sheets||These are some of the softest pack n play sheets, made from jersey cotton.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|BROLEX Stretchy Fitted Pack n Play Sheet Set||Fits a variety of pack n plays and has killer reviews!||♥♥♥♥♥|
|PUREgrace Playard Mattress Sheet and Protector||It's a waterproof mattress protector and soft sheet all in one.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Luxuriously Soft Pack n Play Fitted Sheet||Grab a two pack in fun designs for a good price.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Luvable Friends Fitted Playard Sheet||Decently soft cotton at the lowest price.||♥♥♥♥♥|
Best Pack N Play Sheets for Playard
American Baby Company Playard Sheet
My overall pick for best pack and play sheet wins this category. The American Baby Company Playard sheets are stretchy enough to fit most pack and plays, without being too stretchy that they are loose on smaller pack and play mattresses. Please note that the bigger your pack and play mattress is, the more the sheet will have to stretch, and it does become a bit see through because these sheets are on the thin side.
Cuddly Cubs Pack n Play Sheets
Softest pack and play sheets
There are two brands of sheets that win this category. The first is my top pick again – the American Baby Company sheets. I love that they are jersey-style sheets because they are my personal favorite for myself.
The second is the Cuddly Cubs Pack and Play Sheets. They are also made of jersey cotton, leaving them super soft as well. The super elastic around the edge helps these sheets to fit 27″ x 39″ regular pack and play mattresses, as well as 24″ x 38″ mini crib mattresses. These will fit up to a 5 inch thick mattress. They fit really well on the Graco pack and play series, even though they have to stretch.
BROLEX Pack n Play Playard Sheet Set
Highest Review Ratings
If you want a solid choice that thousands upon thousands of parents have used and loved, then the Brolex Pack n Play Playard Sheet Set will be your best choice. These super-soft jersey cotton sheets come in a two-pack so that you have one to use and one to wash. They are machine washable and they hold up well, keeping their softness wash after wash after wash.
These measure in at about 37.5 inches by 25.5 inches by 3 inches deep, so they’ll fit a wide variety of pack n play, mini crib, or even bassinet mattresses. And with 4 cute color options, you can match just about any decor you want.
Thousands of 5 star reviews can’t be wrong. This is an inexpensive and soft option that will almost definitely fit your pack and play!
PUREgrace Pack and Play Sheets
Pack and Play Mattress Protection
The PUREgrace pack and play sheets are a mattress protector and sheet in one. They provide the protection you need to keep the pack and play mattress clean by lining the sheet with a waterproof mattress protector. They are still super soft, as the protective layer is underneath the overlaying sheet.
Luxuriously Soft- New York Pack n Play Fitted Sheet
Luxuriously Soft-New York makes a few varieties of playard sheets that are fun, soft, and not overly expensive! They also come in a two pack, so you have a backup in case of a nighttime accident. You can pick from a few designs, ranging from girly or boyish to super neutral or just plain fun :
You really don’t see many fun patterned sheets for the best pack and plays. Most patterns on other sheets are pretty mild or plain in color, so if you are looking for something a bit more wild, check these out!
Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Sheet
Elastic corners – or lack thereof
The Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard sheets are one of the only brands of sheets that I’ve run into that do not have elastic around the corners to hold the sheet in place. Instead, the fabric just wraps around the mattress, and each corner of the sheet has a sort of pocket for the corner of the mattress. I have tried these sheets and felt like they were not snug enough. You really have to tuck in all of the sides to make sure there is no loose fabric, and I found myself having to readjust them every few days. It is definitely doable – I used them fairly frequently despite the lack of elastic. However, I much preferred my pack and play sheets that did have the elastic corners.
One thing that I do like about the Graco sheets is that you can get a quilted version of them. The quilted version adds some cushion to make the mattress a little more comfy for your baby. They also add a bit of warmth, and are great for winter months.
Luvable Friends Fitted Playard Sheet
Cheapest Pack N Play Sheets
So you know how I keep raving about the American Baby Company sheets? Here’s one more reason: they are usually the cheapest. But we all know that prices can fluctuate, and for the sake of giving you some variety, I’ll talk about the Luvable Friends fitted playard sheet.
This brand is the often cheapest you can find when it comes to pack and play sheets, and it’s realy comparable to the price of the American Baby Company ones. They come in a single pack for a reasonable price. You can choose from 3 polka dot designs- one with girly colors, one with masculine colors, and one with neutral bright colors. They are 100% knit cotton,and they’re surprisingly soft considering the price point. One thing to note here is that these are designed to cover the mattresses that you place in pack n plays, not the cardboard support that comes with the pack n play.
Burt’s Bees Baby Fitted Mini Crib Sheet for Pack and Play
Organic Pack n Play Sheets
Since your baby spends hours upon hours sleeping, an organic playard sheet can be a smart choice. The Burt’s Bees Baby Fitted Mini Crib Sheet for Pack and Play is made from 100% organic cotton jersey material that’s GOTS certified. This means no pesticides or icky chemicals right next to your baby as they sleep. It also means really soft sheets!
This pack n play sheet is approximately 24 inches by 38 inches and a few inches deep, so it’s originally designed for mini crib mattresses. However, the manufacturer claims that it will fit the standard pack n play mattress (27 inches by 39 inches) as well. And while this only comes in 3 options for the mini-crib sheet, you can purchase other sizes and colors to coordinate your baby’s bedding across all their sleeping surfaces.
Using Sheets on Your Pack N Play
Things to consider when deciding on Pack and Play Sheets
One of the most exciting parts of getting ready for your baby’s arrival is setting up their nursery. Some people opt to use a Pack and Play as a crib at first because they are more compact, generally cheaper, and easier to move if necessary. Even if you don’t use a Pack and Play as your baby’s crib at first, you may find yourself using one downstairs for naps, or for a crib when traveling.
While not necessary, having sheets for your pack and play can come in really handy. Here are some buying considerations for playard sheets.
Size of YOUR pack and play mattress
Many pack and play mattresses are the same size, but some are slightly different. It is important to find sheets that fit snugly, but not too snug. With a variety of pack and plays out there, be sure to check your mattress size and compare it to the dimension of the sheets. If your sheets are too small, your pack and play mattress may end up bunching up like an accordion. If they are too big, they will be too loose which isn’t safe for your little one.
With this, be sure to pay attention to whether the sheets are designed to cover the thin, wooden pack and play support mattress (usually included with the whole pack and play and still called a mattress for some reason), or the few-inch-thick mattresses that you can buy separately for use in a pack and play.
I used a pack and play for my son for the first year of his life. One thing I found was that there weren’t many pack and play sheet brands with fun designs or patterns! Unfortunately, there isn’t as wide of a selection for pack and play sheets as there are for regular crib mattress sheets. But if you shop around, you can find some cute patterns! Or at least a color that fits your taste.
Surprisingly, not all pack and play sheets have elastic at the corners (like a fitted sheet does). Although the elastic isn’t necessary, it does help to keep the sheet in place. Without the elastic corners, you may find yourself needing to readjust the sheet often.
Just like adult sheets, baby sheets come in a variety of thread counts and fabrics, leaving some more soft than others. We all want our little ones to be as cozy as possible!
Oh how important this one is. Pack and play mattresses can generally be wiped clean fairly easily. However, there are certain messes where you may want an extra layer of protection. I learned this the hard way when my son had his first stomach bug. I didn’t have a mattress protector on his pack and play and ended up spending hours cleaning his mattress thoroughly enough!
In my opinion, Pack and Play sheets are a little more costly than they should be. Especially considering they don’t come in a variety of fun patterns. Generally speaking, they typically are around $8-$20 a sheet, with most being around the $12-$15 range. Obviously, this isn’t going to break your bank account, but considering you will probably need at least two sheets (to have one as a backup), if you are on a budget, this can easily become an annoying extra cost.
FAQs for Pack and Play Sheets
Are crib sheets and pack n play sheets the same?
Nope! It would be nice if shopping were that easy, but it’s not. Crib sheets are made to fit a standard crib mattress, which is slightly larger and much, much thicker than a pack and play mattress.
It’s not a good idea to use crib sheets on a pack and play because there will be lots and lots of extra material, which results in an unsafe sleep environment for baby.
Should I put sheets on my pack n play?
The main purpose of pack n play sheets is to make the sleeping area of your pack n play more comfortable for your baby. The included wood and minimal padding of the pack and play just won’t do it for most babies. Buying an actual pack n play mattress and soft sheets will do a lot to keep your baby comfortable as they sleep or nap.
Playard sheets also help with keeping things clean. If baby has an accident, you can (hopefully) just wash the sheet and be on your way instead of having to clean the pack and play itself, which usually isn’t machine washable.
How big is a pack n play mattress?
The standard pack n play mattress measures in at 27-29 inches by 39-41 inches. The standard seems to be 27 by 39inches, but there is no one standard size for pack and plays or playards. The vast majority fall into that size category. Most pack and play mattresses are about 3 inches deep as well.
Compare that to the 28 by 52 by 6 inches for a standard crib mattress, and the 24 by 38 by 3 inches of a mini crib mattress, and you can see why you would want a pack and play specific mattress!
What material should my pack and play sheets be?
There are so many pack and play sheets out there in a variety of materials. While some people like a microfiber or polyester sheet because it’s easy to clean and stain resistant, I’d go for a cotton jersey playard sheet every time. It’s thin, breathable, and soft. You can use it any time of year and it’s always machine washable.
Organic cotton wins bonus points for being free from pesticides and other chemicals that can still be present in the final sheet.
Overall, I recommend the American Baby Company pack and play sheets because of their softness and ability to fit most mattresses snugly. Unfortunately, they don’t come in fun patterns, but then again, you won’t find too many fun pack and play sheet patterns out there. They also do not serve as a mattress protector, so you would have to buy one separately if you wanted to add an extra layer of protection.
Depending on what is most important to you, there are a variety of pack and play sheets to choose from! Typically the more features you want, the more expensive the sheet is going to be, but you can find some bargains out there.