Buying bedding for your wee bairn requires a slightly different set of considerations than buying bedding for adult beds. It makes sense: from the moment you have them, kids make you look at the world differently. You’d do anything to keep them safe and happy, and this includes making sure you have a created an ideal place for them to sleep and dream.
But it’s not only about them: kid-friendly sheets are also sheets that are easy for you to care for. After all, kids between night-time accidents, bed jumping and snacking in bed, kids can be tough on sheets.
So what do you need to keep in mind when buying bedding for your child? Read on to find out.
Once your child is out of their crib, cot or toddler bed, they’re usually into the bed they’ll stay in for the rest of their life at your house. This makes investing in quality sheets important. Sure, it may cost a little more off the hop, but you’ll save more in the long-run. Cheap sheets require constant replacements – up to once a year – whereas quality sheets can last decades or longer.
White sheets can work for some kids, but for the most part, they aren’t the best idea. The reason is obvious: white sheets tend to look dingier before their coloured counterparts. Even if you launder them frequently, they’ll show the trials of childhood. From dirt and grime to drool and bed-wetting, the things that get into kids beds make white a poor choice.
You don’t have to get dark coloured sheets, but you should opt for some sort of pigment or even pattern. This will keep your child’s sheets looking newer, longer.
Tossing and turning is at prime during childhood slumber, and sometimes things can get pretty sweaty. This is why buying sheets that are simultaneously warm and breathable are important. Bedding made from linen or cotton (like these ones from IN BED) are the best bet, since they will keep your kids cozy while also keeping them from getting clammy.
Buy What They Like
Last but not least, you’re going to want to make sure you’re buying bedding they like. The easiest way to do this is to ask them: get their input into what sort of sheets and comforter or duvet they’d like. Ask about colour and pattern. You don’t have to give them carte blanche to choose whatever they want (especially if you have a certain room decor in mind), but you can give them a choice between options you’ve pre-selected.
Being a kid can feel difficult enough, with everyone telling you what to do and where to go and how to act, so this illusion of choice will help them feel that their room is truly theirs.