The Best Materials for Kids Bedding
If you’re a parent, you probably remember the first time you placed your new baby in her crib. You wanted everything to be perfect. You wanted that crib to feel like the safest, most comfortable and most inviting place in the world. Now that your baby is a little older, you still want those same things. That’s why you’re always on the lookout for the best materials for your child’s sheets, blankets, comforters and pillows.
Cotton has always been the most popular choice, but these days, parents are going a step further and choosing organic cotton bedding for their kids. What’s the difference? Organic cotton is farmed without using any toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Compare this to regular cotton that often contains excessive dyes and chemical fire retardants in addition to the pesticides. The organic version is just as soft and easy to clean as non-organic cotton. If you live in a warmer climate or have a hot-natured child, organic cotton is an excellent option for keeping the bed cool. Pottery Barn Kids offers a vast selection of organic bedding options for kids.
Another safe and healthy option is bamboo bedding. When farming bamboo, pesticides and fertilizers are not required because the plant produces its own natural pesticide that also makes it antibacterial and antifungal. Even better is that when bamboo fibers are turned into sheets and blankets, that same natural substance remains, meaning your child’s bedding is also antibacterial and antifungal. Bamboo bedding also tends to be semi-waterproof, it resists odors and it regulates temperature on its own. So, whether it’s a cold winter or a hot summer, you can rest assured that your kids are cozy on their bamboo sheets.
Not only is bamboo safe for your kids, but it’s good for the earth too. Bamboo grows quickly. Some species can even grow three feet in a 24-hour period. The plants reduce soil erosion and rain runoff and release more oxygen than most trees. It’s also one of the most sustainable resources available. Just keep in mind that bamboo bedding is not as readily available as organic cotton.
Try to avoid synthetic materials like silk, satin and polyester when shopping for kids’ bedding. When they rub against your child’s skin, they can cause an allergic reaction. Even non-organic cotton can contain harmful pesticides, chemical treatments and artificial substances that can irritate your child’s skin. Children who sleep on satin bedding often suffer from health issues such as headaches and rashes. Bedding treated with chemicals may even cause eczema.
Also, keep in mind that you’re probably going to have to wash your child’s bedding often. Sheets should be washed and changed at least once a week, but when kids spill or get sick, you may have to do it more frequently. Consider durable materials – organic cotton wins the durability contest – that can withstand multiple washings. Take a look at some other tips for choosing bedding for your kids:
- Be sure you shop for bedding that snugly fits your child’s bed, whether it’s a twin, full, queen or king size.
- In some cases, children’s bedding comes as a set with a comforter, sheets, pillow shams and maybe even a bed skirt. This can make shopping easier than ever.
- Even when you opt for organic materials like bamboo and organic cotton, you can find a variety of styles, colors and even characters on your child’s potential bedding sets. Let your little one make the final decision on what to choose. After all, she’s the one who will be sleeping on it.
Wash the bedding before using it for the first time. If after a night or two your little one complains of discomfort or shows signs of a rash or skin irritation, you may need to consider the bedding the source of the problem. Try removing it for a few nights to see if the issue continues.
When you do buy new bedding, consider a few other changes in your child’s bedroom. Find a cute rug, a new lamp, curtains or some other type of decor that matches to spruce things up a bit. Let your child help you shop and pick out some items. Turn redecorating into a fun project you can do together. Another great option is to stick with a neutral or solid-color bedding so that you can add a variety of accessories featuring different styles and characters.