You should never underestimate the importance of your child’s sleep, not only is it integral to you getting your own downtime but good quality sleep is integral in developing their bodies and minds. So if your child is struggling to get off to the land of nod then perhaps it is worthwhile looking into a change of bedding!
We all know first hand that the quality of pillows and duvets can have a significant effect on how soundly we sleep, regardless of age. Therefore having poor quality or unsuitable bedding for the time of year can cause lots of discomfort and the dreaded sleepless nights. What this means for a young child is mood swings, tears and energy dips throughout the day…things we would all happily live without.
It’s fair to say that it isn’t entirely obvious as to what duvets and sheets are best for our children, so here are some important points to take into consideration when shopping around for their ideal bed.
A Perfect Pillow
When hunting for the best pillow for your child it is important to understand that you do not want to put any strain on their neck, which means that you should be looking to purchase a fairly low and soft pillow. Be aware if your child has allergies and needs a synthetic pillow over feather options and look for a higher ration of ‘down’ for a soft option. For older children you can afford to invest in fancier choices such as memory foam pillows that provide additional comfort and support.
As we mentioned above, if your child suffers from allergies then you should definitely be investing in synthetic bedding that is non-allergenic. It is also important to make sure that you can clean the bedding from home rather than having to take it off to be professionally cleaned, unless you don’t mind the additional cost. Doing so will help keep dust mites and other allergies at bay.
It’s no secret that every child can be prone to the occasional accident during their sleep, so it is definitely worth doing yourself and the bed a favour by investing in a waterproof mattress protector to prevent any stains reaching the mattress. This way all you have to do is change the bedding after the accident and not worry about having to clean the mattress, allowing your child to get right back to sleep.
Duvet Tog Rating
Children aged between one and ten can be given a light weight duvet, avoid thick duvets at all cost because this weighs down on their smaller bodies and means they will be a lot warmer than an adult would. Once your child has surpassed the age of ten then you can afford to give them a duvet with a higher tog rating.
It is always a good idea to give an older child an additional option of a blanket as this means they are more in control of their temperature. If they are too cold then they can pull the blanket up and if they’re too hot they can either solely use the blanket or leave it at the foot of their bed.