Your children might not be over-enthusiastic when bed-time arrives but having comfortable and warm bedding for them to snuggle under can be half the battle. For parents, a bed can be a peaceful sanctuary and it’s no different for children, and a good night’s sleep will be easier to achieve if you have chosen the correct duvets and covers.
Stores do offer an extensive range of bedding products, many of which are specifically designed for the little ones but remember that the materials used will make a difference to a comfortable night’s sleep.
The natural choice
There’s nothing less conducive to sleep than fluctuations in temperature and this is why goose down is a winner when it comes to regulating body temperature. Goose down is a natural material that will help your child to maintain a constant temperature and it also draws moisture away from the skin. Synthetics cannot do this and if your child becomes too hot during the night the moisture will simply remain on your child’s skin. If your little one is prone to allergies then keep an eye out for hypoallergenic versions, which will have been pre-washed and sterilized as well as having covers that are impenetrable by dust mites.
Consider the duvet tog
The higher the tog count the warmer that duvet is going to be, which may be great during the winter months but can be far too warm during summer. Lower tog counts, from 3 to 6, are best for young children and you can always add a cozy throw if necessary. Remember that the heating you have throughout the home will make a difference to how warm your child is at night. You can always kick it up to a 9 tog during the winter months for some extra warmth, especially for children aged six and over.
Covers are important
The correct duvet-cover is vital as this will be the product touching your child’s skin and again, natural materials such as cotton are best. Those synthetic covers have an annoying habit of slipping and sliding all over the bed especially if your child is a restless sleeper. The good news is that there is a huge range of covers available with patterns, designs and colors that will brighten up your child’s room as well as being soft on the skin. Get children involved in the buying process by allowing them to choose the designs they would most like as part of their bedroom theme.
Remember that the natural materials route is also the best way to go when choosing linens, duvets and pillows. Get the bedding combination right and your child will have a more comfortable night’s sleep and awake fresh and above all, happy.
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