Bedtime can be one of the sweetest, most intimate moments with your child. As you sing a lullaby, read a story, or just share a quiet moment with the most precious person in your life, you want to feel confident in the kids bedding you’ve chosen for them.
After all, sleep is extremely important for childhood development. Getting a good sleep improves children’s cognitive ability, emotion regulation, and physical health. Depending on their age, children should sleep between 10 and 16 hours a night. That’s a long time that they spend in bed! Have you chosen the best option for their sleep health?
Whether your priority is style, cooling features, organic materials, softness, or cleaning with ease, there’s a kids bedding option for you and your family. Here are our top picks for mattresses and kids bedding sets.
1. Best Crib Mattress
Let’s start at the beginning. In the first months and years of your child’s life, they spend more than 50% of their time asleep. During their sleep, they’re developing healthy brains and bodies that will serve them for the rest of their life. They need a comfortable crib and mattress to help them stay asleep because babies spend more time in REM (the lighter sleep stage) than adults do.
This certified organic crib mattress is made of organic wool and cotton which is certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard. That certification means that all the raw materials were obtained in environmentally and socially responsible ways and remained uncontaminated through the manufacturing and labeling process.
An organic mattress means that you can put your child to bed knowing that you’ve made a good choice for the environment and your child’s health. Non-organic mattresses are made with harsh chemicals that your child will be breathing in during their sleep. Those chemicals are linked to the development of conditions such as allergies and asthma.
Not only does an organic mattress avoid those potentially dangerous chemicals, but it also provides several natural benefits as well such as:
- warding off dust mites
- moisture wicking
- naturally fire retardent (without the use of chemicals)
- temperature regulation
- mold resistant
2. Best Kids Mattress
Nest Bedding was the very first to develop a mattress in a box for children. The Big Kids Bed is USA factory-made with no toxic materials or chemical fire barriers. Instead, it uses non-chemical hydrogenated silica for fire prevention. The foams are CertiPUR-US certified and are given time to air out in the factory to prevent residual off-gassing.
For comfort, each BKB comes with a Thermic Phase Changing Cooling Cover to help your child sleep through those hot summer nights without tossing and turning. You can also customize your BKB with our fit guide to ensure the best support for your child’s spine.
3. Best Kids Bed Sheets
One of the best sheet material options for a child’s bed is bamboo. Because bamboo grows so quickly and in such abundance (with some varieties growing a yard in one day), bamboo fiber is one of the most sustainable materials for making sheets. It also requires less water and acreage than cotton to produce the same amount of material. Unlike cotton, it’s naturally pest-resistant which means that there’s no need for expensive, harmful pesticides in the farming process.
So, bamboo is definitely an environmentally friendly choice, but is it the best option for your child’s bed?
Bamboo is a more breathable fabric than cotton which means sweat won’t get trapped inside while you sleep if you can even sweat. Their natural temperature control means they get much less hot than cotton as well.
Bamboo fibers are stretched instead of woven which means it takes longer for them to wear down and keeps them softer even at lower thread counts. So they last longer with a lower price tag.
These are also the most hypo-allergenic sheets. The smooth fibers won’t irritate sensitive skin, and the moisture-wicking quality keeps away dust mites that can carry in allergens.
Just like cotton sheets, as bamboo sheets become more popular, bedding companies have started to offer them in lots of different colors and patterns. So you can find matching sheets for whatever your child’s interest and style is.
4. Best Comforter
A wool comforter may sound like a winter-only bedding choice, but did you know that wool can actually keep you cool as well? Wool comforters are great blankets for all four seasons because they regulate body temperature by being more breathable and moisture-wicking than down and synthetic materials.
Wool is also the best choice if your children have allergies to down feathers and is known repellent to mold, mildew, dust mites, and bed bugs.
If you’re looking to make a smart investment, a wool comforter is the way to go. Properly cared for wool can last decades. Compare that to a down comforter which lasts about 15 years or a synthetic comforter which lasts even shorter!
This washable wool comforter comes in sizes for cribs and twin-sized beds, so you can keep your children warm, comfortable, and allergy-free for their whole childhoods. Plus, it’s a neutral white that can be covered with a duvet cover to match any kids boy bedding or kids girl bedding.
Kids Bedding You Can Trust
Rest easy at night knowing that you’ve put your child to bed in the highest quality kids bedding available. If you’re interested in organic mattresses, bamboo sheets, and wool comforters, go check out bedding by Nest.