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You will spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping. With so much time spent in bed it is important to create an environment that supports good sleep behaviours.
Considering positive sleep environments for children helps set up good sleep habits for the future which they will continue independently.
Choosing good quality bedding will helps support a happy bedtime. When choosing the right bedding think carefully about each of the following areas:
When you think of sleeping, what comes to mind when colour is considered?
Do you prefer bright, bold colours that are warm and inviting? Or a cool, crisp colour such as white? Whatever your colour preference, there will be a bedding set to suit, and the same goes for children.
For children’s bedding, there are cartoon and superhero characters as well as rainbow colours which create a bright, refreshing room. If you have teenagers, they may prefer contemporary colours in bold stripes or geometric designs; both of which look great when paired with polka dots.
When choosing bed coverings, it is important to know the difference in types of fabrics. You may have a personal preference or need to avoid certain fabrics that aggravate allergies. Using the information below will help you choose an awesome bedding fabric for your room or for any member of your household.
Some materials and blends have been around for years and have proven their worth as a good quality bedding fabric.
Combed Cotton – This cotton has been ‘combed’ to remove short fibres and impurities which ensures that sheets made from this fabric are smooth and soft.
Flannel – Sheets made from flannel are available in various weights; measured by the number of ounces of material in a square yard. Flannel sheets are particularly good for babies and are excellent at creating warmth.
Muslin – This is a rough cotton which is long-wearing and often found in colourful bedding sets designed for young children. However, muslin can struggle to withstand the frequent washing required for children’s bedding; it can become bobbled and faded over time.
Percale – This fabric is super soft and fine as it is made from either 100% combed cotton or a poly-cotton blend. Percale is particularly popular with parents due to the lack of wrinkles.
Egyptian Cotton – As the name would suggest, these sheets are made from cotton grown in Egypt. These sheets have a high thread count and are considered to be very luxurious.
Italian Linen – These linen sheets are made in Italy however they are actually made from Egyptian Cotton, so therefore have the same high quality and excellent reputation.
Pima Cotton – This bedding has a soft and silky feel; not dissimilar to Egyptian cotton. This cotton originates from Pima, Arizona.
For bedding to enhance sleep, it must be comfortable. Opt for soft bed coverings and ensure you choose lighter ones in summer and heavier ones in winter. Also, consider personal preference; some people like a cold room with a very warm bed, and others prefer a hot room and a cool bed.
Children’s bedding will not be complete without the perfect pillow. If allergies are a concern, choose pillows and other bedding made from hypoallergenic materials. One-hundred percent cotton works well and pillows or a duvet should be stuffed with synthetic down. Additionally, latex covers resist mould and dust mites.
Everyone wants a good night’s sleep. Considering colour, fabric, and comfort will provide the best bedding and will guarantee a happy bedtime.