CHOOSING THE RIGHT BED LINEN FOR YOUR KIDS
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Moving into a ‘big’ bed is an exciting, and sometimes daunting, time for you and your child. It’s a significant milestone for you both and can be made easier by celebrating this time with new bed linen.
With an abundance of options on the market, the decision-making process can seem overwhelming at first. But don’t worry! I’ve done the hard work for you. So relax, have a cup of tea and read on.
But first, a quick word on the importance of sleep...
THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP
If you’re a human reading this, you will understand the very real impact sleep deprivation has on us all. This is doubly important for children. During childhood, our childrens’ mental and physical development is greatly affected by the quantity and quality of their sleep. Muscle repair; immune-system building; behavioural, learning and attention issues; and mental health are key areas severely impacted by how our children sleep (for more information, click here). Choosing the right bed linen for your kids will help them sleep well.
WHAT DO KIDS NEED?
The first thing to consider is the size of your childs’ new bed. The most common sizes are toddler beds and singles. From here, it’s best to choose the fabric before moving on to the colours and designs.
Kids need bed linen that is breathable, soft and durable. Where possible, it is always best to buy the best natural fibres you can afford. While Poly-cotton blends are cheaper, and rarely require ironing, they don’t always provide the breathability our little ones need. In addition to this, the fabric can be a little scratchy against their delicate skin. 100% cotton will always be the best option.
WHY 100% COTTON?
Cotton is a natural, breathable fibre, helping us sleep well at night-time. For our little ones, this is so important. A good nights sleep restores our childrens’ energy levels and prepares them for the next day.
100% cotton is also durable, meaning it should last at least a few years with the correct care. Kids don’t only use their bedding for sleeping; they use it to build tents and forts, snuggle under it watching movies and reading books on rainy days, and it provides a layer of cushioning during bedroom acrobatics! That’s a lot for bed linen to take!
All PIPSQUEAK bed linen is printed on 100% Egyptian Cotton Percale; a fine, soft weave with a crisp cool feel.
WHY IS THE THREAD COUNT IMPORTANT?
When it comes to durability and softness, thread count is key. Generally, the higher the thread count (TC), the softer the fabric. For everyday use, good quality bed linen will start at 180TC and increase. All PIPSQUEAK bed linen is printed on 200TC.
Once you’ve decided on the type of fabric, and the thread count, the fun really begins! Now you’re all set to choose the colours and designs you, and your little one, will love! Suffice to say, we spend a lot of time in our childrens’ bedrooms. Choosing a colour scheme that won’t date is important. Fads pass quickly during childhood (hello, superheroes and TV characters!), but a tasteful colour scheme will last many years.
At PIPSQUEAK, every design and colour is carefully curated by me to ensure you, and your little ones, will love their bedding for years to come.