Why sleep is so important for kids
Science tells us that kids need more sleep than adults in order to maintain their physical and mental health as well as ensuring a strong immune system, memory function, and better general behavior.
The ideal amount of sleep by age for kids is:
• 10-13 hours for under kids aged 5 and under • 9-12 hours for kids aged between 6-12 years • 8-10 hours for teenagers aged 13-18 years
That’s why choosing the right kid’s bedding is so important.
But what is the right bedding? Let’s run through our top 3 tips for buying “right” for your kids.
Top 3 tips for buying kids bedding
Choosing the right kids bedding is about knowing what’s important and what to look out for. It’s a balance of quality, cost, health and ease of care, so that you can be assured that you’ve made the best choice for both your children and for you.
1. Choose non-allergenic and toxin free
Organic bedding isn’t just a fad to get you to spend more – it’s based on the fact that no-one should sleep on anything that contains chemicals, pesticides and toxins. Believe it or not, cheaper bedding made from man-made materials like polyester is full of this.
For young children with immune systems that are still developing, or who are immuno-compromised, cheap bedding can pose a real threat to their health. Organic just means natural – no added nasties – and doesn’t need to break the bank. 100% cotton sheets are made from natural, organic plant-based fibers that are breathable, hypoallergenic, and durable. This makes them the perfect choice for kids bedding.
2. Take note of thread count
Higher thread count in sheets doesn’t actually lead to higher quality, but it will lead to higher cost – guaranteed. Choosing the right kids bedding is about finding the balance between cost and quality. A mid-range thread count is the right balance, especially since many higher thread count sheets actually compromise thread quality for quantity.
3. Go for easy care
Kids naturally attract dirt which, despite our best efforts, will inevitably make its way into the bed. So, you’re going to want to buy bedding that’s easily machine washable in cold water, since they’ll be being washed regularly. Lower quality bedding just won’t stand up to frequent washing, and over time will pill and fray, leaving you needing to replace it sooner than you’d like. Look for sheets that will last the distance while being easy care.