As a parent, it is probably safe to say that you want the very best for your child. The best education, the best career, the best life partner…these are all examples of some wishes you have for your beloved offspring. Oddly enough – the very best at times may be a bit much for your little and even grown ones to handle regarding matters of the home.
Sometimes, children (regardless of age) are just not responsible with things we value. Can you really blame a 4-year old for not grasping the value of silk sheets? Because of this, parents should be more conscious when choosing home essentials for their children. You don’t want something too cheap (otherwise, you will spend more money replacing them) and might not want to invest in too expensive items in fear they won’t care for them. So what should you do?
Unfortunately, we don’t have all the answers, but can provide a little insight in the world of bedding as it is something your children will use on daily basis. So if you have a young child or a grown adult, here are some bedding materials you might want to consider.
3 Bedding Materials for Children (of all ages)
- Cotton/Organic Cotton – Good ol’ cotton has been and will always be a preferred bedding material. All natural and soft against the face, cotton is a breathable material and very washable. Organic cotton (harvested by farmers without using toxic pesticides and/or synthetic fertilizers) has become a household staple as many affordable home furnishing stores are keeping them readily stocked at great prices. Cotton bedding is an excellent choice for nurseries and praised by parents for its lack of synthetic materials (often contain harsh chemicals).
- Jersey – No we are not talking about the state, but the popular knit fabric. A blend of wool, cotton and some synthetic fibers, jersey fabric has a t-shirt like feel and is a popular bedding choice for many young and growing adults (big in college dorms). Like all-cotton bedding, jersey sheets are super soft and hold up pretty well after washing (so long as they are good quality of course). If however you happen to enjoy a sturdier sheet set, jersey may not be for you as it gives or loosens up. It is also recommended that you wash them in cold water to prevent shrinkage.
- Percale – Don’t let the fancy name fool you as percale sheets come in all sizes and budgets. Receiving its name from its closely woven makeup, percale bedding is very classic dating back to the 17th century. Most sheet sets offer a cotton and polyester blend, but are extremely smooth. Its tight woven body gives them a firm composition and is an excellent candidate in the washer machine (holds up very well). Be expected to pay a little more for these threads as their high thread count makes them a staple in the luxury department.
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