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How Often Should You Change Kids Bedding?

Posted on by Sleep Expert

Saying that your life changes forever once you have kids is an understatement. More laundry, more cleaning, more tidying, it all multiplies with having children. Thankfully, there’s a lot of love, laughter and adventures that come with it as well. Managing your household alongside an office job can be difficult and takes up a lot of your time. But when it comes to your kids, you should always make sure that they have a clean, hygienic environment to play, eat or sleep in. Today, we’re going to answer a question that is asked frequently: how often should you change your kid’s bedding? With life already as busy as it is, we understand that you’re not eager to wash bedding every other day. You will be pleased to hear, that is not necessary. 

How often should you change kids' bedding?

The answer to this question is not set in stone, as it will depend on your own preferences and your individual child’s needs. However, the rule of thumb is that you should wash your kids bedding at least every ten days. Even though kids don’t sweat as much as we do, it is still important to clean the sheets on a regular basis. Bacteria and dust mites build up on the bedding over time, which is not something you can prevent entirely but this is the reason why you should change your kid’s bedding regularly. 

How often you should change the kids bedding depends on multiple factors. Do your kids take a shower or bath before going to bed? This means they will be completely clean once they step into bed and that will keep the bedding clean for a longer time. The weather also has a play in how often you should wash bedding, as the sheets tend to get dirty quicker in summer due to sweating during the night. And don’t forget about the bedwetters, these accidents still happen for kids sometimes so that will obviously require clean bedding sooner. 

What is the best kids bedding?

When choosing bedding for your kid’s bedroom, it’s important to take a few factors into account. First of all, it’s important to have bedding that provides the right amount of warmth for the season. In summer, your kid will need a different warmth than in winter. That’s why it’s most convenient to choose bedding that both has a summer and a winter tog. You’ll want to make sure that your children have the right cover all year long as maintaining the right body temperature is key to sleep comfort and a restful nights sleep.

Besides this, there are some safety guidelines for kids when it comes to bedding. Duvets are not recommended for infants under 12 months of age. For a child over the age of three, a duvet with a 4.5 Tog is recommended, assuming the temperature in the bedroom is between 18 and 21 degrees. If their bedroom usually gets a bit colder than this during the winter months, you can use a 9 Tog duvet instead. Next, you will have to take into account how easy it is to wash the bedding. Not only the duvet cover should be washed on a regular basis, but washing the bedding itself as well helps to keep sleep hygiene high. A duvet that is easily washable is the Spundown Duvet, which also provides year-round warmth when desired. The all-season duvet is easy to wash and will not lose its shape in the washing machine. Kids love a fluffy duvet and this is exactly what you’ll find in the Spundown Duvet. Even after washing multiple times, it doesn’t lose its fluffiness! 

Another favourite is the Night Owl Duvet, which is a coverless duvet that is particularly fitting for a kids bedroom. The duvet is easy to wash as you can pop the entire duvet into the washing machine without it losing its shape. As the duvet doesn’t require a cover, making your kids beds has never been this easy! You simply throw the Night Owl Duvet onto the bed and it’s ready to go. The coverless duvet in 4.5 Tog comes in colours such as blue, green and pink which makes it extra fun for the kids. 

Is changing kids bedding different from changing adult bedding?

Changing kids bedding is not that different from changing adult bedding, as its frequency and way of cleaning should be the same. For both kids bedding and adult bedding, it’s important to wash it at least once every ten days, but preferably every week. If you’re suffering from allergies or have the flu, you can wash the bedding at 60°C to kill bacteria and dust mites. Ideally, you should wash all bedding on the same day to make sure you maintain the frequency. That way, it’s easy to remember when to wash the kids bedding and you will sleep in a clean, fresh bed as well! Don’t forget to wash the duvet itself regularly too, preferably every few months but at least twice a year. 

What's the most hygienic amount of time for bedding to be used?

If you’re washing your bedding weekly, it is important to know when it’s time to buy new bedding. After all, your bedding will not last a lifetime and you shouldn’t want it to. Depending on how often you wash your bedding, you will find your sheets to be due to changing after one to two years. Think of it as your favourite t-shirt you wear often, the fabric will eventually lose its bright colour or will start to wear out. To contribute to a better environment, it’s important to choose a better quality fabric that will last longer. It’s better to invest rather than to replace. This way, the quality of your bedding will remain high for longer and you will keep the hygiene at its highest level. Sustainability is of great importance to us and we want to ensure that changing your bedding doesn’t cost the environment. Our Eco Duvet is particularly eco-friendly as it was made using 100% renewable energy and its cover is made out of 100% recycled material. 

A mattress is often forgotten, but to maintain a good sleeping quality, it’s important to buy a new mattress every 6 to 8 years at the least. Your mattress will lose firmness after a couple of years and will become less clean and hygienic. To expand the lifespan of your mattress, you can use waterproof protectors. Especially when your kids are younger, a mattress protector is an absolute must! However, a protector is a necessity for every mattress, whether someone young or old is sleeping on it.