​3 Kid's Room Essentials for Better Sleep

Posted by Julie Carter on 21st Oct 2022

​3 Kid's Room Essentials for Better Sleep

Many children struggle with sleep issues that can lead to dire consequences. In fact, up to 50% of kids experience a sleep problem; moreover, poor sleep can negatively affect a child's growth, immune system, brain development, behavior, and mental health. Conversely, healthy sleep habits in children lead to improved moods, focus & concentration, and better mental & physical health. Combined with a consistent bedtime routine and relaxing activities, quality bedding can lead to better rest for the entire family. The three most essential items every child's bed needs are a flat pillow, a waterproof mattress protector, and a comforter.

What should I look for in a kid's pillow?

Experts recommend a flat, firm pillow for children, especially toddlers under four. A firm pillow reduces the risk of suffocation by not allowing small heads to sink in too deep. A flat pillow is best for a developing neck as it keeps the spine at a neutral incline – not elevated. When a child turns four or five, they may be ready for a softer pillow, but a flat pillow is still recommended to keep their necks aligned. A pillow with too much loft will crane the head and neck at an unnatural angle, which may lead to soreness, discomfort, and more night wakings.

The EnviroLoft® Down Alternative Extra Soft Flat Pillow is an excellent choice for children, with a soft and barely-there feel, similar to resting your head on a comforter. Little ones will rest easy on our Down Extra Soft Flat Pillow, made with naturally hypoallergenic premium white down.

One of the most critical bedding items is a pillow protector. A quality pillow protector can elongate the life of any pillow by keeping drool, liquid spills, oil, and perspiration from penetrating the cushion. Pillow protectors also keep allergens at bay and keep away dust mites and bed bugs.

Why does my child need a waterproof mattress protector?

Waterproof mattress protectors help keep your child's bed clean and dry, which can extend the life of the mattress. Kid's beds are especially susceptible to accidents, spills, stains, dirt, and accelerated wear and tear. Take it from a mom who knows (me!): from nighttime potty training to jumping on the bed - and inevitable surprises like slime and fruit juice, a kid's mattress can use all the protection it can get. Waterproof mattress pads reduce dust mites, mold, and mildew and may improve allergies. Additionally, mattress pads and protectors provide a layer of comfort and support, enhancing your child's sleep quality.

We recommend the Tommy Bahama® Down Alternative Waterproof Mattress Pad for kids with a twin or full bed. It is fully waterproof, whisper quiet, stain-resistant, and provides plush cushioning for added comfort. For a Twin XL sized bed, we suggest the SleepCare® Waterproof Cooling Mattress Protector. This all-in-one solution is waterproof, antimicrobial, cooling, and designed to last 2-3 times longer than other mattress protectors on the market.

The Benefits of Kid Comforters

A quality comforter addresses the top considerations for children's bedding: warmth, durability, and ease of care. Down-alternative comforters add a layer of warmth compared to the thin, character-clad bedspreads you find when searching for kid's bedding. Down comforters also offer warmth and incredible breathability, making them an excellent year-round solution. A good comforter can last for 15-25 years with proper care and can easily be handed down from one sibling to the next. Best of all, these comfy covers simplify household chores. Most comforters are machine washable and make bed-making a breeze for kids of all ages.

Our twin-sized down comforter is machine washable, hypoallergenic, and comes with duvet tabs for the option of dressing it up in a duvet cover. We also offer a down-alternative twin comforter with a soft, down-like fill, duvet tabs, and easy care. For older children, teens, or those with a larger bed, check out our full-sized comforters.

Downlite provides quality pillows, comforters, blankets, and other bedding designed to improve sleep. If you would like personalized assistance or professional advice on your next bedding purchase, you may contact our customer service representatives, who will assist you in your decision-making.

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