Hi Mummas!

Choosing the right bedding for your toddler is a crucial decision that can significantly impact their comfort, sleep quality, and overall well-being. Which in turn effects yours too!  As your little one transitions from a cot to a toddler bed, it's essential to create a cozy and safe sleeping environment. But with the multitude of options available, how do you make the best choice? Do not fear! We have done the research so you don't have to. Read below for all the details on toddler bedding selections. 

Choosing the right bedding for your toddler impacts their comfort and your peace of mind.

How do I choose bedding for my toddler?

Choosing the right bedding for your toddler involves considerations of safety, comfort, and practicality. Here are some essential factors to keep in mind:

  1. Safety First:

    When selecting toddler bedding, prioritize safety above all else. Ensure to choose bedding that meets safety standards and regulations. Look for certifications like Oeko-Tex Standard 100, (We love the Snuggly Jacks Nursery bedding for this exact reason!) which ensures the absence of harmful substances in the fabric. Avoid bedding with loose strings, buttons, or embellishments that could pose choking hazards.


  2. Comfortable Materials:

    Toddlers have sensitive skin, so choose bedding made from soft and hypoallergenic materials. Cotton is a popular choice as it is breathable, gentle on the skin, and easy to clean. Consider organic cotton options if you prefer an eco-friendly and chemical-free bedding choice.

  3. Size and Fit:

    Proper fit is crucial for your toddler's safety and comfort. Ensure that fitted sheets fit securely on the mattress to prevent them from coming loose during sleep. The sheet should fit snugly without excessive bunching or sagging. Measure your toddler's mattress dimensions accurately to find the right-sized bedding
  4. Ease of Cleaning:

    Toddlers are prone to spills and accidents, so choose bedding that is easy to clean and maintain. Machine-washable bedding is convenient and time-saving. Additionally, choose bedding that resists stains and maintains its quality after repeated washings.

  5. Design and Style:

    While safety and comfort are paramount, you can still consider the design and style that appeals to your toddler's preferences. Look for fun and vibrant patterns or character-themed bedding that can make bedtime more exciting and engaging for your little one.

What type of bedding is best for toddlers?

When it comes to selecting bedding for toddlers, there are a few types that are commonly recommended for their comfort and safety. Consider the following options:

  1. Fitted Crib Sheets:

    Fitted cot sheets are a popular choice for toddler bedding. They feature elasticized corners that ensure a secure and snug fit on the mattress. This helps to prevent the sheet from coming loose during sleep and reduces the risk of entanglement. Look for cot sheets made from soft and breathable materials, such as cotton, to provide comfort throughout the night.

  2. Lightweight Quilts or Blankets:

    For warmth without the risk of overheating, lightweight quilts or blankets are ideal for toddler bedding. Look for options that are specifically designed for toddlers and made from breathable materials. Avoid heavy quilts or blankets as they can pose a suffocation hazard. Remember to tuck the quilt or blanket securely around the mattress, avoiding loose ends.

  3. Avoid Pillows and Duvets:

    It's important to note that pillows and duvets are not recommended for toddlers under the age of two due to safety concerns. Toddlers have limited motor skills and may not be able to adjust or move pillows or duvets away from their faces if they become obstructed during sleep. It is best to wait until your toddler is older before introducing these items into their bedding.

What kind of bedding should a 2-year-old have?

As your child reaches the age of 2, they may be transitioning from a cot to a toddler bed. Choosing the right bedding for this stage is important for their comfort and safety. Consider the following recommendations:

We love the Bodhi Nursery Toddler Bed

  1. Toddler-sized Fitted Sheets:

    Invest in toddler-sized fitted sheets that are specifically designed to fit the dimensions of a toddler mattress. These sheets provide a snug fit, ensuring that they stay in place during your child's sleep. Most toddler beds are the same size as a cot mattress and you can easily recycle sheets that you have been using for the past 2 years. 

  2. Toddler-sized Blankets:

    Along with fitted sheets, consider using toddler-sized blankets. These blankets are smaller in size, making them more suitable for your child's smaller bed. Look for lightweight and breathable materials to provide warmth without causing overheating. Ensure that the blanket is securely tucked around the mattress, keeping it at a safe level for your child.

  3. Themed Bedding:

    Introducing themed bedding can add an element of fun and excitement to your toddler's sleep environment. Consider bedding featuring their favorite characters, animals, or colors. This can create a positive association with bedtime and make the transition to a toddler bed more enjoyable for your child.

  4. Child's Preferences:

    As your child grows, involve them in the bedding selection process. Let them choose the colors or themes they like, allowing them to have a sense of ownership over their bed. By incorporating their preferences, you can make their sleeping space more personalized and appealing to them.

When should I switch to toddler bedding?

The timing for transitioning to toddler bedding may vary for each child, but there are some general indicators to consider. Here's what you need to know:

  1. Outgrowing the Cot:

    The most common trigger for transitioning to toddler bedding is when your child outgrows their cot. If your child is attempting to climb out of the cot or has already successfully done so, it may be time to make the switch. Safety is paramount, and a cot is no longer suitable once your child can climb over the rails.
  2. Age and Development:

    While age alone is not the sole determining factor, most children transition to a toddler bed between the ages of 2 and 3. At this stage, they are more capable of understanding bedtime routines and have better motor skills to navigate a bed with low or guard rails.

  3. Consistent Sleep Routine:

    Ensure that your child has established a consistent sleep routine before transitioning to a toddler bed. Having a predictable bedtime routine helps them feel secure and promotes better sleep habits. This foundation will ease the transition and make the adjustment to a new sleeping environment smoother.

  4. Readiness Signs:

    Watch for signs that your child is ready for a toddler bed. These may include expressing an interest in a "big kid" bed, showing curiosity about siblings' beds, or demonstrating an ability to follow simple instructions. These signs indicate that your child is ready for the change and may even be excited about it.

Prioritize safety with Oeko-Tex Standard 100-certified toddler bedding from Snuggly Jacks.

When making the switch, remember to childproof the new sleeping space by removing potential hazards and ensuring a safe environment. Install guard rails to prevent accidental falls during the night.

Gradually introduce the toddler bedding by letting your child participate in the process. Allow them to choose their bedding or incorporate familiar elements from their cot, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal.

Choosing the right bedding for your toddler is a crucial step in creating a comfortable and safe sleep environment. By considering factors such as safety, comfort, and practicality, you can select the perfect bedding for your little one.

Start by prioritizing safety and choose bedding that meets safety standards, avoiding loose strings or embellishments that may pose a choking hazard. Choose hypoallergenic and breathable materials like cotton to ensure your child's comfort. Remember to select bedding that fits securely and is easy to clean and maintain.

As your child reaches the age of 2, consider transitioning to toddler-sized bedding. Toddler-sized fitted sheets and blankets provide a snug fit and warmth without the risk of overheating. Introduce themed bedding to make bedtime more enjoyable for your child and involve them in the selection process.

Knowing when to switch to toddler bedding depends on factors such as outgrowing the cot, age, and signs of readiness. Ensure your child has established a consistent sleep routine before making the transition. Childproof the new sleeping space and gradually introduce the toddler bedding, involving your child in the process.

When it comes to selecting the best bedding for your toddler, Snuggly Jacks offers a range of high-quality options. 

Wooden Cot with a Snuggly Jacks Summer Storm Fitted Cot Sheet and Cinnamon Knitted Blanket

Summer Storm Fitted Cot Sheet for a comfortable and stylish choice.

Remember, the right bedding creates a cozy and inviting sleep environment, promoting better sleep quality for your toddler. Regularly check the bedding for wear and tear, and replace it when necessary to maintain hygiene and safety.