We often pick something cute when we shop for bed sheets for little children, we relate something from marvel comics for boys and something from Disney’s for little girls.
But we neglect the health factors associated with fabrics, which become specifically important while shopping for little children.
One of such health risks due to the bad choice of bed linens is asthma, which is reported to be the most common chronic disease among children. It has been mentioned that 6% of little children suffer from asthma as compared to 2% of reported cases among adults. In addition, the children who suffer from asthma also tend to suffer from other health complications such as allergies and eczema.
Therefore, it is essential to consider health ramifications when we shop for bed linens for small children, and here are few tips that you could consider before buying kid’s bedsheets.
1.Harmful Chemicals: Sometimes bedsheets have chemicals, which are specifically harmful skin irritants such as formaldehyde, pesticides, and phthalates. Formaldehyde is used as an anti-wrinkle agent during the manufacturing process of bed linens and prolonged exposure to formaldehyde could cause skin allergies and asthma. Pesticides are used while cotton fabric production and prolonged exposure to the fabric pesticides is associated with neurodevelopmental disorders and weakened immune systems. Phthalates are used as dyes during the manufacture of bed linens and phthalates are associated with disorders such as asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism. Unfortunately, you can’t remove all the chemicals completely after washing, the chemicals get incorporated into the fibers of the fabric. Therefore, the best bet is to go for the highest quality fabric.
2. Bedding materials: Is a cotton sheet enough?
It’s a well-accepted perspective that cotton is the best choice for your bed sheet over synthetic fabrics. However, before going for the cotton sheets blindly, you should know that cotton production requires tons of pesticides, which means a possibility of the presence of skin irritants on the bed linens.
A safer bet is to buy organic cotton or Egyptian cotton bed sheet. This fabric makes the linens hypoallergic, skin-friendly and this means a customer-friendly fabric. Today fabric manufacturers are using new technologies to combine different quality fabrics. For example, a blend of good quality cotton fabric with silk, and polyester to produce satin fabric. Therefore, satin fabrics are shiny, soft, breathable, and yet warm, well suited for winter chills.
3. Thread Count: The thread count represents the quality of the fabric in terms of comfort and durability. The thread count can be calculated by counting the number of vertical threads twisted and horizontal thread weft yarns in a square inch of the fabric. This means higher the thread count softer and more durable will be the fabric. You could check the density of intertwined threads in a fabric by looking at the fabric against the sunlight.
If you want to rely on the thread count, go for 180 – 500 when you specifically want bed linens for small kids. Don’t fall the gimmick of 1000 thread count, which means the manufacturers are probably using two or more thread strands to make one thread strand, this also means a rough fabric.
4. Size matters: Same as the materials of your bedlinens, buying perfectly sized bed linens is also important for a good night's sleep. You don’t want the bedsheets to hanging out of the crib or the bed of your child. The loose or the extra fabric is not necessarily safe for your children, therefore, before buying the bedsheets know the exact size of the crib or the bed of your child. In addition, make sure to measure the width and of the mattresses as well so that the bedsheets cover the mattress perfectly.
To sum up, when you are shopping for bed sheets for small children, go for high-quality cotton or Egyptian cotton with almost 300 thread counts and look for quality assurance to avoid any harmful chemicals. After all, a good night’s sleep is the major contributor to the neural development of little children. To maximize the benefits of a good night’s sleep please check out the highest quality bed sheet in Jaipur Fabric and get a hassle-free shopping experience during the pandemic year!