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What's the Best Bedding for Kids' Mattresses?

What's the Best Bedding for Kids' Mattresses?

Most kids leave their cribs in exchange for beds between the ages of eighteen months and three years!

Your child is old enough to be out of a crib and in a "big kid" bed. Now what? It's time to find the best bedding for them. 

Finding a nice bedding set for an adult is hard enough. How do you find one that will suit a child's sensitive skin and sleeping habits? Let's talk about it!

Read on to learn how to find the right bedding for your child. 

What to Look For in Kids' Bedding

So what should you be looking for when you're buying bedding for your kid? Is it any different from buying bedding for yourself?

For the most part, the bedding you buy for your child should also be something you'd be willing to use. Here are a few basic things that you can look for to find the right match.

Material and Comfort

You want your child to stay comfortable and cozy at bedtime, so prioritize finding great bedding materials.

Good bedding is breathable, even if your home stays fairly warm. Breathable fabric will keep your child warm enough on chilly winter nights but still cool enough when the weather gets hot. 

You also want the material to be soft, especially if your child has sensory issues. Fabric that feels soft to you may seem scratchy or uncomfortable to their sensitive skin! 


While the overall aesthetic of children's bedding isn't your top priority, it still matters! 

When you're getting bedding for a baby or toddler's room, you're primarily appealing to your own aesthetic preferences. Pick bedding in colors that match the "vibe" you have in the nursery.

Older children like having the freedom to express themselves with their bedrooms. If your child is old enough to choose a color, let them! Luckily, our bedding sets have plenty of color options. 


You want your child's bed to stay clean, so pick bedding that's easy to clean and even protective.

Mattress protectors are essential for children's beds. They'll make sure that the mattress stays clean even if the child has an accident, forgets to change their sheets for too long, or even spills something on the bed.

Make sure to also look at care instructions for bedding so you know the general cleaning process before you buy. 

Our Best Bedding Options for Kids

So with all of those things in mind, what are the best bedding options for the kids in your household? We have a few that are completely kid and parent-approved. 

Here are some of the most popular bedding options that will keep your child cozy and comfortable all night long. 

Cooling Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector

You want to start with a mattress protector regardless of how old your child is. We actually recommend mattress protectors for people of all ages because they keep your mattress looking like new regardless of whether you spill, sweat, or just go too long between washes. 

The cooling cotton waterproof mattress protector is a great choice for anyone who runs hot when they sleep. It's breathable but still protective, making it perfect for balmy summer nights. 

Simply wash the mattress protector routinely and your child's mattress will stay clean. 

Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector

The organic cotton waterproof mattress protector is another great option for children. 

This is a durable mattress protector that can stand up to almost anything. It also has very little sound transfer. If your child is a light sleeper, they won't be disturbed by the sound of the mattress protector. 

As with the cooling mattress protector, this mattress protector will keep the mattress dry and clean, so you can keep it long-term. 

Kids TENCEL™ Sheet Set

When it comes to actual sheets, the TENCEL™ sheet set is a great addition to any child's mattress. Of course, you can also get matching pillows for a complete collection. 

These sheets are eco-friendly and durable, making them the perfect choice for any parent who has sustainability in mind. You won't be getting rid of these sheets for years to come because they can withstand almost anything your child can throw at them. 

They're made from wood fiber and pulp, so you won't have any plastic in your sheets. They're also silky and soft, making them perfect for children with sensory issues. 

For children who sweat in their sleep, the fabric is moisture-wicking. They'll stay dry and comfortable all night long, even if it's hot. 

Bonus: it comes in five beautiful and soothing colors.

Kids Crinkle Percale Organic Cotton Sheet Set

The kids crinkle percale organic cotton sheet set is another valid option. 

They're incredibly breathable, so your child won't get too warm at night. Due to their crinkled appearance, they always look soft and lived-in (and don't worry, you don't have to iron them. It's intentional!). 

They're not quite as smooth as the TENCEL sheets, but they're still soft and cozy enough for the majority of children. They also get softer with every wash.

These sheets come in four soothing and beautiful colors, so there's sure to be at least one that suits your child's preferences.

What Bedding Will You Choose for Your Child's Mattress?

Choosing the best bedding for your child's mattress isn't easy! Now that you know what to look for (and some of our favorite options), which will you choose? 

Why not let your child help you pick? 

At Nest Bedding, we have fantastic sheets, comforters, mattresses, and more for people of all ages. We want to make sure that all of our customers get a good night's sleep. 

Check out our sale and treat yourself to a comfortable new bed and bedding set today.