Childrens Bedding Safety Tips
There are a few common sense safety rules that should be followed when it comes to safe childrens bedding
although which ones you need to employ for your child will be dependant on their age, size and several other
factors. However, the following will offer some tips and guidance from which to choose.
If your child is under twelve months old, you will want to ensure that comforters and other blankets are not too
thick or large. It is natural to want to ensure that your baby is warm and comfortable. However, solve part of that
need with clothing and do not rely solely on blankets for that purpose.
Large comforters easily bunch up into pockets and areas of 'valley and mountain' that provide a place where the
baby's face may land. It is rare, but suffocation can occur when a baby is placed on or rolls over onto the
stomach. Even partial air obstruction can lead to medical problems.
Common sense dictates that any small object that could poke an eye or insert into the mouth should be removed
from the bed or crib at sleep time. Every parent knows that babies and young children of all ages do move around
during sleep, just as adults do. It is all too easy to accidentally sweep a small toy into an eye, nose or
Clean dry linen and blankets are another obvious common sense necessity. Most infants will eliminate sometime
during sleep. Even potty-trained children will sometimes continue to wet the bed or eliminate into later ages. The
practice varies from one child to another and there is no easy way to predict which will or will not. Keeping the
skin dry and free of waste products is essential to good health.
Subtler are the possible health effects of various materials and modern technologies.
Some modern materials are truly lifesavers. Fire resistant, non-smoking sheets and blankets have prevented many
a tragedy in recent decades. Death from fire or smoke inhalation used to be much more likely than it is today.
Nevertheless, with the importation of bedding from other countries with different standards, along with the still
existing use of non treated bedding, the hazard does still present itself. Check the labels to see if yours offer
any such protection. The same goes for when you are buying new childrens bedding.
On the other side, it is possible, albeit less likely, to find bedding that contains substances that can cause
skin rashes or are manufactured in a such a way to produce irritants or even cuts. Loose threads can catch between
the thumb and fingers that can cause bruising. Some youngsters are sensitive to certain compounds that can lead to
skin irritation, itching or allergic reaction.
Sheets and blankets that are manufactured without modern techniques are often advertised as being natural but
bedding made of this material can still cause irritation to a childs young skin. A prime example is hemp, which is
sometimes touted as a near miracle fiber. However, for children with allergies, there is nothing miraculous about
the substance. The best course of action is to monitor your own child carefully and take note when anything new is
introduced into his or her sleep environment.
Bear in mind also that bedding designed for adults is not necessarily suitable for children. Their immune
systems are different and they are less likely to wake up when their brain signals a problem during sleep. Use
bedding designed for children from reputable manufacturers and you will generally be on safe ground.