Toddler Bedding

Toddler beds help to ease the transition between cribs and big kid beds.

These beds are built especially for toddlers; they are low to the ground, and most have barriers on all four sides to prevent your child from rolling out in the middle of the night.

Their smaller size might be more easily accepted by a child who’s intimidated by the size of a twin bed.

Toddler beds require special toddler bed sheets rather than standard twin sizes.

Follow these tips in selecting toddler bedding for your little one’s first big kid bed:

Style Considerations

Most toddler bedding comes in sets. Toddler bedding sets usually come with a comforter, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillowcase. At the very least, you’ll need an extra fitted and flat sheet for accidents.

You can buy an extra set of toddler sheets in solid colors for middle-of-the-night changes. And don’t forget a waterproof mattress pad to protect the mattress.

Many sets also have coordinating window treatments available if you’re interested, but consider how long your child is likely to use the toddler bed before spending a lot of money on the extras.

Generally, toddler bedding sets come in 100% cotton and are highly washable, but there are some fancy versions that might contain materials that could irritate sensitive skin and might not wash well. Make sure to check the materials before you buy.

Some toddler beds have fancy designs like racecars or fire trucks for boys and princess carriages or castles for girls. These beds may have special bedding considerations that you’ll need to consider when purchasing bedding for your toddler.

Toddlers’ Room Bedding Themes

Toddler beds (and therefore toddler bed sheets) have increased in popularity, so toddler size bedding is now available in almost all of the same themes as bedding for older children. Licensed character sets such as Disney Cars or Disney Princess toddler bedding are readily available at major stores.

There are also character sets targeted for younger children, such as Sesame Street, Blues Clues, and Winnie the Pooh. Since the toddler bed will be retired when your child is older, feel free to pick a theme that is toddler-friendly.

You won’t be able to use the bedding on the twin bed when your child graduates to it, and the more appealing you can make the toddler bed, the more likely he or she is to sleep there.

If your child isn’t a television watcher or you’d like to try something a little different, consider these possible bedding themes for your toddler’s room:

  • Choo choo trains – Train-printed bedding would be a great choice for a little boy who likes models or Thomas the Train.
  • Bugs – Look for bug prints for your little boy, and decorate the room with coordinating plastic critters.
  • Ballerina – Choose a ballet-inspired print for a budding dancer, and hang ballet slippers on the walls.
  • Flowers – Select a flowery pastel print for a little girl who loves pink, and accessorize with plenty of throw pillows.

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