Organic cotton bedding for children, is a good idea if you can afford it. As well as being good for the planet (conventional cotton uses around a fourth of the world’s pesticides), it’s also gentler on a child’s skin, especially ones with allergies. And because the fibres have not been treated with chemicals, organic bedlinen tends to last longer.
Do not use pillows for babies and avoid ‘snuggle suits’, to avoid over-heating. Green Moms Collective has a good post on how to make the safest choice between organic nightwear and avoid toxic fire retardants: she suggests avoiding floating sleeves and trousers, and being vigilant to avoid flammable items. Experts say to not use anything flammable, if a child could climb from a cot. Cot bumpers are not recommended by the NHS.
Lullaby Trust writes how to reduce risk of SIDS and includes products not to buy (including sleeping bags and Finnish cardboard baby beds: with safety tips if you decide to use one). ‘Sleeping bags’ and sheepskin are not used in New Zealand, to help prevent crib death.
- Frugi sells organic cotton bedding for children, sent in biodegradable packaging (made from potatoes). This Cornish company offers ethically made organic cotton duvet sets, with a duvet cover and pillow case. These fun designs often have reversible patterns. Sold in an organic cotton drawstring bag.
- Kalusha Bedding for beautiful linen soft bedding and pillow cases for children