What To Look For When Shopping For Kid’s Bedding

By Lisa Scott

When choosing kids’ bedding, your first step should be to consider your child’s tastes. After all, a child’s room is often an extension of her personality. Does your daughter like a particular color? Does she prefer a certain style? If you follow your child’s lead, she will lead you to the perfect kids’ bedding.

Kids’ bedding is available in a variety of designs, from cartoon characters to outer space. When selecting a design you must consider longevity. While your daughter might love Strawberry Shortcake this week, you have to think about the future as well. If you don’t mind replacing the bedding frequently, character bedding is fine; otherwise consider themes or patterns that can grow with your child.

Most children’s books, television, and movie characters are available on kids’ bedding (Barbie, Bratz, Gl Joe, Batman, Spiderman, Disney Princess, Lion King, Yu-Gi-Oh, Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry, Mickey Mouse, Tweety, Bugs Bunny, Simpsons,etc. ). Before committing yourself to expensive character bedding, try to decide if your child’s love of the character is here to stay or just a passing phase.


While a child might quickly outgrow her love of a popular television character, she is more likely to remain fond of flowers or clouds. Here is a partial list of popular themes for kids’ bedding: teddy bears, nature, ocean, military, solar system, insects, fairies, flowers, games etc.

Kids’ bedding is also available in an assortment of non-themed patterns. Patterns range from soft pastel flowers to wild neon abstracts. Popular patterns for kids’ bedding include polka dots, hearts, checks, circles, cow prints, plaid, stripes, and abstract designs. A well-chosen pattern can last all the way through the teen years.

Most kids’ bedding is sold in coordinating sets and includes fitted sheet, top sheet, bed ruffle, pillow shams, and comforter. Other sets might include a quilt or bed spread instead of a comforter. All three are used for the same purposes, but comforters are usually thicker. Selection will likely depend on personal preference and climate. Most stores also sell coordinating accessories, including shower curtains, wall hangings, waste baskets, and throw pillows.

Kids’ bedding is widely available. Some toy stores also sell kids’ bedding. If your child sleeps on a twin- or full-sized bed, you will find that kids’ bedding is readily available. If, however, your child’s bed is larger, you might have to special order the bedding or opt for patterns.

If you prefer to do your shopping online, there are a variety of websites selling kids’ bedding. A search on any search engine will find thousands of outlets offering bedding. The following is a list of popular kids’ bedding sites: Company Kids (offers a nice selection of kids’ bedding, divided into a boys’ and a girls’ section; the site also sells furniture and accessories; they are a great source if you are looking for kids’ designs that are not based on licensed characters), Bombay Kids (offers kids’ bedding and furniture in a nice selection of themes and patterns; many items can be personalized), Olive Kids (is a fun site offering kids’ bedding and furniture in themes such as dinosaurs, heroes, cowboys, and princesses).

Choosing a kid’s bed can be a daunting task for parents because there are so many options in style and design from which to choose. When faced with the decision, considering other uses and future uses for the child’s room, space limitations, safety, budget, and finally, your child’s wants and needs should lead you to the perfect selection!

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