The Best Bed Sheets for Kids
It’s an exciting time when our babies and toddlers start to grow up. Once they’ve made the upgrade from a crib or cot to a big-kid-bed, we need to find suitable bedding for them to get a good night’s sleep.
With so many options on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. The sheer number of patterns alone can be a lot to navigate! That’s why we’ve looked into some of the best sheets for kids and created this helpful guide.
When it comes to the best kid’s sheets, there are 4 essential factors to consider:
Material. For kids, fabric that is soft, breathable, and easy to care for is going to make the best sheets. Opt for durable fabrics that can be easily washed.
Design. While the design or pattern on the sheets may seem arbitrary, having sheets with fun colors or their favorite prints can help facilitate an easier bedtime routine.
Care. Accidents happen! Look for sheets that can be easily washed in the event of spills or accidents.
Durability. Look for sheets that will hold up after multiple washes and that can withstand playtime or kids that tend to move in their sleep.
Best kids' bedding, a closer look
The material bedding is made from impacts how soft it feels, how breathable it is, how long it will last, and how easy it is to care for. While adults may prefer high-end materials such as bamboo, silk, or Egyptian cotton, sheets made from these fabrics are often expensive and may not be suitable options for kids as they will likely need to be replaced more often.
There are several great fabric choices for kids' sheets that will ensure your little one can get a good night’s sleep.
Cotton: Cotton is a versatile and popular material for anything from t-shirts to bedsheets. This is because cotton is breathable, soft, and generally easy to care for. Cotton sheets often come in a variety of colors and patterns. Cotton sheets are mostly found at an affordable price, with organic cotton and long-staple cotton running more on the expensive side. Cotton is one of the best bedding set options if your child tends to sleep hot as it is ultra-breathable.
Microfiber: Microfiber fabric is made from synthetic fibers. Microfiber is incredibly easy to care for and is wrinkle-resistant, stain-resistant, fade-resistant and machine washable. Polyester microfiber sheets generally come in a variety of color options. They tend to be one of the more affordable bedding options and are a fantastic option for kids that are accident or spill-prone. Microfiber is the perfect material for a year-round sheet set. We highly recommend Mellanni's 1800 Microfiber Sheet Set if you are in the market for a microfiber option for your kid's bed.
Flannel: Flannel sheets are the perfect option for cooler, winter months. Flannel traps body heat, making flannel sheets the best extra-warm sheets for kids. Flannel sheets also tend to come in a variety of fun patterns, fitting right into the fun and whimsical nature of your child's room. We love our lightweight cotton flannel sheet set, which are perfectly cozy yet breathable, making a great cool weather option - even for hot sleepers.
While having sheets with a fun pattern or design that kids love may not be necessary, it can make bedtime a lot easier and more fun. Depending on your kid's interests and preferences there are a few different options when it comes to kids' bed sheet designs.
Patterns with animals or objects such as ice cream, snowflakes, or fruit
Design patterns such as polka dots, checkers, paisley, or flannel
Sheets that stand out with bright colors
Themed sheets that match the decor of the room
Television or movie-themed sheets
Given the number of designs available on the market for kids bedsheets (from Pottery Barn Kids Disney princess collection to Star Wars and Harry Potter-themed designs, to vibrantly bright colors, to fun but gender neutral options) it’s a good idea to think about the kind of look and feel you are going for ahead of time to help narrow down options and not become overwhelmed.
If an emergency bedding change could cause a melt-down, opt for a twin set sheet set with identical patterns to facilitate an incognito swap. It may be beneficial to opt for backup sheets with a more neutral design so that they can also be used for guests or friends. Otherwise, it could be worth buying a twin set or two of the same prints to use for backup.
We know our kids can be messy! That’s why it’s important that kids' bedding is easy to wash, dry, and take care of. The type of fabric sheets are made of can impact how easy or difficult it is to care for sheets. Look for fabrics such as cotton, microfiber, or cotton blends.
Be sure to review sheets’ care instructions before purchase. Sheets that are machine washable are best for being able to deal with accidents or spills on the fly.
Kids' sheets will likely require many washes over time. Choosing sheets that are made with high-quality, durable fabrics means that the sheets will hold their shape, color, and integrity through many washes.
While it’s not necessary to invest an arm and a leg for kids' sheets, it’s good to keep in mind that quality will mean a longer shelf life for your kiddo’s bedding. Significantly cheaper sheets are not likely to last through even a few washes.
Other considerations for the best kids' sheets
Purchasing a sheet set that fits correctly on the bed is essential for maintaining a comfortable sleeping environment. Be sure to check the dimensions of both the fitted and flat sheet before purchase to make sure they are a suitable fit for your child’s bed and mattress size. If your child is still sleeping in a cot or crib, be sure to look specifically for a cot-size sheet set or crib sheets.
Deep pockets on fitted sheets are a good option, especially if you have a child that moves around a lot during sleep. Flat sheets with a bit of extra length can be tucked into the mattress more securely.
A mattress protector is a bedding accessory that goes in between the fitted sheet and the mattress. Mattress protectors are a great investment to help protect a child’s mattress, not only from accidents and spills, but also from dust mites, dirt, and dander.
A mattress protector is a must-have when it comes to equipping your kid's rooms.
Most twin sheet sets come with one pillowcase, a fitted sheet, and a flat sheet included. Depending on your needs, it could be worth purchasing higher-quality pillowcases separately. This is especially the case if your child has sensitive skin, or you are dealing with unruly hair that is easily knotted.
While a kids' sheet set may not need to be made of high-end luxury materials, pillowcases made of materials such as silk or Egyptian cotton could be a good bedding option that won't break the bank but will provide additional comfort. We recommend Mellanni's 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase which comes in a variety of colors.
Back-up sheet set
In the case of an accident during the night, having backup bed sheets on hand will save a lot of hassle.
A backup sheet set can also include fun prints or colorful designs, but if you would like to get extra use from them, opt for solid colors or gender-neutral designs that can also be used for guests or friends.
A duvet cover is used to protect comforters or duvet inserts. Duvets and comforters are functional during colder, winter months in keeping us cozy and warm. Covers are also used as bedroom design centerpieces, tying the decor of a room together or adding an extra pop of color. Some kids' bedding sets may also come with duvet covers and shams that complement the bed sheets or even have the same print.
What is the best fabric for kids' bed sheets?
The best fabric for bed sheets usually comes down to personal preference and budget. For kids, the best options are usually those that are soft, easy to clean, breathable, and versatile. Cotton, microfiber, and flannel are great fabric options for kids' bed sheets.
What size sheet set do I need for a kids' bed?
The size of kids' sheet sets will depend on the size of their beds. If your child still sleeps in a crib or cot, opt for a sheet set specific to those dimensions.
As kids "graduate" to adult-sized beds, such as a twin bed, look for a sheet set that fits their specific bed size. If they have a twin-size bed, be sure to double-check the length of a twin-size bed to determine if it is a regular twin or twin XL.
Don't forget to take into account other sizing variables, such as a mattress topper or an extra thick mattress. For extra-thick mattresses, a slightly larger fitted and flat sheet will make making the bed much easier!
What thread count is ideal for a kids' sheet set?
Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. A common misconception is that a high thread count automatically means a high-quality sheet. This is not necessarily the case. An ideal thread count range is somewhere between 200-800. Sheets with a lower thread count may be uncomfortable and rough, while those with a higher thread count may be artificially inflated.
For kids' sheets, a thread count of between 200-400 is generally acceptable, allowing for a soft yet breathable sheet.
Some sheets, such as flannel, are measured using grams per square meter or GSM. This is a different measurement than thread count and is usually related to the thickness of the fabric.
Should I buy organic cotton sheets for my kids?
Organic sheets are a great option for being environmentally friendly and to avoid allowing harmful chemicals to come in contact with our children's skin.
It's important to be diligent when shopping for organic cotton sheets. Double-check that they are 100% organic and properly certified. It's not uncommon to come across a product labeled as an organic cotton sheet set, only for it to be partially organic or to only have an organic cotton fitted sheet or top sheet, but not an organic cotton pillowcase.
Mellanni’s top kids' bedding
We've got you and your little ones in mind. We've created a kids' collection with some of the best sheet sets on the market.
Toddler 3 Piece Set
This sheet set is perfect for little beds, including crib and toddler beds. With a variety of adorable patterns, these sheet sets are perfect for comforting your little one.
Mellanni Queen Sheet Set - Hotel Luxury 1800 Bedding
Mellanni's 1800 bedding is perfect for slightly older kids that want an adult feel, but still require sheets that are affordable and easy to clean.
Jersey Knit 100% Cotton 4-Piece Bed Sheet Set
Our 4-piece Jersey Knit sheet set is the epitome of comfort. Super soft, snuggly, and with an extra-good fit, these sheets are perfect for kids that tend to move around at night and need a little extra security.
Flannel Cotton Sheet Set
Available in a variety of patterns, our cotton flannel sheet set is perfect for your children during cooler, winter months. If keeping them warm is your top priority, these sheets are for you!
The best child's bedding option if your kid struggles with knotted hair. Our Mulberry silk pillowcase is silky smooth, which helps combat stubborn knots during the night.
When it comes to the best kids' bed sheets, there are a few things to keep in mind: the material the sheets are made of, the pattern or design they have, how easy they are to care for, and how durable and long-lasting they are. Mellanni has you covered with our long-lasting, high-quality bedding.
If you’re looking for sheets that are soft, comfortable, and come in colorful designs, our classic toddler 3 piece set sheet set is perfect! Your baby, toddler, or young child will love them.
For a sheet that is crisp and fresh, yet incredibly easy to care for and clean, our high-quality hotel-style microfiber sheets are essential. They are a classy, yet kid-friendly bedding solution.
If your little one loves cuddly and cozy sheets (just like your favorite t-shirt), our 100% jersey knit sheet set is perfect for a comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep.
An essential sheet set for keeping warm in cold weather, our flannel cotton sheet set also comes in a variety of great colors and designs.
For any child struggling with sensitive skin or knotty hair, our natural silk pillowcase can be paired with any kids’ sheet set for maximum comfort and design.
Choosing kids' bedding can be overwhelming, but knowing what you need is a great place to start. Mellanni's got you covered as a one-stop-shop of the best bedding -- for both kids and adults -- on the market. Made with the most excellent quality craftsmanship and material, there is no better choice.