As the cooler weather sets in, many parents change or increase the type of sheets and blankets used on their child’s bed to give added comfort and warmth. At this time, many parents wonder if certain fabrics are better or worse for their children who have sensitive skin or allergies – and the answer may surprise you!
In today’s post we’ll look at some of the most popular types of linens, sheets, and blankets to give you information about which types may be best for you and your family.
This easy to clean material is made from tiny pieces of polyester making them both soft and affordable. The issue with micro-fiber linen is that they are heavy and tightly woven and don’t allow for much air flow. It’s a synthetic fiber which sensitive skin may react to. You may find that using micro-fiber increases night sweating and skin irritations at night since the skin won’t be able to ‘breathe’ or detoxify as well.
Polyester / Polyester Blends
This synthetic material is light and affordable. Polyester doesn’t breathe as well as natural woven fabrics and may be an aggressive irritant to children with chemical sensitivities because it’s a synthetic, man-made fiber. Polyester is a popular choice for summer months because it is light and cool, but it doesn’t allow for air flow depending on the fabric style.
Choosing cotton is always a great option. You can find organic cotton towels, sheets, and linens these days that are affordable and built to last. A higher thread count will be heavier and softer while a lower thread count will be textured and lighter.
Cotton linen, including jersey knit, is a great option for many children with sensitive skin because it wicks sweat away from the body, keeps your child warm, allows room for air flow, and is easy to wash and maintain.
Bamboo Linen is the new kid on the block it seems. Bamboo is known to be soft and lightweight, eco-friendly and great for sensitive skin too. Keep in mind, bamboo wicks way moisture and it naturally is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Similar to cotton, it allows air flow and is easy to wash and maintain.
If you have a favorite cloth or material style your child with allergies or sensitive skin prefers, take a moment to share it with us in the comments section below!