Buying a new duvet for your child, once they have grown out of their baby sleeping bag, is highly recommended as the debris contained within an old duvet can result in serious implications on their health. Contaminants can cause symptoms of asthma, rhinitis and conjunctivitis and irritate existing cases of eczema. The problem is, choosing a duvet for your child may seem like a far more formidable process than choosing one for yourself. There may seem to be so many considerations when trying to find one that will be the most comfortable and healthiest for them, but also the most practical for yourself.
The first decision you need to make is what type of filling would be the best for your child. Natural feather and down duvets, whilst naturally breathable, require professionally cleaning in large capacity machines. Though children’s duvets are generally only cot bed or single in size and may well fit into a domestic-sized washing and drying machines, they really do require drying in a large capacity machines and this really is a job for the professionals. Drying a duvet without overheating the delicate fibres of the feather and down is a difficult and time-consuming one, and yet they must end up fully dry, otherwise the duvet will develop mildew and smell. However, without putting too finer point on it, visits to the launderettes aren’t cheap and you may require a spare duvet if the job cannot be done the same day! It is therefore not uncommon for people to admit that they rarely, if ever, wash their duvets.
With children, it may be impossible to avoid the need for washing their duvet as they become prone to bedwetting from the potty-training age onwards, and accidents do happen! An easy care, reasonably priced synthetic duvet therefore becomes a sensible choice of children’s duvet. With the development of polyester fibre manufacturing leading to the invention of highly sophisticated microfibre fillings and casings in recent years, synthetic duvets have become much softer and lighter in weight. These, relatively new duvets, imitate the soft feel of down far more closely than the old styles of synthetic fillings, such as hollowfibre. One manufacturer has even developed a highly compressible cluster-fibre duvet filling so soft and lightweight, it enables all sizes of their microfibre duvets to be washed at home. (more...)