Bedtime can be one of two things: a fiasco trying to get your child in the actual bed, let alone tucked in, or a breeze. Some parenting experts would like you to believe that the trick is the right bargaining tool — an extra bedtime story, mommy cuddles while they fall asleep, etc. — but we have reason to believe the secret to their cooperation weighs heavily in the right set of kids sheets.
Similar to how the hair makes the man, the sheets make the bed. Not to mention, they’re also the focal point of your child’s bedroom decor, so it’s imperative that you choose wisely — for your child, and the space’s aesthetic. Details like the material of the sheets (do you prefer microfiber, cotton or jersey fabrics?), prints (do solid shades, colorful patterns or cartoon characters most appeal to your little one?), size and care instructions matter.
What’s more, you want to be on the lookout for kids sheets that can grow with your child because while they may not be super pricey, they’re definitely bulky and can take up a decent chunk of closet space. But, ultimately, the best kid sheets for you and your child are the ones that are cozy and speak to their personality. Here are a few of our personal favorites.
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1. Kute Kids Sheet Set
From pink-and-white polka dots to gators and ballerina designs, Kute Kids sheet sets are available in 13 color schemes, patterns and prints. Each set includes at least one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and one pillowcase, all of which are made from high-quality polyester microfiber. The sets are also machine washable. Just pop them into your machine with like colors, wash in cold water and tumble dry. For maximum comfort, it’s suggested that you wash these sheets before arranging them on your child’s bed. The set will get progressively softer with each wash.
2. Chital Unisex Bed Sheets
Chital’s kids sheets are simplistic in their design, but that doesn’t take away from their aesthetic at all. Available in five basic patterns — airplane, construction, hearts, snow and starry night — each one is as charming as it is inviting for kids to cozy up in come bedtime. The sets consist of one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases, all of which are made from brushed microfiber. Best of all, the patterns are appropriate year-round, so you won’t have to worry about swapping sheets from season to season.
3. Franco Kids Bedding Set
For big kids looking to deck out their room in any and all decor related to their favorite television shows and characters, look no further than these kids sheets by Franco. Choose from either a three-piece twin or four-piece full-size set and browse the brand’s 20 designs that showcase cartoonish favorites like Super Mario, My Little Pony and Paw Patrol. There’s even options that speak to a slightly older audience such as the WWE, Rick and Morty, and Jurassic World versions. The sheets are made from microfiber and are wrinkle-resistant, which means you have one less thing to iron come laundry day.
4. Where The Polka Dots Roam Animal Print Sheets Set
For any child fascinated with animals and the great outdoors, Where The Polka Dots Roam animal-print sheet sets will be a dream come true. With prints of four-legged friends and woodland creatures to trace and use as fuel for their imagination, your little one will fall asleep dreaming of adventure and exploration. And as fun as these sheets are for your child, they are equally as enjoyable for parents because the microfiber fabric is wrinkle-, stain- and fade-resistant (translation: they’re durable and can last for years’ worth of snuggles).
5. AmazonBasics Kid’s Sheet Set
When parents hear the term “kids sheets,” it’s almost instinctual for them to envision loud colors, busy patterns and cartoons (so many cartoons). Enter AmazonBasics kids sheets, bedding sets that act as a middle ground for kids looking to add a little bit of personality to their space and parents hoping to maintain a certain aesthetic. Available in 22 designs, you and your child can choose between either a solid color (light jade green is a personal favorite) or a subtle design, such as white anchors or blue racetracks. Sets come in either twin, full or queen sizes and include one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases.