The mercury is dropping fast and soon enough, our perfectly greened lawns will be frosted over in a sea of white icicles. Sure, it looks pretty from inside…peering over my coffee cup, but I don’t really want that coolness to wake up my toddler in the middle of the night! There is a sure way to keep the kids warm this winter with these insider tips.
Cotton Vs Linen Vs Bamboo
If you invest in quality bedding it will wash easier, wear better and last longer. Better still, take advantage of the end-of-financial-year sales to get reduced quality bedding. If you are buying cotton, look out for Pima, Egyptian and organic with a high thread count. Never buy polyester or a polyester/cotton blend, because it does not “breathe” like natural fibers do and will leave kids alternating between sweaty and cold. Bamboo is very soft and anti-microbial which is great for hot, little sleepers. By far, the best hard-wearing sheets celebrated for their softness and anti-pilling nature is linen. They are the most expensive but expect sheets and covers to last years ahead of the competition. And keep an eye out for those sales. They say, once you go linen, you never go back!
I recommend three quality layers to beat the cold plus a flat sheet. Quilt’s come in both summer and winter weights, with mid-weights available for those of us who don’t have room (or the money) to buy seasonal quilts. Quilted bedcovers do well as the second layer and can be singled out as a light covering for those stifling Australian summers. Look for a cotton batting (the inside layer on a bedcover) rather than the cheaper polyester. Sometimes, it is hard to find a nice quilted bedcover especially in single/king single/double or cot sizes. If you are handy with a sewing machine, buy a quality duvet cover and sew a cotton batting to the inside from Spotlight. Otherwise, there is no problem with having a second light weight duvet. For extra cold nights, always have a full-size blanket or smaller throw ready at the end of the bed. For toddlers, you can get away with buying throws to act as final layer blankets because they are so short as this age.
Olive green, mustard, navy blue and grey marle will be hot in stores this winter, along with fur and deep gemstone colours.
Done For You Decorating Packages
Bed Styling: Olive Linen Double Duvet Cover, Adairs; Indigo Linen Double Duvet Cover, Adairs; Gomez Charcoal Throw, Freedom; Ohio Cushion, Freedom; Dinosaurs, Kmart; Star, Typo. (Not seen: White Linen fitted & flat sheet, Adairs; Grey Marle Pillowcase, Spotlight).