The time has come where your little baby is not so little any more and they’re ready to get their own proper duvet.
When it comes to choosing a duvet, there are so many things to think about. From the tog and size to the type of cover you want, it can be hard to know exactly which type to choose for your tot.
That’s why we’ve put together a helpful guide on the key things to look out for when choosing a duvet for your toddler.
Things to think about before buying a duvet
There are a couple of important safety aspects that shouldn’t be ignored when it comes to choosing a duvet.
- Infants under 12 months of age shouldn’t use a duvet as this could result in suffocation.
- It’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right size duvet – if your baby is still in their cot, you’ll want to make sure they have a cot bed duvet rather than a single sized duvet as this could cause them to overheat.
- Find out more about choosing the safest baby sleep pillow here and the safest toddler pillow here.
Choose a lightweight option
Anyone with a toddler knows just how much they like to wriggle and starfish in bed. They can often get quite hot and sweaty in the night too as they can’t regulate their body temperature as well as we can. That’s why for their first ever duvet, you’ll want to choose a lighter weight option. Duvet advisor recommends that it’s best to go for a 4.5 tog duvet for the summer, and a 7 tog / 7.5 tog duvet in the winter to help keep them comfortable.
It's also worth noting that if you live in a newer build house or your home always feels quite toasty, you might be just fine with a 4.5 tog year round plus an extra blanket for those colder nights.
Make sure it's washable
We've lost count of the number of times we've had to wash our tot's duvet in the middle of the night because they had an accident or have been sick in their bed. That's why it's very important to get a duvet that washes well and dries quickly either in the tumble drier or outside on the line.
Look out for natural materials
When it comes to keeping cool in the night, it's best to go for a duvet covered in a natural material like cotton. The fillings are usually made from synthetic fibres or natural ones such as feather and down. You might also want to look out for an anti-allergy duvet if your child suffers from asthma or gets sniffly and wheezy in the night.
The best toddler duvets
With the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval, it's a great duvet for toddlers that suffer with allergies or asthma. It's also very lightweight making it easy to wash and for your tot to pull on them and push away from during the night. This duvet also won a bronze award in our Mother&Baby 2018 awards.
- Has a choice of 4, 4.5 or 9 tog.
- Machine washable at 40 degrees Celsius, tumble dry on low
- Size: 150 x 120 cm
- Filled with 100% hollowfibre
Mum Jessica says: 'I would definitely recommend this duvet. I like the fact that it is anti-allergy, as my husband has asthma and I suffer with allergies, so we try to use anti-allergy products as much as possible. It is great to store as it folds up and goes back in its packaging really easily, keeping it free from dust and cutting down on storage room, which with all the different bedding you end up with, is definitely an advantage! It is lovely and soft, and doesn’t overheat my little boy too much.'
Read more mum reviews of this duvet here.
This Panda kids duvet is made from bamboo so is naturally antibacterial and resists mould, fungi, mildew and dust mites. It's suitable for all seasons as the bamboo microfibre helps keep your tot warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- 4.5 Tog
- Size: 150 x 120 cm
- outer bamboo cover is made from 100% rayon
- The filling consists of 50% Bamboo and 50% Nano Microfibre.
Mum Lauren says: 'I absolutely love this duvet! As it is made from bamboo fibres, this makes it naturally hypoallergenic as well breathable! My little girl has slept so much better since I gave her the duvet to sleep with and I have felt reassured every night knowing it is breathable, so I know my little one isn't going to get overheated throughout the night. Highly recommended!'
Ideal if your home is older and on the chillier side, this junior cot or bed sized duvet is on the thicker and heavier side making it a great winter duvet choice for your tot.
Amazon mum review: 'Very well made duvet for my 2 years old daughter! We try to maintain 19-21 celsius degrees in her room and this provides just enough heat for her to be comfy. It’s a bit on the heavy side but that’s ever better. Harder to kick it off of herself. The filling is quite even and hasn’t moved around much. All in all it’s recommended!'
This is the ideal first duvet for your little ones cot bed, and it comes with a pillow. This set is specially designed to be quick drying, making it easy to wash and dry and get straight back on their bed.
- 4 tog
- Washable at 40
- Can be washed at 60 to kill dust mites
- 100% Polyester
- Tumble dry at low temperature
- Size: 120 x 140
Mum review: 'It is as described in the product description. I am very pleased with the quality of both the pillow and the duvet. My son loved this set. He's never had a Pillow or duvet before and had a great nights sleep.'
This duvet is ideal if your home is well insulated and your little one tends to get quite hot in the night. The breathable cotton outer and a pure wool filling will naturally regulate their temperature, keeping them cosy throughout the cooler nights and comfortable on those hot and stuffy ones.
- 3 tog
- Wash at 30
- Do not tumble dry
- Outer - 100% cotton, Filling - 100% wool, Lining - 100% polypropylene
Make sure your toddler gets a comfortable sleep with this 4.0 Tog duvet. Home washable at 60 to get rid of dust mites, the duvet is filled with Smartfil Polyester microfibre filling, in a super soft polyester.
- 4 tog
- Hypoallergenic microfibre filling
- Washable up to 60 C
- Available in Cot, Cot Bed and Single Bed size
Keep your baby extra warm and cosy with this thicker duvet. Ideal for cold winter months, this duvet is made up of anti-allergenic hollowfibre, making it a great choice if your tot struggles with allergies.
- 10.5 Tog
- Polycotton casing
- Size: 120 x 150
- Machine washable
Mum review: 'This duvet is really thick yet not heavy which is great for my 2.5 year old. The thickness of the duvet means it's a bit stiff, so it doesn't mould very easily but I am very happy with this product. My little one has been sleeping very well since I got this for him.'