The time has come where your little baby is not so little anymore 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 consider 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, cot quilt, or pillow 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.
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 at 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/ 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 at 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
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Silentnight Safe Nights Anti-Allergy Cot Bed Nursery Duvet
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 120cm
- Filled with 100 per cent 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."
Panda Kids The Cloud Bamboo Duvet
Best natural duvet
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 120cm
- Outer bamboo cover is made from 100 per cent rayon
- The filling consists of 50 per cent bamboo and 50 per cent nano microfibre
Mum Lauren says: "I absolutely love this duvet! As it is made from bamboo fibres, this makes it naturally hypoallergenic as well as 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!"
Littens 7.5 Tog Junior Duvet
Best thicker duvet for the colder months
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.
- Size: 120cm x 150cm
- Goose Feather & Down
- 230 Thread Count; 100 per cent Cotton
- Machine Washable at 40
- Anti Dust Mite & Non-Allergenic
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 even 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!"
John Lewis & Partners Tiger Print Toddler Duvet Cover u0026 Pillowcase Set
Best first duvet cover set
ANYDAY by John Lewis is a perfect basic but high-quality brand. 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. Coming in two sizes, cotbed and cot, this is sure to fit into any toddler's bed with a cute tiger print.
- 4 tog, 200 thread count
- Machine washable
- 100 per cent Cotton
- Tumble dry at low temperature
- Size: 120 x 140; Pillow 60 x 40 cm
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."
M&S Pure Wool & Cotton Toddler Duvet
Best lightweight duvet
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 per cent cotton, Filling - 100 per cent wool, Lining - 100 per cent polypropylene
Mum review: “My two year old has been sleeping with her new wool duvet for about a week now and it's a big hit! She already slept quite well but she wakes less now during the night and is sleeping in for an hour longer too each morning. Its thin but dense as you would expect from wool. She seems nice and snug under it. Its February now so we will see how she finds it in the summer, but I am very happy.”
The Fine Bedding Company Night Owl Junior Duvet & Pillowcase Set
Best single bed toddler/ kid duvet
Make sure your toddler gets a comfortable sleep with this fantastic duvet and pillowcase combo. Home washable at 40 and tumble dry safe, the duvet is filled with Smartfil Polyester microfibre filling for extra comfort. This coverless duvet is wonderfully soft and surprisingly lightweight, helping your little one stay snug all night long.
This duvet is designed for single beds, so make sure this is the correct size for your child. For toddlers in cot beds, this duvet would not be suitable as it could risk them overheating.
- 7 tog
- Hypoallergenic microfibre filling
- Washable up to 40 C
- Available in size 135 x 200cm (Single)
Mum review: "I have 2 of these night owl duvets for my daughter and they are superb. Light, warm enough for winter and cool enough for summer. I have washed them several times on a 30 degree temp and they come up good as new. I always either line dry them or over a clothes horse indoors. I don't tumble dry them. I also have 2 king-size ones as well and love them although they won't fit into my washing machine. Will have to take to launderette!"
Extra Warm Cosy Cubs Anti Allergy Cot Bed Duvet
Best anti-allergy duvet
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."
The White Company Hypo-Allergenic Soft & Light Breathable Duvet - 4.5 Tog
This super lightweight duvet is still nice and warm, making it a great duvet for your tot to use throughout the year. Filled with micro-fibre filling, it's comfortable and lump-free with a 200 thread-count cotton jacquard for breathability. It feels wonderfully soft and comfy and comes with a five-year guarantee so it's bound to last until your little one outgrows it.
- Cot size: 4 tog
- 200-thread-count cotton jacquard with 80 per cent Smartfil® polyester, 20 per cent Modal micro-fibres filling
- Available in sizes Cot Bed through to Super King
- Washable at 60 C
Mum review: "This is the best duvet I've ever bought. Nice and light."
At what age can toddlers use a duvet?
The NHS recommends that infants under 12 months should not have a pillow or duvet. When your tot reaches 12 months, make sure you use the right size duvet for toddler beds, to not risk overheating.
What tog should a toddler duvet be?
Duvet Advisor recommends that it’s best to go for a 4.5 tog duvet for the summer, and a 7/ 7.5 tog duvet in the winter to help keep them comfortable.
What size is a toddler duvet?
The most common and universal size for a toddler duvet is 120 x 150cm.