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How Often Should You Replace Your Child’s Mattress and Bedding?

Cleaning your child’s bedroom can feel like a herculean task, worthy of accolades normally only bestowed on Olympic gold medallists. First you must step gingerly over the plastic farmyard animals strewn across the carpet, then it’s time to negotiate the precariously balanced books placed smack bang in the centre of the bedroom and finally one must clamber over the disconcertingly smelly piles of dirty clothes. At last, you have reached your goal – the bed. If you only achieve one thing during this cleaning adventure, then changing the bedding it is. Forget dusting and vacuuming, at least the bed is tidy.

But, did you know that we should actually be replacing their duvets, mattress and pillows as well? Adding a whole other adventure to your cleaning escapades.


Pillows should be replaced roughly every two years. Leaving them for longer than this can cause dust mites to start to gather, which increases likelihood of allergies. Also, pillows start to lose their support if they have been slept on for too long, so replacing your child’s pillows regularly will help aid a comfy night’s sleep.


According to research, we use the same duvet for an average of seven years and should, in fact, be replacing them after five – eek!! This is again due to those dastardly allergy inducing dust mites. Duvets also start to thin over time, meaning that they lose their warmth.  Replacing your child’s duvet will help lessen their chances of allergies and keep them toasty warm in the winter.


It’s amazing how important a good mattress is, especially for young children whose bones are constantly growing. A good mattress provides support for your little one, as well as ensuring they (and you) get a restful night’s sleep. Adults are told to replace their mattress every ten years, but for children’s beds you may need to replace them slightly earlier than that to ensure they are providing the suitable support for their bodies. But, if you spot any sagging, or signs of wear and tear, then you should replace the mattress immediately.

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