The best duvets for toddlers

The best duvets for toddlers

by Lorna White |
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When your baby is not so little anymore and have maybe outgrown their safe and comfortable bedding sets that are suitable for babies, it might be time to start looking for the best duvets for toddlers.

There are so many things to think about when choosing the right duvets for toddlers too. From knowing which tog to buy in winter or summer, the size of the duvet that you will need, to the type of bedding set cover your toddler might want. It can be hard to know exactly which type to choose for your tot.

Not only do you have to think about what will be the right duvet for your toddler, you also have to think about the best pillow for your toddler, too, to match their new, big-kid bedding set.

The best duvets for toddlers at a glance

Best toddler duvet overall: Silentnight Safe Nights Anti-Allergy Cot Bed Nursery Duvet - Buy now on Tesco

Best anti-allergy toddler duvet: Silentnight Safe Nights Cot Bed Duvet 4 Tog - Buy now on Very
Best luxury toddler duvet: The White Company Hypo-Allergenic Soft and Breathable Duvet - Buy now on The White Company
Best easy-to-wash toddler duvet: John Lewis ANYDAY Toddler Duvet and Pillow - Buy now on John Lewis

With many different duvets on the market, we've rounded up the best to use for your toddler, including ones that are easy to wash and dry, that are hypoallergenic and ones that can be used through all seasons. Keep reading to see our selection of the best duvets for toddlers, each selected best of their price, design, and features.

The best toddler duvets 2023

Best toddler duvet overall

Award: Won bronze in our 2018 Mother&Baby awards

With the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval, it's a great duvet for toddlers that suffer from 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 Silentnight Safe Nights Anti-Allergy duvet also won a bronze award in ours.

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 from 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 the full Silentnight Safe Nights Anti-Allergy Cot Bed Duvet review.

Pros

  • It is machine washable and can be tumble dried.
  • This duvet is affordable compared to other alternatives.
  • It is approved by the British Allergy Foundation for it's anti-allergy fibres reducing bacteria and dust mites.
  • The duvet is lightweight, suitable for young children.

Cons

  • Some parents would prefer a thicker tog.
Tog:4
Size: 150 x 120cm
Machine washable:Yes
  • Anti-allergy fibres
  • Ideal for children ages 12 months+
  • Ideal for summer

Best anti-allergy toddler duvet

The Safe Nights Cot Bed Duvet by Silentnight is soft and breathable, designed specifically with your little one's comfort in mind. Filled with anti-allergy fibres, the duvet protects your little one from bacteria that may ordinarily live in their duvet. From the award-winning Silentnight Safe Night's collection, you can sleep soundly in the knowledge your little one is receiving the care and comfort they need through the night.

One review said: "Bought as a bundle with the pillow. Excellent quality. Good thickness for toddlers that can't regulate body temp. Great as a first duvet."

Pros

  • This duvet is filled with anti-allergy fibres, making it ideal for toddlers with allergies or asthma.
  • Suitable from 12 months+.
  • It is lightweight at 4 tog, providing comfort without overheating.
  • It comes with a 5 year guarantee and is machine washable.

Cons

  • Some have said that it was thinner than what they would have liked.
Tog:4, 4.5 or 9
Size:120 x 150cm
Machine washable:Yes
  • Protects against dust mites
  • Machine washable
  • Five year guarantee

Best luxury toddler duvet

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.

One review said: "Very glad I decided to splash out on this duvet, seems lovely. Just like it says, wonderfully light and beautiful quality."

Pros

  • It has a luxury softness which feels just like down.
  • This duvet is hypoallergenic.
  • It's filled with 80% Smartfil polyester and 20% Modal microfibre.
  • It is lightweight and breathable, due to it's 4.5 tog.

Cons

  • Whilst it is breathable, it might not be warm enough for cooler seasons.
Tog: 4.5
Size:120 x 140cm
Machine washable:at 60 C
  • Incredibly soft
  • Hypoallergenic

Best easy-to-wash toddler duvet

ANYDAY by John Lewis is a perfect basic but high-quality brand. This is the ideal first duvet for your little one's cot bed and 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, cot bed and cot, this is sure to fit into any toddler's bed.

One review said: "As described, it's lightweight and easy to wash (important for toddler bedding) and great value for money.

Pros

  • The set is easy to wash on a regular wash, and is quick drying.
  • Available in two sizes - cotbed and cot.
  • It comes as a set including a duvet and pillow.
  • Made from soft polyester, ensuring a comfortable feel.

Cons

  • Some parents said the pillows weren't too comfy.
Tog: 4
Size:120 x 140cm
Machine washable: Wash at 40 degrees
  • Machine washable
  • Quick drying
  • Made from soft polyester

Best lightweight toddler duvet

This Fogarty Little Sleepers 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.

One review said: "I love that it's a natural material & is cool in the summer & cosy in the winter & it's washable. Bought the duvet & pillow for my 20-month-old granddaughter's cot bed. She's not had a duvet or a pillow before (had a sleeping bag) & she's sleeping so well now, probably because she's so comfortable temperature-wise. There were no issues at all even on her first night. Highly recommended."

Pros

  • It helps naturally regulate temperature.
  • It comes as a set including a duvet and pillow.
  • Made out of 100% natural wool with a cotton cover.
  • This set is designed to be used for all seasons throughout the year.
  • The set is hypoallergenic.

Cons

  • It is not suitable for dry cleaning.
Tog:4
Size:120 x 150cm
Machine washable:Yes
  • Temperature regulating
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Antibacterial
  • Wool filling

Best toddler duvet with soft touch fibre

The EDS Anti-Allergy Duvet set is made from lightweight and breathable fabric, soft to the touch with hollowfibre filling. While it allows your little one to move around in bed, it's thick enough to provide warmth and keep baby cosy all night long.

One review said: "Was so glad I purchased this duvet. I read the other reviews and they were spot on. It's a really good quality duvet, I bought the 4.5tog as I read its good to get a low tog and just add extra blankets if needed and to be fair my daughter's room gets quite warm so this is just right for now. The pillow is a tad flat for her personally so I've just put it together with another flattish pillow and it's just right for her. I would definitely recommend this duvet."

Pros

  • There are different choices of tog thickness.
  • The set has anti-allergy properties, making it suitable for allergies or asthma.
  • It comes as a set including a duvet and pillow.
  • It has a hollowfibre filling, providing warmth at night.
  • The set is machine washable.

Cons

  • It has been mentioned that the pillow included in the set is a bit flat.
Tog:4.5
Size:120 x 150cm
Machine washable:Yes
  • Hollowfibre filling
  • Soft touch microfibre fabric

Best cosy toddler duvet

Keep your baby extra warm and cosy with this thicker duvet. Ideal for cold winter months, this Cosy Cubs duvet is made up of anti-allergenic hollow fibre, making it a great choice if your tot struggles with allergies.

One review said: "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.

Pros

  • It has a polycotton casing.
  • This duvet has a 10.5 tog, ideal for them colder winter months.
  • It is made with hollow fibre that holds anti-allergy properties, which is beneficial for allergies and asthma.
  • Despite being thick, the duvet is lightweight.

Cons

  • It may be too thick for warmer months.
Tog:10.5
Size:120 x 150cm
Machine washable:Yes
  • Anti-allergy
  • Thick tog

Best natural toddler 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.

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!

Pros

  • It helps regulate your temperature.
  • Made out of Bamboo, which is naturally antibacterial.
  • This duvet is hypoallergenic.
  • It is soft, breathable and comfortable.
  • It is eco-friendly and sustainable, due to it's bamboo material.

Cons

  • This duvet is more expensive than others.
Tog:4.5
Size:150 x 120cm
Machine washable:N/A
  • Bamboo cover
  • Temperature control
  • Hypoallergenic

Best toddler duvet for the colder months

Ideal if your home is older and on the chillier side, this junior cot or bed-sized duvet from Littens is on the thicker and heavier side, making it a great winter duvet choice for your tot.

One review said: "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!"

Pros

  • It is breathable, soft and comfortable.
  • This duvet is anti dust mite and non-allergenic.
  • It is machine washable.
  • Due to it's 7.5 tog, it is weighted and thicker, providing warmth and helps keep the duvet in place.
  • It is filled with 85% white goose feather and 15% goose down.

Cons

  • This duvet may be heavier than others.
Tog:7.5
Size:120 x 150cm
Machine washable:Wash at 40
  • Anti-dust mite
  • Non-allergenic
  • Soft material

Toddler Duvet: All you need to know

Things to consider before buying the best duvets for toddlers

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 who co-sleeps with their toddler knows just how much they like to wriggle and starfish in bed. They can often get quite hot and sweaty at night, too. This is because toddlers 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 when looking for a duvet and toddler bedding sets.

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. You'll also want to make sure you're dressing your little one for the temperature at night too!

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 night-time, it's best to go for a duvet in a natural material like cotton. The fillings are usually made from synthetic fibres or natural ones such as feather and down. You should look for an anti-allergy duvet if your child suffers from asthma or gets sniffly at night.

At what age can toddlers use a duvet?

The NHS recommends that infants under 12 months should not have a pillow or duvet. However, when your tot reaches 12 months, make sure you use the right size duvet for toddler beds. This is to avoid the risk of overheating.

If you're transitioning your toddler to their own bigger bed, ensure you are still using the right size duvet.

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. However, in the winter, a 7/ 7.5 tog duvet in the winter to helps keep your toddler comfortable.

What size is a toddler duvet?

The most common and universal size for a toddler duvet is 120 x 150cm.

Lorna White is the Senior Digital Writer for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website, specialising in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, Lorna brought her expertise to Mother&Baby in 2020. She has a keen interest in a range of topics from potty training and nutrition to baby names and early development and has a wide range of experienced medical experts and professionals at her fingertips. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two young sisters, dog walking and enjoying the outdoors with her family.

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