How Do I Choose the Best Baby Pillow Case?

Autumn Rivers

If you are looking for a pillow case for a baby, there are several details to consider. Perhaps the most important consideration is the baby's safety while using the pillow case, especially since nap time and bedtime are two times when a baby is relatively unattended. Another important consideration is the type of material used, with cotton and satin being two of the more popular varieties. You also may want to make sure the color of the baby pillow case matches the rest of the room, including the crib sheets, crib bumper pads and any other bedding used by the baby. In addition, customizing the pillow case design will give the baby a keepsake to appreciate even when he or she is too big to use the case.

Safety experts advise that baby bedding should be minimal.
Safety experts advise that baby bedding should be minimal.

From a safety standpoint, you should look for pillowcases that are well sewn. It should have no loose threads that can accidentally snag a baby's fingers and no frayed edges that could cause a teething baby to accidentally ingest bits of the fabric. Any embellishments should be firmly attached, perhaps embroidered or printed into the fabric with nontoxic fabric dye. Embellishments such as sequins, beads and glitter should be avoided as choking hazards. The fabric also should be breathable to minimize any risk of suffocation.

Beads and embellishments are not advised for babies because they are a choking hazard.
Beads and embellishments are not advised for babies because they are a choking hazard.

One of the most common materials to use for pillow cases is cotton, which is gentle, absorbent and tends to stay cool, so it may be best for warmer environments. Another material that is often soft and cool is satin, and its shiny surface is known for offering an elegant appearance as well as being appealing to babies. On the other hand, cold environments often call for material that will provide warmth, with flannel being one of the most popular kinds since it also is soft. Velvet tends to be warm and soft, too, and is often seen as luxurious, though perhaps not practical for everyday use. Though you are encouraged to consider both the weather and the comfort level before choosing fabric for a baby pillow case, you also should think about whether the baby is allergic to or bothered by any materials in particular.

Another detail to think about when choosing a pillow case is the color. You may want to make sure it will match the baby's room, because this tends to result in the best appearance. This includes matching the color of the walls and room decor, along with complementing the rest of the bedding. For example, many babies use sheets, blankets and bumpers in their crib, so you may want to be sure the pillow case will look good next to these items. You also should keep this in mind if you decide to get a baby pillow case with a design rather than just a solid color, because the design should match the rest of the room.

You can set a baby pillow case apart from others by customizing it, whether you decide to make it yourself, buy one in a store or pay for a custom case. For instance, you can get the baby's name or initials sewn into the material, and you may opt to get the birth date added, too. You also can have a favorite animal or cartoon character sewn onto the pillow case, as well as a message or popular saying that will allow the child to cherish the baby pillow case even when it no longer fits her pillows.

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