Organic toddler pillows and bedding that don’t break the bank are quite easy to find. While organic generally costs more than conventional cotton or polyester fabrics, the price difference is not significant when considering how long the pillow will be used. While organic pillows should be important for everyone, babies and toddlers are especially prone to the effects of off-gassing and pesticides, both of which are common with toddler bedding.
Cotton Toddler Pillows vs. Organic Toddler Pillows
Did you know cotton production involves more pesticides and chemicals than most food crops? Cotton is grown using a constant array of pesticides before being harvested, and then bleached and chemically treated afterwards. The end result is a material soaked with materials that should never go near children, much less be against their skin and airways for hours each night. For a few dollars more it is easy to find cotton pillows that have not been treated with harsh chemicals or pesticides. For children with allergies, consider it essential to only use organic or other untreated, natural fibers.
Budget-Friendly Cotton Pillows
If you’re really on a budget, or already have a toddler pillow and can’t afford another, use an organic pillowcase. I recommend washing your pillow several times to rid as much residual chemicals as possible and placing an organic toddler pillowcase on the pillow. This will at least cut down on the amount of chemicals your child is breathing (although they are still able to get through and if you have a sensitive child this is probably not good enough). Always use an organic pillowcase!
What About Other Fabrics?
Organic cotton is definitely not the only fabric a good quality toddler pillowcase comes in. I always recommend wool (here is the best priced wool toddler pillow I’ve found!)for toddler pillows and blankets above all else. The benefits of wool are numerous, but always check that it is untreated wool, as wool can contain harsh chemicals as well. Look for a company that treats their sheep humanely and generally they also treat the wool with natural cleaners only. Kapok and buckwheat are other options for natural pillow fibers and generally a good natural alternative. I generally stay away from any man-made products, like polyester. A couple of the pillows reviewed are filled with polyester fabrics, but they do claim to be chemical free and allergen friendly.