Choosing the best kids' pillow case depends on the child's interests and the other bedding used. Typically, a pillow case matches with other bedding items, but children often use mismatched bedding happily. A kids' pillow case style is usually bright and cheerful, but some are very plain. It is also possible to purchase customized pillow cases or alter pillow cases for a highly personal textile item. Practical considerations, such as cost, ease of cleaning, and safety, must be considered as well.
The design of a kids' pillow case can be highly variable, with some plain options and many themed options. Dinosaurs, princesses, and other images can be portrayed on a kids' pillow case. Many pillow cases relate to sports teams, television shows, and books. Plain options are available in nearly any color, and if an appropriate color is not available, a pillow case can often be dyed.
Which design is best usually depends on the child and the design motif. Pillow cases often match sheets and other bedding items, but this is not always necessary. Some children take pillow cases from home to events outside the home, such as to the hospital or a sleepover. In these cases, it may be best to choose a kids' pillow case that is most comforting to the child even if it is not in an attractive design.
Children often destroy textiles quickly, so a cheap pillow case can be a good option for a kids' pillow case because it does not matter as much if it is ruined. It is also usually not a good idea to give messy children white textiles, as these are very difficult to keep white over time. Materials like silk and satin are not recommended for children for the same reason. Fabrics that are easier to clean will not only last longer, but will also cause less frustration.
In terms of safety, it is also very important to make sure that the pillow cases are free from objects like buttons that can break off and be swallowed. A decorated pillow case with beads or jewels might seem like a good fit for a child, but even some older children can swallow small items like these. Fire safety is also important to consider, as all textiles used by children should be flame retardant when possible. Specially treated pillow cases are less important than clothing, but where available this option should be considered for the safety of the child.