Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 3: Health Promotion and Protection

3.3 Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

3.3.0 Cleaning Individual Bedding

Bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags) should be of a type that can be washed. Each child’s bedding should be kept separate from other children’s bedding, on the bed or stored in individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags. Bedding that touches a child’s skin should be cleaned weekly or before use by another child.
Toddlers often nap or sleep on mats or cots and the mats or cots are taken out of storage during nap time, and then placed back in storage. Providing bedding for each child and storing each set in individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags in a manner that separates the personal articles of one individual from those of another are appropriate hygienic practices (1).
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RELATED STANDARDS Sleeping Equipment and Supplies
  1. Pickering, L. K., C. J. Baker, D. W. Kimberlin, S. S. Long, eds. 2009. Red book: 2009 report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 153. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.