Who doesn’t love climbing into a freshly made bed at the end of a busy day? Kids, that’s who so make bed time that little bit more enticing with one of these beautiful, fun sets of bedding.

On the whole, we’ve chosen bedding that isn’t overly gendered and have tried where possible to include sets that are available as both standard single and cot-bed sizes, but double check that the dimensions will fit what you have some brands have square pillow cases, for example.

For the most comfortable night's sleep, you’ll want to go for 100 per cent cotton, and ideally organic at least for younger kids. But for older kids, a polycotton mix is fine, and usually cheaper.

Being able to wash and dry kids’ bedding easily and quickly is essential, so we’ve included those details too.

Some bedding sets featured here are Oeko-Tex certified, meaning they are free from harmful levels of more than 100 potentially nasty substances. We’ve noted which bedding is certified below.

All these sets were each used on our young tester’s bed for a couple of nights and include a duvet cover and pillow case.

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Frugi cuddle-up cot mermaids duvet set: £49, Frugi

Both our little tester’s and our favourite, this set from Frugi has a fabulous fun reversible print and the cosiest of feels. This is the bedding that our tester has been insistent on using night after night fortunately it’s machine washable at 40C and can be medium tumble dried, so can be laundered in a day. Made from 100 per cent organic cotton, it’s soft but durable, and is double layered at the button-fastened end for strength.

It comes in a sweet reusable cotton drawstring bag ideal for keeping PJs in. A matching bed sheet is available to complete the look, and there are other prints featuring astronauts or puffins to choose from too.

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Disney Pixar Toy Story Buzz Lightyear easy car duvet set, single: £15, George at Asda

A must for any Toy Story fan, this Buzz Lightyear duvet cover is simply brilliant. Reversible with the loveable little aliens on the back, the front features Buzz’s body; his head is on the pillow so all aspiring Space Rangers can look like Buzz when they’re asleep. This was just the best thing in the world for our little tester. The set feels softer than the 52 per cent polyester 48 per cent cotton mix would suggest, and is Oeko-Tex certified, so it’s free from 100 or more potentially nasty substances. Fastened with plastic poppers, it’s machine washable at 40C and can be tumble dried on low.

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Done by Deer dreamy dots blue, junior: £44.95, Small Smart

Available in stylish gender-neutral pastels (the blue pictured above is closer to green), this set is made of beautifully soft cotton, which is Oeko-Tex certified and comes in a cute reusable cotton bag. Double stitched at the edges, both duvet cover and pillow case are fastened with a hidden zip. Double check the sizing works for you though, it’s Danish-designed so doesn’t quite fit our cot-bed duvet from John Lewis & Partners, but does fit on our duvet from Dodo.

It’s washable at 60C but can’t be tumble dried, which is its only downside. Our tester, unaware of the washing instructions, loved the feel and design of this it’s a keeper for her.

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Giovanna Fletcher exclusive to Next 'are we bear yet' duvet cover set, single: £22, Next

We love this collaboration between Next and Happy Mum Happy Baby author Giovanna Fletcher. The bear having an adventure in the woods with a map, marshmallows by the campfire and tent is such a fun design and the colour tones are warm and bold and totally unisex. There’s plenty to talk about as we coaxed our little tester to bed and it encouraged her imagination to run wild. Both the pillowcase and duvet cover are just plain on one side. The duvet is fastened with plastic snap fasteners and is 52 per cent polyester and 48 per cent cotton. It’s machine washable at 40C and can be tumble dried on low.

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Great Little Trading Co grey star duvet cover, toddler: £22.40, Great Little Trading Co

A classic design from Great Little Trading Co, this stars set is reversible and will work with almost any nursery colour scheme, or you can get blackout curtains, storage bags and rugs to match. It’s also available in a single size (£26.40), and is made from lovely fresh-feeling 100 per cent cotton percale. Fastened with big buttons, it can be washed at 40C and tumble dried on low. It may not be the most exciting design here but it’s got good snuggle factor and feels great.

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Bianca space duvet set, single: £19.99, Room to Grow

Blast off to sleep with this space set. Made from 100 per cent cotton, it feels particularly soft and snug and is a great design for older kids as the drawings are simple but not overly childish. Quality details include piping around the pillow case, and it’s fastened with chunky buttons. It’s machine washable at 40C and can be tumble dried on low.

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Marvel Avengers duvet cover and pillowcase set, single: £22, Next

One for all the superheroes out there, this bright bedding features all the favourite Avengers characters and is reversible one side is slightly more muted than the other. Another set for firing the imagination before bedtime, our tester had fun chatting with all the superheroes and spotting their masks, and it’s good for snuggling down in. Made from 50 per cent polyester and 50 per cent cotton, it’s fastened with buttons. This set is machine washable at 40C and can be tumble dried on low.

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OYOY adventure duvet cover set, junior: £48, Ella James

The road design on this 100 per cent organic cotton set from OYOY was a huge hit with our little tester it genuinely made getting into bed a lot more fun, as she followed the wiggly road past the various landmarks up to the pillow. The cotton feels soft and light, is washable at 40C and can be tumble dried. It’s fastened with a hidden zip but do note the pillow is square and the duvet cover measures 100cm x 140cm another one for the Dodo duvets. It’s also available in a standard single size for £65.

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Terry’s Fabrics roarsome kids single bedding set: £9.99, Terry’s Fabrics

Our dinosaur-loving tester thought this print was brilliant she loved following the footprints on the reversible back, and we love the fantastic value of it. It hasn’t got that soft cosy feel that others here have; instead it feels cool and crisp, and has been good for warmer nights. It’s made from 52 per cent polyester and 48 per cent cotton, has plastic snap fasteners and is also Oeko-Tex certified. It’s machine washable at 40C and can be tumble dried on low. A toddler size is also available for £8.99.

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Wildkin children’s indoor elephants sleeping bag: £40.98, Becky + Lolo

This isn’t strictly a duvet cover set, but we wanted to include this sleeping bag from Wildkin as it’s great for emergencies or sleepovers, and there’s nothing to say it couldn’t be used regularly instead of a normal duvet. Made from 50-50 breathable cotton and microfibre, and lined with soft cotton flannel, it comes with a little matching pillow and storage bag.

We love the unisex orange and grey print, and our tester has enjoyed snuggling up in it while watching a film in the living room (it’s not designed for outdoors use). Measuring 146cm x 76cm, it’s recommended for five- to 12-year-olds. Both pillow and sleeping bag can be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle, then hung on the line to dry.

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The verdict: Kids’ bedding sets

The Frugi set is our favourite the prints are so gorgeous, and the cotton is such great quality that we can’t fault it. Done by Deer, relatively new to the UK, is also recommended for its soft snuggliness (on the proviso you can get the sizes to work for you), and Terry’s Fabrics also deserves a mention for sheer good value.

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