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Pregnancy Pillows: Pros and Cons of Each Type

Sleep comes a lot more naturally to moms with newborns in the house than it does for moms-to-be in the last few months of pregnancy. Those who tell you to get all the sleep you can while you’re pregnant have obviously never slept with an extra 20 to 30 pounds of baby and other pregnancy weight moving around their stomach at all hours. It’s not exactly comfortable, and it makes a peaceful night of sleep next to impossible. If it weren’t for pregnancy pillows, I don’t know what expectant mothers would do for sleep.

The great thing about pregnancy pillows is that there are several to choose from, which means you’re sure to find one you love. I didn’t love the first one I tried, but the second one made my nights – and even my husband’s – that much more restful and relaxing.

Leacho Snoogle

Candy Cane

Courtesy of Kate Ter Haar


The first pregnancy pillow I purchased with my oldest daughter was the Leachco Snoogle. What’s great about it is the fact that it’s shaped like a candy cane already so you don’t have to maneuver it to make it comfortable. It was great for using as a regular pillow, a stomach pillow, and a between my knees pillow. The only con with this particular type of pregnancy pillow is the fact that it’s so large it makes me feel like there’s another large person in the bed with my husband and I.

Boppy Sleep Wedge

The Boppy Sleep Wedge was my absolute favorite pregnancy pillow when I was pregnant recently with my newborn twins. It sits just below my stomach or in between my knees. It all depends on how I’m comfortable at any given moment. It’s very small. We never once felt like the bed was overly crowded with this particular pillow. The firm feeling under my stomach was such a relief at night it almost felt like I was weightless. It’s very similar to the way you feel when you’re swimming. As far as cons go, the only thing I didn’t care for with this particular pregnancy pillow is the fact that it only goes one place at a time, so you need two if you want to comfort your stomach and keep your knees apart at the same time.

Sealy Sweet Pea

The Sealy Sweet Pea maternity and nursing pillow is another great one. My best friend swears by this pillow, even though I felt that it was a little too big for my petite size compared to her taller frame. What’s so great about it is that it does what pregnancy pillows are supposed to do and doubles as a nursing pillow once your baby arrives. It eliminates the need for both a pregnancy and a nursing pillow.

Aller-Ease (For Allergy Sufferers)

The Aller-Ease body pillow is essentially a king size pillow with the same rectangular shape. It’s a little bit softer than I feel is comfortable for a pregnancy pillow for my own particular taste, but it’s easy to use and it doesn’t require any maneuvering to find a comfortable position. The only negative about this one is that it’s almost identical to a king pillow but much more expensive. Depending on your comfort level, you might consider just purchasing a king size pillow.

To Each Her Own

There are dozens of pregnancy pillows on the market. I’ve tried and loved several, found flaws in some, and still occasionally use others when my back hurts or I can’t get comfortable. My pros and cons might differ from yours. Where I don’t care for a pillow that’s too soft, it might be your preference. By trying each one on for size, you’ll be able to determine which pillow helps you sleep like a baby – a baby that sleeps through the night, that is.

Baby Pillow

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Plus, some of these pillows might even be able to be used for your baby once you give birth :)

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

When my husband and I got married, one thing I noticed right away was that we had different definitions of the word “clean.” Basically, he was happy as long as nothing was growing mold on it, while I needed everything picked up and put away just so. While I didn’t expect him to spend all evening cleaning the house after work, I just didn’t understand how he could live with such a mess. The bed was always unmade and there were always clothes on the floor.


Thankfully, after years of marriage, he is much neater today. While he will probably never be a clean freak like I was during those early days, he has really started helping out more around the house since then. This is partly because somewhere along the way, I realized that part of his reluctance to help came from the fact that he had never been taught some simple cleaning tasks.  I don’t think my husband is the only one who never learned some basic household tasks, either. Many adults – both men and women – don’t know how to fold a fitted sheet, for example.  If they do try, it winds up looking like this:

Fitted Sheet

Courtesy of EvelynGiggles

The Process

It is actually quite simple, when you know what you’re doing. If you were never taught how to fold a fitted sheet – here is the process in eight easy steps.

  1. Start by holding the sheet lengthwise with the right side toward you. The short side should be between your hands, and the long side should head toward the floor.
  2. Bring your hands together and nest one corner neatly in the other.
  3. Bring up a third corner and nest it neatly in the first two. Do the same with the last corner.
  4. Smooth out the sheets so they lay nicely without bunching.
  5. Lay the sheet down on a flat surface. It should look like a square with three sharp corners and one slightly rounded corner. The rounded seam should be on the top, not the bottom.
  6. Fold the sheet in thirds or quarters, so that the rounded edge is hidden in the middle of the sheet.
  7. Fold the sheet the other way, in half, thirds or quarters, so the sheet is the desired size. The sheet should be folded into a nice square or rectangle of your desired size, with no rounded edges visible.
  8. Don’t forget to fold the flat sheet to the same size. If you want to be really neat and organized, store the folded sheets inside the matching pillow case, with the extra fabric folded over and tucked underneath.

If you’re more of a visual learner, here is a YouTube video that shows a similar process:

While stuffing your sheets into a ball and tossing them in the linen closet may seem faster at the time, this method will actually cost you more time later when you have to iron your wrinkled sheets. Folding a fitted sheet is really simple once you get the hang of it, and storing your sheets neatly folded within a pillow case is a great way to keep all of your linens looking nicely organized and wrinkle-free.

Transform Your Bedroom with Spring Decor

As the winter recedes, so too can your heavy linens and snug comforters. Switching your bedding to more lightweight materials can automatically brighten up the layout of your bedroom.
Spring bedding
Choose light and airy fabrics — anything from cotton to material woven from bamboo fiber. To keep things comfortable as the weather gets warmer, ditch any fabrics made from flannel or fleece. To top off your bed, choose a cotton duvet or quilt with a low fill count. If you want to imbue your bedroom with a soft feel, matching the mild weather you’re seeing outside, go for the flowery patterns and pastel colors on your comforter sets and sheets. Best colors for the season include pale yellows, sky blues, sea foam greens and soft pinks.
Lovely Spring sheets
Choose linens that coordinate with the overall style of your room for best results — that way, you create a unique, springy look that still has a familiar ring to it and goes well with the rest of your furniture. Whether you’re giving a breath of fresh air to your bedroom, a guest room or a child’s room, the secret lies in finding lightweight materials that meld with both the gentle weather and the current room décor.

The Unsurpassed Elegance & Comfort of Satin Sheets

“Sheer” Comfort

Smooth Satin Sheet SetFew things are more luxurious than satin bedding. From the elegant shine and classic beauty of the material to the soft, sumptuous feeling against the skin, satin sheets bring true luxury to the bedroom, transforming the look of a room and facilitating comfort and rest. Incorporating a satin sheet set into your bedroom décor is an easy and economical way to maximize your room’s peaceful atmosphere and comfort potential.

Satin sheets provide a unique tactile sensation with a combination of unusual softness and coolness. Perfect for a warm summer night cool silk satin refreshes skin and does not stick to skin that is overly warm or damp. Instead, it glides over the skin and provides just the right amount of covering without adding heat. However, satin bedding also warms up nicely in cooler weather, making it the perfect choice for bedding from season to season.

Skin Benefits

Even skin that is dry and itchy can find cool relief in between a satin sheet set. Such bedding is known for being the most comfortable against bare skin. Because the silk satin sheets make it possible to move effortlessly in bed without getting tangled up or having the problem of twisted sheets, the body can rest peacefully and awake feeling renewed and restored.

Once you have experienced your first satin sheet set, you are unlikely to go back to plain old cotton, as it would almost be an offense to your body. Treating oneself to satin bedding takes your sleeping experience to the next level of comfort—comfort that is unmatched by the run-of-the-mill cotton sheets. Even cotton sheets with a high thread count pale in comparison to the opulence and luxury of satin sheets.
Romantic Satin Sheets

Marriage Benefits

Even the couple that has been married for years can rejuvenate their night with new satin bedding. Silk satin has been known to play the role of both aphrodisiac and soother, as it provides unmatched comfort and softness that automatically puts the body in a happier place. Experiencing sleepless nights? Satin sheets may provide the comfort you need to drift off to sleep in no time.

Selection Matters!

Shop Bedding offers satin sheet sets that possess the beauty and comfort one can expect only from satin. With products made of high-quality polyester satin, Shop Bedding’s products have a lovely, smooth finish that has exceptional longevity, even after extensive wash and wear. The online store offers a full-line of satin bedding such as flat sheets, fitted sheets, pillowcases, bed skirts, and pillow shams, with products available in even hard to find sizes. You can also find bedding in the perfect hue to match your bedroom decor or your mood with a selection of rich and vibrant colors including red, black, white, champagne, gold and jewel blue.

Don’t believe me?  See for yourself at our store and enjoy the comfort of satin sheets for yourself!

Benefits of Satin Pillowcases For Hair

Hair Benefits

They may be smooth, soft, and luxurious, but satin pillowcases also mean big benefits for the condition of your hair. Rather than searching for the perfect hair care product, selecting silk or satin pillowcases as part of your bedding is a simple and budget-friendly way to give your hair the special treatment it deserves.

Zippered Satin Pillowcases

From minimizing hair matting and even breakage that can result from sleeping on a pillow with cotton covering to maintaining the hair’s moisture balance, a satin pillow case extends the life of your hairstyle and may reduce the amount of time you spend on your hair each morning.

Thanks to today’s hairstyle trends, many people use harsh chemicals and treatments, such as highlights, perms, and straightening techniques, to achieve the look they see in magazines and in Hollywood. The result is beautiful but damaged hair. A surprising fact is that a cotton pillowcase may actually be the culprit of additional damage to the hair.

Although cotton may seem like a soft fabric, it absorbs moisture from the hair throughout the night, resulting in dry, brittle hair. Making matters worse, moving one’s head around on the cotton material causes tangling and hair breakage as the fabric pulls individual strands of hair. Unlike cotton, a satin pillowcase for hair care provides a smooth surface for the hair strands to slide with ease and without tangling or snagging.

As if the hair benefits are not enough, satin pillowcases also help fight against the signs of aging on your skin. What began as a simple crease in your face after a goodnight’s sleep may result in a deep wrinkle on the skin’s surface over time. However, a satin or silk pillow covering prevents these creases and wrinkles, allowing you to wake up with the smooth skin you want to see when you look in the mirror.

Finding the right satin pillowcase is simple when you visit Shop Bedding. From king size satin pillowcases to discount satin pillowcases, you can find what you need to make your sleeping experience a spa-like rest as you protect and improve your hair and skin each night.

These soft and sumptuous pillow covers feature a hidden zipper and are available in more than twenty colors including black, pink, red, gold, and brown. With these additions to your bedding set, beauty sleep takes on new meaning.

For more information about satin pillowcases or the benefits of satin pillowcases, visit the shop online at Shop Bedding, or check out the video below for those of you visual learners!

Special Benefits For Chemo Patients

Undergoing chemotherapy is often an uncomfortable and difficult time for someone with cancer, and it is important to find ways to improve quality of life and make the experience a little less challenging. One simple way to make a difference is sleeping with a satin pillowcase.

Although it may not take away the discomfort of all chemotherapy side effects, a soft, cool satin pillowcase provides unexpected comfort as well as a way to create less pull on delicate hair strands. The rate of chemotherapy hair loss can actually decrease when choosing satin over cotton or another fabric. Materials such as cotton blends and linen can pull and snag the individual hair strands, which may result in losing clumps of hair during the night.

The American Cancer Society recommends the use of a satin pillowcase to provide this chemo symptom relief. As well as aiding in the problem of hair loss and chemo, the satin fabric is an excellent remedy for the dry skin condition many experience during treatment. Rather than absorbing the moisture from the skin like cotton, satin helps the skin to maintain moisture, creating a balance and making skin more comfortable.

These satin pillowcases make thoughtful gifts for friends or loved ones who are going through chemotherapy. It is a gift that they will use each night to experience relief from unpleasant side effects and symptoms. allows you to easily find the type, size and color of pillowcase you need to treat yourself or a friend to something that is both luxurious and practical.

Sleeping in luxury is what Shop Bedding is all about. Silky smooth pillow covers add an extravagant touch to any bedroom and come in more than twenty colors including black, pink, red, gold, and brown – all with a hidden zipper for easy care.