[pinit] Our daughters did not sleep with any toys at all until they were past the age of two, and only washable ones for a long time after that!
Both had serious respiratory problems when they were babies, so we had to get a little creative in their bedroom arrangements. Instead of each girl having their own bedroom, they slept on bunk beds in a “clean room.” We had mostly hard surfaces in there, with smooth vinyl flooring, metal beds without box springs, and no blinds. I damp mopped and wiped down the bed and window sills daily. The bunk bed mattresses were enclosed in vinyl covers, and I kept all the bedding washed regularly.
We then used the other larger bedroom as a playroom, with all their toys, stuffed animals, and dolls sleeping in that room. We built this huge heavy table, with bookcase supports, for them to not only write and play on top of, but to crawl under and play house underneath.
If your little one is having an unusually high number of respiratory illnesses, you might want to consider moving the toys out of their sleeping area. If they have a favorite stuffed animal or soft doll they insist on sleeping with, it really needs to be washed frequently. Plush animals and dolls that are marked ASTHMA FRIENDLY are available. The directions on these lovies always say to put them in the freezer for 2 weeks after washing to kills the dust mites. Obviously, you will need backups if you do that for a favorite lovie.
You’ll find our suggestions for cleaning washable toys here.
It’s a good idea to have duplicates of all special lovies, because any well loved teddy bear or soft doll gets lots of wear and tear.
We have thousands of near or mint condition stuffed animals and plush dolls in stock in our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe, including several ASTHMA FRIENDLY ones, although they sell pretty quickly. If we don’t have the one you need, we’d be glad to help you find it here on our free Search Service.