How to Choose the Right Mattress for Kids: Helpful Tips to Know
If you were to ask any parent around the world, most would say that they want their kids to have a better life and better health. Young children obviously require more sleep than adults, which is why it is very important to be wise about the surface that they sleep on.
Let’s get right to it to help you choose the right mattress for kids.
What Is the Definition of a Good Mattress for Kids?
The basic premise of any mattress, including for your kids, is that it has to be comfortable and of good quality. Unfortunately, both of these are subjective and as a responsible parent, you cannot buy a mattress without knowing the different aspects. You cannot simply follow your instinct and buy the best-branded mattress, as what may be good for you may not be appropriate for your child. Here is an example. Recently, there has been an increased inclination towards natural mattresses from latex foam or organic cotton. It is part of the growing organic lifestyle to avoid man-made petrochemical foam mattresses in your kid’s formative years.
Do Mattresses Have Any Health Impacts on Kids?
Sleep is directly related to healthy growth and development. To attain a healthy physique, toddlers and growing kids need to have a proper 10-14 hours of sleep per day. For this reason, your kids’ mattress needs to be comfortable enough to sleep on. Some other positive impacts of a good mattress include:
- Keeping the spine and bones aligned
- Promoting a healthy night’s sleep
- Reducing back pain, stiffness, and shoulder pain (1)
Specific Mattress Qualities to Consider for Children
There are a number of things to keep in mind while choosing a mattress for kids. Here are some of the main ones.
The age of your child can help you determine the size of mattress you will need. If they have co-slept or can handle a bigger sleeping space, you can opt to buy a twin mattress for their bed that can be used even in their teens. Here are common sizes of mattresses for you to be aware of.
- Crib size (28 x 52 inches): For infants, it is advisable to buy a crib, as the child can sleep in it from around one to two years of age. To avoid unwanted accidents, remember to choose a mattress that fits in the crib frame perfectly. Many parents are skipping the crib by co-sleeping. If this is something you’re interested in, do a search online to catch up on the latest trends.
- Toddler size (28 x 55 or 31 x71 inches): If a crib is getting too small for your child, you can buy a compact-sized bed and choose the mattress accordingly. (2)
- Standard size (38 x 75 inches): When your kids are old enough to sleep in normal beds, you can consider buying a twin bed in standalone or in bunk-bed construction.
Childhood is the stage when posture, spine, and back problems become more apparent. A mattress that is too hard or soft is not healthy for posture, so you need to wisely decide on the balance of firmness of your kid’s mattress. To do this, check for their habits. Do they sleep on the couch easily, or do they prefer to sleep on the floor? Are they good with camping beds? Firm mattresses can promote healthy growth and development of kids. For infants, it is not advisable to use very soft mattresses, as there is a risk that they may get pulled into it and suffocate. (3)
These days, getting a fifteen-year warranty is almost a norm. However, this, unfortunately does not mean all mattresses are equally durable. Most warranties do not cover wear, tear, and usage related stress. Especially for kids, the mattresses need to be more durable, as they are prone to jump up and down on their beds. The durability of the mattress somewhat depends upon the material used for it. Carefully check for reviews and reports on which branded mattresses are popular with parents and watch out for comments on bending or folding. A durable mattress does not only add life to your purchase but also adequate support to the growing bones and joints of your young one.
If your kid has bad allergies, remember to pay extra attention to the material of the mattress. It is best to opt for mattresses with anti-allergy covers made from natural material.
Does the Mattress Have a Breathable Feature?
A kids’ mattress needs to be breathable in nature, as adequate air circulation can protect it from molds. Molds usually develop in dark and moist places. A breathable mattress aids in temperature regulation and eliminates the likelihood of moisture absorption.
Different Types of Mattresses for Kids
Here are the different kinds of mattresses for kids available on the market today:
- Cotton-Wool: This is the most natural mattress that ensures your child will sleep how their grandparents or great-grandparent’s slept as a child. This variation of mattress is probably the most used across the world today and is especially dominant outside of the US.
- Latex: The hypo-allergic latex mattress is an eco-friendly option for your kids. The breathable mattress is a safer option for kids who like to stay cool during the night.
- Standard Sprung (Open Coil): This budget-friendly mattress comes with open coil springs that help to spread your kid’s weight across the mattress. It provides optimal support to spinal alignment.
- Pocket Sprung: The pocket sprung mattress features springs that are wrapped up in cloth sleeve. These are more responsive to a kid’s movement and weight compared to the standard mattress.
- Memory Foam: Memory foam mattresses reduce the risk of tossing and turning and is highly comfortable for kids. There is a lot of controversy around chemical fumes, so make sure that you do you own research before purchasing this type of mattress.
Tips to Adhere to While Shopping for a Mattress for Kids
After reviewing all the pivotal features such as comfort levels, size, and type of mattress, you can compare the pricing of different brands and manufacturers. Take your time to make the comparison, as you might not want to miss out on lucrative deals and rush into a purchase.
Ask questions regarding the type and material used in the mattress manufacturing process. You always want to buy a mattress for kids that lasts a long time and does not fall apart, as your little one may be a bit harder on it than you expected.
We hope that this has been a helpful guide for you to refer to on how to select the best mattress for kids. Now that you have complete knowledge of kids’ mattresses, let us know which ones you decide to purchase and how they have helped to improve your child’s sleep.
About the Author:
Sid Kamath is an entrepreneur and owner of Bed and Wood. His passions are all about pragmatic natural living and balanced ecological footprint.