A good night's rest is critical to children. It plays a huge role in their development, behaviour, learning ability and even the dynamic of any family.
As with adults, a quality mattress is the foundation for your child's sleep routine, so when it's time to move to a big bed, here's how to choose the right mattress for your child.
A quality mattress is not only likely to provide extra support but will also go the distance as your child grows. It's recommended you change any mattress after 10 years, but by selecting the right one you are likely to ensure it lasts them through their early growing and into their teens. This means selecting a mattress that's large enough for an adult in at least a single or king single size.
Quality need not mean huge expense, but it's worth remembering you get what you pay for. After all, your child will be growing a lot over the next few years, so choosing a mattress that will support their changing body is critical. Mattress retailers like Sleepy’s have a great range of quality and supportive mattresses to suit any budget.
Experts recommend innerspring mattresses for children for a number of reasons, the first being support. A foam mattress tends to adapt to the shape of the bed occupant, and as your child is always growing, it fails to provide adequate support. Innersprings, on the other hand, offer skeletal support and are resistant to moisture. They also tend to retain less heat, keeping your child's temperature comfortable throughout the night.
Children are rapidly developing. The length of a child's spine can increase up to 1.5cm per night, mainly due to fluid between their vertebrae. But to cater to this it is critical a mattress is soft enough for comfort and not so soft a child sinks into it. While a spine is extremely flexible, prolonged stress can lead to later spinal issues.
If your child is allergy prone, this needs to be taken into account when shopping for mattresses. Most modern mattresses are treated for dust mites prior to sale, but some mattresses also have hypo-allergenic fillers for those who suffer asthma and allergies.
In general, it's also a great idea to buy a quality mattress cover to ward against damp, mites and mould. These can be readily removed and washed. And remember to air the mattress outside on a sunny day every now and then to freshen it up.
Get Them Involved
Choosing a mattress for a child is just as important as selecting your own; after all, they will be spending up to 12 hours there each night. If possible, have them involved in the shopping process, asking how the mattress feels and watching their body as it lies on the bed.
With these tips in mind you can rest assured you have purchased the right mattress for your child's growing needs, and you have set them up for the best rest possible.