Having the right mattress is vital to getting a good night’s sleep, and this is definitely what we want for our children. A child that hasn’t slept well is bound to be cranky for the rest of the day. Other than the impact on their mood, children need a regular good night’s rest more than adults. Picking out an ideal mattress for your child is a priority.
As they sleep, their brain and body are hard at work developing and growing. Give them the best possible start in life every night, so when they awake in the morning their full of beans and ready to learn more about the world around them instead of wandering around in a tired haze and being downright grumpy.
Other than sleep, the ideal mattress for your child should also offer your child comfort and support, and reduce the likelihood of them waking up with any aches or pains.
There are many things that you need to consider when you’re selecting an ideal mattress for your little one. You need to consider their individual needs as well as the level of support that they will require. Here are our top 5 tips to help you get started in finding the ideal mattress for your child:
1. Make sure you select the right size to support their growth
Since the lifespan of a mattress can range from 5 – 10 years, getting the correct size is essential to provide adequate support for your child as they grow. They will change significantly in size during this time period, so you may need to invest in a couple of different sizes to make sure they’re comfortable.
2. Select the right mattress type to suit your child’s individual needs
There are various different types of mattresses to choose from with different features and benefits. The one that you select should be based on your child’s individual requirements.
For instance, if they suffer from allergies you may want to steer clear of synthetic mattresses as these are known to aggravate them. Search for a hypoallergenic mattress instead. For those children with sensitive skin, organic mattresses made with natural materials are highly recommended.
3. Select the type of mattress required
The types of mattress that offer the most support are pocket-sprung, latex and memory foam mattresses.
Innerspring and memory foam mattresses are the two most popular types of mattresses for children. Latex mattresses are usually found to be too expensive for children who will quickly grow out of them, so they might not make an ideal mattress for your child.
With the innerspring coil mattress, you can sink into the mattress a little more and they tend to have more bounce which children usually prefer. With spring mattresses, check how high the count and gauge of the coil is. If there is a higher spring count, it means you get more support. A lower coil gauge means that the mattress will be firmer.
With memory foam mattresses, look into the density. Those of a high quality usually have four or five pound density. The higher the density, the firmer the mattress will be.
4. What is the level of support required?
Children require proper support as they sleep. Their spine and growing bones need to be well supported at all times.
All mattresses come in varying levels of firmness, from ultra soft to extra firm. For children who sleep on their back or their side, we would recommend a more firm mattress. For the stomach sleepers out there, then a mid-level firmness is adequate.
5. Invest in a mattress protector!
Since children are known to enjoy jumping on beds very much, it is important to invest in a mattress protector. This will help protect the mattress from any damage and it can be removed for cleaning purposes in case of stains.
Mattress protectors will also be helpful in the case of bedwetters. Some can be made of plastic and crackle when moved on, but the most modern versions are made from a light and flexible material that you hardly notice is there at all.
Deciding on a mattress for your child isn’t an easy decision with the amount of choice out there, but we hope the above tips have helped you along the journey.
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