How to find the best mattress for your kids
Every parent will understand just how important a good night’s sleep is for their toddler or child’s development. Children need their sleep to stay healthy and happy – in fact, studies have shown they need up to 14 hours of sleep each day!
Unsurprisingly, the quality of your child’s mattress plays a big role in the quality of their sleep, which is why it’s so important for parents to take the time to think about their child’s needs before purchasing a new mattress.
Whether you’re transitioning your toddler to their first big kid bed, or shopping for a mattress to suit a rapidly growing pre-teen, finding the best mattress for your kid is all about considering their sleep habits and the quality, materials and firmness of the mattress you’re looking to buy.
At Bedshed we’re here to help, that’s why we’ve come up with this handy guide to choosing the best mattress for your kid.
Transitioning your kids from cot to mattress
The recommended time for most parents to transition their child from the cot to a mattress is usually from the age of 18 to 36 months.
At this age most parents will find that their child is waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, or performing jail-breaks from their cot! Some kids will make it readily apparent that the cot is no longer appropriate, whilst others may need more coaxing. Patience is key when breaking in any new bed.
If you have a new baby on the way then you might also look to move your older child into their first grown-up bed, it’s always a good idea to start the process before the baby arrives.
Finding the best mattress size for your kids
Kids beds come in many shapes and sizes. Finding the right one is a balancing act of considering your child’s current and future needs, their bedroom space and functionality. Many parents will be tempted to opt for smaller mattresses and beds for younger children, but it’s worth remembering that a good quality mattress can last up to 10 years – your child will do a lot of growing in that time!
At Bedshed we have a range of kids bed frames suitable for all mattress sizes and some of the top brands of mattresses for kids available. If you’re tight on space then single, single long and king single mattresses are perfect for giving kids plenty of room for a comfortable night’s rest, even as they grow taller.
We even have king sized beds for the most spacious kids bedroom, or for when adulthood is just around the corner.
Finding the best type of mattress for your kids
The construction and materials used in your kid’s mattress should never be overlooked - not all mattresses are created equal! Many families will choose to buy cheaper, low quality foam mattresses in order to reduce the cost of replacing mattresses as their kids grow too big for them but this is a bad idea. Children need proper support for a comfortable night’s sleep. Low quality mattresses are not only uncomfortable to sleep on but could hurt your child’s physical development.
There are a lot of options out there to choose from, should you buy inner-spring, pocket coil or memory foam? The best way to find out is for you and your little one to visit us in-store and test out some mattresses! Our team of mattresses experts would be happy to help you find the best mattress for your kid.
Check out our memory foam vs spring-mattress blog for a break-down of the differences between spring and memory foam mattresses.
Finding the best mattress firmness for your kids
Getting the right mattress feel is important to help your child get the best night’s sleep. Children are lighter and smaller than adults, so softer mattresses tend to give them a better night’s sleep but every child is different.
Children have different support needs to grown-ups, for healthy development, your child’s mattress should be firm enough to keep their bones aligned and to prevent them from sinking in.
A droopy mattress could cause spinal alignment issues for your child and cause problems for them as they grow up. Mattresses with the right level of support will also help to protect your child from accidentally rolling off the bed in the middle of the night.
Other things to consider
A couple of other things to keep in mind when purchasing a kids bed or mattress;
Your kid’s bed might need to do double duty, look for bed frames with storage options!
Don’t forget a mattress protector for those unexpected ‘accidents’! A waterproof mattress protector will protect your child’s mattress from stains, spills and allergens.