As discussed in previous articles, the human body cannot resist a good sleep. Whether young or old, a night of good sleep is important.
Kids sleep for as long as 12 hours per day sometimes because it is when their body initiates growth. Adjusting a healthy and comfortable sleeping environment for your child is crucial.
Choosing the right mattress for your child is a long process so below are listed some considerations to follow when buying your child a mattress.
Age, Weight, and Height
These are the first considerations to keep in mind while going on a mattress quest. Their height and weight will also help you find the best mattress, as they will determine the hardness you should aim for and the elasticity of the mattress.
If there is a possibility to overgrow their mattress the next year, go for a standard single so you don’t have to replace it right away.
Children and toddlers have very low control over their body temperature. Choosing the right mattress can prevent this situation. If your child gets hot at night, avoid materials such as heat-retaining memory foam mattresses.
Fidgeting and moving during sleep are common among all children. Usually, when they move a lot they get woken up lots of times.
A motion absorbent mattress would be good for this purpose since it also has noise reduction features that avoids them to wake up multiple times at night and grant them a good night’s sleep.
When choosing a specific type of mattress, your child’s preferred sleeping position is a decisive criterion. If they are side-sleepers, memory foam mattresses are suitable to provide a softer surface for sinking.
The back sleeper requires a little extra support, so an innerspring mattress is a better choice.
The front sleeper requires a stiffer mattress to ensure that the spine is properly aligned and does not sink.
If your child is suffering from allergies, purchasing the right mattress can alleviate the symptoms and help you get a more peaceful and comfortable night’s sleep. The mattress should be hypoallergenic. This suppresses the spread of dust mites and prevents problems for allergic kids.
Memory foam is naturally hypoallergenic, making it a great mattress solution for children suffering from nighttime allergies.
When you buy a mattress for your child, the first thing to consider is the size of the mattress. The most common options for kids are crib mattresses, twin-size mattresses, twin XL mattresses, and pillow-top mattresses.
The size of the mattress suitable for your child depends on their age, height, and bedroom size.
Level of Firmness
Another important factor to consider before buying a bed for a child is its mattress’s firmness. Due to their lightweight, children do not need ultra-hard mattresses. Instead, a firm or medium-firm mattress is best for children.
Children’s growing bodies need proper support and their spine must be able to stay in their natural position during sleep. A firm to moderately firm mattress ensures that the child receives the necessary spinal support while sleeping.
Written by: Venus Marwani