Growing kids require a healthy night’s sleep to aid in their development, health, and happiness. The right mattress is essential for providing a sleep surface that is comfortable and healthy for growing kids. It should also accommodate growth spurts and other changes along the way.
The wrong mattress, on the other hand, can have a negative impact on sleep quality. This can impact the child’s health, growth, and development. Failure to get an adequate amount of sleep has been linked to a variety of negative side effects for children, including:
• Excessive talking
• Difficulty going to sleep at night and waking in the morning
• Emotional outbursts and/or tantrums
• Loss of coordination or clumsiness
In this article, we explore mattress options for kids who are old enough to sleep on their own. Note, the mattresses explored in this guide are designed for beds that accommodate kids and adults – not babies and/or toddlers.
Factors To Consider
There are many different factors to consider when purchasing a mattress for a child. It is very different than buying one for an adult. Children have different needs and considerations to keep in mind. One of the primary considerations is growth. Children can easily double, or more, in size (both height and weight) by the time they reach their early teens. You don’t want to buy a mattress your child will outgrow too quickly.
Other factors to consider include the following:
• Mattress support and firmness
• Pressure relief
• Temperature neutrality
• Bed thickness
• Materials in the mattress
• Child’s general sleep position (back, side, stomach, etc.)
As you explore mattress options for your child, you may want to consider a mattress that offers an in-home trial. This gives your child a certain number of days, to see how well they sleep on the new mattress. It gives you time to determine if there are any issues with comfort, before committing to the mattress.
Keep reading to learn about top mattress options for children – mattresses that are not only comfortable for children, but those that permit growth for many years to come.
Best Mattress Size For Kids
Consider your purpose when buying a mattress for your child. If you’re looking for an inexpensive option, that will last a few years, then a standard twin size mattress is an outstanding solution.
If you’re looking for a mattress that offers a little more longevity for your child, a twin xl mattress might be a better fit, as it gives your child a little more room to grow in height, before another mattress is required.
However, if you want a mattress that will last your child through his or her teen years and possibly beyond, then you might want to consider a full-size mattress. It offers the same amount of length as a standard twin mattress, while providing a much wider sleep surface for your child. A full-size mattress offers much more room for growth, and gives you room to lay beside your child while reading bedtime stories or comforting them at night.
Comfort Factors To Consider
Comfort isn’t just about the amount of plushness a mattress provides. To be truly comfortable for your child, a mattress must offer the right amount of support today, as well as plenty of support as your child grows over the next few years.
For children who sleep on their sides, plush/cushioned mattresses are best, in medium, as they cushion for sensitive pressure points that may take on more pressure and discomfort as children grow.
Children who sleep on their stomachs or backs may prefer a medium-firm to firm mattress, to offer adequate support while they sleep in those positions.
The key is to find a mattress that offers a combination of support and comfort, like the Luxury Bliss latex mattress with encased coils from PlushBeds. It comes in medium and medium-firm, and comes in all the right sizes for growing children.
If you’re interested in more thickness and firmness options, consider the Natural Bliss mattress. It offers a variety of thickness and firmness levels, including:
- 6 inch thick
- 8 inch thick
- 10 inch thick
Most parents prefer the 6 inch or 8 inch thick mattress, because they can add a 100% natural latex topper to it as their child grows.
- Soft (ILD 19-21)
- Medium (ILD 24-26)
- Medium-firm (ILD 29-31)
- Firm (ILD 34-36)
Adding a 100% natural latex topper allows you to adjust the firmness and softness of the mattress if needed. The Natural Bliss is also a vegan mattress (animal and wool free) and it is hypo-allergenic.
Healthy Mattress Options
Finally, make sure the mattress is made with the healthiest materials on the planet. After all, growing children spend 10 to 12 hours each day in bed.
It’s important to make sure your child is not exposed to toxins and chemicals while they sleep. Opt for an organic mattress, such as the Botanical Bliss Mattress from PlushBeds. It is the clear winner for health and purity. This organic latex mattress offers supreme comfort and versatility in a mattress, without exposing your child to harmful chemicals.
It isn’t always easy to know the right mattress to buy for your growing children. The PlushBeds family is committing to providing comfortable and healthy mattress options for families of all shapes and sizes. These are a few examples of the best products we have to offer. Contact us today to learn more about our other mattress products as well. And, what they may mean for your growing children.
If you have any questions about the best mattress for your child, give us a call at 1-888-298-1204 and we will be happy to assist you.
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