As a mother you always want what is best for your children. Your child sleeps for approximately 8 hours per day, and depending on whether she/he got good or bad sleep your day as a parent becomes set. Usually bad sleep makes people, especially children, cranky, which causes more work for you as well as stresses you and your children out. A huge factor in getting the required amount of sleep is the mattress the child is sleeping on. The decision of choosing the correct mattress is very important as the firmness, material and support all affect your child’s growth both mentally and physically.
Here are some guidelines on how to choose the best mattress for your child.
Type of Mattress
Mattresses are split into three types or styles. Just like for adults, children’s mattresses can be made from sprung, memory foam and latex foam. Each of these has different benefits for the children using them.
Memory foam is usually better for children, especially those who are not infants or toddlers. The best memory foam mattress would be one that cushions and supports the child, as if hugging him/her. Memory foam helps in keeping the bones and spine aligned, which is crucial for children due to the growth they go through. Keep in mind that the more supportive a mattress is, the less fidgeting and rolling will occur which will ensure that your child gets a full night of peaceful sleep. Also bear in mind that infants and toddlers would need firmer mattresses due to their fast growth rates. Another plus for memory foam is that, it does not allow for jumping which will increase the lifespan of your child’s mattress.
Pocket sprung mattresses are great for those who need more cooling/ get warm easily. They often feature comfy tufted covering layers. If you’re looking to buy a pocket sprung mattress check the spring count and coil gauges. The higher spring count the more support the mattress while the lower the coil gauges the firmer the mattress will be.
Latex foam is better suited for those with allergies as it decreases the chances of dust being trapped inside or mites. Latex foam mattresses are very breathable, this makes them great for warmer homes and kids who hate hot temperatures at bedtime.
Buying a mattress is an investment. As mentioned above a mattress is crucial for your child’s sleep patterns and growth. Getting a mattress with a good warranty is a good idea to ensure that your child won’t be having problems with his or her mattress later. Warranties vary for each mattress so keep in mind that the longer the warranty the higher the price might get.
Mattress prices vary according to the type of material used, warranty and quality of course. Pocket sprung mattresses and Latex foam mattresses are usually more expensive. The pocket sprung ones are expensive due to the spring count, the higher the rate, the more expensive it will probably be. Latex foam mattresses might be expensive as well because of how natural the latex is. Memory foam is more moderately priced while cheap and inexpensive mattresses include futons and open coil mattresses. The last two mattresses however, are not very durable and are uncomfortable for children to sleep on which might disrupt their sleep.
As the above mentioned points have implied, buying a mattress is an investment, so it is better to seriously consider all your options and have a set budget for buying one. There are many high-end mattresses that are very expensive, however you can still get them if you wait for a sale or haggle over the price. More often than not, there are applicable discounts and sales in stores selling mattresses so keep an eye out for those. It is important to strike a balance between getting an affordable mattress and having a good quality one that will last you to 8 years which is the usual lifespan of a good quality mattress.
Why it is important to choose the best mattress for your child’s sleep?
Having a comfortable, well made mattress will ensure that your child gets their needed quota to have better sleep as well as save you from dealing with crankiness due to not getting enough sleep. Hopefully these tips on picking the best mattress for your child have made the process easier. If you are really hesitant towards picking a certain mattress be assured that most mattress brands have a trial period of about 90 days for your child to try the chosen mattress out and make sure that this is the best choice for them.