Good, healthy sleep is so important towards your child’s growth and development. As crucial as good sleeping habits are for adults, they’re doubly so for kids! That’s why it’s essential to make sure your children have a good mattress that’s designed to help them sleep comfortably through the night.
You should think of your child’s mattress as an investment – something that will last for years that will keep them cosy and comfy as they grow. There are a few more things you need to consider when choosing a mattress for kids compared to picking a mattress for yourself, and the best mattress for your child will depend on a number of factors.
You want to find a good size that they won’t outgrow too quickly, but it’s not just about their physical development. Sleep hygiene is of course crucial for facilitating healthy growth; helping the muscles, bones and joints develop properly, but it’s just as important towards their mental growth too. A good night’s sleep will help your kids stay focused at school, will improve their memory, heighten their creativity, and help them maintain healthy energy levels. That’s why choosing the best type of mattress for kids is so important!
Babies need specific cot mattresses and there are a lot of safety considerations to take into account.
If you’d prefer to keep your mattress to reuse for your growing family, it might be best to avoid foam mattresses as they can lose their shape over time. If you think you’ll only be using the cot mattress until your baby grows out of it and you’d buy a new one for their future siblings, then foam is a perfectly fine choice.
However, it’s important to understand the distinction between a standard foam mattress and a memory foam mattress. Memory foam can be extremely dangerous for infants and toddlers as it can cause suffocation. Avoid using memory foam mattresses until they’re a little bit older.
Open-coil spring mattresses – like the ones most adults use, will hold their shape for a lot longer. The space between the springs also facilitates better air flow, which helps keep your baby cool in the summertime.
Natural fibre cot mattresses like those made from bamboo or wood are highly breathable and super comfy. While they might be a tad pricier, they’re a worthwhile, sustainable investment for eco-minded mums and dads who want to avoid the use of synthetic chemicals and processed plastics.
Pocket sprung mattresses are a little more premium, so they’re more suited if you expect to keep using a larger cot bed for your baby for a few years. These are extremely supportive, durable cot mattresses that are sure to offer a good night’s sleep!
There’s no one true answer for when your child should move from a cot mattress to a regular children’s mattress – it really depends on their personal growth – but typically babies will be ready to level up between 18 and 36 months old.
Once they’re out of the toddler years, you’ve got a bit more freedom when it comes to mattress choice. Whether you go for an open-coil mattress, a pocket sprung mattress or memory foam mattress, there are a few things you’ll need to consider based on your child’s specific circumstances and sleep habits. Let’s go through a few FAQs to help you find the best mattress type for your child.
A child’s mattress needs to be quite firm to support them as their body develops. Firmer, supportive mattresses help prevent fidgeting throughout the night. At the same time, they need to be comfortable too – so don’t sacrifice softness in favour of an ultra-firm mattress. Finding a balance between the two is far more beneficial.
Mattress size is important, and your child’s mattress should be thinner than the average adult mattress. Thicker mattresses can be hazardous and can make it difficult for them to get in and out of bed. If your child’s bed has a safety runner, their mattress should not go higher than it.
If your children have a bunk bed, a good bunk bed safety rule is to look for lighter, thinner mattresses designed specifically for bunks. Top bunks have a strict weight limit, and you don’t want to risk going above it with a mattress that’s too heavy. You also want to make sure your bunk bed mattress isn’t so thick that it nears the top of the bunk bed’s protective guardrails.
Memory foam mattresses are a great choice for children aged four and above but will not be safe for infants and toddlers. For kids four and above, memory foam is a super supportive, comfortable choice.
It is worth mentioning that some memory foam mattresses tend to carry more heat than other options – so if you’re looking for a mattress with cooling properties, certain memory foam mattresses should be avoided.
You can find hybrid mattresses that use memory foam alongside special temperature regulating fabrics to keep them cool, so this is the way to go!
Latex mattresses boast the best cooling properties to prevent night sweats – but these tend to be far more expensive, and spring mattresses are also perfectly breathable.
The Maxi Cool mattress from Aspace combines the supportive comfort of memory foam with our magical Maxi Cool cover. This light fabric has thermocules that absorb and release heat to prevent overheating. This mattress has an open-coil spring unit as a bottom layer, with a 4cm layer of memory foam in the middle, and the Maxi Cool cover to top it off – everything your child needs for a snuggly night’s sleep!
Generally, your child can comfortably start using a full-sized mattress between the ages of 8 and 10. You don’t want them sleeping on an outgrown mattress as this can cause discomfort and stunt their growth, so if they do hit a sudden growth spurt younger than age 8, you should make the switch early.
For a young child between 3 and 10 years old, aim to replace their mattress every three years; and for an adolescent between 10 and 16, replace their mattress every five years.
Even though a well-made children’s mattress will retain its shape and supportive qualities for several years, children grow so quickly that the best mattress for them at age 3 is unlikely to be the best mattress for them at age 6.
You don’t need to look out for a special mattress if your child is prone to overnight accidents – instead, go for any good, comfortable mattress for children and use a high-quality mattress protector on top. With a good, waterproof mattress protector, you won’t need to worry about stains on the mattress itself.
An anti-allergenic mattress protector and pillows are essential for children with allergies. These are designed to prevent the spread of dust mites and other allergens, allowing them to sleep comfortably without any irritation. It’s also important to ensure you’ve found the right sheets for them too. Avoid polyester sheets which can cause further irritation and instead opt for a soft, breathable long-staple cotton like cotton percale.
You can find mattresses designed for children with allergies, too. If your child suffers from allergies or you need advice on a hypoallergenic children’s mattress, please get in touch with our friendly team to find out more.
If your child tends to fidget throughout the night, they’re likely not getting a great night’s sleep. A good, supportive mattress can help reduce tossing and turning for a calm slumber. Foam mattresses are best in this case, as they offer heaps of support that adjusts for your child’s body, while not being overly firm.
If your kids sleep on their side, a softer mattress is better, while kids who sleep on their back or stomach will be better off with a firmer mattress. If they’re a bit of column A, a bit of column B, go for something in between like a supportive foam mattress.
If you’re still not certain about finding a good mattress for kids, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts! At Aspace, we make custom children’s mattresses designed for the specific needs of you and your family in mind. Explore custom sizes, shapes and bespoke mattress designs to make sure your child’s mattress is absolutely perfect.