Choosing the Best Mattress for Your Kids
“O soothest sleep! If so it pleases thee, close my willing eyes…”
For centuries, the promise of sound and peaceful sleep has inspired beautiful songs and poems. For some reason however, children hate naptime. They seem to fall asleep on just about anything but getting them to bed can be quite a challenge.
As a parent, you know just how important naptime is for both you and your child. Your child needs to recharge from the day and you need a much-deserved break from taking care of him/her. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends that children sleep for 10-16 hours every night depending on their age. A huge percentage of children however, experience some form of sleeping issue.
While sleeping issues in children can be treated by pediatric sleep medicine, the enemy of sleep is often in their bedroom. Where your child sleeps could make all the difference when it comes to tackling restless sleeping. If your little one is struggling to nod off or stay asleep, it is time to upgrade his or her bed.
The choice of bed and beddings is important. For example, character beds and beddings encourage sleep and lay strong foundations for fully motivated and capable adults. The choice of mattress however, is more crucial sinceit significantly influences your growing child’s health for years to come.
What is the right mattress for your child?
Choosing a mattress for children or another person can be tricky. How do you gauge the right mattress for your child? Ideally, the right mattress should not only offer support and comfort to your child’s growing body but also cater for his or her needs be it allergies or bedwetting.
Here are some questions you need to ask as you shop for your child’s mattress –
Does your child like the mattress?
A plush mattress is most suitable for your child’s growing body. When your child is bouncing from mattress to mattress in the store, proclaiming them all jump-worthy, it can be difficult to judge the most comfortable one for him/her. Even after using the mattress for some time, it can be difficult for children to experience discomfort thanks to their soft bones and stretchy muscles. When making the purchase, ask your child non-leading questions like “is the mattress hard or soft?”
What materials is the mattress made up of?
Children’s mattresses come in many varieties from memory foam and latex foam to pocket-sprung and open-sprung. Each offers different benefits to sleepers. You should check out the mattress reviews of each different type to determine which is best for your child.
Also, be on the lookout for mattresses that may be made up of harmful materials such as polyvinyl chloride.
What is the right size?
There are very many kid sized mattresses out there. You need to buy one that provides adequate room for your child. Kids often move around in their beds as they sleep. If you buy them a small mattress, they might just be waking up on the floor next to their beds. Opt for a mattress that allows the child to move around freely without falling.
Since it is very likely that your child may be using the same mattress for the next ten years, buying a mattress they can sleep on comfortably when they are adults is a good idea.
How much are you willing to spend?
Good mattresses are often expensive. They are of higher quality and they tend to last longer. This does not necessitate you breaking the bank. You can get the quality you desire from something that is mid-priced.
As your child transitions from a toddler bed to a big kid bed, it is important you get it right with your choice of mattress. The questions above should help you as you shop. It also helps to check out reviews from reputable sources.