The Best Mattress for Children

by Jeremy Cato
A good mattress could mean better nights for your child.

A good mattress could mean better nights for your child.

Every parent has to deal with problems getting their children to go to sleep, but you may not realize that some of those problems are caused by the mattress your child is sleeping on. Sleeping on a poorly manufactured mattress can cause a person of any age to have trouble sleeping. Because of this, it is important that parents choose good mattresses for their children. There are a few key areas you note when picking the best mattress for your child.


The first thing you should consider when purchasing a mattress for a child or children is the size of the mattress. This means more than just picking the right size for your child's room. Think about your child's height and sleep habits. Does she tend to roll around a lot in her sleep? Is she tall for her age? A child that moves frequently during sleep may need a larger mattress to avoid falling off the bed. A taller child needs a longer mattress. Also, consider the sleeping arrangement you have set for your children; if you have more than one child sleeping in one bed, you may want a queen instead of a full.


Unlike clothing and toys, children will get many years of use out of a mattress. With that in mind, you should choose quality over cost when picking a good mattress for your child. Often, mattresses that can withstand hours of being jumped upon (and you know your children will do that) are slightly more expensive. Look for mattresses with very strong springs or new technology that adds durability. Observe and compare the manufacturer's claims as to the mattress structure and strength.


The hardness or softness of a mattress is another important consideration. Mattresses today are made from an array of different materials, such as memory foam or thick polyfoam that vary widely in density. If your child prefers or needs a softer mattress, then perhaps memory foam or a similar style is best. If your child needs a firmer mattress, then a denser material is required. This area of selection depends heavily on the child's physical needs and personal preferences.


Mattress style is another area you should think about when deciding on a mattress for your child. Styles vary according to the manufacturer, but generally you will encounter features such as pillow-top, extra plush and extra-long. Let your child have some input when it comes to choosing a style, but be mindful of the child's needs and your budget.

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Think about your children for a minute. Will your younger children be sleeping on the same mattress as your older children? If so, then you want a mattress with a multi-year durability guarantee. Do your children all have different preferences for mattresses or are they basically the same? The answer to this question can save or cost you money. What about bunk beds? Do you want the same mattress for each or are your children needs so different that each requires a different mattress per bunk? These are the types of questions that you should be prepared to answer.

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About the Author

Jeremy Cato is a writer from Atlanta who graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and an English degree from Morehouse College. An avid artist and hobbyist, he began professionally writing in 2011, specializing in crafts-related articles for various websites.

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