Children sleep longer than adults and so they are more in need of comfort while sleeping to make sure their sleep is deep and recuperative.
Their beds are therefore critical to facilitating this, and the mattress on the bed is the most important part of a bed. In fact they will spend most of their time in their bedrooms on their beds.
Of course there is a range of prices and comfort levels but a good mattress can last ten years or more so it is well worth making an astute investment in, and really your children are worth investing in, especially if it is an investment in their health.
Constantly growing bones means that their bodies are constantly changing and so their sleep must accommodate those stresses and a number of parameters have to be taken into consideration before buying a mattress.
Things To Consider In Buying The Best Mattress For Kids
There are a number of factors to consider in choosing the best mattress for kids.
There are two main types of mattress: spring and foam. Spring mattresses are separated into open coil and pocket sprung.
Open coil are mass produced and inexpensive, but over time they will sag in the middle giving a “hammock effect” , which does not support the contours of the body and is especially unwelcome, in the case of a child who is constantly growing and changing.
Also all the springs are linked to each other, so changing position on this type of mattress will lead to a change in the overall system of springs, leading to a struggle to get comfortable.
The second type of sprung mattress is the pocket sprung mattress. In this type the springs are not linked to each other and they are topped with a fibrous filling or foam. These are typically hand made and therefore more expensive but are more comfortable and last longer. However, after some years the topping will begin to wear and flatten allowing these springs to poke through.
Of the foam mattresses, memory foam and latex are the most common options.
Latex is by itself a very dense substance, so to make it softer and aid air and moisture flow it has holes molded into its structure. Moisture from sweat is a big problem for this type of mattress, with the average person perspiring up to 2 pints of sweat per night. This moisture can end up collecting in the body of the mattress causing crumbling.
Memory foam will conduct moisture away from the body and is responsive to the heat and pressure of the body allowing adjustment to body contours. These can be very bad at conducting heat away from the body as body heat is a catalyst to the molding process.
Options include hybrids of spring and foam to promote the advantages of both types. Of course the disadvantages of both can also come into play.
There are some other things to think about in choosing the best mattress for kids. One is the concept of off-gassing. Most mattresses contain petroleum based chemicals, toxic foams, synthetic fabrics, and are treated with chemical fire retardants. The heat and moisture from a child’s body can lead to these chemicals evaporating from the mattress in a toxic chemical cloud as they sleep.
You may be able to smell a chemical smell from the mattress but even if you cannot smell anything, they can still off-gas. One way to get around this is to buy organic. A mattress manufacturer that is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified means that the mattress meets stringent organic and non-toxic standards.
Anti allergy mattresses and mattress covers are also something to think about even if your child does not have an allergy. They help control allergens such as dust mites. Waterproofing is something else to think about and modern waterproofing is made from more sophisticated materials than yesteryear’s plastic coverall.
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|Eve mattress review|
|Tuft & Needle Mattress Review|
|Editor choice||Helix mattress review|
The Eve Mattress
Taking feedback from 70,000 people and distilled those learnings into one mattress. It uses a new generation foams in the eve that sleep cooler and offers more bounce than traditional memory foam and contains no springs. In fact it will arrive in the post in a vacuum packed box, just unpack it and it will expand into its full glory. It is superbly innovative, representing a significant saving on delivery, in fact delivery is thrown into the cost.
They claim that their products are subject to the strictest safety procedures to make sure the materials used are eco-friendly and fire safe and that the mattress can be placed on slats, boxspring frames or just by itself on the floor. It comes with a ten year warranty and if within 100 days of receipt you do not like the product they will refund you the full amount and also arrange a free pickup from your home, no questions asked. Beautiful design and comfort come at a price with $500 to $1000 price tags with financing options available. Made in London, England.
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Tuft & Needle Mattress
Using proprietary Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam this mattress is not memory foam or latex. It is paired with a high-quality support layer that forms the perfect foundation for the mattress and works in three ways to draw heat from your body and disperse it out of the mattress. It gets delivered in a box to your door via courier and can be place on slats, box springs or just on the floor. It is firmer than most and comes with a 10 year warranty and a 100 night hassle free return if you don’t like it. Prices are $350 to $750 made in the USA.
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Using advanced technologies, they claim to have figured out how to pack all of the most important features into one, perfect sleep system mattress, a 12″ triple layer construction that incorporates three layers of comfort, and state-of-the-art, soy based eco-friendly memory foam technology with breathable latex top layer and a layer of cooling gel.
Drömma mattress is packed into a convenient sized box and it is delivered by courier, has a unbelievable 200 nights trial, call or email them and they will have the mattress picked up and give you a full refund. Drömma Bed mattress is covered by a 12 year limited warranty and $549–$949 price tag is typical and decent value and can be used on any flat surface.
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Helix Sleep claims that this is a mattress made specifically for your individual needs and preferences, not one off the shelf, resulting in a new, personal type of comfort. The product is custom made to order within ten days and has customisable options in four parameters: feel (plush/firm), support (light/strong), temperature (mild/cool) and Point Elasticity (low/high). It is shipped in a box to your location, and is made in the USA. High-grade materials that have little to no odor or chemical off-gassing and is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, Class 1 certified. Can be placed on any flat surface. The 100 night sleep trial is their risk-free guarantee and comes with a 10 year warranty. $600- $995.
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Simmons Beautyrest ® Euro Top Kid Mattress
The only one on the list that claims to have been designed for children, it boasts low volatile organic compound (VOC) construction, premium foams help enhance comfort and support and the MoistureBan ™ Cover designed to help repel spills and wetness before they soak in. CertiPUR-US ® Certified, has pocketed coil springs and the AllerCare ™ is specially designed to help reduce indoor allergens on the mattress surface. Has a 10 year limited warranty, made in the USA, and has a remarkable an 18-year quality guarantee. GBP 400.93 – GBP 561.62. Very much like a traditional mattress, lacking the innovation present in the other four and definitely not delivered in a box.back to menu ↑
In conclusion, the above options are highly recommended for a child who could easily use the mattress for twenty years without a problem, except for the Simmons Beautyrest which is more a speciality young child’s mattress. The other four are comfortable, innovative and just plain cool.
The fact that it is not just possible to use them as a bed without a frame, if the photos on their websites are anything to go by it is more or less recommended. Not only is that trendy but will save money on expensive bed frames and children of all ages would love that style.
Personally I like the Eve best, the design is just so cool, but the options of customizability from Helix Sleep is super creative. Shipping in a box is another totally new innovation and is a true example of global marketplace perspective. Whilst these mattresses are not specifically for children (except one), they are made with materials that are proven and made with standards that would easily satisfy any parent, but as far as which is the best mattress for kids, best discuss it with the kids.