Helpful Guides & Tips for Kids Mattresses
Are you looking for a mattress that will make sure your child gets the perfect night’s sleep? Look no further than our range of kids' and children's mattresses. Our range is specifically designed with kids' needs in mind and so is perfect for growing children of all ages. We’ve also thought about kids in the design choices we’ve made for this range. Fun, colourful designs mean our collection of kids' and children's mattresses look just as good as they feel. Sleep is important for everyone, but particularly for children. A good night’s sleep keeps kids happy and healthy and supports their growth. With this in mind, we’ve designed our mattresses to make sure they give the comfort and support needed for a truly great night’s sleep.
The mattresses come in a range of sizes to suit your child’s needs. For younger children there are smaller sized or small single mattresses - a big boy or girl’s bed and a big change from a cot, but not too big for little ones. For older kids, smaller singles and smaller doubles are perfect to make them feel grown up but also comfortable. We’ve got kid's and children's mattresses in a range of sizes and designs from best-selling brands. Our collection includes mattresses from the popular Silentnight range, for example.
Want to get your hands on one of our great mattresses sooner rather than later? There’s no need to worry. Many of them are available for delivery as early as tomorrow! Plus you can enjoy free delivery, on us! For a mattress that will keep your child happy and sleeping soundly, look no further than our range.
If you’d like to discuss what mattress might be best for you, just give us a call. Why not take a look at our range now - a new mattress for your child could be at your door tomorrow!
Choosing the Best Kids Mattress
Sleep plays a very significant part in your child’s development, so it’s important you make the right decision when choosing a mattress for them. With longer sleep times and naps to factor in, this is the period of their life when they will sleep the most - even if it doesn’t feel like that to Mum and Dad! Given the amount of time they’ll be spending tucked up and away in the land of nod, you need to make sure they’re comfortable and safe.
Sleep is when they process all the sensory information they’ve taken in during the day, making sleep crucial for your child’s development. Whether it’s their first ‘grown up’ bed or they’re already well beyond the cot stages, here are our top tips to help you pick the best kids’ and children’s mattresses.
You need to consider your child’s sleeping habits – what’s their preferred sleeping position, for instance? Children who tend to sleep on their front might be better matched with a softer mattress, which will help to cushion their neck. If you’ve got a ‘wriggler’ who moves around a lot in the night, then a memory foam mattress is a better option. As it shapes itself around their body, it can help contain all those moving limbs and mean they get a quieter and better quality night’s sleep. It’s worth spending a little time checking in on and observing your child as they sleep, to get a feel for the position they prefer.
Age, height and weight
Their age, height and weight will also play a part, dictating the firmness you should go for and how the mattress is sprung. There is no single ‘best kids and childrens mattress’ and the choice will very much be down to the sleeping habits and age of your child. Older children will, of course, weigh more, and that could mean you need a firmer mattress to support their body.
You might be tempted to go for something super soft, but we actually recommend you go for something much firmer than you might be inclined to choose. This is because a growing child needs a good level of spinal support as they sleep, to ensure their spine is kept correctly aligned so they grow properly. Bone development at a young age is critical, so a firm mattress is almost more important for a child than it is for an adult. You needn’t worry about them being uncomfortable because all the mattresses stocked by MattressNextDay are well sprung, have a comfy filling and are made from the highest quality materials, delivering support and comfort at the same time.
The size of the room and the bed
You want to choose a mattress which gives them enough space to move around as they sleep but doesn’t take up valuable floor space which they could be playing in. The most popular choice would be a children’s single mattress. Specialists recommend that you change your mattresses every seven or eight years, so you need to make sure you’ve picked something which they can grow into because it’s going to last them a fair while. A single mattress is big enough for older children but compact enough that it’s not going to over-crowd their room.
If you’ve invested in a high-quality mattress then it might also be worth considering a mattress protector. They’re easy to wash and will help protect your child’s mattress if there are any ‘accidents’ in the night, or if they spill their cup of Ribena on it.
If you’d like more advice on choosing the right mattress for your child, simply get in touch with our friendly, expert team today.
Firmness vs. comfort: what mattress is best for your child?
Children and teenagers are constantly growing, so investing in the right mattress to support them is key for a good night's sleep. We provide a huge range of children's and kids' mattresses that are suitable for your budget and provide a balance of firmness, support and comfort. Read on for more information about which mattresses provide the best firmness and softness for your child's bed.
1. Standard spring
These mattresses work as one unit to evenly support body weight when a child sleeps. They're often more firm than most but will provide comfort for years to come as your child's height and weight increases. If you're concerned about it not being soft enough, adding a memory foam layer or even a thick mattress protector when it arrives could help your child get the best night sleep and feel comfortable.
2. Pocket Sprung
These have become increasingly popular as a more flexible mattress to standard springs. The individual pocket springs offer durable and tailored support by being more responsive and working individually as your child moves. They have enough firmness to encourage good posture, while being a softer mattress for all body types and ages.
3. Soft memory foam
These are ideal if your child loves a soft mattress! They're also hypoallergenic which means they can be used instead of fabric or feather alternatives as well as providing a hygienic environment. Memory foam mattresses work to stop someone tossing and turning as well as providing tailored support to their natural sleeping state. They also tend to be more durable than spring mattresses.
Latex is ideal for warmer climates as it will keep your child cool in the night. Supportive and durable, it makes a great solution if you need a middle ground mattress which is also a good investment. Like memory foam, these are also hypoallergenic and more hygienic than traditional fabric mattresses.
5. Reflex foam
Unlike other mattresses, this isn't as supportive, but much like memory foam it's durable and flexible. It's made of solid foam which aides comfort and reduces pressure on certain areas of the body to give your children a great night's sleep!
How to choose the right children's and kids' mattresses
At a young age, babies and toddlers need a firm mattress to support growth and bone alignment, especially in the early years. A spring mattress with a high spring count and low gauge numbers means there's lots of dense springs to provide firmness throughout the night. In a cot, using a memory foam mattress can give you peace of mind by knowing that your baby won't be tossing and turning regularly.
Always think about firmness when choosing kids' mattresses
When they transition to a bed, it's just as important they have a firm mattress because your child needs equal pressure and a neutral sleeping position to keep their growth optimal. It also stops their spine developing in an unnatural way, which can cause issues later on in life. While a mattress for an adult suffering from back pain feels like a good idea, use of these mattresses on a child's bed can hinder growth if it stops them from sleeping in a neutral position or sinking too deeply into the mattress.
How to protect children's mattresses
Firmness is key, but adding a protector or thin foam layer can help beds feel more comfortable. It can also make bedwetting issues easy to clean by protecting children's and kids' mattresses for as long as possible.
Don't forget teenagers grow as well! Even when you're transitioning them from a small single to a regular single or double bed, it's important to have a firm and soft mattress to encourage natural and safe growth as they develop.