What is the best mattress for your child?

It’s well known that we all need sleep to function properly, but did you know that kids need it to help them grow? It’s one of the reasons why sleep is especially vital for kids.

Studies have shown that our bodies release most of our daily dose of growth hormone when we’re in a deep sleep, and since kids and adolescents have a lot of growing to do, they need a lot of sleep. Research shows that young children between ages 3 and 5 years old need an average of 10-13 hours of sleep a day - that means they need to spend as much as half of their day in bed!

So, how can we ensure our kids get all the sleep they need?

Beyond setting up a bedroom routine and adjusting their bedroom environment to promote sleep, choosing the right mattress is a great place to start. Of course, not all mattresses were created equal - some mattresses are better suited than others to support the growth and development of children - that’s why we’ve created this quick guide. Read on below to find out which type of mattress is best suited to your child and their stage of development.

Memory foam, springs, or hybrid?

Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are designed to adapt to the natural contours of the body. They can be an excellent option for active kids and teens because they provide pressure relief and reduce the risk of pain or discomfort, they’re also ideal for kids who may have trouble sleeping through the night because they don’t transfer motion. Parents should keep in mind that some kids may prefer the feel and support provided by a spring mattress.

Spring mattresses

Compared to memory foam mattresses, spring mattresses tend to be firmer with a bouncier feel. Spring mattresses are often the most recommended type of mattress for kids because they provide ample support and also tend to have a longer lifespan than other types of mattresses. There are different types of spring mattresses you can choose from and each type will differ in the level of firmness, affordability and benefits.

Hybrid mattresses

Boasting the best of both worlds, hybrid mattresses combine the adaptability of a memory foam with the firmness of a spring mattress. Most hybrid mattresses are made up of a spring support base with memory foam or latex comfort layers on top for added softness and comfort. These are a great option for kids who like the cradling sensation of memory foam mattresses, but who need a little bit of extra support underneath.

What else should you consider?

When it comes to selecting the best type of mattress for your child, you should think about how the mattress ‘feels’. Kids need their mattresses to support their growing bodies. A mattress that is too soft can cause issues with their joints and spinal alignment, while a mattress that is too firm may cause discomfort.

The ideal firmness for your child will depend on their weight and age. For most kids, a medium to firm mattress is most appropriate.

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