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The Importance Of Choosing A Good Mattress For Growing Kids

04/12/2013 | Child Health, Room to Grow, Sleep | by Catherine Godiva

Children are growing all the time and while their bones are growing, it’s vitally important that they sleep on a mattress that provides the correct degree of support for their spines.  As adults, we all know that sleeping on a cheap or well-used mattress is uncomfortable – and leads to a disturbed night’s sleep that leaves us feeling groggy and achy in the morning.  It’s the same for kids, with the added risk of stiffness and discomfort as their bodies are constantly changing.  You really do need to make sure that you choose a good mattress that supports their growing bones during childhood.Best-Mattresses-for-Kids

When it comes to choosing a good mattress for your child, then one with a box spring support system really is recommended.  Whether it’s an open coil or a pocket sprung mattress, this is the type that will provide maximum support for your child at night, leading to a good, comfortable night’s slumber.

While latex and memory foam can be ideal for adults, providing a comfortable base on which to sleep, they’re really not suitable for toddlers and children.  There are so many styles of kids’ beds available nowadays, that it can be difficult to find a suitable good quality mattress to fit.  Think about this when choosing a bed, whatever age your child may be.

The mattress (and support it provides) is actually much more important than the style of bed you choose, so perhaps it would be a good idea to choose a mattress and then find a bed that it will fit.

If you’re opting for bunk beds, a loft bed, cabin bed, short, starter bed or a good, old-fashioned style bed, the mattress really is the most important consideration.  Look for a mattress made in the UK as it will comply with all UK health and safety regulations, giving you added peace of mind when it comes to the surface your little one is sleeping on.  Many online kids’ furniture outlets will have a range of mattresses available with a one year guarantee.

When you buy a mattress for your child, it’s worth spending a little extra and buying a mattress protector.  These can be fitted or free form and will make sure that the mattress lasts longer with its waterproof qualities.  Gone are the days when mattress protectors were wrinkly, crinkly sheets of plastic.  Modern mattress protectors, while 100% waterproof are made from luxurious brushed cotton – breathable, noiseless, comfortable and practical.  A good quality mattress protector offers the added advantage of acting as an anti-allergy barrier, protecting your little one from dust mites, a major cause of asthma and hay fever.

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