We know how important sleep is to a child’s growth and development; at Room to Grow it is our number one priority to make sure children are able to get the best quality night’s sleep in order to reach their full potential physically and mentally. We know there are a number of things which go into ensuring a good night’s sleep including a strong bedtime routine, healthy diet and exercise and a comfortable sleeping environment to name a few. But one thing which can be play a massive role in the quality of a child’s sleep is their mattress; you may find yourself wondering how often should you replace your child’s mattress and bedding, and the answer will depend on a few different factors but what we do know is it is incredibly important to do so.
Cleaning your child’s bedroom alone can feel like a herculean task, worthy of accolades normally only bestowed on Olympic gold medallists. First you must step gingerly over the plastic farmyard animals strewn across the carpet, then it’s time to negotiate the precariously balanced books placed smack bang in the centre of the bedroom and finally one must clamber over the disconcertingly smelly piles of dirty clothes. At last, you have reached your goal – the bed. If you only achieve one thing during this cleaning adventure, then changing the bedding it is. Forget dusting and vacuuming, at least the bed is tidy. This should be removed and changed every fortnight at the very most.
But now we know that we should actually be replacing their duvets, mattress and pillows as well? Adding a whole other adventure to your cleaning escapades.
It’s amazing how important a good supportive mattress is, especially for young children whose bones are constantly growing sleep is essential. A good mattress provides support for your little one through the night, as well as ensuring they (and you) get a restful night’s sleep. The National Bed Federation advises that adults replace their mattress every seven years, but for children’s beds you may need to replace them slightly earlier than that to ensure they are providing the suitable support for their little bodies. However, if you do spot any sagging in the meantime, or signs of wear and tear, then you should replace the mattress immediately.
Pillows should be replaced roughly every two years. Leaving them for longer than this can cause dust mites to start to gather, which increases likelihood of allergies occurring. They also start to lose their support over the years if they have been slept on for too long. If they need constant fluffing up to restore their shape or if they stay folded when pressed in half, it’s definitely time to invest in a new set. Most importantly, replacing your child’s pillows regularly is sure to help aid a comfy night’s sleep preparing them for their busy day ahead.
According to research, on average each one of us uses the same duvet for around seven years. However, in fact, we should be replacing them after five – eek!! This is again due to hygiene reasons and those dastardly allergies inducing dust mites. Duvets also start to thin over time with use, meaning that they lose the warmth they had originally. Replacing your child’s duvet will help lessen their chances of allergies and keep them toasty warm in the winter.