Sleep has countless benefits for every one of us, but a good night’s sleep is crucial when it comes to children. It is a time of rest, which is super valuable to allow your little one a chance to grow, repair and get ready for the next day. The body develops most rapidly while you are asleep so it is very important. Choosing the correct mattress can play a big part in ensuring your child gets the best night’s sleep.
With so many different variations on offer, it is often difficult to distinguish which is right. There are so many factors to consider before you make a purchase… everything from the firmness and support, to allergy concerns. Little things really can make a big difference. To make the decision easier, here is Room to Grow’s round-up of the best options when it comes to mattresses.
Sleeping children need as much support as possible, so with this in mind choose a high quality pocket sprung or memory foam mattress. If the mattress is supportive, your child will be more settled and therefore should reduce the amount of times they wake up during the night. In pocket sprung mattresses, the springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets, meaning each spring is able to move independently, providing great support and adjusts to the body shape. The springs are covered in a high density foam for added support and comfort.
The number of springs will not always determine how soft or firm a mattress will be, as this can be altered by the gauge of spring rather than the number, however, a rule of thumb is generally that the higher the spring count the greater the support.
Mattress firmness versus support
There is often misinterpretation about perceived firmness and support. The support unit of a mattress is nearly always indicated by a person’s weight or height. This is because spring units are manufactured to certain load or weight tolerances to ensure that they are made to take a certain amount of tension and the springs compress and unload correctly. The comfort of a mattress will feel different for a small child as it would for a teenager.
A soft tension mattress may well suit a toddler, whereas a medium tension mattress may be more suitable for older children and teens. It really does all depend on preference!
Memory foam mattresses are dense and have body-forming technology which also offers your child great support while they rest after a tiring day. Look out for the density on the label, the higher this is the more supportive the mattress will be. The Stompa Flex Airflow option is a hybrid of both pocket sprung and memory foam, perfect if you want the best of both worlds. This mattress boasts a five-layer system featuring high density foam as well as 1000 count sprung, which is ideal for growing children. What’s more, the clever airflow advanced technology layer makes sure the air can circulate efficiently whilst your child sleeps. As a result, it will help keep temperature and moisture levels at a moderate level; an added bonus if restless sleeping is a problem.
Tackling night time allergies
Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, dust mites are one of the most common triggers for an allergic reaction and they love to live in beds!
There are so many hypoallergenic mattress types to choose from. Foam and latex mattresses are particularly beneficial in lowering the risk of dust mites because the dense core makes them impenetrable to the mites and moisture in which they thrive.
Just make sure the fabric doesn’t irritate your child to ensure a full night sleep free from disturbance.
If a slightly softer option is preferred too, a sprung mattress will be more suited such as the Stompa Next Generation with non-allergenic polyester cotton cover designed to prevent irritation specifically.
Lastly, mattress protectors are essential to protect your mattress. Not only are many options 100% waterproof, they’re simple to machine wash and dry without any fuss. With this practical addition their bed can be back to normal in a flash. The Tencel bed protector has a polyurethane layer which acts as an anti-allergy barrier, protecting against dust mites, a major cause of hayfever and asthma in children especially, as well as keeping the mattress cover clean and dry.
We hope you’ve found our guide helpful, and that you’re armed with all the information you need to feel a more confident shopper in the world of children’s mattresses!
For more tips and inspiration, delve into our website www.roomtogrow.co.uk to discover our fantastic world of children’s mattresses, beds, furniture and accessories or call us on 0333 006 3096 to chat through your requirements – we’d love to hear from you!