So, you’ve scoured hundreds of brochures, poured over endless Pinterest posts, and combed the internet, and finally, you’ve settled on the absolutely perfect new bed for your little one (from Ollie & Leila obviously!) But your search does not end there, as arguably the most important element still needs to be bought – the mattress.
But, with so many types of mattresses available, what should you be looking for?
What Type of Mattress Should I Choose?
As with adult mattresses, children’s mattresses come in a variety of styles, from memory foam to pocket sprung. But the main thing to focus on is support. Your child’s mattress needs to be able to support their growing bones and keep their spine aligned. Similarly, a supportive mattress will limit the amount of fidgeting, so will help aid a good night’s sleep (we can dream!).
Some mattress types include memory, pocket-sprung and latex. Latex mattresses are great as they are very breathable so will help if your child gets very hot at bedtime, whilst memory foam mattresses are much warmer, however they form-around your child’s body when they sleep so help reduce restless wakings. Pocket-sprung, on the other hand, generally include a very comfy top layer, helping your child snuggle cosily into their bed.
There are also mattresses available that can help with specific issues your child may suffer from. For example, if your child has serious allergies, you can buy hypoallergenic mattresses that helps eliminate allergy causing dust mites.
Like with most things, generally speaking the more you pay the better quality you will get, however, do be careful. Children grow, but beds don’t, so you will need to replace the mattress when you upgrade the bed, so bear that in mind when thinking about your purchase.
Pocket-sprung and latex mattresses are the more expensive whilst memory foam is slightly cheaper due to the synthetic materials used. The cheapest options are futon or open coil. The open coil is a traditional manufacturing method for mattresses and tend to be lighter and therefore easier to turn.
Are There Any Extras I Should Think About?
Whilst a bed requires no more than a mattress to complete it (apart from the duvet, pillow and child of course!), you may want to think about a few extras. If you don’t want to buy a hypoallergenic mattress then you can instead invest in an antibacterial, hypoallergenic mattress protector, which offers exactly the same allergy protection. Similarly, if your child wets the bed, you may want to purchase a mattress protector or bed pads.
If you have decided that a trundle bed is the perfect option for you little one (let’s face it, the extra bed space is amazing!), then you also want to make sure you purchase a trundle bed mattress, these slot into the trundle drawer perfectly.
When Should I Replace the Mattress?
Generally, mattresses should be replaced every ten years, though your growing child may force your hand with this. But remember to try and flip and rotate the mattress regularly (every 6 months is a good rule of thumb), as this will ensure your mattress will stay comfortable and cosy for your little one.