When choosing a new bed for a child’s bedroom, we often think about the frame, the mattress, and the bedding. However mattress toppers and protectors are just as important when it comes to comfort – and ensuring your mattress stays in the best condition for as long as possible.
“Wait, aren’t mattress toppers and protectors the same thing?” we hear you ask! While easily confused, mattress toppers and mattress protectors do two very different but equally important jobs.
The clue is in the name for this one! Mattress protectors do just that, protect your mattress. For adults, this will usually take the form of a thin protective layer that will protect your mattress from the natural sweat you produce at night, while a 100% waterproof polyurethane mattress protector is the best option for a child’s bed if you want to guard against any accidents.
Even if your child doesn’t wet the bed, protectors are also really good for preventing allergens such as dust mites from working their way into your mattress. These allergens can affect quality of sleep, especially for little ones with breathing conditions like asthma, so using a mattress protector to guard against them is better for your health as well as the health of your mattress!
A mattress topper’s job is to make a mattress even comfier, whether that’s through raising the height or adding a layer of softness to a mattress that is over firm.
Mattress toppers can be a good idea if you’re experiencing back or joint pain throughout the night, or if you want to boost the lifespan of a mattress that is old and has started to sag. However, unlike a protector, a mattress topper won’t protect you or your mattress from allergens or spills.
Do I need both?
Choosing between a topper or a protector really comes down to your own individual needs. Since they both do such different jobs, it might be that you need both to make your bed as comfortable and as safe as possible.
If you are going to choose both, it’s usually best to place the topper directly onto the mattress and the protector on top so that both your mattress and topper are protected from any sleep-detracting nasties. Once you’ve popped one on top of the other, just put your sheets on your bed as normal – although you might find you need a larger sized sheet if your topper is particularly thick.
Here are Room to Grow HQ, we stock a range of mattress protectors that are created especially with little sleepers in mind – including a 100% waterproof Tencel protector that naturally absorbs moisture away from the body, fighting against bacteria and mould without the use of any nasty chemicals. We also stock pillow protectors and duvet protectors so that you can ensure your child’s bed is as safe, comfy, and cosy as possible.