You love your kids. I know you do.
But I also know something else…
They are at their best when they’re asleep!
Joking aside, ensuring that kids get enough good, quality sleep is really important. Their development is so fast and getting a great sleep can reduce stress, anxiety and can even increase their attention span. Their teachers will thank you for that one!
Your time is precious and if you have kids running round, you’ll need all the peace and quiet you can get. That’s why I’ve put together this guide on what to look for in a good kids mattress. I’ve also included a list of the four best mattresses on the market, with links to where you can buy them online. It couldn’t be more easy!
|Silentnight Healthy Growth Mattress||Hybrid Spring-Memory Foam||Designed Specifically For Kids||££|
|Silentnight Rolled Foam Junior Bunk Bed Mattress||Memory Foam||Made For Bunk Beds||£|
|Sealy Activ Latex 1400 Pocket Spring Mattress||Pocket Spring||Long Lasting||££££|
|John Lewis Memory Collection Pocket Spring Mattress||Hybrid Spring-Memory Foam||7-year Guarantee||£££|
What size of mattress does my child need?
This is a question that gets asked a lot, but it’s actually quite simple.
A single mattress is just fine.
A good mattress will generally last about 10 years which would take your child from when they grow out of their cot/toddler bed into their teens. This would definitely mean you get great value for money.
A double mattress would also work well, but this depends purely on the space you have in their room. A single mattress is more than enough to fit them through their formative years, despite what they may tell you!
How firm should my child’s mattress be?
On the whole, there’s a surprising lack of research in this area. I couldn’t find any definitive studies that have been done.
My own recommendations would be these:
- If your child sleeps on their front, don’t get a mattress that’s too soft. Their breathing could be obstructed since they’ll sink into the mattress.
- A mattress that’s too firm might be hard on their growing bones and make your child uncomfortable.
To avoid these problems, stick to a medium or medium-firm mattress.
What should my child’s mattress be made of?
There are three main types of mattress that you can choose between:
1. Memory Foam
The foam moulds perfectly around your body while you sleep, which means it’s great for support and comfort. Since you create a little groove as you sleep, a memory foam mattress means that you don’t toss and turn. You’ll know what your child’s sleeping habits are like, so if this is a problem for them, memory foam might be a good option.
One problem you might find is that new memory foam mattresses have a strange smell. It’s perfectly normal and will disappear after 24-48 hours but you might get some moaning in the meantime!
These mattresses do tend to be more expensive but are very durable, which is something you’d want from a kids mattress.
2. Pocket Spring
These mattresses are closer to your traditional mattress but they are much more comfortable. A typical mattress – open coil – has springs in it that are joined together, so when you move around all the springs move at the same time.
In a pocket spring mattress, each individual spring is sewn into a fabric pocket. The reason this is more comfortable is because each spring can move independently. You get support and freedom of movement and this mattress has more bounce than memory foam.
This is a good option if your child can be a bit fussy with new things, since a memory foam mattress can feel strange at first. This mattress is more of a safe choice. You can always opt for a memory foam topper if you want the benefit of both.
As the name suggests, this is a combination of memory foam and pocket spring.
With one of these mattresses, you’ll get the best of both worlds: all the support and comfort from memory foam, along with the firmness and bounce that you get from a pocket spring.
The Four Best Kids Mattresses
Now that you have an idea of what you want to go for, here are the four best mattresses available for your child. With each one, I’ve provided a short review, the price and a link to where you can buy it online.
I know that you’ll want to get it right, so if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the box below and I’ll be able to get back to you.
1. Healthy Grow Kids Mattress
Filling: Miracoil Spring
- Specially Designed For Children
- Great Price
- 5-Year Guarantee
This mattress is by Silentnight and uses their miracoil spring system. The springs don’t move independently like in a pocket spring mattress but it’s still a step-up from old-fashioned open coil mattresses.
It provides lots of support but has a quilted top so it’s very comfortable.
Another plus is that it’s completely hypoallergenic, chemical-free and dust mite resistant – the bed bugs won’t be biting tonight!
Best Bunk Bed Mattress For Kids
2. Rolled Foam Junior Bunk Bed Mattress
- Specially Designed For Bunk Beds
- 5-year Guarantee
This mattress is designed specifically for bunk beds. It’s only 14cm thick, which makes it ideal. If the mattress on a bunk bed is too thick, then the safety rail on the top bunk becomes pointless, since your child is raised so high. We don’t want any diving routines!
Once again, this mattress is completely hypoallergenic and is made of memory foam. Because foam mattresses absorb movement, it’s a great choice for a bunk bed since it’ll minimise how much the bedframe shakes and creaks.
This is a great mattress which’ll ensure a safe and sound sleep.
3. Sealy Luxury Mattress For Kids
Filling: Latex & Pocket Spring
- Luxury Comfort
- 10- Year Guarantee
This is a pocket spring mattress, so is very comfortable but what makes it different is that the springs are combined with latex. This means that your child’s back, shoulders and hips will have extra support.
This is a pretty deep mattress – 29cm. You might find that normal sheets don’t fit, so you may find yourself shopping for deep-fit sheets. Not a huge issue but if your linen cupboard is already overflowing, you might want to think about it!
This would be an investment but it does come with a 10-year guarantee, so you can definitely trust this mattress.
4. John Lewis Memory Mattress For Kids
Brand: John Lewis
Filling: Memory Foam & Pocket Spring
- Hybrid Memory Foam and Pocket Spring
- 7-year Guarantee
- Made From Some Recycled Materials
This is a hybrid mattress that combines memory foam and pocket springs and is partially made from recycled materials – excellent if you’re concerned about being green.
It comes with a seven-year guarantee too, so you’ll have peace of mind.
Another bonus is that this is a no-flip mattress! With this one, you’ll only need to turn it every three to six months. One less job to do!
My child still wets the bed. What should I do?
First of all, this is completely normal.
You can still get any of the mattresses on this list, I would just recommend getting a waterproof mattress protector. This means that you’ll get the most out of your mattress. I’ve written a guide to buying a waterproof mattress protector, so have a read of that for more information.
Is my child too young for a ‘grown up’ bed?
You are definitely the best judge of that, since you’ll know that kids can be the same age but grow at completely different rates!
If they’ve outgrown their cot, then I would say it’s time for the ‘grown up’ bed. But you know your child best.
Are all of these mattresses suitable for bunk beds?
No, only number two on the list (the Rolled Foam Junior Bunk Bed Mattress) is safe to use on a bunk bed.
The others are too thick and might lead to your child tumbling out of the top bunk or be too heavy.
What Else do I need?
I’m confused, there’s a lot of options. What should I do?
This might seem like a daunting task, so if you have questions or aren’t sure what to go for, feel free to leave any questions below. I’ll be able to get back to you.