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Sleep. It’s the dream isn’t it? But what if actually, it isn’t a dream and sleep is a bit of a distant memory. My boys (aged 5 and 1) used to both love their sleep. The days of them both sleeping blissfully through the night are hit and miss here despite them both having the most comfortable, sleep-inducing environments available. So, how do you find the right mattress for your children?
Children need a good night’s sleep to aid their mental and physical development, with the recommendation from NHS of at least 10 -14 hours per night. It’s at this time of night when their bodies take in all the day’s activities and process everything, therefore ensuring they’re comfortable when in bed will help to support their whole development.
Which style of mattress to choose?
There are many styles of mattresses to choose from when it comes to picking the one ideal for your children’s bed but the best ones to choose are pocket-sprung, memory foam and latex foam as they can provide your children with support.
Pocket sprung mattresses are extra comfortable as they are made up of independent springs all sewn up into little pockets so they work wherever the weight is distributed on top of them. They can offer lots of support to growing bodies so make sure you check the spring count (a high spring count offers more support whereas a lower count results in a firmer mattress).
Memory foam mattresses are a good choice for children as they will contour to your child’s body often helping to reduce restless limbs. These type of mattresses are good for children who have allergies as they have hypoallergenic properties which means dust and insects aren’t attracted to them.
Latex foam mattresses are breathable and are ideal for warm homes and children who dislike being warm at bedtime. My eldest always sleeps on top of the quilt despite of the temperature in his room. Latex foam mattresses are also durable and usually very eco-friendly.
There are mattresses for children to suit every budget, Fishpools have an extensive range of mattresses to look at and purchase. Mattresses should be changed regularly to suit their rapidly growing bodies. Children should have at least 10cm space at the end of their bed so they can fully extend their body and legs. Mattresses should be changed every three years between the ages of 3 and 10 and children between the age of 10 and 16 should have their mattress changed every five years or sooner depending on their height.
Choosing the right mattress for your child is essential and can make all the difference of a good night’s sleep. Make sure you do your research as it should pay off! Sleep well.