When searching for the best mattress for kids, particularly memory foam mattresses, there are many considerations that should influence your decision. Many mattress products are unsafe and can cause harm to both the user and the environment over time, so it’s important to look for a high-quality mattress that’s non-toxic and eco-friendly.
Here is a brief buyers guide to help you find the right mattress for your kids.
Children are in need of more sleep than adults, with pediatricians recommending that they get as many as 11 to 13 hours of sleep in a night between the ages of three to five, while older children aged five to twelve still need 10 to 11 hours.
Sleep deprivation in children has been found to have many negative effects, causing difficulty with concentrating, poor behavior, ADHD symptoms, poorer social skills, and sleeping during class.
Children are also more vulnerable to harm from chemicals and pollutants in the environment than adults, as their bodies and immune systems continue to develop and adapt. It’s also important to keep in mind that children breathe in more air through their mouths and have higher heart rates, increasing the risk of inhaling harmful fibers and particles.
Many mattresses contain harmful chemicals that can hurt your child, but Live and Sleep mattresses are made with less chemicals to produce a CertiPUR-US® Certified mattress that’s non-toxic and eco-friendly.
Polyurethane memory foam mattresses are flammable, which means they require the use of flame retardants. There are many types of harmful chemical flame retardants that mattress companies may use to make their mattresses fire resistant, which can be extremely detrimental to children’s health and the environment.
However, Live and Sleep ensures that each mattress only contains flame retardants that avoid the harmful chemicals present in most. This further makes our mattresses stand out for their quality of design and construction as safe and environmentally friendly.
While you may immediately consider getting a twin bed for your toddler, the child’s growth over the years should factor into the chosen mattress size. Keep in mind that high-quality memory foam mattresses are designed to last for many years, which means that the child will likely use this mattress throughout their childhood up through to adolescence or even young adulthood.
Live and Sleep offers some of the best memory foam mattresses for children, with all available sizes, including twin, twin XL, and full.
Children require plenty of support from their mattresses for proper bone and spinal development. Sufficient support also provides more comfort and makes for better sleep, helping children to recharge their minds and bodies overnight.
Soft and plush surfaces aren’t ideal for children. Instead, consider medium or firm mattresses that provide the support that your children need. Live and Sleep mattresses are available in medium and firm to provide ample support, with additional support provided through a 7” support core and other features, depending on the type of mattress you select.
Younger children are likely to wet the bed at some point, and even once they’ve outgrown that phase it’s ideal to keep the mattress protected using a natural mattress protector. A good mattress protector can help you keep the bed from remaining wet after cleaning and prevent mold growth.
Pillows are responsible for providing as much as 20% of the body’s required support at night. Like our memory foam mattresses, Live and Sleep cooling memory foam pillows feature a breathable cover design and open-cell technology to provide plenty of support while keeping your children comfortable.
With this mattress buyers guide for kids, you can find the perfect memory foam mattress for children of all ages. Take a look at the selection we offer here at Live and Sleep, and find the mattress that will serve as a vital element in your child’s development for many years.