Kids’ mattress buying guide
Last updated: October 2023
How to choose a mattress for kids
Children have different sleep needs and considerations than adults, which is why it is worth finding out as much about mattress options as possible. However, it's important to remember that kids are all unique and the best way to choose the right mattress for your kid is to ask them about their sleep issues.
What’s the best mattress for my child’s age?
Every stage of development brings new challenges so age is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a kids' mattress.
What mattress firmness is best for children?
If your child complains about a sore neck or back or a general discomfort at night, then it's likely that they don't have the right mattress firmness. Generally, the best firmness for kids is a medium-firm, especially if they move around a lot so all of their pressure points are supported.
However, this can differ from person to person. So, if your child has a preferred sleeping position, then take a look at our personal comfort guide for more advice on which mattress firmness would suit them.
The best mattresses for kids
|Mattress filling type||Pros||Cons|
|Traditional spring||Interconnected internal springs offer edge-to-edge support for restless sleepers||Can become creaky as the mattress ages|
|Pocket spring||Individual springs wrapped in a pocket of fabric for independent support where you need it most||No luxurious extra fillings|
|Memory foam||Sumptuous sinking-in feeling with great support||Can be a little too warm for some sleepers|
|Gel||Cooling layer of gel for temperature regulation||Cooling effect can wear off after a long time|
|Latex||Hypoallergenic material that offers a high level of support as it moulds to the sleeper's shape||Can be heavy and difficult to turn|
|Natural||Natural fibres such as cotton, wool, mohair and silk are sustainably sourced and offer antibacterial and temperature-regulating properties||Usually the most expensive|
Common sleep complaints
Some children can get hot during the night, whether that be due to warm weather or just general fidgeting and/or tossing and turning while they dream big! If your little one sometimes overheats in bed, we have single mattresses suitable for kids from around 5 years+ that are temperature regulating and cooling. Look for gel mattresses with cooling gel inside, plus natural mattresses stuffed with temperature-regulating fibres such as cotton and wool.
Talking of fidgeting, some wriggly children can wake themselves up because of it! Choosing a kids’ mattress with good shock absorption and bodyweight distribution will help minimise this. Pocket sprung mattresses are particularly good at providing independent support from each spring, as well as memory foam mattresses for support and comfort where they need it most, which will recover and spring back, no matter which way they turn.
Night-time accidents happen to almost all children, so it's best to be prepared. If your child wets the bed, choosing a water-repellent kids' mattress like one of our Little Big Dreams mattresses will help to protect the mattress so that it lasts longer, and keep your child clean and safe with the removable cover that can be cleaned often.
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