Today I am pleased to post a guest post by Lisa Reed of Somtex Sleep Lab.
If you’re a parent then you’ll know about the importance of making sure your child gets a great night’s sleep. When a child is deep in slumber, they grow, develop and recuperate. Studies have shown when they get a peaceful night’s sleep; they wake up with more focus and energy. Buying the right mattress is critical to helping your little one get the best rest they can, so they are happy and healthy.
The Benefits Of A Supportive Mattress
Children need more sleep than adults because it’s a pivotal time in their lives when their brains and bodies develop. Since they move around more in their sleep, they need extra support. A mattress that’s too soft may eventually mould to your child’s shape and restrict their movement, which can be dangerous. Firm mattresses are generally great for young children as the firmness of the mattress will ensure their spine and bones are supported. Since small children grow at an exponential rate, it’s important that their sleep is undisrupted. A supportive mattress will help to stop them from fidgeting so they sleep easily. Since little ones weigh less than adults they should have a mattress that contours to their bodies.
Different Types Of Mattresses
Pocket sprung mattresses are great for providing not only support but the construction of the springs, ensure the mattress molds and contours to your child’s shape, more so than an open coil mattress. Below are some more types and properties of mattresses for you to consider.
- Hypoallergenic mattresses lessen the risk of your child developing allergic reactions when they’re sleeping. Children with allergies could be better off sleeping on a mattress made from synthetic materials as they’re less likely to lure bacteria and mites.
- A waterproof mattress will ensure protection against mould and bacteria; it’s a smart option if your child has trouble with bed-wetting. It will be easier to keep clean and preserve them.
- Foam mattress can form to your child’s shape to support their bodies. The higher the number, in regards to the density of the foam, indicates how firm the mattress is.
- Mattresses made from latex foam are breathable, so they will stop kids from getting too hot and uneasy during the night.
Mattresses To Watch Out For
There are some mattresses that adult’s love but some of these options aren’t the best choices for kids. Memory foam has become increasingly popular. The composition ensures that it moulds to your shape, it provides support for spine realignment and helps people with aches and pains. This mattress may not be the best choice for your child, it’s comfortable but not supportive enough, its mouldable shape isn’t firm enough for little ones. Memory foam can also release smells and gasses that can pose a mild threat. Coil spring mattresses have large gaps that can be a breeding ground for dust mites. These little insects can cause sneezing, itching and even rashes. So it best to stay away from coil mattresses, especially if your child is prone to allergies.
Children spend around a third of the day sleeping so it’s important to help them to get the best night’s sleep they can. Buying the right mattress will help your child to sleep well, which means they’ll be full of energy and more likely to pay attention the next day. Happy kids definitely make for happy adults!
Lisa Reed is an interior designer, DIYer, and promoter of quality sleeping. With years of experience in sleep ergonomics and biomechanics, she writes about latest trends in the mattress industry for Somtex Sleep Lab.