It is vital for your child to be able to sleep well, more so than any other age group. This is because they are constantly growing mentally and physically and much of the time for growth develops most rapidly throughout the night. This means that picking the right mattress (and sleep environment generally), is of the utmost importance, which is why we’ve put together our own little list of picks.
When it comes to choosing the right mattress for a child, if is often going to be determinate on the individual needs of the kid, for example, whether they have allergies or toss and turn a lot in the night is going to determine whether you want an Allergy UK endorsed hypoallergenic mattress or a memory foam mattress (or a combination of both).
If your child does suffer from allergies then choosing the right mattress becomes even more important as you then need to consider how best to alleviate the symptoms and provide that all important good night's sleep. To start, the mattress will need to be hypoallergenic , this will stop or severely limit the spread of dust mites which prevents them from causing issues for those that do suffer from allergies. This allergy protection can come in the form of something naturally hypoallergenic, like memory foam, or a cover for the mattress that has been treated with anti allergy properties.
Both children and adults require REM sleep, that’s the deep sleep that your body needs to get the rest necessary to start each day fresh. If you have a child that fidgets and moves about a lot in their sleep, it can impact the quality of sleep and thereby their learning ability.
It doesn’t matter how old your child is, sleep is vital to that development and functioning necessary. Due to a child's more often-than-not smaller frame, a soft-medium mattress may be suitable initially. As the child grows however, they may need to transition to a medium tension or even medium-firm tension depending on a number of factors relating to weight, comfort and how they sleep. Supportive mattresses prevent aches and pains and provide the support necessary for spinal alignment and lower back.
We’ve picked some options below specifically targeted for kids, however, if you are shopping for a teenager, it may be worth considering an adult mattress with pocket springs and a firmer tension.