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The Best Mattresses for Kids: A Guide to Choosing a Safe and Comfortable Bed for Your Child

As a parent you want the best for your child, including a good night’s sleep. A comfortable and supportive mattress is essential for promoting healthy growth and development, improving focus and mood, and reducing the risk of sleep-related health problems. With so many options available, we want to help you stop wondering what’s right for your toddler or child!

This guide will provide you with essential information and recommendations to help you make an informed decision when shopping for the best mattresses for your little ones. We will cover key factors to consider, such as materials, firmness, and durability, and provide you with our experts’ top 3 favourite kids mattresses, highlighting their unique features and benefits.

After reading this guide, you can feel confident to decide on the right mattress for your little child’s well-being and bedroom. Let’s get started.

Spring vs. Foam Mattress: What’s Better for Kids?

One of the most common questions parents ask is whether a spring or foam mattress is better for their child. Both have their unique advantages and disadvantages, so it’s essential to understand their differences and how they can affect your child’s sleep quality and overall health before purchasing.

Spring mattresses are the traditional type of mattress, consisting of coils or springs that provide support and comfort. There is an important difference between the Bonnell spring mattress and the pocket spring mattress. 

While the Bonnell spring mattress has interconnected coils, the pocket spring mattress has individual springs contained in separate pockets to provide more personalised support as the individual springs move independently of each other. This means better overall support by allowing the springs to contour to your child’s body shape, therefore, reducing tossing and turning, promoting deeper sleep.

Foam mattresses are also available in a variety of foam options, including gel infused memory foam which promote a cooler sleep surface and high density foam, which provide a firmer surface. Ultimately, the choice depends on your  child’s unique needs and preferences. You might consider purchasing a quality mattress protector for whichever mattress you choose. Some mattress protectors resist dust mites and protect against allergens, germs, bacteria as well as life’s little accidents.

Important Factors For Choosing a Kids Mattress

Mattress Sizes

When choosing between a single or double kids mattress, there are several factors to consider, including age, sleeping habits, space, and budget.

Firstly, consider your child’s age. After upgrading from a cot mattress, a single bed is usually suitable for a toddler or younger child because they require less space to sleep comfortably. Alternatively, double beds are better suited to older, rapidly growing kids or teenagers because they need more space to accommodate their size as they grow. If your child is particularly tall, a king single bed is a wonderful option because it’s longer than single and double beds, but still slightly smaller in width than a standard double, and can squeeze in friends for sleepovers.

Sleeping habits are also an important factor to consider. If your little one tends to move around a lot in their sleep or shares the bed with a parent or sibling, a double bed will increase their safety by reducing the chance of rolling off in the night. Additionally, if they have friends over for sleepovers frequently, a double can provide extra sleeping space to accommodate those extra bodies.

Another factor to consider is the size of your kids bedroom and space left by other furniture. If the room is smaller, a single kids mattress will take up less space and leave room for play areas and other furniture, like a night stand. However, if the room is larger, a double mattress could make the room feel more cosy while also providing more sleeping space. Always keep in mind some kids bed frames, or even just the bed base, could add a bit more size.

Last but not least, consider your budget. A single bed and mattress will likely be less expensive, but we have a range of high-quality, affordable kids mattresses online to suit your preference either way.

Mattress Firmness

The right firmness level will provide the necessary support for growing spines and bodies, therefore promoting good posture and ensuring a good night’s sleep. Let’s compare.

Keeping in mind that younger children are lighter, they often need a mattress that contours to their body shape. This will eliminate any pressure on their hips and shoulders overtime and will assist in preventing tossing and turning which will result in a deeper sleep.  It is important to consider the type of sleeper your child is when selecting the right firmness level.

Most children change positions during the night, so when testing a mattress in store, be sure to have your child try it both on their back and their side. This will ensure that the mattress contours to their body shape in both sleeping positions. 

Finally, individual needs should always be taken into account. If your child has specific health concerns, such as scoliosis or other back problems, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best mattress firmness level for their needs. There are all types of kids beds out there!

Mattress Durability

A durable kids mattress is important to ensure that it can withstand the wear, tear, and play that comes with regular use. Here are several factors that impact how durable kids mattresses are.

Firstly, the mattress’s thickness and density will impact its durability. A thicker mattress with a higher density is generally more durable and offers better support, which is especially important for kids who are still growing and need a mattress that can support their developing bodies.

It’s also crucial to choose a mattress from a reputable brand that offers a warranty. At Bedroom Warehouse we offer a 60 Night Comfort Guarantee, allowing your little one time to adjust to their new bed and giving you one opportunity to exchange the mattress, conditions apply. Rest assured, they’ll be having a great night’s sleep in no time.

Let’s take a closer look.

Mattress Material

There are several materials to choose from, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

As already mentioned, memory foam is a popular material for kids’ mattresses. This material conforms to the body, providing excellent support and pressure relief.

Latex mattresses are another popular option. They provide good support and are hypoallergenic, making them ideal for kids with allergies or asthma, You might  pay a little more for the health benefit 

Innerspring mattresses are a classic choice and offer a wide range of firmness options. They are also durable and provide good support, making them a good choice for kids who need more support as they grow.

Top 4 Best Kids Mattresses: Features and Benefits

1 – Pocket Slumber Single Mattress

Of all the best kids mattresses on the Australian market, we love the Pocket Slumber Single. It’s a fantastic medium-soft option made from 25cm deep pocket springs with a high-density foam pillow top that provides extra cushioning support and body contouring. This puts less pressure on hips and shoulders and helps straighten the spine to prevent tossing and turning. It also has a breathable side panel to help reduce heat retention, which our bed experts consider a notable selling point.

Also sold in king single, double, and queen sizes to cater for different bedroom sizes, the Pocket Slumber Single comes with a 1-year warranty and is designed for ultimate comfort at an affordable price.

2 – 5-Zone Latex Mattress

Growing kids need a comfortable and supportive mattress that can adapt to their changing needs. The 5-Zone Latex Mattress is the perfect choice for parents looking to provide their kids with a sleep surface that can accommodate their growth spurts.

Crafted with a combination of posture zoned pocket springs and comfort layers, this mattress perfectly contours to your child’s body shape while minimising disturbances caused by tossing and turning. At 26cm deep, the mattress offers ample cushioning without compromising on support. This mattress comes with a 1-year warranty and in all sizes.

3 – Aquarius with Cool-Gel Mattress

Last but not least, we’re obsessed with the Aquarius with Cool-Gel Mattress. Built with a 5-zone pocket spring unit, this impressive option can be turned over for longer life; it’s like two beds in one! It has a medium firmness and is 30cm deep, and comes with a 10-year warranty. Available in all sizes for all types of kids beds and bedroom sizes.

4 – Purple Rain Mattress

The Purple Rain mattress is a great choice for parents looking for a mattress that grows with their kids and adjusts to their changing sleeping positions. It’s designed to accommodate all sleep styles, whether your child sleeps on their stomach, back, or side, for a comfortable and restful night’s sleep.

Crafted with a 5-zoned pocket spring unit and approximately 25cm deep, the Purple Rain mattress offers the perfect balance of comfort and support for growing kids. Its medium feel delivers just the right amount of resistance for a great night’s sleep, even for light sleepers. The zoned pocket spring unit targets key areas of the body to reduce pressure points and alleviate pain, making it an ideal mattress for growing kids who need proper support and with a 5-year warranty included, you can rest assured that your kids will love this mattress for years to come

Get Shopping

At Bedroom Warehouse, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep for your child’s growth and development. That’s why we offer one of the widest ranges of high-quality mattresses and kids beds in Australia. You can also explore our range of bed frames, where you’re bound to find something to suit any kids bedroom! We’ve got you covered.

Explore our best kids mattress range online or in store to find the right mattress for your little one today.

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