How to choose your child's mattress
Author: Little People's Bedroom Date Posted:8 March 2017
Kids' Mattresses.... How to choose?
In order for your child to have a good night's sleep, he'll need a quality mattress adapted to his needs. Find out more about children mattresses.
Your child has been complaining about back pain for some time and you don't know what to do to remedy to this problem? Your doctor advised you to check if your child's bedding was of good quality, suspecting it could be the cause of the problem. So you are thinking about changing your child's mattress, but this task remains very complicated since you have no idea about how to choose a mattress for a child. So it's time to read the following in order to buy a mattress that'll fit. Remember, a good night's sleep always comes with a good mattress.
Which suspension to choose?
The material of the mattress must follow the child's movements and adapt to its morphology. High-density polyurethane foam, latex and pocket springs are unbeatable for your child's bed and provide perfect support during sleep. Avoid mattresses made of polyurethane foam with a density lower than 21kg/m3 because they don't offer enough density for the comfort your child needs. A mattress too firm isn't recommended either; the mattress must have firm support and soft contact.
Choosing the right material
More and more children are developping allergies and respiratory problems, so it is important to think about the health aspect when choosing your child's mattress. A good mattress is a mattress with a quilting made of natural materials. Here are a few examples of what you could currently find on the market:
- Latex mattress: soft and very comfortable, it also has thermoregulatory properties and prevents allergies by stopping the development of bacterias.
- Wool mattress: also thermoregulating and insulating.
- Coconut mattress: very breathable, it is also a material known for its hypoallergenic qualities.
- Bamboo mattress: Bamboo fiber is a very soft material and is also antibacterial and absorbent.
- Tencel mattress: Tencel is made from eucalyptus wood pulp, it is a very healthy material for your child's mattress.
- Polyurethane or viscoelastic foam mattress: they can be very comfortable and resistant. They undergo antibacterial and antifungal treatments that are harmless for children and for the environment. They have a very good price/quality ratio.
Some mattresses have a summer side made of a fresh and very breathable quilting, usualy cotton, and a winter side usually made of wool.
Do you know how to find which one is the winter side and which one is the summer side? The winter side is the one that has the manufacturer's label. Its padding is also thicker.
A double-sided mattress has a longer lifetime than a single sided mattress because you flip it more often. We advise you to flip your mattress on its winter side early autumn and flip it on its summer side in spring.
What dimensions for my child's mattress
The mattress should be matched to the bed you have chosen. The standard dimensions for a child's single bed are 90x190cm for a single size mattress. If you have chosen to buy an extendable toddler bed for your child, there are mattresses adapted to these beds; they come in two parts with the first part's dimensions being 90x140 cm. Then add the extension to obtain a single size 90x190cm mattress.
Regarding the thickness of the mattress, choose one between 12 and 20 cm.
At Little People's Bedroom, we love offering the best products we can find on the market! All our mattresses have a foam base and are certified with the following labels, as a gage of quality.
CertiPUR is a voluntary testing, analysis and certification programme for the environment, health and safety properties of polyurethane foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture applications. It specifies substances that may not be used in the production of polyurethane foams and sets stringent maximum limits for some components. Foams that conform to CertiPUR are notably certified to be: Made without heavy metals such as mercury, lead, or cadmium, Made without dyes that are carcinogenic or allergenic as described by EU legislation, Made without Phthalate plasticisers, Made without substances that cause cancer or may cause heritable genetic damage, Emitting low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. The certification covers multiple human-ecological attributes, including harmful substances which are prohibited or regulated by law, chemicals which are known to be harmful to health, but are not officially forbidden, and parameters which are included as a precautionary measure to safeguard health. Textile products may be certified according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 only if all components meet the required criteria without exception.