Most parents would agree that quality sleep is vital for children. The parents who do understand the importance of sleep also take the proper steps to ensure their child gets the ample rest they need – ie: keeping the room dark and quiet, following the same routine every night, or even using white noise to drown out potentially sleep-disturbing sounds. These are all great tactics to keep kids well-rested but what about the mattress? Kids mattresses should provide a supportive, comfortable sleep surface just like mattresses for adults. Purchasing the cheapest possible mattress or using a hand-me-down could leave your child tossing and turning on a bed that doesn’t offer enough support or just plain isn’t comfortable. The good news is there are a lot of options out there for kids’ mattresses that provide the right amount of support. You should invest in your child’s sleep. Fortunately we have plenty of options that provide good support, are cost effective, and will last through your kids’ childhood and then some.
Here are a couple of things to consider when shopping for a kids mattress.
How tall is your child most likely to be when they are older? Taller children will quickly grow out of a smaller mattress. There is no need to waste money on multiple mattresses to keep up with your child’s growth. It is better and more cost effective to invest in a larger bed with room for growth so they can continue to use it throughout their teen years.
Here are the recommended mattress sizes for kids.
- Twin 38” by 75”. Twin mattresses are the smallest size mattress and are a great space saver. Twins are the best for shorter children.
- Twin XL 38” by 80” (5” longer than a twin). This size is better for children who are expected to grow taller.
- Full 54” by 75”. This size has a wider sleeping surface and is great for cuddling up for story time. A full mattress would be good option for a guest bedroom in the future or could even be taken with your child to college. If your child is taller than 75” you may want to consider a queen size mattress which measures 60” by 80”.
Hand Me Down Mattresses
We do not recommend giving your child a mattress that is more than 7 years old. If the mattress was not good enough for the previous owner, it is most likely not going to be a good option to nurture your child’s growth and development. Sleep is very important to a child’s health. Lack of sleep may affect your child’s weight, performance in school, mood level, and a number of other factors. Think about how you feel after a night of poor sleep. Not good…right? When buying a mattress for you child, consider the same things you would if you were buying a mattress for yourself.
Include your child in the shopping experience. It can be fun to try mattresses together. If your child is too young to determine their likes and dislikes bring a sibling along to help or use your best judgment. When using your best judgment consider how your child sleeps. Do they sleep on their back, their side, their stomach, or a combination? The position your child sleeps in can help you determine what comfort level is going to be best. Here are some basic guidelines for comfort levels based on how your little one sleeps.
- Back sleepers- If your child is a back sleeper you’re going to want a mattress that is either in the middle range of comfort (not too soft and not too hard) or on the firm side.
- Side Sleepers-If your child is a side sleeper you going to want something that is in the middle range of comfort (not too soft and not too firm).
- Stomach sleepers- If your child is a stomach sleeper you are going to want something more on the firm side. A softer mattress is going to make your stomach sink creating uneven spinal alignment.
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a mattress that is in the middle range of comfort. On our comfort scale you will want to look at mattresses that have a comfort level between 4 and 6.
Now that you know what to consider when shopping for a mattress for your child here are the top 5 kids mattresses of 2017
1. Simmons Beautysleep Cascade Mountain Plush – Affordable price, basic medium comfort mattress. A Mattress from the Simmons Beautysleep line would make a great mattress for younger children as they provide support and durable performance at an affordable price. The Simmons Beautysleep Cascade Mountain Plush mattress features Simmons most comfortable foams like the AirCool Memory foam and GelTouch foam. Starting at just $520 for a twin set, this mattress would make a perfect starter option for younger children who can’t determine their likes and dislikes. When in doubt go with a medium comfort level.
2. Simmons Beautysleep Alpine Valley Luxury Firm- Lowest price, basic firm mattress. The Beautysleep Alpine Valley Luxury Firm mattress set is a basic, no frills, all foam model that’s a good starter option for younger children who mainly sleep on their back and stomach. People who sleep on their back and stomach need something on the firmer side to keep their spinal alignment even. This mattress starts at a budget friendly $475 for a twin set.
3. Simmons Beautyrest Silver Open Seas Models- Best value, mattress with room to grow. The Simmons Beautyrest Silver Open Seas model comes in four different comfort levels. Luxury firm, plush, plush pillowtop, and luxury firm pillowtop. The luxury firm and plush models start out at $767 for a full set and the pillowtop comfort levels start out at $841 for a full set. These mattresses combine sophisticated design with Simmons newest and most innovative technologies such as DualCool technology and AirCool Gel memory foam for perfect contouring back support. These mattresses offer superior comfort, temperature management and, restoring support. Any of these comfort levels would be good options for older children who may take this bed with them to college. If your child doesn’t take it with them, these mattresses would make a great guest bedroom bed.
4. Simmons Beautyrest Silver Charcoal Coast Models- Best value, mattress with room to grow. The Simmons Beautyrest Silver Charcoal Coast models come in four different comfort levels. Luxury firm, plush, plush pillowtop, and luxury firm pillowtop. The luxury firm and plush models start out at $888 for a full set while the pillowtop comfort levels start out at $1008 for a full set. These mattresses are designed to provide amazing comfort with the use of Simmons most advanced foams and temperature control. The Silver Charcoal Coast Collection has DualCool technology fiber, and enhanced back contouring with 490 strategically placed coils in the center 1/3 of the mattress. You can’t go wrong with any of the Beautyrest Silver Charcoal Coast comfort levels. These mattresses make a great mattress for older children and can double as a guest bedroom bed when your child moves out.
5. Simmons Beautyrest Silver Hybrid Austin Reef Plush – Best price, medium comfort hybrid mattress. Hybrid mattresses provide the comfort of a memory foam mattress and the support of an innerspring mattress all-in-one. This mattress combines unique comfort, support and temperature management with the use of DualCool technology memory foam, combined with Simmons Beautyrest Advanced Pocketed Coils. At a manageable price for a full set starting at $1217, this may be the last mattress you have to buy for you child.
I hope this list has been helpful in your mattress-buying journey. If you would like expert advise about Simmons mattresses, the mattress industry, or questions about prices, don’t hesitate to call us at 877-246-7533. If you know what mattress you want to purchase and know the price you are willing to pay make us an offer here: MAKE AN OFFER.
|Editors Note: This post was originally published in September 2012 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in May 2017|