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 – i.e: 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 kid’s 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 a 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 your 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 2019
1. Sealy Posturepedic Foam Paterson Medium Mattress – Affordable price, basic medium comfort mattress. A Mattress from the Sealy Posturepedic line would make a great mattress for younger children as they provide support and durable performance at an affordable price. The Faithful Plush offers a medium feel that is not too soft and not too firm. Starting at just $1,074 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 Beautyrest Silver BRS900 Medium Firm Mattress – Low price, basic medium firm mattress. The Simmons Beautyrest Silver BRS900 Medium Firm set is a basic, no-frills 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 price of $1,049 for a twin set.
3. Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Lacey Soft Mattress – Great value mattress with room to grow. If you are looking for a long-lasting, high-quality mattress but need to stick to a lower budget ($1,399 for a full set, $1,449 for a queen set) then this is the mattress for you. This mattress is ideal for all types of sleepers and offers contouring comfort that is soft but not too soft. Additionally, Sealy’s Posturepedic Technology and Response Coil System provide proper motion separation and support where you need it most. If you want something a little firmer go with the Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Lacey Firm Mattress for the same price.
4. Sealy Posturepedic Plus Determination II Cushion Firm Pillowtop Mattress – Great value mattress with room to grow. The Determination II Cushion Firm Pillowtop mattress has a medium feel and offers superior, pressure-relieving comfort and long-lasting support from high-density foams and Posturepedic technology. Posturepedic Technology provides support where you need it most so, Sealy has reinforced the center third of the mattress with a layer of SealyCool Gel foam to provide deep targeted support for incredible all-over comfort. At $1,709 for a full mattress and $1,749 for a queen set, this mattress won’t break the bank and will make a great choice for older children who may take this bed with them to college. If your child doesn’t take it with them, this mattress would also be a good guest bedroom bed.
5. Stearns & Foster Estate Collection – Higher value, luxury mattress. If you do not have a budget and you want to give your child a higher-quality sleeping experience then these are the mattresses for you. The Stearns & Foster Estate Hurston mattresses come in 5 different comfort levels so you and your child can choose the best comfort level for them. The Luxury Cushion Firm and Luxury Firm, value $2,214 for a full set and $2,264 for a queen set. The Luxury Plush Pillowtop, and Luxury Firm Pillowtop value at $2,414 for a full set and $2,464 for a queen set. These mattresses provide incredible motion separation for an undisturbed sleeping experience as well as sturdy, contouring comfort and support that alleviates pressure points. Stearns & Foster is known for not cutting corners and delivering top-of-the-line mattresses that are hand layered for comfort, luxury, and durability. With a 10 year warranty, this may be the best and last mattress you have to buy for your child.
I hope this list has been helpful in your mattress-buying journey. If you would like expert advice 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 Dec 2019