Kids are everything, aren’t they? Whatever we do is ultimately for their own good – in one way or the other. Whether it is buying a home, purchasing a new car, or moving into a new locality.
Or getting a new mattress.
Oh wait, is it?
We, as parents, take great care of our kids. But when it comes to a mattress, we indulge in negligence. Mostly because we aren’t aware of the role a mattress can play in our kids’ growth and development.
But in reality, it does. And in this post, we tell you how. We also tell you why, and what mattresses can be ideal for your kid.
So delay no more. Keep reading!
Importance Of Choosing The Right Mattress For Your Child
Even before you go ahead and purchase a mattress for your child, you must first understand why.
We know that kids, unlike adults, are physically growing all the time – which means their bones are growing. Hence, getting a mattress that offers the right amount of support to their spine is of major importance. We know how we feel when we sleep on a cheap mattress for a night – it’s all groggy and blurry the next day. For kids, this can be a lot worse. There is the added risk of discomfort as their bodies are constantly changing.
Also, you have to be selective. Not all mattresses that claim to be good for kids are actually so. Talking in a general sense, most kids’ mattresses contain what they are not supposed to. These include –
Polyurethane foam is the most common mattress filling, which is derived from petroleum by adding chemical additives. Foam is known to break down into smaller particles over time, which get released into the air. Research links the effects of these particles to breathlessness, coughing, headache, fatigue, dizziness, and even impaired pulmonary function.
Most memory foam mattresses contain harmful chemicals as well – as they don’t specify the generation the foam comes from.
Fire retardant chemicals
Mattresses are required to meet government flammability regulations, and hence are filled with fire retardant chemicals that can be extremely toxic. Some of these chemicals include antimony, brominated fire retardants, PBDEs, boric acid, etc.
The alternative? In the recent times, mattresses made with natural organic materials have been introduced into the market. These include mattresses made of natural latex, or foam mattresses whose foam is derived from the latest generations (older generation foams are more likely to disintegrate chemically).
The Factors To Be Considered
When you go to the showroom to pick a mattress for your child, ensure you have the following requirements met.
Your child is going to keep growing for a while. But this shouldn’t mean you purchase a new mattress every year to accommodate him/her. If you buy a mattress that exactly fits his/her size, it will be outgrown in a year.
The best way to counter the issue is to buy a bigger mattress for your child. If it is a smaller one, your child would outgrow it and you will have to buy another one. A twin or full size mattress would do. It’s okay if it costs a little extra money because, remember, this is going to be a one-time investment. Another advantage of a big mattress is it allows you to lie with them comfortably when needed.
Go for a big mattress, but make sure the quality is top-notch. A top-quality mattress can last for 10 to 15 years.
This is obvious. Many kids are known to develop soreness and other poor sleeping habits. These issues are directly linked to a bad mattress.
Cheap or hand-me-down mattresses often lack the right materials to keep your child happy. Don’t go for them. Always choose a mattress your child finds comfortable. And if your child is forced to sleep on such a mattress, the effects would be detrimental in the long run. Disturbed sleep affects their mood, performance at school, and most importantly, long-term health.
All adults do is sleep on the bed. But kids are different, aren’t they? They like to jump and play on their bed. This is why your child’s bed must be very durable, as it undergoes a lot more wear and tear than an adult mattress.
Support is all about having the spine properly aligned. If a child’s spine is misaligned the entire night due to a bad mattress, his/her normal growth could be inhibited and health could be affected. This is why it is very important to ensure your child’s mattress offers great support to the spine.
Also, make sure you involve your child in the purchasing process as he grows older. He/she would have a fair understanding of his preferred sleeping position by then. Making him/her a part of the process helps him/her understand his/her sleeping positions better.
Proper air circulation
Feeling suffocated or hot while asleep is one of the most common complaints made by children. If this is the case with your child, your mattress could be the reason. Hence, check if the mattress you are going to buy is breathable.
Resistance to microbes and dust mites
Almost all mattresses claim they are antimicrobial and dust mite-free, but only a few actually are. Dust mites can cause allergies to your child, with unpleasant symptoms. Especially if it’s a toddler, the symptoms might aggravate due to lower immunity levels.
Best Mattresses For Kids
Following are the top mattress brands that could be ideal for your child.
|MM Foam Zing||Contains bonnell springs with a layer of latex foam for better support; offers constant air circulation; is dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic; its super-elastic properties enhance the durability||Rs. 46,999||Buy Now On Fabmart|
|ComfyMat||3rd generation memory foam that doesn’t chemically break down; HR foam that offers ideal support, and contains microscopic channels that enhance circulation; the quilt is breathable, antimicrobial, and dust mite-free; quilt treated with Aloe Vera gel that contains antimicrobial properties that keep the mattress hygienic||Rs. 28,499||Buy Now On ComfyMat|
|Restolex Green Sleep||A combination of coir and natural latex, it has hypoallergenic properties and is dust mite resistant; the open-cell structure enhances breathability and air circulation||Rs. 31,920||Buy Now On Restolex|
|Peps Organica||Made of eco-latex and chemical-free bio cotton; dust mite resistant, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic; offers air circulation, and the Super-Edge Plus technology offers edge support||Rs. 60,763||Buy Now On Peps|
Summing It All Up
Let’s go through the important factors again. When you are buying a mattress for your child, you need to ensure it –
Has enough room for growth
Kids grow fast. A bigger mattress ensures they don’t outgrow the mattress.
Offers great comfort and is durable
Your child, obviously, must feel comfortable on the mattress. Also, since your child is more likely to play and jump around the mattress, it must be durable.
Offers exceptional support
Kids need proper growth. This is the time their bones and spine are growing. Hence, the mattress must offer ideal support to their bodies.
Is hygienic and provides circulation
As kids are more likely to have lower immunity levels, they are more prone to allergies and infections. So, you need to ensure the mattress offers proper air circulation and is free of mites and microbes.
Picking the right mattress for your child doesn’t have to be difficult if you keep these points in mind. Happy shopping!
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