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A Dream Horse For Your Child. Yea or Neigh?

May 11, 2016


What to consider when buying your child that first mattress

Get out of town.

So. They’re too big for the bassinet and too big for the toddler bed. Lately, your bed is too small for the both of you and one of you will have to get out of town before sundown. Buying your kids their first mattress should be easy and not spur you to bank robbery. Though there might be some daring escapes and midnight shenanigans regardless.

Spotting the smoke signals.

Children have the same basic back support needs you do. Except that they might not be able to articulate (or even realise) that they’re waking up ornery from a bad night’s sleep. “What’s wrong, Timmy? Is it school?” is rarely answered with “No, Mommy, my mattress lacks lumbar support…” Lower back pain is an alien concept to a child but can cause the same depression and anxiety it does in adults. Added to which, the increased difficulty both falling asleep and staying asleep is good neither for your child’s sleep satisfaction nor yours.

Firm but kind.

We know that medium-firm mattresses are beneficial for adults suffering chronic back pain. The same holds true for children. Onset of back pain is usually found from age twenty onwards. Buying a proper mattress for your child is a preventative measure. When they’re twenty and have chronic back pain, you can say with authority that it is not the fault of their mattress, they should have listened when you told them to stop slouching!

Depending on how young your child is when you’re considering their first mattress, you might want to keep in mind that studies have shown that firm mattresses also help prevent SIDS in infants.

Calling it like it is.

Children will be children. Despite the threat of public hanging there will be some (okay, a lot of) jumping on the bed. You want a mattress that can withstand a herd of wild horses and still provide a good night’s sleep. More importantly, your mattress needs to be able to stand up to this abuse for years. Probably until college.

Consider buying a high density foam mattress, like the Simmons Ultra Firm or the Restonic Sleeprite. Beneath their shiny coats they are hardwearing workhorses. The high density foam is better able to absorb abuse while retaining its original shape and provides protection for the inner workings of the mattress.

Waterworks.

And, of course, protect your investment against those wet nightmares with a waterproof mattress protector. It will guard against the damp and improve the longevity of your mattress.

Nodding off into the sunset.

Providing your child with a proper mattress is tantamount to providing them with a better chance of getting to sleep, staying asleep and getting up with an improved disposition. All of which improves the parent’s chances of managing the same. You can rest assured that you have given your child a great gift: the opportunity to dream. Need advice about the best bed for your toddler? Contact us today and one of our sleep experts will be happy to talk to you.

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