What is the Best Mattress for Kids?
When your child was a baby, choosing a crib mattress was probably pretty simple – there aren't many options to choose from. However, eventually they'll grow out of those cute clothes, tiny shoes and baby toys, and when they're 2 or 3-years-old, they'll also outgrow their crib mattresses.
How do I choose a mattress for my child?
So, your baby is ready for a "big kid" bed? They grow up so fast! How do you choose a mattress for your child? There are a few important things to consider, including size, value, support and comfort.
Mattresses are usually considered firm or plush, but what you choose is totally up to your personal preference. If you find the mattress comfortable, it's probably a good choice for your child, too. Support, however, is one of the most important functions of a mattress and is based on what the mattress is made of, whether that’s foam, pocket spring, latex, etc. If the mattress doesn't have the right support, your child may not sleep as well.
What size mattress is best for young kids?
When your toddler needs a bigger bed, there are a few size options:
A twin mattress is the best space-saving option, especially if your kids share a room. Twins are the next size up from crib mattresses, at 38 inches by 75 inches.
A twin XL mattress, which is probably what you had in your college dorm room, is great if your child already fills out a twin and gives them some growing room, literally. A twin XL is 38 inches by 80 inches, 5 inches longer than a twin.
A full mattress, a.k.a. a double, is the next size up from a twin mattress. A full is 53 inches by 75 inches, and provides a little more space. However, it may not be long enough as your kid gets taller. A queen mattress is 60 inches by 80 inches. If you purchase a quality product, like the Leesa or Sapira mattress, your kid may get the most mileage out of a full or queen size mattress.
How do I know if my child needs a new mattress?
Once your kiddo is a toddler, they may sleep better with more space and less firmness than their crib mattress. Aside from their age, a visible indicator that it may be time for a new mattress is if your child has physically outgrown their crib mattress. A twin mattress size, for example, may be the best mattress for children who’ve outgrown their crib mattress.
You’ll often read that a mattress should be replaced every seven to ten years, but the life of a mattress depends on the quality of the product and how well (or poorly) it's taken care of. A mattress should help your body recover during the night, a fact that is especially true for your children. If their mattress is lumpy, uneven, or they’re not sleeping well, it’s time for an upgrade.
What kind of mattress is best for teens and tweens?
Buying the right mattress for your tween or teen may be a little more involved. More than likely, they’ll have more of an opinion about their bed than they did as a kid. Economically, a twin may seem like the best option, but for a growing teen, a twin XL, full, or queen may be a better option. The right mattress will support your child’s sleep position, whether they sleep on their back, side, or stomach. At Leesa, our mattress is made for all types of sleepers and body types and gives you the support you need as you sleep.
From plush to firm, twin to queen and pocket spring to foam, there are many mattress choices. Choose the best mattress for your kid so they can start sleeping better.