How to choose a mattress for a child?

While children can enjoy their childhood and be carefree, parents, on the other hand, have full responsibility, and they need to make the best decisions for their kids. It may sound like a cliche, but kids grow so fast, and for their early development, sleep routine, health, and growth, it is essential that they have enough support and proper sleep conditions.

As their body weight and height can increase ’quickly’ over time, they need proper support and pressure relief, and that is why mattress choice is important. Some companies produce special mattresses just for children, but parents can also choose a mattress that is not tagged as „children-only”. If you need more information about child mattress size, check our guide for different mattress dimensions. Due to their body changes, a lot of kids will probably outgrow their child’s mattress by the time they step into teen years, so some parents go for the cheaper kids’ beds because they will quickly get out of use.

Regardless of the price, some other factors need to get taken into consideration, including firmness, support, comfort, contour, dimensions, etc. Although shopping for a mattress for kids is not that much different from buying a regular mattress, parents need to have in mind their child’s sleep quality and body needs. For example, if your child is active, prone to allergies, tall or overweight, these factors also have an impact on mattress choice. Keep reading to check which mattresses we recommend as the best for kids.

Counting Sheep’s Top 6 Mattresses for Kids

  1.   Nest Bedding BKB – Big Kid’s Bed
  2.   Latex for Less Mattress
  3.   Nectar Mattress
  4.   Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid
  5.   Saatva Mattress
  6.   Brooklyn Bedding Aurora

Nest Bedding BKB – Big Kid’s Bed

Highlights:

  •         Lifetime warranty
  •         Sleep trial period- 100 nights
  •         Soft and comfort

 

We are going to start with an all-foam mattress from Nest Bedding, which is claimed to be the first kids’ mattress on the online market. Made especially for kids and young people, this mattress is rated as Soft (3) on the firmness scale from 1 to 10, which is optimal because kids do not prefer firmer beds.

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The BKB mattress comes compressed in a small box, and it can be used on bunk beds or any foundation. The base layer of this 7-inch tall mattress is 5 inches thick edge support foam, and on top of this foam, there is a 2 inches thick and 2.8 lbs dense layer of supportive Energex foam. Foam layers are encased in a cotton and polyester blend cover of a simple design. All used materials are CertiPUR-US certified.

Energex foam used for the comfort layer is designed to provide advantages of memory foam, but without the slow response, and it can be a great alternative for conventional viscoelastic foam. Although many all-foam mattresses lack edge support, that is not the case with BKB. It has substantial edge support with little to no sinkage around the edges, and you can sleep peacefully without worrying that your child can slip off the bed.

Designed to suit the needs of children of all ages, this mattress comes in three sizes: Twin 39 x 75, TwinXL 39 x 80 and Full 54 x 75 inches. Besides 100-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty, this company offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S.

Recommended for:

  •         Children of all weight groups
  •         All sleep positions
  •         Value seekers

Latex for Less Mattress

Highlights:

  •         Warranty period – 20 years
  •         Sleep trial period – 120 nights
  •         Flippable with dual firmness

 

For parents who are in a search for an all-natural mattress, we would like to represent the Latex for Less, 100% latex mattress. Natural mattresses tend to be on the expensive side, but this model is an exception as its price is below average for this category. This mattress is flippable with two different levels of firmness, one side is Medium (5) and the other is Firm (7.5). It is an excellent model for children because their needs and preferences may change as they grow and develop. It also comes with two thickness options, 7 and 9 inches.

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The core of this mattress contains two layers of natural latex. One is made from natural Talalay latex, and it provides a medium firm feel and a more responsive feel. The second one is made from natural Dunlop latex from Arpico, and it is more firm and gives better support. Latex layers are covered with a 100% natural wool barrier that provides exceptionally cool sleep and fulfills safety standards without toxic chemicals. These layers are encased in a soft stretched top cover made from natural cotton.

The latex used for this mattress is a botanical product that comes from Sri Lanka’s latex plantations, it is sustainably harvested from the rubber tree of Hevea Brasiliensis, and it does not contain any chemicals. All materials that were used for this mattress are certified.

Buying a flippable mattress is always an excellent investment, but when it’s a natural mattress, then you know that you are investing your money correctly. This bed arrives in a small box, shipping is free, and you have 120 nights to test out both sides and see which one suits your child the best. The wide range of dimensions makes this mattress a great choice even for adults.

Recommended for:

  •         Children of all weight groups
  •         Children who sleep hot
  •         All sleep positions

 

Nectar Mattress

Highlights:

  •         Lifetime warranty
  •         Sleep trial period – 365 nights
  •         Memory foam

Many parents today ask themselves – is a memory foam mattress good for a child? Well, babies and toddlers should not sleep on memory foam, but besides that, there is no such thing as the age limit for mattresses. If you feel that your child is ready for a transition from the crib to the bed, there are no reasons why you should not go for a memory foam mattress. Memory foam provides high comfort while cradling the body contours, and this model comes with a very affordable price considering its features.

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The base layer is probably one of the densest out there, but at the same time, it is exceptionally breathable due to its specially molded air channels. The next layer consists of adaptive hi core memory foam that prevents sinkage. The next layer of semi-open, gel infused foam is responsible for sleeping cool as it absorbs and distributes the heat. In addition, on top of it is a thinner, fully quilted layer of cooling gel memory foam, which provides increased airflow. The Tencel cooling cover is the final layer that secures airflow and temperature regulation, which makes this mattress perfect for all the kids who tend to sleep hot. The Nectar mattress is considered as a medium firm (5.5 – 7.5), so it provides comfort that should suit the needs of the majority, and their foam is CertiPUR-US certified.

The memory foam mattress will give your child the much-needed support and comfort, as it conforms closely to the body. Besides a lifetime warranty and a full year of sleep trial, this company offers free shipping and in-home assembly.

Recommended for:

  •         Back and side sleepers
  •         Average and heavyweight sleepers
  •         Children who tend to sleep hot

Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid

Highlights:

  •         Warranty period – 10 years
  •         Sleep trial period – 365 nights
  •         Multiple firmness options

 

Hybrid mattresses tend to have thicker profiles which some parents do not want for their children, and they are expensive, but the Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid is an exception. This mattress is only 10 inches thick so children would not struggle with getting on and off, and its price is way less than the average hybrid. It is available in many sizes, and in two firmness options, Medium Soft (4) and Medium Firm (6).

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The great feature of hybrid mattresses is that they combine memory foam comfort and a high level of support provided by individually wrapped coils. Upon a base of dense foam is a layer of individual support pocket coil system which is covered with 3-4 layers of different foams. The first one is ventilated foam layer, then only in the medium firm mattress is an extra layer of responsive memory foam, the next one is a swirl memory foam layer for pressure relieving, and a final layer of open-cell memory foam for cool sleep. All of the foams used for this mattress are Certi-PUR US certified.

The shipping is free, and the in-home assembly is available upon request and additional charge. A yearlong sleep trial period will give your child plenty of time to be sure about this mattress, and you can be safe knowing that that is the real deal.

Recommended for:

  •         Children of all weight groups
  •         All sleep positions
  •         Value seekers

Saatva Mattress

Highlights:

  •         Warranty period – 15 years
  •         Sleep trial period – 120 nights
  •         Multiple firmness options

As our top choice among innerspring mattresses, we chose Saatva, due to its above average durability, high comfort, and three levels of firmness (4, 6, 7.5) that cover firmness preferences of all children.

Saatva is constructed with a steel coil base support system which guarantees its durability, while the layer of individually wrapped up coils on top contours to every body shape. A memory foam layer is there to provide lumbar support and pressure relief, and the anti-sag edge support is encased in foam for extra durability. The top cover is antibacterial, made from organic cotton and padded for a luxuriously soft and cozy experience.

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All in all, kids will love this mattress, while their parents will enjoy free shipping and free removal of their old bed.

Recommended for:

  •         Children of all weight groups
  •         All types of sleepers
  •         Children who experience growing pains

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora

Highlights:

  •         Warranty period – 10 years
  •         Sleep trial period – 120 night
  •         Multiple firmness options

If you are looking for a luxurious sleep experience for your child, consider the Aurora hybrid mattress. This mattress is recommended especially for children who are active or train sports. Three levels of firmness are available: Soft (3), Medium Firm (6) and Firm (8) meaning this mattress can suit the needs of the vast majority, regardless of their weight or sleep position.

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On the supportive and dense foam base, there is an 8 inches thick layer of individually encased coils. As a transitional layer, they used visco elastic memory foam, and above it is a layer of elastic TitanFlex memory foam which adjusts to the body as soon as it moves. For the temperature regulation, there is a layer of Energex foam infused with copper gel which is antimicrobial and heat conductive. The smooth cover also offers cooling features as it contains TitanCool, patented phase change molecule, which will take care of your body temperature and keep it at 88 degrees which is considered the ideal sleep temperature.

This mattress comes compressed and rolled into a box, and the shipping is free within the contiguous U.S.

Recommended for:

  •         Children of all weight groups
  •         All sleep positions
  •         Active and athletic kids

 

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