Finding the Best Mattress for Children

The wrong bedding and mattress can lead to more than an uncomfortable night’s sleep for your children, especially babies.

The wrong bed can be dangerous, even deadly, so it’s important keep safety in mind when picking the best mattress and linens.


The Right Size Matters

A mattress needs to closely fit your child’s bedframe or crib. A mattress that is too small can create gaps between the frame, wall and mattress where your child can get trapped. A mattress that is too large can also affect the function of the bed, such as dropping and raising the sides of a crib.


The sheets you pick should also be designed to fit that mattress exactly. Although it can be tempting to make a larger sheet work, the extra material can become a hazard too if it pulls loose and becomes wrapped around your child’s face or body.


If your child is young, you may want to consider adding a mattress pad to their bed or crib. Mattress pads help to protect the bed from spills and stains and can be water resistant to further the life of your mattress. A mattress pad can also aid in protecting your baby from allergens and chemicals that may have been used when the mattress was manufactured.


And So Does Construction

Look for a firm, high quality mattress that will hold up to wear and tear. Foam and innerspring mattresses are popular choices


As you shop, test the firmness by pressing your hand into the mattress. If you can see the indentation caused by your hand, the mattress is too soft.


While memory foam mattresses can be great options for adults, the foam’s capacity for molding means it can shape too tightly around your baby’s head and could put your child at a higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation.


It’s also a good idea to buy a crib mattress new, instead of used, to ensure that the mattress is clean and won’t jeopardize your child’s health.