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Cassie Cooper
4 Jun 2021, 11:46 AM

What is the best mattress for kids?

Buying your child a new mattress is more complicated than you might think. Is it well built enough to encourage healthy posture and support growing bones? Is it comfy enough to spend between ten and 14 hours a night on? And if it’s for a top bunk, does it meet the legal requirements in terms of weight and thickness? It’s a good idea to get your child to test it first in a showroom to get their seal of approval if they’re a bit older. These are just some of the things you need to consider but we can help you make the right decision. You can get cheaper children’s mattresses than these, but they’re often poorly constructed and don’t have much depth to them. You also can consider bed toppers to ensure an even cosier sleep.

Is memory foam or pocket springs better?

Good question! And it definitely depends on your personal preference.

The right mattress for you depends on your individual needs. When deciding on a mattress, here are a few important things to think about:
Heat. If you’re prone to overheating, memory foam could make this worse.
Movement. If you move around a lot during the night, a pocket sprung mattress will be more accommodating.
Bed sharing. If you share your bed with someone else, memory foam absorbs movement so you won’t be disturbed as much.
Durability. Memory foam mattresses are generally considered more durable than pocket sprung options.
Support. If you have joint or spine problems, you’re likely to find memory foam more supportive.
Feel. Firm memory foam? Or bouncy springs? Which you prefer is entirely up to you and comes down to how you like to sleep. ;

What is a latex mattress and is this useful for children?

Latex mattresses are naturally hypoallergenic and breathable. They're perfect for kids who like to stay cool throughout the night, for the cover kickers this is the perfect choice.

Click here to check out our full range of Latex Mattresses

OK, I want to buy a foam mattress for my child. Which one should I go for?

Foam mattresses are great for kids who fidget or move around a lot through the night as they provide enough support to help keep your child steady and comfortable which reduces fidgeting.

When it comes to foam mattresses, you’ll find tones of options such as the regular foam, memory foam, gel, latex, etc. But in general, foam mattresses are a good option for kids, and here’s why:

  • Less expensive: The price point of a foam mattress is much lower than other types of mattresses, and they are also cheaper to ship.
  • Comfort: With different levels of firmness, and materials, such as organic and anti-allergenic, foam mattresses can be very comfortable.
  • Pressure relief: With their superior ability of body-conforming, foam mattresses provide excellent support.
  • Silent: Children move a lot in their sleep, and foam is less noisy than an innerspring mattress.
  • No bouncing: Foam mattresses are not very great at becoming an indoor trampoline (less chance of an accident).
  • Lighter: An innerspring mattress for kids weight around 15-30 pounds, while foam mattresses are around 5-13 pounds. This variation makes all the difference when you try to lift the corners to change the sheet on a foam mattress.


This mattress is a mid range price point and comes with a 6 year warranty for extra peace of mind.

OK, I want to buy a sprung mattress for my child. Which one should I go for?


The Mirapocket 1000 Mattress by Silentnight provides you with a comfortable nights sleep and value for money. With 1000 individual Mirapocket springs and a cosy EcoComfort Fibre filling this mattress provides support for your body during the night.

The mattress comes with a 5 year guarantee and soft knit cover to tie the mattress up perfectly and is non-turn to ensure easy care, all really useful in a bed for children. Every mattress in the Collection comes with Eco Comfort Fibres™, which are extra-breathable and made from 100% recyclable plastic bottles to bring you incredible comfort that won't cost the planet or your pocket.

As it is produced by Silentnight, a name you can trust, you know the quality and durability that this company produces.

What should I look for in a bunk bed mattress?

Low-profile mattresses of 6 to 7 inches thick are typically best for bunk beds. This ensures the mattress is thick enough to support the sleeper, but not too tall for the bunk and its safety rails

What is the best double mattress for kids?

We would suggest looking for non-slip fabric for stability and for extra peace of mind so the Majestic mattress from Baker and Wells would be a great option. With a three year guarantee and featuring cool gel infused memory foam this mattress features 1000 pocket springs and provides edge to edge support which means an extra strength to the mattress and less sagging. Let’s face it any mattress for a child needs a bit of extra protection and we can also provide you with some great mattress protector solutions too.

How important is a quality mattress for my child?

A good quality children’s mattress is a great investment and will be invaluable to them getting the quality sleep they need for healthy growth and development.

For allergy free sleep benefits the choice is important and will ensure the best purest sleep thus benefitting both parents and child.

Do you have responsibly sourced organic mattresses for kids?

One great company renowned for their ethical approach is Harrison Spinks and their range suitable for adults and children are made using the purest products, foam free and glue-free so the mattresses are not only organic but fully recyclable. The mattresses are also free from chemical treatments for the purest nights sleep.

Millbrook beds also offer a solution to finding great mattresses for children. By using natural fillings such as British wool, silk, pashmina, cashgora and cotton in their mattresses, they create a mattress which is truly sumptuous and luxurious whilst also ethically sound.

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