That’s it! Your child is no longer a baby. But he’s not yet an adult either.
His back and spine are in full development.
Without the necessary comfort and support, your child will not get the restful sleep they need and may experience back pain as they grow older.
The bedding you choose will accompany it over the next 10 years.
It is therefore important to make the right choice. But how do you find the most suitable mattress?
The dimensions of a child’s bed
If you have chosen a convertible bed, it will be 70cm x 140cm in size. You can use it until your child is 7 years old.
Subsequently, you will have to choose a bed with larger dimensions. It will be neither more nor less than a bed for an adult 1 person, whose standard size is 90cm x 90cm.
Even if the size of your child’s bed is the same as that of an adult, you will need to choose a mattress that matches your child’s body shape, paying attention to its density and thickness.
Types of children’s mattresses
Because your child is growing, it is essential to choose a mattress that will match his morphology and help him grow well.
It is preferably chosen as breathable as possible. This is why it will always be healthier to choose natural fibres such as bamboo or coconut fibre.
In addition to allowing the mattress to be as ventilated as possible, they are naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial and anti-dust mites.
There is, therefore, no chemical treatment.
If in doubt, opt for a mattress with the Oeko-Tex standard 100 labels, guaranteed to be free from harmful products for your child.
To maintain your mattress easily, choose it removable with a machine washable cover.
The thickness of the child mattress
From 3-4 years old, the thickness is generally 16cm to 20cm. Below 16cm, these are most often baby mattresses, which would sag with your child’s weight.
But this thickness can vary depending on the mattress’s filling: if it is made of polyurethane foam, it will be thicker than a latex mattress, for example.
A mattress for a child bed with sufficient thickness will guarantee better comfort.
Density for a child’s mattress
The ideal density is the one that will guarantee the best comfort and support for your child, depending on his size and weight.
- A mattress with a density of less than 25kg / m3 is reserved for babies and children under 4 years old.
- From 50kg, choose a mattress with a density between 65 and 75kg / m3
- Beyond 70kg, you can opt for a mattress with a density between 75 and 85kg / m3.
For a children’s mattress, the density of 70kg / m3 is quite sufficient: it corresponds to a weight of up to 60kg and a size between 1.20m and 1.60m.
How firm is a children’s mattress?
Your child is growing. Therefore, he needs a mattress with technology adapted to his morphology and will provide optimal support for the back and keep his spine properly aligned.
If for a baby, it is advisable to choose a firm mattress, you can opt for a medium-firm mattress for your pre-teen and a medium-firm mattress with firm support for your teenager.
Children’s mattress technologies
Depending on the weight of your child, some technologies are more suitable than others.
Up to 80kg, foam mattresses, pocket spring mattresses or latex mattresses are ideal.
However, we advise you to avoid polyether foam mattresses because, even if less expensive, it does not offer sufficient density and resilience for your child’s sleep.
- Polyurethane foam mattress: very comfortable; this foam is also hypoallergenic—ideal for children with allergies or back pain.
- Natural latex mattress: with its thermoregulating properties, your child is neither too hot nor too cold. Latex is also naturally hypoallergenic, anti-dust mite and antibacterial—ideal for children sensitive to allergens.
- Pocket spring mattress: this is a suspension of 400 to nearly 1500 pocket springs that will support your child’s spine optimally. Besides, this mattress offers excellent ventilation—ideal for children who sweat a lot.
These technologies are often associated with natural materials such as coconut or bamboo fibres, organic cotton or alpaca wool.
Should I return a children’s mattress?
During the first 2 months following your child’s mattress purchase, returning it head/toe every 15 days is recommended. After this period, we advise you to turn it over 4 times a year, at each season change.
This prevents the mattress from wearing out only in the same places and helps extend its lifespan.
If your child’s mattress is reversible, in other words, if it has a summer side and a winter side, consider changing it every 6 months.
What price for a children’s mattress?
Depending on the technology and the materials used, the price ranges will not be the same.
A pocket spring mattress is often much more expensive than a foam mattress.