Getting a good night’s sleep is so important in a child's early years that it's worth investing in one of the best kids' mattresses around. An old mattress could impact their bones and muscles during such an important time for growth, not to mention that poor sleep patterns could adversely impact their development in general. But when it comes to the best mattresses, kids and adults have very different needs.
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When children are very young, especially when first moving from a cot mattress to a bed mattress, you'll probably want some type of waterproofing to guard against accidents. Some children find it difficult to settle during the night due to overheating or allergies, and some of the best kids' mattresses tackle these issues head on. Good quality construction and materials are also important to ensure that the mattress continues to provide a good level of support and comfort over time.
Whatever you’re looking for, these are the best kids' mattresses for promoting healthy growth and a good night’s sleep during your children’s early years.
Children can often get quite hot in the night, and it’s important to regulate their body temperature for them to get the best night’s sleep possible. This is a classic pocket sprung mattress, but with an added layer of latex which allows for better airflow throughout the mattress. Not only that but it’s hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, with a luxury pillow top finish that adds extra comfort and durability. You can expect this mattress to last throughout their childhood, and help kids develop a healthy sleeping pattern.
Memory foam is great for those children who find it difficult to get comfortable in the night. One of the best kids' mattresses to use this material, the Kinder will support the body, but allow children to sink into it while it moulds to their body shape, to find a position they can sleep in all night. Unlike with a spring mattress, you can expect no movement, noise or feeling of springs when moving in the night.
As the name suggests, this mattress from Dreams is designed to lie on your child’s 'first big bed'. With 392 individually wrapped pocket springs, it aims to provide a comfortable experience for your little ones, even if they wander over to the edge of the mattress. It comes with luxurious cover with hypoallergenic and heat regulating treatments to aid sleep, so it’s a good choice if your child tends to get overheated at night. And there’s a top panel with a waterproof layer underneath, which can be removed and washed at 60 degrees, to protect against accidents.
Growing bones need support, and with this Silentnight mattress, you can rest assured they will sleep easy. One of the best kids' mattresses to employ springs in its construction, this model uses the Miracoil system which provides pressure relief and a firm surface for children to sleep on, whatever kind of sleeper they are. It’s also completely hypoallergenic, which is great for younger children who suffer with hayfever or other allergies.
Bunk beds may seem like fun, but they can sometimes interfere with sleep. For instance, if the top bunk sleeper is fidgety, or if it’s particularly hot in the room then the bottom bunk sleeper may have difficulty nodding off. This Silentnight memory foam mattress has been designed with bunk beds in mind, with foam that absorbs movement so that both children can sleep undisturbed. It has a quilted top for a softer surface, too which can be great for soothing tired joints.
Another one of the best kids' mattresses designed for bunk beds, this slimline model is suitable for children from three years up. Combining springs that move side-to-side and back-to-front, plus two layers of foam, it’s a medium-firm mattress comfortable for both kids and adults. So it’s a good choice if you expect to occasionally share a top or bottom bunk with your child to help them sleep through the night. Plus, there’s a very generous 200-day trial so you can be sure you like it.
Featuring 192 springs with a deep, quilted finish, this open coil mattress provides both support and comfort to children when they are growing. It's been designed with allergies in mind, so if your child suffers from hay fever or any kind of dust allergy, rest assured it will deter dust mites and other irritants that may inhibit their sleeping or breathing.
Made exclusively for John Lewis, this pocket spring mattress is filled with a Hampshire wool and cashmere blend that's soft, breathable, and helps dissipates heat to regulate your child's temperature through the night. There's no need to turn or rotate it, and the 100 per cent cotton cover has a luxurious feel. All in all, this is a high-quality kids' mattress at a surprisingly affordable price.