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I’ve written a lot about the best mattresses for adults – whether it is memory foam, hybrid or otherwise – but what about for your child? Is there such a thing as a ‘best mattress’ for children in the UK and if so, which one is it?
So without further ado, here is my list of the very best mattresses you can buy right now in 2023, for your child or children. All of these are available to order online, in the UK:
It’s no secret that sleep plays a crucial role in a child’s development. To ensure your child wakes up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day, it’s important to invest in a comfortable and supportive mattress and bedding.
In a nutshell:
Keep in mind that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to choosing a mattress for your child, so you’ll need to consider factors such as their sleeping preferences, budget, and other unique needs.
At a Glance: How to Find a Kid’s Mattress
Let me start by firstly summarising the key points that you really need to bear in mind:
If you’re worried about your kids rolling out of bed, make sure to get a mattress with side bolster support.
Consider the type of bed you’re buying for. If it’s a bunk bed, then there’s a legal requirement to have at least 16cm (6″) of space between the top of the mattress and the side rails – this is to prevent your child rolling out of the top bunk and causing injury.
Make sure to check that your child’s mattress is fire retardant and complies to BS 7177. All of the mattresses I recommend here, are.
If your child is prone to bed wetting, then of course removable covers are a must.
If you are concerned about the new mattress smell or have any sort of chemical concerns (for example, that may cause eczema) then make sure to read my guide on how to get rid of that awful smell. This problem is particularly prevalent for memory foams, but all mattresses will smell a bit when they are new.
Which mattress size is best for kids?
Unlike with adults, kids are obviously still growing. So what may fit now, could be a problem in a year with their feet sticking out the end of the mattress!
So above all, remember that your child grows very quickly, and their body shape and weight will change, meaning their mattress requirement will also change. “A mattress that supports a four stone child sufficiently is unlikely to support them if they double their weight in a few years’ time,” Simon Anderson from the Bed Federation told me.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to mattress size for kids is this: buy for the next 3-5 years, considering how tall your child or children will be by that point.
And of course most mattresses can be “handed down” if you have more than one child, so there is no need to throw it out immediately. Storing a mattress may not be a practical consideration for a lot of people if you’re short on space, so make sure to time it right if you can – a good place to keep a spare matterss is in the attic.
Overview: Top 7 Mattresses for Children
Here’s a rundown of each mattress from my top picks:
1. Simba Hybrid Kids – Best Overall
Not content with dominating the UK mattress scene, Simba have recently released a child-specific mattress.
It’s supposed to be the perfect fit for bunk beds and other children’s bed frames and has five layers of foam and springs, plus it’s designed to be supportive, breathable, and keep your little one cool all night long.