Which mattress is best for a child?
How often should I change a child’s mattress?
Is a firm mattress good for a child?

These are all some commonly asked questions when it comes to buying a new bed for your child. As it’s National Bed Month – a month dedicated to how important a bed is – we thought we’d share some tips on what to look for and how to go about buying a mattress.

Sleep is extremely important to support children’s development both physically and mentally. A decent night’s sleep will help them to do better at school, allow them to react more quickly to situations, have a more developed memory, learn more effectively and solve problems plus it will make them less susceptible to colds and other minor ailments, less irritable and better behaved! Plus they spend around 40 per cent of their childhood asleep too!

Children spend around 40 per cent of their childhood asleep and to get a good night’s sleep, they need to be sleeping on a comfortable mattress – not a ‘hand me down’ or second one.

As sleep needs change as children get older – so do mattress needs. Parents should aim to change the child’s bed and/or mattress at significant growth periods. This may require several bed changes – for example a teenager who’s suddenly shot up to 6ft plus needs a bed that will enable his feet to stay on the mattress and not hang over the end! The right mattress is vital as it must provide the correct support for growing bones and muscles. That means sufficient support to hold the spine in correct alignment and sufficient comfort layers to cradle the body’s contours.

There are several factors to take into consideration when buying a new bed for your child from aesthetics to materials, price and size. We have more information here about what to look for, how often you should a child’s mattress and what sort of mattress is suitable.

Remember to look for NBF Approved member products to ensure the mattress you’re buying is safe, clean and does what it says it will do. And choose a reputable retailer who will ask you about your child’s needs, where the bed is to go, how big it needs to be etc.

Apart from the bed, children can also benefit from having a good sleep routine – adults too! A good sleep routine needs to be planned well in advance. Our friends over at The Sleep Charity have lots of information and advice on children’s sleep. Read more here.

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