Article by Bill William
People spend a large amount of time in their beds. As we all must sleep each and every night, it adds up. In fact, we spend 1/3 of our entire lives in bed. Sleep is extremely important. It refreshes us, makes us ready for each new day. That’s why getting the perfect mattress is not a matter of luxury, it’s a necessity. However, when it comes to purchasing a bed for a child, it’s a different matter than purchasing a mattress for yourself. Children have different requirements.
When it comes down to it, it’s a matter of weight and comfort, and also how much use a mattress will get. An adult is fully grown; a child is not, so it’s important that he or she gets the right kind of support during their formative years. This means that parents shouldn’t buy the cheapest thing they can get their hands on that will only last five years. A child can keep the same mattress usually for ten years. That doesn’t mean you should buy a mattress that costs a few thousand dollars, but you probably want to stay away from that used mattress for 0 that you found on Craigslist.
A twin mattress is the usual choice for a child. The traditional twin mattress measures 39″ x 75″. Beyond that, there is a lot of variety in the market, which can make the choice somewhat daunting. There are four main types of popular mattresses. The interior sprung mattress consists of interlocking springs which form support; these are then covered by padding and lining. Quality and pricing varies greatly.
Pocket sprung mattresses consist of non-interlocked springs; each spring has its own separate compartment; this gives the bed greater flexibility and it’s usually more comfortable than an interior sprung mattress.
Orthopedic foam mattresses are made out of dense layers of foam; these provide good support.
Memory foam mattresses contour to your body.
Consider the materials. Avoid mattresses that are coated or contain polyurethane foam, eco foam, PVC and chemical retardants. These can be potentially dangerous for your child if he or she is in contact with them for an extended period of time. This is known as out gassing. The chemicals can actually contain toxic carcinogens which leak over time.
It’s better to go with organic and non toxic materials. These include mattresses made out of organic wool, which is naturally mite resistant and fire retardant, pure latex and organic contain are also excellent choices. There are certain certifications or standards such as GreenGuard and Healthy Child Healthy World which grade mattresses.
Generally, pediatricians recommend mattresses on the firmer side to aid in support and bone growth.
When shopping for your child’s mattress, keep in mind that higher prices don’t necessarily mean a better mattress. Do look out for sales and make sure that you can return your mattress if it doesn’t work out. Research your options thoroughly. Ask about guarantees and warranties. Don’t be afraid to bargain the price. Test the mattress before you buy it.