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How to Choose a Mattress for Your Child

Last updated 5 years ago

Sleep plays a big role in your child’s mental and physical development, and sleeping also takes up a lot of his or her time. In fact, by age two, your child will have spent more time asleep than awake. As a result, it’s important for your child to have an appropriate mattress that promotes healthy sleep. The following tips explore important factors to consider when choosing a mattress for your child:

Be aware of mattress materials: Pay attention to the materials that compose children’s mattresses. Some mattress materials, such as polyurethane foam or polyvinyl chloride, emit harmful chemical emissions that your child may inhale. Other materials like latex could cause an allergic reaction. It is best to find a mattress composed of organic cotton and wool, which are increasingly popular and the healthiest materials for your child.

Pick an appropriate mattress size: Children’s mattresses come in many different sizes; your child’s age and height should be factored in when choosing a size of mattress. If your child seems to be growing quickly, it may be worth purchasing an extra-long twin or larger mattress so you do not have to repeatedly buy new mattresses as your child continues to grow.

Buy the box spring and mattress: It may seem logical to buy a mattress and simply match it with a box spring you already have. However, most mattresses are created with a corresponding box spring in mind. Buying the box spring designed for your chosen mattress will maximize the comfort and support your child receives.

Purchase a new mattress: You may be tempted to buy a used mattress for your child. However, bacteria, mold, mites, and other contaminants you cannot see often exist on previously used mattresses. In order to prevent potentially serious health issues for your child, it is always best to buy a brand-new mattress.

Mattress Direct of St. Louis understands that finding the perfect mattress for your child is a top priority. This is why you should see our friendly staff members who will help you to find the best and most appropriate mattress for your little one. To speak with a customer service representative, call us at (314) 549-8496.


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