Proper nutrition and healthy sleep are two of the most important factors that directly impact the development of the child’s body. In addition to a healthy diet, providing the child with a full night’s rest is necessary. And it’s not just about the regime. The arrangement of the sleeping surface is of great importance, so it is important to make the bed as comfortable and comfortable as possible. Here much depends on the quality of the mattress, which for the child should be selected especially carefully.
Today, mattress manufacturers produce a variety of models for both adults and children. Among the available children’s mattresses, you need to choose the most suitable option, appropriate to the baby’s age.
All existing sleeping surfaces fall into two main categories:
The first group – children’s spring mattresses – is a product with a block consisting of dependent (by the type of bonnel) or independent springs. In the latter case, each metal spring block is placed in a separate cloth bag, which provides additional protection against damage to the mattress and minimizes the risk of injury to the child. In addition, independent springs do not create a hammock effect, which is very important for proper orthopedic support. Options with a dependent block are strongly not recommended for cots, as they can cause curvature of the emerging spine.
When buying mattresses with a spring sleeping surface should give preference to models with an independent unit.
The second category of mattresses – springless, consisting of all sorts of fillers. As a filling for such products, use foam (artificial latex), coconut palm court, natural latex. These materials can be combined to improve the convenience and functionality of mattresses. In addition, mattresses of this type are made in a wide range of sizes.
Let’s answer the question of many parents in more detail: which filler for children’s sleeping surface is considered the best?
Materials: which is better?
- The first place is deservedly taken by natural latex, which has the best quality characteristics. It is a natural material extracted through the processing of rubber palm juice. Such latex is environmentally friendly and completely safe. The strong advantage of mattresses with this filling is the long life of the operation, high orthopedic properties, excellent resistance to wear. Rubber also has antiseptic qualities, does not cause allergies, and is not able to absorb moisture.
- Coconut coir
- In second place in practicality and safety are children’s mattresses with coconut filler. Palm coir has a much higher rigidity in comparison with latex. The material is not corrosively destroyed due to the life of pathogens, does not cause allergies, and has excellent orthopedic qualities. In the case of moisture, this filler dries quickly, so it does not mold. Sleeping surfaces on coconut fiber can be supplemented with a layer of latex so that one side of the product is softer and the other side is stiffer. This allows you to use the mattress from birth to the age of 5 years, turning it over as the baby grows. In addition, two-way models are suitable for use in both summer and winter.
- Third place in the ranking went to mattresses on Styoliuretan. In terms of the quality of the material and its properties, they are inferior to latex and coconut but, at the same time, perform an orthopedic function and are characterized by an acceptable cost. If the budget does not allow you to buy an expensive sleeping surface on natural latex or palm coir, the best option would be to buy a foam mattress for the child. The material does not cause allergies and can last up to 4 years.
As mentioned above, it is important to choose a mattress based on the age of the children. Only in this case will the product provide the necessary convenience and comfort without harming the baby’s developing body.
Ages 0 to 3 years old.
For newborns, experts recommend buying mattresses with coconut coir filler, which have the necessary rigidity, do not contain toxic substances, are resistant to deformation and biocorrosion. The particular advantage of such products is considered the ability of coconut fiber to evaporate moisture, so even in a wet mattress, there is no threat of mold in its filling.
Ages from 3 years to 6.
Preschoolers should sleep on the surface of medium-term rigidity. This criterion corresponds to latex and foam mattresses. You can also buy products with double filler rubber-coconut fiber. In this case, both springless mattresses and products with an independent spring block, but necessarily with a fairly elastic surface, will be suitable.
Ages 6 to 14.
Schoolchildren are advised to purchase mattresses based on foam or natural latex. It can be and spring and spring-free sleeping surfaces. However, it is worth considering that more practical and durable, in the case of teenagers, are considered models without springs on foam. This is because children often use the bed as a trampoline, which can lead to the deformation of the mattress.
As for the price policy, the most affordable for consumers spring sleeping surfaces with filler from the PPU. Models with an independent spring unit are more expensive than more practical and have orthopedic properties. Of course, the best and, of course, the most expensive mattresses for children – based on coconut cobra fibers and latex fibers. When buying a mattress for a child, in any case, do not try to save. Such an object is purchased not for one year, and the better it will be, the more comfortable, healthy, and safe will be the sleep of your child!