Parenting is hard, and really expensive. Making your kids comfortable doesn’t have to be. I don’t know about you, but I grew up sleeping on some terrible cheapo mattress that was not comfortable, and did not make me feel good in the morning. Did you know that growing children actually need a more supportive mattress than adults do? Their bones are growing, adjusting, and need proper support. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to take out a second mortgage to buy your child a good, supportive bed.
For toddlers transitioning from a crib mattress, moving to a medium feel will be easier, since it will feel similar to what they are used to. However, since most kids of this age are only about thirty pounds, realize that they will be sleeping more on top of the mattress than in it. A good option for your kids mattress is the Mount Laurel Euro by BeautySleep, or the King Koil Hathaway Pillow Top. Both of these mattresses have great support, and a medium feel that will grow with your child. Another great option is memory foam. Foam beds will support, cushion, and possibly last until they graduate high school! Check out the Serenity by Spirit Sleep, it’s a great mattress at a great sale price.
For older kids, around seven to twelve, they will probably want something softer. Keeping support while indulging in comfort can be difficult, but is attainable. The BeautySleep Fancy is a great bed, and has a very soft feel with great support. On a side note, keep in mind that this is the bed that they will either take with them, or that will morph into your guest room bed. The Aikenton Plush Euro Top by Beautyrest is a great option, and is durable and comfortable for one person, or two.
Remember to plan for your child’s needs in the future. Maybe a full size would serve their purpose longer than just a twin. Also, make sure that you protect the mattress with a protector, one that’s waterproof and washable. Once that bed-wetting stage is over, there will still be food and drink on the bed (whether you know it or not), as well as sweat, and probably some tears.
In conclusion, purchasing a quality bed for your child can save you money in the long run, and get them set up for proper alignment, development, and growth.