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Choosing Mattresses For Your Children

When you visit a furniture store, you may be overwhelmed by all the mattress choices. Finding one for yourself is difficult enough, but choosing one for your child is even more problematic. You may be tempted to buy an inexpensive model because your child will "outgrow it" soon, but children need proper back support just like adults do. When it's time to buy a new mattress for your offspring, you need to search for models that will give them a healthy night's sleep.

Hours of Sleep

If your children are sleeping on uncomfortable mattresses, they are not getting the recommended hours of sleep they need. Babies between ages six to twelve months need approximately 14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. From ages one to three, children need between 12 and 14 hours each day. The recommended sleep period for preschoolers is 11 to 12 hours every night while school-age children should sleep between 10 and 11 hours. Even though teenagers seldom get nine hours of sleep at once, that is the amount of time they should be slumbering. Children who do not get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from behavioral and learning problems. They are also more likely to have mood disorders and suffer from obesity. 

Mattress Types

Any mattress you purchase should have an excellent support system. Although many parents gravitate toward the firm mattress, research has shown that the firmest mattress is not always the best. The human body is not flat, so purchasing a bed with some padding is better for the spine and more comfortable for your child. Coil count is important when buying a traditional mattress because a higher number generally means better support. For many children, a bed of "medium" firmness, such as a plush firm model, may be the best choice as it accommodates back, side, and stomach sleepers. A plush model is softer and works well for side sleepers. 

Memory foam mattresses are a popular choice for adults, and they can provide enough back support while conforming to an individual's pressure points. In general, this mattress type is not a great choice for babies and toddlers. However, a quality foam model can work well for older children and may last well into their teen years.

Children need a good night's sleep as much or more than you do. Take the time to choose mattresses that will allow your children to be comfortable and rest undisturbed. For more information, check out a local furniture store and explore your options!