Supportive single mattresses for children

A good night’s sleep is essential for a child’s physical and mental development. As a child’s body and brain develop the most during sleep, getting healthy sleep is vital for children.

A child requires between 10-14 hours of sleep per night, which is why a mattress that supports a child’s growing bones and gives them comfortable sleep should be on top of the priority list.

When should a child move into a big bed?

Usually, a child is between 18-36 months when they move from a cot to a bigger bed - yet each child is different. Make sure it is safe for your child to sleep in a bigger bed before making the transition.

While some parents move their children from a cot to a toddler bed, some find their child is ready to have a single bed. As children grow up so quickly, a single bed with a single mattress is undoubtedly more cost-effective.

What is required of a child’s mattress?

Single mattresses for children need to support physical development, correct posture, as well as be comfortable. Children’s single mattresses should promote healthy, clean sleep so that your child can reap the benefits of great sleep.

Hypoallergenic mattresses and mattresses with a removable cover are also beneficial and practical with children.

What is the best mattress for a child?

Every child is different which is why your child’s individual needs matter. When shopping for children’s single mattresses, consider your child’s age, weight, sleeping style and specific needs (such as allergies).

Also, remember to note the size and style of your child’s bed frame. Bunk bed mattresses will need to be a certain depth for safety reasons while cot and toddler beds naturally require smaller mattresses.

The most popular types of children’s mattresses are memory foam and spring mattresses.

Choosing the right single mattress for your child

Next Divan has a great selection of quality single mattresses suitable for children. We offer memory foam, hybrid, open coil and pocket spring single mattresses, including mattresses filled with natural fillings.

Many of our single mattresses have been constructed with in-built air vents to keep your child from overheating during the night.

Open coil single mattresses

Open coil mattresses spread your child’s weight across the mattress surface while providing support and good spinal alignment. Open coil mattresses are a great budget option.

This Ortho Bonnell Sprung Single Mattress features air vents for cooler sleep.

Memory foam single mattresses

Memory foam tends to be a popular choice for children. As the memory foam contours around a child’s body, it provides targeted support and great comfort.

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Memory foam is naturally hypoallergenic, making it a contender for kids suffering from allergies or asthma. Also, the contouring effects of memory foam help restless sleepers from fidgeting during the night.

If you are worried about heat build-up, the New Coolflex Quilted Memory Foam Mattress combats overheating by cooling down the sleeper.

Memory foam mattresses are not recommended for smaller children (3 years and under) as a firmer mattress is generally safer and better for small children.

Hybrid single mattresses

To have the best of both worlds, a mattress that combines foam and spring is the way forward. Hybrid mattresses use open coil or pocket springs for exceptional support and pressure relief with the comfort of foam.

Older children and teenagers will benefit from the firmness of pocket springs as they help to relieve aches and pains. The higher the spring count, the more supportive the mattress.

This Quilted Silk Ortho Memory Foam Mattress is a spring and memory foam mattress, filled with organic cotton. It is a great option for parents wanting to limit the number of chemicals in their child’s mattress.

How often should I replace my child’s mattress?

A mattress should meet a child’s changing needs at different stages in their development. As children grow at varying rates, there is no one answer as to when your child requires a new mattress.

As a ballpark, it is recommended that a child’s mattress is renewed every three years when they are 3 -10 years old, and every five years when they are 10 – 16 years old.

Invest in your child’s wellbeing and healthy sleep by choosing a supportive mattress from our collection of single mattresses!