Can a child benefit from a memory foam mattress?

When picking a bed there is a wealth of opportunities available. The frame however is only half the story as realistically the mattress is the most important part of any bed. Getting kids to go to sleep and stay there is a problem for many parents, and often this is down to the comfort of their mattress. Many people make the error of purchasing a mattress that is not specifically meant for children.

There are three main types of mattresses on the market, open coil sprung, pocket sprung and memory foam. You can also buy mattresses which are a mixture of pocket springs and memory foam.

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So which is right for children?

The answer to this problem is it depends on the child. There are some factors which should be considered when purchasing memory foam kids mattress. These include, their age, their weight, how much they tend to move during sleep and any allergies they may have.

Younger children tend to weigh very little and so they require a softer mattress. Open coil sprung mattresses are ideal for this purpose. It should however be noted that a soft open coil sprung mattress would need changing when the child gets to 10 or 11 years of age and becomes a little heavier. A pocket sprung mattress is suitable for older children and adults but would be very hard for a younger child. Memory foam however has the advantage of being ideal for children whatever their age this is because it is not solely reliant on weight to provide support. Memory foam reacts to both the weight and heat of the human body meaning that it does it’s job well whatever the age of the person on it.

In addition to the above consideration memory foam kids mattress are, by design, hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, offer superior support and promote good posture during sleep. This makes them ideal for kids who do a lot of their growing whilst sleeping.

So what makes a memory foam mattress so high?

Traditional sprung mattresses regardless of their internal construction are a breeding ground for dustmites, there are some on the market which have specialists coverings which lessen the dust mite problem but the nature of a sprung mattress promotes problems. The main reason for this is the fact that within a sprung mattress there are necessary “hollows” into which dead skin and dust particles settle. This “debris” is what dustmites thrive on and this is what makes it difficult to keep a sprung mattress free of such nasties.

With memory foam kids mattress there are no hollows and therefore there is no “breeding ground” for the dust mite. Of course it is necessary to keep the cover clean and dust free where possible however the debris referred to above will not work it’s way into the mattress itself as it does with a sprung mattress and therefore a memory foam mattress is much easier to keep free of dust mites.

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