As children grow they need a healthy sleep environment, and all too often, Kiwi kids receive a hand-me-down mattress or they sleep on the same mattress from when they are a toddler right through to their late teens.
An old mattress can directly affect your child’s health and wellbeing. Over time, mattresses can absorb moisture build up and large amounts of dust mite excrement. Combined, these can have a negative impact upon your child’s growing body and their breathing, sleeping and overall health.
Babies and toddlers spend more time than anyone else in bed and during this time, their bodies are constantly growing – so they need to have the correct support from a healthy, dry mattress.
Even when your children have outgrown their daily naps, they still need the right cushioning properties and support systems to ensure that growth in these years is healthy. Children’s mattresses are specifically designed for growing kids with long lasting springs designed to support growing bodies, as well as comfortable cushioning that holds its form.
It’s important to think about mattress size as your children grow. Depending on how tall your child grows during their teenage years, it may be best to move them out of a single mattress into a long single, king single or double mattress.
Mattress measurements can vary slightly between brands, but a long single is designed for kids that grow particularly tall and they’re perfect if your child doesn’t have a large bedroom. A King single is designed for kids that are growing into adults and need a little extra width in their mattress. Double mattresses are great for children that toss and turn throughout the night.
Whatever mattress you choose for your children’s growing bodies, it’s important that it’s suitable for your children’s specific sleeping patterns and habits.