How to choose your child’s first bed, as we all know, sleep is important, especially for children. Everyone knows it, and as parents, you want your child(ren) to get the best night’s rest possible. You want them to be healthy and happy, not unhealthy and grumpy and overtired. Part of this will mean you have to choose the right bed for them. Here are a few tips to help you make that difficult call:
Your kids aren’t going to stay little forever, as much you may or may not want them to. It would be best if you considered their weight and age. If it’s the child’s first bed – i.e. they’re transitioning from a cot to a bed – you should be looking to make this transition when the child is somewhere between 1 and a half years old and 3 years old.
The mattress has to be the right size for the bed, but remember that children grow, so you could consider getting a slightly larger bed for longevity. Make sure the bed is appropriate for the size of the room. Please don’t buy one so ridiculously big that they have problems climbing in and out of it.
The spine and neck have to be in a neutral position, i.e. a position that does not place undue stress. It’s a question of balance. The mattress must be firm enough to keep them comfortable but not so soft that they sink into it.
Choose a mattress with natural latex and high density memory foam and you’ll be providing your child with a lot of support. There’s also the potential for them to sleep better because they won’t toss and turn as much on these mattresses.
Tight top mattresses provide comfort and help a child stay cool at night, but a spring mattress is more durable. Children are light enough to sleep on them without incurring too much wear and tear on them. They offer a lot of support, not to mention comfort, and endure moisture better as well.
A bed isn’t just a place to rest; in a child’s eyes, it’s a potential place for adventure, too. When choosing a bed for your child, you can get practical and still select a suitable bed for your child(ren). Here are a few suggestions:
Picking the right bed for a child is a responsible job. They need to get a good night’s sleep, just as it is for you. It’s better to spend more than less (unless you’re still getting value for money). Consider your child’s weight and size and what mattress would be right for them, and bear these in mind, too, when going for a more ‘grown-up’ style of bed.