From toddlers to teens, quality unbroken sleep through the night is a godsend for parents. Having a comfortable, supportive, high quality mattress can
absolutely help achieve that.
First: size. As we’ve mentioned before, children and teens can easily sleep on a single mattress, though often appreciate the width of a double or queen
mattress, especially as they grow taller and sprawl wider.
And while toddler bed frames can seem like a crowd-pleaser, for long-term investment and longevity, we recommend purchasing an ensemble that includes both
a Sealy Posturepedic mattress and foundation. Not only will our foundations help extend the life of the mattress, our space saver bases can provide
extra storage to keep your little one’s unending piles of toys out of sight when need be. Even more helpful, pairing one of our mattresses on a Sealy
foundation protects against mattress sag that can occur on some bed frames.
If you have a size mattress in mind, the next consideration is support and comfort:
Support is key. You want optimal support for those growing bodies. The Sealy Singles range features the PostureTech coil which provides the ideal support
for little ones who may both move around on a given night, but also can experience large growth spurts overnight from time to time.
Comfort is equally important – though it may be harder for a child to tell you which comfort feel they prefer. One rule of thumb is to look for models
in the firm to medium range – children’s body’s - typically need fewer comfort layers built into a mattress. Shopping at a store with Sealy consultants
can help you here. They’re trained to look for optimal spinal alignment on a bed – especially in kids, and can be a great resource to advise you on
what models may suit your child best.
One consideration for toddler parents - will you, the parent, be called in to read stories to your little one or comfort them in the middle of the night?
If so, consider how you sleep and if your sleeping habits. It may make sense to buy a slightly higher quality, and slightly more cushioned feel of
a mattress to accommodate you and your child falling asleep in bed.
Another handy thing to think about – purchase a good quality waterproof mattress cover for your child’s mattress. They won’t know it’s there, but it can
be a lifesaver when it comes to protecting the mattress from stains and accidents. Some mums even recommend buying two protectors – so you can immediately
put the second one on the bed while the first one is in the wash – great for when accidents happen right before bedtime.
We’ve written some helpful articles on how to transition your child from cot to bed,
and more insights on how to choose a mattress for a child.