A good mattress equals a good night’s rest, and this is especially true for toddlers. Apart from keeping them comfortable for the night, a proper mattress offers support to your child’s posture, and even more, effects bone strength. While there’s normally a wide variety to choose from, sometimes getting the right mattress for your child can be so overwhelming that it would take you time before settling for a particular choice. However, if you’ve ever bought yourself a mattress, this should be an easy task, as you simply need to consider the same factors you’d look for when getting one for yourself.  

To answer questions like, “How do I choose a mattress for my child?”, here are necessary factors every parent should keep in mind when buying a mattress for their child.

Choose the Appropriate Size

At the age of 2 or 3 years, your child will most likely transition from a crib to a bigger bed, and you may just have to get them a toddler bed to start them off. This is going to be their first bed, and be sure to make it the most comfortable place. Something like a twin-sized mattress is a step up from the crib, and it works well if you want it to be shared between two children. Moreover, you could go for a full-sized bed if you need something they can use into adulthood. Whichever mattress size you choose, ensure it’s spacious enough to hold your child comfortably.

Assess the Mattress Materials

Mattresses are made up of different types of materials ranging from synthetic to organic materials. While the mattress material shouldn’t be much of a concern, if your child has allergies, they’ll most likely be sensitive to synthetic mattresses. These mattresses can cause skin irritation or breathing problems to your child, and, therefore, to prevent any possible reaction, you could get them mattresses made of organic materials like cotton. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell what material a mattress is made of, but you can always take time to read through the manufacturer’s label and look for any chemicals used in its production.


For an infant, a firm mattress is the best option, and there’s no debate about that. However, as they grow older, you have to decrease the firmness as they’ll need something more inviting and comfortable. For instance, you can buy them a memory foam mattress which is normally extremely dense, and conform to the shape of the child’s body to offer maximum comfort and support. With such type of a mattress, your child will have fewer restless nights and hence remain comfortable during their sleep.

Match the Mattress Size with the Bed Size

Before buying a mattress, you should first consider getting a bed so that whichever mattress you get, is a perfect fit for it. No matter how comfy a mattress is, if it doesn’t fit well into a bed, it won’t be comfortable for any child. However, if you get the mattress first, ensure you carry the information about its size to the furniture store to match it with the right bed.

Just like any other home furniture such as kitchen chairs is important, so is your child’s first bed. Therefore, ensure you get them the perfect bed with the right mattress.

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Marina Pal is a renowned author and social media enthusiasts.