Does your child often fall off the bed? Is your child always restless at night? Do they have a habit of moving from their bed to sleep in yours or on the couch? Are they suddenly irritable and moody to the point of hurting you, other kids or even themselves?
These are only a few of the tell-tale signs that could indicate that your child is uncomfortable and not having enough quality sleep. Instead of rushing him or her to the hospital, how about checking to see if the problem stems from the mattress?
As a parent, you want to make sure that the mattress on which your child sleeps on is not only comfortable but also that it’s safe. If you are planning to get new mattresses for your kids, here are some safety tips to consider.
- Mattress Density
It is very hard to purchase a mattress whose density is inadequate, but it is common to find parents buying a mattress that is too thick for a child. To test the right density of the mattress, try and sit on it to see if it is firm enough. It shouldn’t feel too hard but should be firm enough to support your child’s weight.
Children grow and develop pretty fast. If your child sleeps on a mattress whose density is inadequate, they risk developing back issues owing to poor back support.
- Innersprings: How Far Should You Go?
Kids love spring mattresses. They have a great time turning their beds into mini trampolines. This is great for play, but not so much for sleep. Ordinary kids’ beds have guards that help prevent them from rolling and falling off the bed during sleep. If the mattress has innersprings that are too strong, even with the guards, the child can easily bounce off the bed and hurt themselves. This can leave them with broken bones, dislocated joints or with serious head injuries. It is, therefore, advisable to avoid mattresses with too much bounce.
- Waterproof Mattress
Kids tend to pee on themselves during sleep. They may also throw up when sick or playfully spill water on their beds. It is imperative that you find a waterproof mattress or buy a separate waterproof cover to help keep it dry. Without a waterproof cover, the mattress will suck in all the fluids which take a long time to dry. This could lead to hazards like mold or bacteria growing inside the mattress. These hazards thrive in moisture and can quickly multiply. They also pose a significant danger especially for a little child by causing skin rashes and respiratory issues.
What is the mattress made of? Some mattresses are made using synthetic materials and use harmful chemicals, heavy metals, and fume retardants among other agents during manufacturing. You wouldn’t want to expose your own child to such dangerous agents, would you? Look at the mattress tag and check to see exactly what materials were used to make it. It is advisable to purchase environment-friendly mattresses with CertiPUR-US certification only.
A bad mattress leads to poor sleep quality or even injury in kids. They may suffer concussions, bruises, break their fragile limbs, have difficulty focusing, perform poorly in school, and may also show signs of ADHD. With the tips above, you’ll be in a position to choose the right mattress not only to help your little one sleep better but to keep them safe too.