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How to Select a Mattress for Your Child

select a mattress for your child

Select a mattress for your child that is durable and made to withstand years of use.

Selecting the right mattress is always important, and is even more so for children because adequate sleep impacts memory, immune system responsiveness, and even school performance. When you select a mattress for your child, you should consider the quality of materials, along with the mattress type and firmness. You will want a mattress your child can grow with for several years, so finding the perfect mattress can be tricky. Fortunately, we have a few suggestions to make the search easier. 

Find the Right Mattress Size

Baby and Crib Mattresses

Crib mattresses have a minimum size but can vary slightly, so it is useful to have the dimensions of your crib handy when you’re shopping for the mattress. 

Toddler Mattresses

Toddler beds can help your child transition out of a crib. Toddler beds often feature a low railing to keep your child from rolling out of bed, which is useful if you are concerned about your child’s security. 

Older Child Mattresses

When you select a mattress for your child, you have some options. A twin mattress is standard for a young child, but some parents will select a full mattress with the goal of letting their child grow with it for several years. 

Choose the Type of Mattress


When you select a mattress for your child, you can consider several different kinds of mattresses. Innerspring is a popular choice, as they are often more firm, sturdy, and supportive of all sleeping styles. 


Memory foam isn’t recommended for young children, but an older kid may enjoy the adaptive nature of a foam mattress. Look for one that provides adequate support and alignment in addition to pressure relief.


Some mattresses, particularly hybrid and foam varieties, may be made with organic materials. An organic mattress may be chemical-free, hypoallergenic, flame resistant, and biodegradable. Organic crib mattresses are recommended for infants because they are the safest and gentlest.

Determine the Firmness

When you select a mattress for your child, firmness is a key factor to consider. A firm mattress is highly recommended for children under 18 months old for their safety and proper development. Once your child is older, you can let them lay on a few different mattresses in a showroom to find their preference.

Make Sure the Mattress is Durable

Kids are harder on mattresses than adults, and more prone to jumping on their bed and spilling snacks, so it is key to select a mattress for your child that will be durable. 

High-quality thick foam, wrapped steel coils, or latex mattresses often last a few years longer than the average mattress. Flipping the mattress, as well as investing in high-quality materials and a mattress protector will help ensure that when you select a mattress for your child, it will last. 

Sleep Well With A Mattress From All American Mattress

At All American Mattress, we have the expertise and great prices to help you choose the perfect pillows and foam mattress for your bedroom. We have mattresses and bed frames available made from a variety of materials to suit your needs, whatever they are. Stop by our showroom, visit us online, or give us a call at (410) 451-9006 to see how we can get your toddler sleeping through the night. We offer brand names at affordable prices, and we will always work hard to keep your whole family comfortable. For more mattress shopping tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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