Whether your child has started out sleeping in their own cot or co-sleeping in your bed, there will come a time when they need their very own ‘big girl’ or ‘big boy’ bed.
Many parents are tempted to buy the cheapest, throw-away mattress available as they predict that their kids will:
- Wet their bed
- Spill tea/juice/milk on their bed
- Jump on their bed
- Land up coming through to sleep in their parents’ bed anyway.
These parents are absolutely correct. However, there are a few more things to consider when purchasing your child’s first mattress.
- Children grow rapidly
Rapid growth means that children need more and more support the heavier they become. It can also mean growing pains that may be reduced when children have postural support from a high quality mattress.
- Sleep is neuro-protective
A good night equals a good day. A good mattress equals good sleep. Sleep enhances your child’s brain development and impacts their ability to learn and cope with everyday life. If you want your child to have the best, deepest sleep possible then you should provide them with the best mattress you can afford.
- Others will use your child’s mattress
Playing ‘musical beds’is common when you have one or more young children. In all likelihood, you and your partner will end up sleeping on your child’s mattress from time to time. Not to mention the guests that may end up using your child’s room over the festive season.
- A single mattress may not be the one you want
If you are going to fall asleep with your child or put two children to sleep together then a little more space can mean a lot more sleep for everyone. Choosing a ¾ or double mattress may be a bit more costly but it can make the world of difference to your sleep quantity and quality.
Sealy offers a wide range of mattresses to suit your family’s needs. Have a look at www.sealy.co.za to find your Sealy.