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Children do most of their growing in their sleep, hence why they need so much of it!
A supportive mattress enhances their growth and promotes good posture, but if they’re going to stay in bed all night, it needs to be comfortable as well. There are so many different types of out there and choosing the best mattress for your child can be difficult as we all want our children to have the best night’s sleep possible!
A standard sprung mattress uses open coil springs to spread the weight of your child across the whole mattress, providing excellent support and spinal alignment. Pocket sprung mattresses are slightly more expensive than standard sprung but offer tailored support for your child’s weight and movements. Memory foam can feel warmer than other mattress types and is durable and naturally hypoallergenic. It will also reduce a child’s tossing and turning in the night, and provide great support for them, making it a good option for a child's mattress. Latex mattresses stay cooler during the night and are naturally hypoallergenic and breathable. These are a hit with many parents as they are eco-friendly. Finally, reflex foam mattresses provide solid support for kids through their thick foam and is better value for money than other mattresses. However the support they offer may not be as tailored as others.
Our Top Choice
Stompa S Flex Airflow Mattress
This product is great for comfort as it keeps kids cool at night. It also features a replacement zip-off washable cover to make parents' lives easier.
- Price: £150
- High density foam base (medium-firm support)
- Active airflow technology to help regulate temperature
- Cushioned breathable cover
- Safe to use on most bunk beds
Best For Families On A Budget
Happy Beds Clay Orthopedic Sprung Mattress
This mattress is a champion of resilience and comfort and will keep your child going for years while still being great value for money. Parents of multiple children will love that it is also suitable for bunk beds.
- Price: £99.99
- Orthoapedic open coil springs (medium support)
- Proper spinal support
- Suitable for bunk beds
Best Eco-Friendly Mattresses
The Little Green Sheep Natural Junior Mattress
This mattress is made from just four ingredients: wool, coconut fibre, natural latex and cotton (all organic!). It’s handmade and free from any toxins or harmful chemicals for your child.
- Price: £299
- Naturally hypoallergenic
- Designed to last from toddler to teenager
- Free from chemicals
- Medium-firm support
Best For Longevity
Silentnight Imagine Traditional Sprung
This is mattress is great for parents seeking longevity as well as eco-friendly comfort for their child. It’s part of Silentnight’s healthy growth range, meaning it is foam and chemical free.
- Price: £169
- Traditional sprung (medium-firm)
- Cool and breathable due to eco comfort layer made up of recycled bottles
- Support systems provide proper spinal support and improve posture
- Foam and chemical free
Best For Teens
Naturalmat The Natural Teen Mattresses
This chemical-free mattress is made specifically for teenagers, and its organic materials make it extra breathable.
- Price: £465
- Extra-soft quilted cover ensures premium comfort
- Easy-clean cotton mattress cover
- Firm support
- Made up of natural fillings: coir, cotton natural latex, organic lambswool
Best Hypoallergenic Mattresses
JAY-BE Simply Kids Waterproof Anti-Microbial Sprung Mattress
This mattress offers a great combination of benefits, being waterproof, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic. It is also wipe clean, a handy feature that busy parents will surely appreciate, and kids will love the cushioned top layer which provides extra comfort.
- Price: £148
- Medium support
- Cushioned top layer for comfort
Best For Bunk Beds
Silentnight Rolled Foam Junior Bunk Bed Mattress
These foam mattresses were designed specifically for bunk beds and as it come at a reasonable price, buying two is do-able.
- Price: From £119.95
- Specially designed for bunk beds
- 5 year guarantee
- Foam mattresses
Best For Memory Foam
OTTY 2000 Pocket Spring Hybrid Cooling Memory Foam Mattress
This mattress is a hybrid of gel-infused memory foam and pocket springs. While the memory foam regulates a child’s body temperature, the pocket springs offer great comfort and support. This would be best for a 10-year-old or young teen, as the memory foam evenly supports their body weight.
- Price: £324.99
- Temperature regulating memory foam responds to natural body temperature throughout the night
- 2000 comfort pocket capsules offer top support, limiting tossing and turning in the night
- Antibacterial and hypoallergenic materials ensure healthy sleep
- Firm support
- Hypoallergenic cover can be unzipped and washed
Best Toddler Bed Mattresses
Happy Beds Noah Mattress
This is a great mattress for toddler beds because it’s hypoallergenic with layers of foam, for just a little over £100! Offering proper support, the open coil springs give a smooth bounce while staying noiseless, (very important if your toddler is a light sleeper!) but means you can climb in bed with them if need be, without disturbing them when you leave. The edge support is also useful to prevent toddlers from rolling out of bed.
- Price: £114.00
- Soft foam top
- Suitable for bunk beds
- Open coil springs (medium firmness)
- Excellent spinal support
Best For Kids With Dust Allergies
JAY-BE Anti-Allergy 325 Mattress
This mattress is great for toddlers with dust allergies and parents with an eco-conscience! Children can keep cool with this mattress thanks to the smart fibre layer designed to regulate temperature and moisture.
- Price: £100
- Naturally combats dust mites and bed bugs
- Smart fibre comfort layer regulates temperature and moisture
- Open coil springs
- Made from partially recyclable materials
Best For Babies And Toddlers
Mamas & Papas Premium Twin Spring Cotbed Mattress
This clever mattress for toddler bed can support different stages of development, offering great longevity. Supports either babies or toddlers, depending which side is facing upwards.
- Price: £114.50
- Dual core offers support for newborns on one side and toddlers on the other
- Sealed core protects mattress from accidents
- Removable washable cover
- 2 layers of pocket springs (1 firm, 1 medium)
- Anti-allergy outer cover
Best For High End Mattresses
Little Home At John Lewis Hampshire Wool Pocket Spring Mattress
The blend of Hampshire wool and cashmere in this top-of-the range pocket sprung mattress makes it a super comfortable night’s sleep. Individual pocket springs on this John Lewis mattress offer great support for kids right to the edge of the mattress.
- Price: £299
- Pocket sprung system offers great spinal support (medium firmness)
- Hampshire wool and cashmere blend provide breathability and temperature regulation
- Polyester filling makes it soft as well
- Suitable for bunk beds
Best For Peaceful Sleep
Woolroom Junior Mattress
This Woolroom mattress is great because wool is naturally hypoallergenic, flame resistant and has great temperature and humidity control. This first mattress is designed to last until your child is 12 years old and should stay incredibly comfy due to its pocket sprung core, support pad and layers of wool. The natural temperature and humidity regulation is designed to promote more regenerative, healthy sleep. The only thing you need to remember is to rotate the mattress regularly!
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- Price: £399
- Made from natural and chemical free materials, sourced from UK farms and growers
- Naturally flame retardant
- Pocket springs
- Designed to last until age 12
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