Whether you’re upgrading your toddler or choosing a mattress for an older child or teen, what are the important things to watch out for when choosing the best organic mattresses for your child?
Just like you would with an organic crib mattress or an organic mattress for yourself, you should take a look at what’s inside your child’s mattress. The materials used to provide comfort and support for your growing child are an important part of your research.
Your child’s bed may contain the following materials for support:
1. Springs or Coils – A traditional innerspring is most common, but some kids mattresses are also made with individually encased coils, which help to reduce motion transfer and offer more comfort to older children and teens.
2. Latex – Latex is a common mattress material, but also brings allergenic concerns. Naturepedic organic kids mattresses don’t include latex because you may not know if your young child has a latex allergy and we want to take a cautionary approach. None of our baby or kids products contain latex.
3. Polyurethane Foam – Often known as memory foam, soybean foam, bio-based foam, and eco-foam, polyurethane foam is highly flammable and you won’t find it in any certified organic mattress. Because of polyurethane foam’s flammability, it requires flame retardant chemicals and thus can’t be considered organic.
To select the best organic mattress for your child, stick with an innerspring or coil support mattress.
While firm support for your child is the most important feature in a safer mattress for kids, comfort counts too! Many mattresses contain conventional cotton fiber (treated with pesticides), synthetic filling materials made with harmful chemicals, or polyurethane foam for comfort. At Naturepedic, we focus on using healthier materials like certified organic cotton and plant-based PLA batting.
Pay attention to how your child sleeps to help you select the ideal comfort and support levels needed in the best organic mattress for their needs.
1. Side Sleepers – If your child sleeps on their side, they need a little more cushion to reduce tension and pressure on their developing skeletal system. Check out the Naturepedic Verse with encased coil support if your child is older or a side sleeper. You can also get a quilted mattress pad to provide extra comfort.
2. Tummy Sleepers – For kids who sleep on their stomachs, a firm mattress is important to help reduce pressure on the back and shoulders. Many young children end up flipping around to their stomach at some point in the night, so try the Naturepedic 2-in-1 Ultra with a waterproof side great for potty training and a quilted side for a little more cushion.
3. Back Sleepers – If your big kid sleeps on their back, this is the best position for spinal health! Medium or cushion firm support is great for back sleepers, but remember that kids need a little more firmness than adults. Take a peek at the Naturepedic Quilted Deluxe for firm support and a quilted surface for a little more comfort.
Don’t forget the pillows! No big kid bed is complete without a healthier pillow. We offer two pillows that are great for children, the Organic Cotton/PLA Pillow and the Organic Cotton/Organic Kapok Pillow. Both are available in a low-fill standard size or a toddler size perfect for younger sleepers, and the PLA pillow is machine washable.
Check out our guide to choosing the right organic pillow for more information.
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