Purchasing the right mattress for your child may help you retain the bed for up to 10 years. Taking them from toddler to their teenage years.

Children sleep up to 14 hours a day meaning they spend as much as half their day in bed. This is why choosing the right mattress is vital for not only comfort but also their health and wellbeing.

Choosing the correct size mattress for your child can be challenging as children have such rapidly growing bodies. This article will show you not only how to choose the right mattress, but also know when to buy a new mattress for your kids.


When to transition kids to a mattress?

the best time to transition your kids from a cot to a bed is between 18 and 36 months - From a Sydeny Peadiatric Chiropractor Study by Dr Bergby

There is some debate about whether to go for a toddler bed or a proper mattress. We think it comes down to what you, as a parent or caregiver, want from your child’s bed. Is it pricing, safety or comfort? Some parents who want safety as a priority would purchase a toddler bed while others who are keen for a long term investment and growing support would look into mattresses like king singles.

Buying a new mattress for your kids goes beyond just the size, you have to consider the weight and age of the child while also giving them the best growing support.

Is it okay to skip the toddler bed?

It is fine to skip the toddler bed and opt for a larger bed and mattress.

What really matters is the type of mattress you buy your children. Pocket springs with comfort layers will provide support along with comfort and there are many ranges to choose from including the Slumber, Best for Rest and Pure Balance. If finances are tight, our continuous coil spring mattress, the Sleepyhead Classic may be all that your child needs.

See why we recommend buying a king single for your children to give them the best support while also saving money in the long-term.

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Importance of spinal support

It’s tempting to buy an inexpensive mattress for your child. You may assume that because your child is light and small, it is unnecessary to purchase an expensive mattress. A cheap foam mattress will not give your child the support they need. A good quality mattress from Beds R Us will last the distance; consider investing in a bed that your child can grow into over ten years.

We encourage you to teach your kids how to look after their spine during sleep.


Children can sleep up to 14 hours a day


They are constantly growing


Lying on an unsupportive bed could put their body under stress which could disrupt their sleep


The type of back support needed is different to an adult’s needs

What is the
best type of mattress
for my child?

Beds R Us recommends investing in a pocket spring mattress for your child. This type of mattress features springs that are individually wrapped in fabric meaning the spring does not share the load with other springs (unlike open coil mattresses) and it means that the mattress can better contour to the shape of the body.

As for the feel of the mattress, a plush mattress is an excellent choice for children as it combines support for the body and the comfort of padding, which will suit any sleeping position.

Bonus Tips!
Many children today suffer from allergies, hayfever and asthma. Although the cause of these allergies varies, some are caused by dust mites that infest bedding and mattresses.

How to keep your child’s bed clean?

Keeping your mattress clean to alleviate allergies

Clean your bed sheets, pillow cases, protectors and doona covers on a weekly basis.


When swapping your sheets to a new one, air out the bed with no sheets on for at least two hours.


The cleanliness of your home is also vital and is a good way of controlling the spread of dust mites.


Consider a mattress from Beds R Us, all of which are treated with Ultra-fresh to help keep dust mites away.

Best for Rest

Our Best for Rest range of mattresses include pocket springs, Dreamfoam, Comfort Edge and Ultra-fresh treatments. These beds are durable, comfortable and supportive. The Comfort Edge may reduce the likelihood of your child rolling out of bed. The Ultra-fresh antimicrobial treatment on the foams will help keep the mattress fresh, hygienic and odour-free.

If your child suffers from allergies, combine a Beds R Us mattress with mattress protectors, pillow protectors and air conditioning or filtration to promote the ideal sleep environment.

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Whether you have a 13-year-old son who’s shot up to 6ft, or a 9-year-old daughter who is the shortest in her class, and every height in-between, our expert team can help you find the right mattress.

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