A child's bed

Children's Beds: Choosing the Right One

Parents always want the best for their children including the best mattresses and bedding. But how do you determine what’s the best choice? Here are some tips and ideas to help you choose the best bed set for your child.

How Do You Pick a Mattress?

One of the easiest ways to begin is to decide what size mattress you should get for your children. Since children start out small, many people begin with a twin mattress. However, that may not be the best choice. If space allows, consider a full-size mattress to make story time and cuddling in bed with your child a bit more comfortable.Traditional innerspring mattresses are the most popular choice for children. Though memory foam and memory foam mattress toppers are also very comfortable, they sometimes have an odd odor when new that might turn children off. Some parents choose a pillow top mattress for their children because they enjoy the soft feel. If your child is old enough you can involve them in the process of picking one out. Let them try the mattress out in the store and guide your choice. You might be surprised at their opinions!

Which Bed Frame Is Best?

The most important thing about a bed frame is that it properly supports the mattress. The best option for buying a bed frame is buying the one that is made for the mattress. Most bunk beds, and other beds specifically designed for children have proper support and should be good and supportive. Make sure that the size of your mattress is compatible with the size of the bed frame. Also think about the safety of the bed frame. Don't choose a bed frame with sharp points if you have very young children. Kids like to play on their beds, so you don't want it to be more dangerous than it already is.

What's the Right Bedding for Your Child?

You want your child’s bedding to be a good combination of comfort and style. The bedding needs to be soft and cozy, but at the same time not too heavy and breathable. This is another choice that you can make with your child. Involve them in the shopping process and get their input on their favorite bedding. Some parents opt for minimal bedding just a comforter, bottom sheet, and pillowcase, ditching the bed skirt, top sheet and decorative pillows. This keeps the clutter out of bed and your child’s room.

An important part of your child’s bedding is the mattress cover. This doesn’t add to the look of the bedding, but it’s great at keeping the mattress clean, which means less hassle for you. Kids can make a mess everywhere, so you want to make sure the bed is properly covered and protected. It is also a good idea to buy a zippered mattress cover to protect from bed bugs, lice, and other pests that can make their way into the bed.

Last Updated: December 04, 2014