Why it's important to get the right mattress for kids

Kids need heaps of sleep to feel well-rested. But with the wrong mattress, your kids can toss and turn when they should be fast asleep… Which means they often wake up on the wrong side of the bed!

So, for a healthy sleep pattern (and less cranky behaviour), it’s essential to choose the right mattress for kids. Here’s why a good mattress will make all the difference – and what you should look out for when it’s time to find one for your youngster.

Julian Bowen Cabin Bed Open Coil Sprung Mattress

To give your kids a better night’s sleep

According to the experts, kids aged from 3 to 12 need a whopping 10-12 hours of sleep. And it’s not just any old sleep, either. Kids need deep and uninterrupted sleep to feel well-rested and ready to tackle the day.

Otherwise, kids will struggle to focus on important tasks, like schoolwork. Plus, a bad night’s sleep can seriously affect memory and behaviour. Which means a lack of decent sleep makes for a difficult day – for both kids and parents alike!

So, to help your child enjoy a restful night’s sleep, you need to check their mattress is lump-free and super comfortable.

The luxury pocket sprung mattress (below) is made from breathable fabric that stretches with the movement of your child’s body. It means your little one is sure to have a cosy and comfy night’s sleep, night after night!

90 x 190cm Luxury Pocket Sprung Single Mattress

For cool and calm nights

Whether it’s a hot summer’s night or a particularly bad dream, your child can feel the heat at bedtime. And once kids feel overheated, it can become impossible to drift off properly.

That’s why you need to choose a mattress that’s crafted with breathable materials. With the Julian Bowen Elite pocket sprung mattress (below), you can keep kids cool during hot nights. As the soft quilted border has air vents, air can pass through the mattress and help regulate your child’s temperature.

Julian Bowen Elite 1000 Pocket Sprung Mattress

With a pocket sprung mattress, the open spring construction allows a steady flow of air to pass through the mattress. This means heat won’t get trapped in the mattress and leave your kids feeling too hot to sleep.

Support your kids while they grow

Kids do most of their growing whilst they’re asleep. So it’s essential they sleep on a supportive mattress that allows for any big growth spurts.

A pocket sprung mattress is great for supporting growing kids. The springs work to evenly distribute body weight and mould around your child while they sleep. So while your kiddo grows at night, their entire body gets the support it needs – no matter how tall they are!

As kids get older, a supportive mattress helps ease any growing pains. Plus, sleeping on a firm surface can help keep bones aligned while kids grow. So, our orthopedic pocket sprung mattress (below) ticks every box – comfortable yet firm, it’s ideal for those growth spurts.

1000 Pocket Sprung Orthopaedic Mattress 90 x 200cm

Protection against any accidents

Accidents happen. And if your child is just getting to grips with using the toilet, you might be prepared for a few nightly trips to the washing machine…

But with the right mattress, you needn’t worry about any stains or marks. The Kids Natural mattress by The Little Green Sheep (below) has a water-resistant cotton cover to protect the mattress from any lasting damage. Plus, the breathable fleece wool helps regulate your child’s temperature and disperses moisture to keep the mattress fresh.

Kids Natural Junior Mattress 90 x 190cm

And when you pair this mattress with a mattress protector, kids won’t need to hop in your bed after any accidents. You can simply whip off the protector, throw it in the wash, and your little one’s bed remains cosy and dry…

Organic Single Mattress Protector 90 x 190 cm

To promote excellent posture

A memory foam mattress can keep your child’s posture in tip-top condition. That’s because memory foam will shape around the entire body, taking any pressure off the back and shoulders, and helps keep the spine in a natural alignment.

And with the Panda London memory foam topper, you can support your child’s posture without buying an entirely new mattress. Simply add this topper to your child’s mattress, and they get all the support they need.

Super breathable and naturally hypoallergenic, kids will sink into bed feeling fresh, and wake up feeling well rested.

Panda London Bamboo Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Keep allergies or asthma at bay

If your child has allergies, asthma, or sensitive skin, it’s essential they sleep on the right mattress. Otherwise, they could stay up all night with a sniffly nose or itchy skin…

So, choose a hypoallergenic mattress that doesn’t trigger any sniffles. A hypoallergenic mattress is made with foam or latex, so any dust mites or bacteria are safely locked out. And that means you’re helping to keep your child’s allergies or asthma safely at bay – so no more uncomfortable nights’ sleep!

Pocket Sprung Foam Mattress 90 x 200cm

Shop kids’ mattresses at Cuckooland

Whether you’re after a foam or sprung mattress, we’ve got plenty of options for you to choose from. Discover our wide range of kids’ mattresses and toddler mattresses and you’ll find the right option for your little one.

With free delivery and fast dispatch times, your child can enjoy a healthy night’s sleep in no time! To talk about our mattresses, get in touch on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or send us an email.



With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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