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Best Mattress For Kids & Children

These are the top rated beds to help your child get a better night's sleep.

Picking a bed for your children is easy and tough at the same time. You want to make sure they’re really happy and comfortable, but you’re also probably quite budget-conscious since your kid is definitely getting a new mattress in just a few years. This is our review of the best mattresses available online right now for small people, like your kiddos.
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Puffy is a really comfortable, accommodating mattress—but the best part (at least for parents) is that it has a removable and machine washable cover. Overall, Puffy is a soft foam bed that's affordable regardless of whether you get a twin size or full size mattress.
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See on AmazonCould be the most popular bed on Amazon. The Tuft & Needle Nod mattress has a neutral-foam feel that accommodates all sleeper types. If you're working with a limited budget for a mattress for your child, Nod is fantastic because it's comfortable, but is not necessarily soft or firm.
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Spindle is one of the most affordable natural latex mattresses on the market. It's available in multiple firmness zones, including soft, firm, and in the middle. What's sort of fun about Spindle is that you assembly the bed yourself. And since you'll likely be getting a twin or full size, that process shouldn't be too difficult—may actually be something fun to do with your child.

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Best Beds for Kids & Children: Overview

In this post, we’re going to break down all the little details that go into choosing the perfect bed for your kid. You want to make sure Jr. is comfortable all night long, but you don’t want to break the bank on a bed they’ll grow out of, so what’s a reasonable price for a child’s mattress? And with all these mattresses arriving in boxes and wrapped in plastic, what goes into making them? Are they safe, chemically speaking? And kids spill stuff. Can you toss the cover in the wash or will you have to spot clean?

There’s a lot to consider before making a mattress-sized purchase and we’re here to help you go through the list and check each box. We’ll discuss materials, feel, certifications, and anything else you can think of (plus a few things you probably haven’t thought of).

Here at the Slumber Yard, we’ve made beds our business, and therefore, we’ve tested literally dozens upon dozens of mattresses. Seriously, our office is like a mattress graveyard. Or something happier… like somewhere mattresses go to relax and make friends. And after testing the lot, we’ve put together a list of our current top picks for your kiddos.

Puffy

BEST FOR:

  • Kids that are prone to accidents and spills (easy to clean, machine washable cover)
  • Multiple sleeper types (back, stomach, combo)
  • Parents that want a comfy bed that's also very durable

Puffy is a great option for parents who want a bed that can be easily cleaned. Perhaps your child is in the process of going through potty training, or has accidents during the night. While most beds are not designed to sustain washing, Puffy is one of the few beds with a removable, machine washable cover.

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Puffy is unique in that it has a removable, machine washable cover

Puffy is a great choice for a variety of sleep styles. The mattress has a soft, neutral-foam feel that is comfortable for kids who sleep on their back, stomach, or switch between a combination of positions. It wouldn’t be our favorite bed if your son or daughter sleeps exclusively on their side, but if they rotate to their side here and there, Puffy will be just fine. This is a really nice mattress that gets a lot of things right. We think it will last many, many years for your kiddos. You can learn more about the bed on PuffyMattress.com.

Tuft & Needle Nod

BEST FOR:

  • All types of sleepers (back, stomach, side, combo)
  • Average and petite sleepers
  • Kiddos that want a soft, neutral-foam feel
  • Parents that want a good mattress from a big name brand at a fair price

Tuft & Needle Nod is the quintessential “good value” mattress. It’s only comprised of two layers of foam, but it’s a durable and comfortable mattress.

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Tuft & Needle Nod is one of the most popular beds on Amazon

Tuft & Needle will work well for all types of sleepers, although we think it’s a little better for back and stomach sleepers. And even though the mattress is made out of foam, it doesn’t have any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling since it does not use memory foam.

Overall, Tuft & Needle just feels like a soft slab of foam. It’s one of those beds that nearly everyone acknowledges as being comfortable and we think it’s a great choice for kids. this happens to be an Amazon-exclusive mattress, so if you want to learn more and check prices you should visit Amazon.com.

Spindle

BEST FOR:

  • People with allergies (it’s hypo-allergenic and has an organic cotton cover)
  • All types of sleepers (comes in multiple firmness options)
  • Families that want a latex mattress that won't break the bank
  • Those looking for a durable mattress

Spindle is a 100% all-natural latex bed, so it makes sense that it feels like a traditional latex bed. The bed is hypo-allergenic, and comes with an organic cotton topper, so it’s great for people with allergies and asthma.

This bed is one of the most affordable latex options out there—but know that the bed arrives in several boxes, and you will need to put it together yourself, as you can see in the video below.

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A look at the Dunlop latex foam inside Spindle

The Spindle mattress is available in multiple firmness levels. You can choose between Soft, Medium, Firm, and Extra Firm, although chances are you’ll be selecting the Medium option since that’s able to accommodate all types of sleepers.

The bottom line with Spindle is that most families will end up passing on it due to the “assembly needed” feature, but if you know that you want a latex bed for you kids, it’s very likely the best value out there.

Review Team

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Louis Côté

Side Sleeper

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Jack Reynoso

Combo Sleeper

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Wesley Ott

Combo Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

How We Created This List

We have reviewed many, many mattresses—way more than a baker’s dozen. So many beds. We have a system for conducting our mattress reviews to make sure we cover all the categories for each bed we try. We consider everything from firmness and feel to motion transfer and support.

Our methods may not be technically scientific, but they are practical and intended to reflect how the average, non-sleep-scientist consumer will experience the mattress in question. We always consider how each variously-sized member of our Slumber Yard team feels about the bed and make sure to include disclaimers about how your experience may differ based on your body type, sleeper type, and just plain ole’ personal preferences.

For this list, specifically, we thought critically about what’s important for a child’s bed and how the requirements differ from what you’d look for in a mattress for adults.

What’s Important When Looking For The Best Mattress For Kids

We’ve given you our list of top contenders and a bit about why each one made the list, but we thought we’d also give you some tools to narrow down the options or maybe figure out if something else you’re considering will work for your kids. Below, we’ve broken down the categories that we consider when deciding whether a certain mattress is the right mattress.

Price

Like most of things you buy for your children, their mattress shouldn’t be as expensive as yours. They’re kids and they’re still growing and just like their shoes, their mattress may not be the right fit for their body once they’ve hit a growth spurt or puberty. With that in mind, we wouldn’t recommend spending more than $500-$700 after discount. Be sure to check out our Mattress Deals page for coupons and discounts.

You can find a lot of great options that come in below that $500-$700 budget. And if your kiddo is still learning their multiplication tables, “below” is probably where you should be looking. The higher end of the price range is more reasonable if you’re thinking they’ll be able to use this bed right up until it’s time for them to sleep on a plastic-covered college dorm mattress for the next 4 (let’s be real—5.5) years.

Size Of The Mattress — Mostly Likely Twin Size

Not all mattress companies produce a full range of sizes, so before you get your heart set on a certain brand, make sure they actually sell twin, twin XL, or full size mattresses. Because what kid needs to sleep on a queen or bigger? But also because bed frames made for kids’ bedrooms are going to be one of those three sizes. That includes bunk beds and trundles.

Support & Thickness

On average, an 8″ mattress will probably be just fine, but if your kid is heavier, you’ll want something with a little more support. In that case, look for a bed that’s at least 10″ thick. The extra few inches of mattress will not only provide some additional support, but also help it last a bit longer.

Comfort

Of course, you want the mattress to be comfortable. For a child, that means you’ll need something a little softer. A firm bed is intended for people who need back support, for example, but for a kid, even if they’re a bigger kid, anything that’s “firm” is going to feel like a sidewalk. And, I mean, I know a lot of kids who can sleep anywhere, including a sidewalk, but that’s not what we’re going for with their bed.

That being said, not all mattress companies use the same language and not all of them clearly label a bed as “soft” or “firm.” In that case, you’ll want to look for the ILD (indentation load deflection). Here’s a breakdown of what those numbers mean:

Soft — less than 25 lb ILD
Medium — 25 to 30 lb ILD
Firm — over 30 lb ILD

So, generally speaking, you’ll want to aim for something around 27 lb ILD or less. Higher than that is merging into medium-firm territory.

Materials

With mattresses that you purchase online, there are basically two options in terms of what is used to construct the mattress—an all-foam bed or a hybrid/spring bed that uses both foam and coils. For a child, you probably don’t need coils. They aren’t heavy enough to need that much support or resistance, so you’ll want to look more at all-foam constructions. That means memory foam, which typically has a denser feel that softens over time and cradles your body, and latex foam, which has a more sponge-like feeling, and is bouncier and airier. Memory foam mattresses also tend to sleep a little warmer, while latex mattresses generally allows more airflow. So if your kid is a sweaty sleeper, you may want to look for a mattress with more latex foam. There are also poly and proprietary foam beds, which vary in feel by company, and are usually more affordable.

Now, we said a kid probably doesn’t need coils, but a spring bed might be right for you(r child) if the plan is to keep it for many, many years. Innersprings and pocketed coils are more durable over the long haul. So, if you have an 8th grader and this is the last time you’re buying them a bed (and whatever you get now is what they’ll be sleeping on when they’re home for the holidays at age 27) you might want to look into coil hybrid options.

Certifications

In the mattress world, there are certain certifications that proclaim a product to be especially eco-friendly or all natural, etc.. When it comes to memory foam, specifically, you should look for GreenGaurd GOLD or CertiPUR-US certified beds. These certifications, among other things, ensure that the mattress will have little to no off-gassing. Off-gassing is that chemical-y smell that comes with a lot of padded furniture and especially mattresses. It usually sticks around for at least a day, sometimes much longer, and it can make kids sick. That’s not what you want from your mattress, nor what you want for your kid. In any case, it’s a good idea to let the mattress sit without putting sheets on it for several days to off-gas.

Weight Of The Mattress

Most bed-in-a-box mattresses are a perfectly manageable weight (although there are a few exceptions, like Purple.2/3/4, which actually comes with people to set it up so you don’t throw out your back) and besides, you won’t be moving it around too much, anyway. But in the battle of getting your kids to make their bed, it helps if their mattress isn’t overly heavy.

Cover

Kids spill and have accidents, so of course, a machine washable cover is ideal. Unfortunately, there are only a couple mattresses that have removable, machine washable covers (Yogabed and Novosbed are two that come to mind right away). Others will require you to spot clean. And while that’s doable, it’s not all that convenient and even the best spot clean job doesn’t provide the same level of cleanliness confidence as a cycle through the washing machine.

As a work around, though, we suggest that you look into a machine washable mattress protector to go with the bed. That way, you can just pull it off and toss it in the wash when needed. You can find them all over the internet or in most stores that sell bedding products.

SEE ALSO: Shop Popular Mattress Protectors on Amazon

Foundation

Most mattresses are super versatile in terms of compatible foundations or bed frames. The majority of mattresses can be put directly on the floor, on a box spring, a foundation, or a slatted bed frame. But rather than assume it’ll be fine and then being disappointed and having to exchange the mattress or get a new frame, you should always make sure to look at the FAQ section of the company’s website for more details.

SEE ALSO: Shop Popular Bed Frames On Amazon

Returns & Trial Periods

It’s standard for the online mattress shopping industry to include free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns within that trial period, and a 10-year warranty should you keep the mattress. And because all of that is standard, you shouldn’t settle for anything less. In fact, some companies will give you even longer trial periods (we’ve seen up to a whole year) and much longer warranties (we’ve seen up to forever).

That trial period is important when buying a mattress online because you don’t get to go take it for a test snooze at your neighborhood mattress store. But with that trial period, you can rest easy knowing that if it’s not right, you can have it picked up for no charge and receive a full refund.

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