Are you really saving money if your toddlers are putting up with what you saved?

Are you really saving money if your toddlers are putting up with what you saved?

 

When it comes to time your toddlers graduate from a cot, you are out hunting for a proper mattress. Over the years, I have met thousands of parents who have common concerns and things they will say.

  • “Oh it’s for a 3 year old, I don’t want to spend too much.”
  • “He is just a little one, he won’t feel the difference.”
  • “Oh anything is going to be better than what she sleeps on, it’s just a bed.”

While I understand the reasons behind all these points above, I will be sharing couple important thinking points when it comes down to buying a mattress for them. I will be also sharing how to get the best value out of the limited budget.

 

What type of mattress should he/she sleeps on?

 

All beds are not created equally. As most things in life, you get what you pay for. When it comes down to buying a mattress for your toddlers, you have consider their age and weight. The transition from a cot to a proper mattress should happen between 18 months to 36 months, after which he/she should sleep on a proper mattress.

 

Support > Comfort

Just like getting a mattress for yourself, support and comfort should be heavily considered. For toddlers, it is crucial to sleep on something that is supportive.Innerspring mattress often offer more support than just foam mattress. According to researches, innerspring mattresses are better for kids than just foam or latex mattress as foam simply does not have the same supportive properties as a sprung bed. Latex has a tendency of shaping to your body over time. Full memory foam mattresses are also not recommended for children due to the fact that their body is constantly changing and supportiveness is definitely your number one priority in the new mattress. Bunk beds are usually not recommended as injuries from falling are fairly common particularly the ones like jumping on the bed.

If you have a tight budget, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean you can’t afford a supportive mattress for your child. It means you need to pay a bit more attention on what your hard-earn money is going. A lot of mattress companies will put a bigger price tag on a thick plushy looking mattress. While the plush, comfort and cloud-like feeling are not the first priority for your child, you should be heavily looking at the support layer of the mattress.

If you have a bit more budget, you could consider getting something with a bit more comfort layer. When shopping a mattress for toddlers, the support layer of the mattress should always be your focus point.

A good supportive mattress for toddlers is not a WANT. Its a NEED and it doesn’t have to break bank accounts.

I frequently encounter parents who own a $4000 bed whereas their toddlers sleep on a thin foam mattress. One very important message that I have been trying to deliver is that a toddler bed doesn’t have to be an unnecessary extra expense. It doesn’t have to cost thousands and it is imperative to make sure they sleep on a supportive surface. Between 18 to 36 months, a child’s spine is rapidly developing and growing particularly in night time. A growing spine is very flexible and can adapt to stress in daily life such as falls, this flexibility makes the growing spine more susceptible to more permanent issues when placed under a certain load over long periods of time, such as 10-12 hours of sleep per night.

Studies have shown that the supportiveness/spinal support and durability between a $4000 mattress and $1000 mattress are not that different. In fact, there is no correlation between the price of the mattress and the supportiveness/durability of the mattress between that price range. It comes down to how us the consumer to differentiate what’s best for ourselves and our family.

Budget is really too tight

For parents who can’t afford a good quality innerspring mattress, a second-hand innerspring mattress no more than 2 years old is a good area to look at. Or alternatively, look for smaller manufacturers that sells similar construction mattress and have a good reputation of their quality and warranty after-sale service. They are usually a lot more affordable comparing to bigger name manufacturer. For parents who are having more than one child, you can allow a bit more budget on a good quality innerspring mattress and pass it down. A good quality innerspring mattress will do more than just fine serving 3 toddlers with each of them spending 2-3 years on it.

 

So hopefully above information will be useful for the parents struggling what to look for in the market out there. It’s good to save your hard-earned dollar however when saving the dollars means compensating your toddler’s well-being. That is not what you want. Is it?

 

R&B Bedding

Bowie


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