01 Oct Memory Foam for Kids: Proper Age Ranges to Consider
Safety and comfort will both be important concepts as you choose mattresses for your children during their developmental years, and memory foam mattresses hold an interesting place in these discussions. While memory foam options are often ideal for adolescents and slightly younger children, they aren’t typically recommended for toddlers or very small kids — and the reasons why will actually help you learn quite a bit about how memory foam works.
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we offer a wide selection of memory foam mattresses for a variety of clients, plus assistance with any mattress purchase themes you’re wondering about. In this two-part blog series, we’ll start by moving up the age scale — explaining why memory foam isn’t typically ideal for very small children, but also digging into why it may be ideal for a slightly older child. In part two, we’ll go over some of the factors to evaluate when shopping for a new mattress for your child, plus some recommendations if you’ve decided to go the memory foam route.
Why Memory Foam Isn’t Recommended for Toddlers
Memory foam mattresses are perhaps most well-known for their naturally slow recovery, and hence their ability to let the body “sink” in while sleeping. For many people, this is the sort of relaxing, comfortable sleep the need on a nightly basis.
Toddlers and small children, however, have limited strength built up in their bodies compared to how much they weigh. This means that in many cases, they’ll sink too far in a memory foam mattress and get stuck in the space between their body and the mattress. Not only this, but smaller children may have to work much harder to shift around naturally during sleep — this causes sleep disturbances and can make them uncomfortable, restless sleepers.
Memory Foam for Older Children
Once children have progressed past toddler age and have increased their strength slightly, however, the above concerns mostly disappear. Even at age 5 or 6, or perhaps even earlier in some cases, your child will be strong enough to move around on a memory foam mattress easily and change positions as they please.
This means that during the developmental years of your child’s life, roughly between 5 to 10 years old, you’re more likely to be able to find success with memory foam mattresses for them — as long as you look into which option will best match your kids’ needs. This is what we’ll go over in part two of our series, so stick around!
For more on memory foam mattresses for kids, or to learn about any of our new mattresses for sale, speak to the staff at 2 Brothers Mattress today.