The Best Mattresses for Kids

Looking for your child’s first mattress, or wanting to upgrade a mattress for an older child? Learn how to find the right balance of support, comfort, durability and value.

Excited child on a mattress

Shopping for a mattress for your kids can feel more overwhelming—and more important—than you might have thought. On one hand, you want to ensure your child has a mattress that affords them the best sleep possible, so they wake up rested, refreshed, and ready to learn and grow. On the other hand, kids are smaller and lighter than the average adult, so what kind of support, materials, and (let’s be frank) price is appropriate? Does your child even know if he or she is a back, side, or stomach sleeper? And how long is this mattress expected to last?

Factors to consider when buying a mattress for a child

In this guide, we’ll give a rundown of the top factors that will help you choose the most comfortable, durable mattress at the best value for your child.

MATTRESS SIZE

When buying a mattress for a growing child, size is an important factor. And since a high-quality mattress can last from 8-12 years, you want to feel you’re making a lasting choice. Twin, twin XL, or full-size mattresses are typically the best choices for children.

The age of the child you’re purchasing for plays the greatest role in this decision. If you’re buying a 2-year-old child her first post-crib bed, for example, a twin mattress might feel more appropriate than it would if you were buying it for a 13-year-old who might move it into her first post-collegiate apartment.

Twin, twin XL, or full-size mattresses are typically the best choices for children.

Parents usually choose a twin mattress for younger children, as they’re a great fit for smaller bodies and are undeniably the most affordable option. Most children will not outgrow a twin mattress until they are into their teen years. Twin XL mattresses add a few extra inches in length, and since it’s the reigning mattress size of college dorm beds everywhere, your child would already be familiar with the fit. Keep in mind, however, that twin XL mattresses need twin XL sheets—regular twin sheets will not fit this size mattress.

If space and budget allow, consider a full-size mattress. It can make cuddling in bed with your child even more comfortable, and although it’s more expensive, it may take your child all the way to adulthood. Additionally, if you’re shopping for a toddler’s first bed, and have a “convertible” crib that converts to a full-size headboard and footboard, purchasing a full-size mattress makes sense.

MATTRESS SUPPORT AND COMFORT

Child sleeping

Adults can get cranky when they don’t sleep well, and (as you’ve probably already noticed) so can kids. If your kid’s bed doesn’t feel comfortable, he or she won’t get the necessary, quality sleep―and the benefits of quality sleep are seen in better school performance, happier mood level, and a ton of other factors. It’s been proven in studies that sleep deprivation is directly related to decreased academic performance, even in children as young as 7 years old.

The benefits of quality sleep are seen in better school performance, happier mood level, and a ton of other factors.

Additionally, poor sleep can contribute to other negative outcomes, including hyperactivity, over-emotionality, tantrums, and clumsiness. Clearly, a good night’s sleep is as paramount for children as it is for adults.

In a mattress, comfort and support work together to provide that foundation for a good night’s sleep. A supportive mattress is one that properly aligns your spine while you sleep (especially important to ensure your child’s optimal health and growth), and a comfortable mattress is one with an overall firmness and feel that allows you to relax and feel good. We look for mattresses that check the box on both of these things.

As you look for the best mattress for your child, involve them in the process as well. Ask them, for example, if they like the way your bed feels, or about the feel in any other bed (at a grandparent’s, or a hotel) that they’ve slept in. Be sure that they use only one pillow so that their necks stay in alignment. And if your child already has a preferred sleeping position, let that guide you as well. For example, stomach sleepers will feel swallowed up in a softer mattress, while side sleepers may find a very firm mattress is uncomfortable on pressure points. If your child does experience uncomfortable pressure around their legs while sleeping, let him or her know that drawing the legs up next to them while they sleep can make it feel better. Remember that each child is different, and to explore those different needs.

ALLERGIES AND OFF-GASSING

Studies have shown that dust mites in mattresses can trigger allergy symptoms, so if your child has allergies, there are additional things you should look for in a mattress. A mattress made with natural products, such as natural latex, is a great place to start—it’s difficult for bacteria and mold to grow on these types of products, and they can get rid of dust mites naturally.

As for that “new mattress smell,” it’s a common concern for both adult and younger mattress buyers. The smell, a chemical off-gassing, comes from the volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, contained in some of the mattress components and can cause headaches. It’s an especially common component in memory foam, but you may also recognize it from freshly-painted rooms or brand-new cars.

If you or your child is sensitive to this smell, a mattress containing products that are CertiPUR-US certified is your best bet. These mattresses will still have a low level of off-gassing, but will typically release all their VOCs within a few days. For best results, open the mattress in a well-ventilated room and let it fully expand a day or two before letting your child sleep on it.

If you or your child is sensitive to this smell, a mattress containing products that are CertiPUR-US certified is your best bet.

PRICE

You may think to yourself, “Do I need to spend as much on a mattress for my child as I do for myself?” Our answer: much as you would with your own mattress, you’ll need to spend a little more for a higher-quality product with components that will stand the test of time. Does this mean you’ll be spending $500 or more for it? Not necessarily. We’ve provided reviews of mattresses that cover a range of price points. Luckily, a smaller size mattress costs less than one you might buy for yourself. And if you consider how important a good mattress is to your kid’s overall health, you’ll find it’s worth the investment.

The best mattresses for kids at a glance

Below we’ve highlighted our top mattress picks for kids. If you want to read more about a particular mattress brand, we’ve got you covered in the next section.

Every child is different, with his or her own needs, and each parent is considering different price brackets for the best mattress possible. So take a look at things like the materials, rating, reviews, and price to help you decide. The “best choice” is the one that makes sense for your family.

And remember—seeing (and feeling) is believing. That’s why we’re only reviewing mattresses here that have a trial period of at least 30 nights. And free returns, since hassles are a pain in the neck (and you probably already have enough of that).

BRAND NOTES TRIAL/ WARRANTY/ RETURN POLICY CUSTOMER RATINGS TWIN PRICE
Dreamfoam Ultimate Dreams EuroTop Latex – Latex/foam combo

Naturally hypoallergenic, dust-mite resistant and antimicrobial

– Zipper cover Eurotop makes latex layers interchangeable

-120-night risk-free trial

– Free returns

-10-year limited warranty

See reviews here $599

Financing options available

Bear Mattress – Graphite-gel foam with open-cell response foam and Celliant cover (known to aid in muscle recovery)

– Medium firm: 6/10

– 100-night risk-free trial

– Free shipping and hassle-free returns

– 10-year limited warranty

4.7/5 $545

Financing options available

The BKB (My Big Kid’s Bed) by nest bedding -The first kid’s mattress for the online market

– Foam combo

– Medium-soft: 4.5/10

– 100-night risk-free trial

– Free shipping and returns

Lifetime comfort guarantee

Lifetime warranty

4.8/5 $299

Financing options available

Linenspa 8” Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress – Hybrid: memory foam + spring coil

– Medium-firm feel

– 30-night risk-free trial

– Free shipping and returns

-10-year limited warranty

See reviews here $140 at linenspa.comCurrently $84 on Amazon (prime)

 

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Dreamfoam Ultimate Dreams EuroTop Latex

DreamFoam latex mattress

A few words from us   

  • Dreamfoam’s 100% biodegradable bamboo-fiber cover is breathable, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and durable…all desirable adjectives when describing a kid’s mattress.
  • The Eurotop layer is cloud-comfy, with a cotton-soft feel.
  • Dreamfoam will help you find out how soft or firm your child may like their mattress. After purchase, you will be contacted to customize the firmness level on your latex mattress by answering a few questions.
  • For high-end latex, $599 for a twin and $799 for a full is a great price—especially considering that you can continue to customize the firmness of the bed as your child grows.
  • Kid warning: This mattress isn’t built to be jumped on, or stood on (Dreamfoam calls it “weight concentration or abuse”). Also, getting the mattress wet could damage some of the construction materials, or cause them to compress—so invest in a waterproof mattress cover.

Word on the street

  • I did an extensive search online for memory foam, latex etc beds. I watched videos read reviews and I was most impressed with this bed because they ask questions to determine the right firmness for you and will also replace the top layer free of charge if it doesn’t work for you! It’s the perfect Goldilocks experience. It keeps cool at night and the bed is wonderful!” -Karen C.
  • “Spoke to gentleman at company who was very helpful in choosing the right latex density, plus it’s just nice to get decent customer service. Pillow top is heavenly, and zippered for easy removal/changing/cleaning of latex inside. Very hard for eight-year-old son to bounce on mattress, saving the antique bed it’s sitting on undue stress. One week in, love it for comfort, my son loves it for snuggling (but not jumping). A good buy.” -Fester

The 411

  • Dreamfoam Sizes for Kids:
    • Twin: $599
    • Twin XL: $649
    • Full: $799
  • Delivery: Ships free and should arrive at your door in 5-7 business days.
  • Setup: The Dreamfoam mattress comes compressed, rolled and boxed. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand. Once the mattress looks like it has fully taken shape, Dreamfoam recommends giving it another 5-6 hours to set up before sleeping on it.
  • Foundation: The mattress works with a basic wood foundation, a platform bed, or a bed with slats (not more than 3-4 inches between the slats). As long as you put the mattress on something that will create a solid base, you should have no issues. Dreamfoam offers a steel box foundation that goes on top of your standard metal frame, as well as a metal foundation that allows you to get rid of both the foundation and frame while giving you extra under-bed storage space.
  • Return policy: Dreamfoam offers a 120 day no-hassle free return policy, and will arrange for a local company to pick up the mattress from your home. Once the mattress is picked up, you will receive a full refund. The only stipulation: Dreamfoam asks that all customers sleep on the mattress for 30 days before starting the return process. If the mattress is purchased on Amazon, however, the return policy is 30 days.
  • Anything else?
    • California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island state law requires retailers to collect a small amount on every mattress or foundation sold, to support the state’s recycling programs. To learn more, visit byebyemattress.com.

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The Bear Mattress

Bear mattress

A few words from us   

  • The Bear mattress provides comfort, support, and is known to aid in muscle recovery—and since muscle pain can cause kids to lose valuable sleep, you really want your kid to have a bed that helps him or her feel good.
  • Celliant technology woven into the cover helps the body efficiently process the buildup of lactic acid that leads to aches and pains for active kids.
  • Bear is eco-friendly with little to no smell, thanks to  CertiPUR-US® certified foams, no chemical fire retardants, and a water-based bonding solution.

Word on the street

  • After months of back problems and insomnia, our athlete daughter is finally on her way to recovery with the help of the Bear. We tried out and researched several kinds of mattresses before pulling the trigger with Bear. From the very first night, she slept 10 hours straight, something she has not done in years! The advertising is not false and we are so thrilled with the results. We will be purchasing one for our son in the near future.” – Jim B.
  • We bought one for us and our two boys. Best mattresses we’ve bought!” -Alex C.
  • I initially purchased the Bear Mattress, because it was listed as the number 2 for best mattresses for athletes. I had previously owned a Tempur-pedic and I was happy with my purchase at first then the Tempur started giving me back problems. I was also not getting the rest I needed to recover. After purchasing this mattress and trying it for a few days I noticed I’d fall asleep faster!” -Aurora P.

The 411

  • Bear Sizes for Kids:
    • Twin: $545
    • Twin XL: $695
    • Full: $795
  • Delivery: Estimated delivery in 4-7 business days. Free shipping to the lower 48 states, but a charge for products shipped to Hawaii and Alaska. Canadian customers can visit www.bearmattress.ca.
  • Setup: The Bear mattress comes compressed and rolled in a box. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand.
  • Foundation: Bear offers a heavy-duty, easy-assembly BearFrame ($150 for twin; $185 for full) and a solid-wood slatted BearFoundation ($225 for twin or twin XL; $250 for full). You can also use your Bear on a platform bed, adjustable bed, bunkie board, or the floor.
  • Return policy: Bear Mattress asks that you try it for 30 nights before requesting a return and a full refund. Returns are accepted between 30 and 100 nights of owning the mattress. Bear will arrange to pick up your mattress, with no restocking or process fees. Mattresses are typically removed to a local charitable organization, rather than hauled away to a landfill.
  • Anything else?

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The BKB (My Big Kid’s Bed) by Nest Bedding

Big Kid Bed by Nest Bedding

A few words from us   

  • The BKB mattress is specially made for kids and young people up to 120 lbs and 15 years of age (not recommended for adults). As children grow older (and heavier), you’ll see more sinkage through the top layer.
  • The top layer of Energex foam delivers the best characteristics of latex and memory foam—great response, kid-friendly bounce, and cooling, while still delivering that cozy “hug” feel.
  • Its low-profile, 7” height means it works great atop a trundle bed as well.
  • While not a natural or organic mattress, it is made of healthier materials (like Certi-PUR US certified foams and a chemical-free fire barrier) for a nice balance of quality materials with an affordable price.
  • There is minimal off-gassing, but we still recommend opening the mattress at least a day before sleeping on it so that it has had a chance to air out.

Word on the street

  • Our daughter is 2.5 and loves her big kid bed! We often lay down beside her at night and end up falling asleep beside her because it is really comfortable.” -Lloyd R.
  • We bought this bed for our 3-year-old after deciding to skip to the to skip a toddler bed. Almost went with a cheaper option on Amazon but happy we didn’t. This one had no strong chemical-like smells. Firm enough for a little body but still really comfortable.” -Brittney D.
  • My son has ADHD and has always had trouble falling asleep as well as staying asleep. He always complained about his mattresses (too soft, too hard, too lumpy, etc…) but he LOVES his BKB! The first night he slept on it he fell right to sleep and slept an hour longer than usual! When he woke up he said it was the most comfortable bed he had ever slept on. As a mom, that just thrilled me! He has had it about 6 months now and is still sleeping better and longer, he still loves his BKB!” -Cindy F.

The 411

  • BKB Sizes for Kids:
    • Twin: $299
    • Twin XL: $399
    • Full: $499
  • Delivery: Mattress ships free within the US, and typically arrives within 7 days.
  • Setup: The BKB mattress comes compressed and rolled in a box. You will simply unbox the mattress, unroll it on your foundation, and wait for it to expand.
  • Foundation: This mattress works on a boxspring, bunkie board, platform, floor, or even on a bunk bed.
  • Return policy: The BKB Kids bed carries a 100-night comfort guarantee. Returns are for comfort issues only during the initial 100 nights trial period. Refund will be issued upon receipt of mattress donation or pickup by a local charity; if there is no donation center in your area, nest bedding will pick up the mattress at no expense to you, and refund you your original purchase price. Stains on the mattress will void the return privilege.
  • Anything else?

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Linenspa 8” Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

Linenspa mattress

A few words from us

  • Built for budget-conscious comfort-lovers, this is one of the most affordable mattresses in this category.
  • The Linenspa memory foam hybrid is designed to combine the “hug” of memory foam with the durable, responsive support of a traditional innerspring—all rolled in one easy-to-ship box.
  • If the medium-firm feel is a bit too firm, Linenspa makes a 2” memory foam mattress topper infused with cooling gel (only $40 for twin).
  • Linenspa foams are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they’re good for you and the environment.

Word on the street

  • Purchased for our four-year-old, and it’s perfect! So comfortable, and extremely affordable. Make sure you let it take time to fully expand before you lay on it. It’s probably the most comfortable bed in our house… and my husband and I have a $3000 Tempur-pedic.” Gabrielle Merl
  • Oldest toddler would not get out of our bed. It took almost 3 years and 4 different “highly rated” beds to finally end up with this mattress from linenspa. The best part is not that he’s out of our bed….but even better is that he sleeps through the whole night on this mattress. We ordered another one a few months ago as well which we use in our bedroom…I don’t know what other words in the English vocabulary to use to explain how thrilled I was when he slept by himself through the night but if you have kids, you know. Greatest.sleep.ever. since we found this bed.” -Sahar
  • “Totally worth the money, purchased for both of my kids, could not have found a better mattress for the price.” – Amazon customer

The 411

  • Linenspa Memory Foam Hybrid Sizes for Kids:
    • Twin: $139.99 ($84 on Amazon, with free Prime shipping)
    • Twin XL: $149.99 ($89 on Amazon, with free Prime shipping)
    • Full: $204.99 ($145 on Amazon, with free Prime shipping)
  • Delivery: When purchased from linenspa.com, orders typically arrives within 5-7 days. Amazon ships this item Prime within the contiguous 48 states. Others Amazon sellers may ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and US Territories.
  • Setup: The mattress comes compressed and rolled in a box. Once you open the box and remove the plastic casing, the mattress will begin to expand immediately. Though it may take up to 48 hours to expand fully, you can sleep on it immediately without damaging it.
  • Foundation: The Linenspa mattress just needs a sturdy surface, whether that’s a traditional box spring, slat or platform frame, metal grid, adjustable bed frame, or even the floor. Suitable for trundle and bunk beds.
  • Return policy: 30-night risk-free trial, with free returns. After 30 days, you may make a warranty claim if there is a defect in the product.

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Your kids deserve to get the best night’s sleep that their new mattress can provide. A good mattress that suits your kid’s needs gives them the best shot at a good night’s sleep possible—and gives you solid peace of mind.

If you have any questions about any of our picks or other mattresses, drop us a line. We’ll do our best to answer your questions.


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