Now matter how hard you try to stop them, your kids are going to grow up. Before you know it your adorable little toddler will be walking, talking, and eventually sleeping in their own ‘big kid’ bed. As your child transitions from a toddler to a rambunctious, independent kid, it is important that you find the right bed to support this important time. Once you start bed shopping, you will quickly find that there are many, many different options out there. From a low-lying interim toddler bed to an actual mattress and box spring that your child can grow into, this process can be overwhelming, to say the least. For parents who have a budget, it may not be realistic to buy several beds for different periods of your growing child’s life.
Because of all the different options out there, it may be a good idea to start the shopping process well before it is time for your child to graduate from a cot to a bed. Once you begin bed shopping, you will see that there is everything from toddler beds to single beds; innerspring mattresses to latex ones; novelty beds to bunk beds..and so much more. Below you will find a series of tips to help you figure out which bed will best support your child’s growing body, spine, and imagination. And remember first and foremost - not all beds are created equal, so you should be sure and take your time with this process to ensure you find the right bed for your child’s needs.
- Is buying a toddler bed worth the added expense? In most cases, the answer is no. While toddler beds seem to be quite popular these days, it is something they will quickly grow out of. A toddler bed can be a good option for kids who are transitioning to a ‘big’ bed, but there are plenty of options out there that will offer your toddler the support they need as they grow.
- Make sure the bed offers good spinal support. One of the most important features of any child’s bed should be how well it supports the spine and body overall. Look for a bed that will provide your child’s spine, neck, and head with support while they sleep. It should keep them in a neutral position while they sleep, which minimizes stress and will support the spine and allow it to grow safely.
- Focus on cleanliness. As we briefly mentioned above, having a clean and new bed is important to your child’s health. According to law, all new beds (for both children and adults) must be treated for dust mites and other little critters. Keep in mind that, just like with anything, dust mites and other unwelcome bugs may collect over time. This is why it is important that you are proactive and keep your child’s bed in tip-top shape. Here are a few ways to keep your child’s bed clean throughout the years:
○ Wash sheets and other bedding at least once per week
○ When changing the sheets, air out the bed for a couple of hours
○ Clean your child’s room on a regular basis (this includes both dusting and vacuuming)
- Replace the mattress on a regular basis. Also just like with adult beds, it is important that you replace your child’s mattress on a regular basis. While a good quality child’s mattress can last upwards of five years, it is recommended that you change the bed every three years when your child is between the ages of 0 and 10.
Be sure and check out our selection of children’s beds here and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about which style is best for your child’s needs.