What Type of Bed is Best for My Child?

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and fun is what you make of it. This truth is no more evident than in the lives of children.

In today’s market there are many types ofchildren beddesigns. Some include bunk beds, novelty beds, high sleeper bunk beds, trundle beds , storage beds and beds with underbed storage. The design of bed maybe the priority for your child but the mattress is the most important part. This is easy to over look since we often just assume they are adaptable and have fewer needs than adults in this regard. But considering the amount of time a child spends on theirmattress, it’s an important factor in creating the prefect sleep environment.

Support– As with adult beds, the appropriate level of support is essential. Medium firm is most likely the best but ensure there is an adequate comfort level with welcoming surface to ensure a warm embrace for your child. Whereas a surface that is too firm will not conform as well to the body shape of the lighter weight of a child who will find they sleep on top of rather than in the bed.Size – Just as important, children too can move up to 35 to 60 times each night. Adequate room to do so is essential.

Cleanliness– It can be tempting to use amattresspreviously used by adults or another child. Wear and tear and the accumulation of dust mites and other potentially harmful microorganisms make this a bad idea. They can fail to provide the support and comfort for your active, growing child’s needs.

Your Child's Pillow

There are many designs, height and density factors that come into play with what pillow is right for your child. A child’spillowshould be small enough to accommodate most young physiques. Keeping the neck supported, the head cradled and aligned to the spine’s natural curvature is of paramount importance.A child’spillowshould contain anti-bacterial properties to inhibit dust mites and other foreign matter. Feather or down pillows will attract dust mites. Also feathers will move around with apillowand offer little or no support to the neck. Anti allergenic pillows are recommended at an early age to prevent the development of allergies.

What the experts say:

“A child should sleep without a pillow when they are under 3, particularly under 2 years.Kids that small can easily suffocate while using one.”Judith OwensPaediatric Sleep Expert"

In Short: Kids have very unique tastes, and different styles will resonate strongly with different children, choosing their bed carefully is actually quite important

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