Memory Foam Mattresses for Children

Is a memory foam bed right for your child? That depends; although memory foam is very comfortable and supportive for adults, for very small children it can actually be dangerous. That's because the sleeping surface may not be firm enough, and young children can suffocate.

There's also some question as to whether or not memory foam is supportive enough of very young children's spines. Although adults have finished growing and memory foam provides the perfect amount of support for pressure points so that they can get comfortable sleep, for kids' beds, memory foam may not be the best choice. Again, that's especially true for very young children, especially babies, for whom suffocation may be a real danger.

A better bet for children, at least until they are in their late teens and have finished growing, is to simply use a foam topper on a regular inner spring mattress for the proper support but with the comfort of a memory foam mattress nonetheless. This provides the best of both worlds. It provides some of the comfort of memory foam, without worrying about possible posture or skeletal problems that may result from having young children sleep on a memory foam bed.

The other issue with memory foam and young children especially is the chemical smell or exposure that can happen with memory foam. Memory from is completely safe as long as you let it "air out" and fully expand for about 48 hours before you use it, but young children can be especially sensitive to any smells, even if there's really no chemical residue or danger. For that reason, again, a memory foam topper is usually a better bet for children, rather than a full memory foam mattress.

Finally, another advantage to a memory foam topper as opposed to a full memory foam mattress for young children especially is that because memory foam toppers are very inexpensive, they can be replaced easily should they become soiled. Young children, for example, can have a problem with bedwetting, and it's not necessarily smart to buy a very expensive $2000 memory foam mattress for a young child who won't be able to use it for long because it's been soiled beyond cleaning. Memory foam toppers, by contrast, can easily be replaced if they become soiled.

The bottom line? For very young children, up to about two years of age, don't use memory foam at all. It's too "formfitting," and could cause problems with suffocation. For children beyond the age of two, it's okay to use a thin memory foam topper on regular mattress if need be for comfort, but don't bother if the child has no problem with his or her ordinary mattress. That's especially worth consideration, given that very young children usually have a problem with bedwetting at least occasionally. Older children beyond this stage can certainly benefit from a memory foam topper if they find it comfortable to sleep on as compared to a regular mattress used by itself.

Finally, for children beginning about the older teen years (after growing has completely finished), a memory foam kids bed may be a very good option, but keep in mind that these mattresses are very expensive when of good quality, and usually cost about $2000. Because of that, you may want to consider simply using memory foam toppers throughout your child's growing years it's up to you.

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blong72 6 years ago

nice looking hub. Memory foam mattresses are great I have one myself. Im sure kids love them too.

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bizijebator 6 years ago from slovenia

i bought memory foam for my kid 3 months ago, and he says that now he sleeps much better than before, he just loves it

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SuperiorInteriors 6 years ago from San Diego, California Author

bizi -

Yeah, that's what I've been telling all my friends! Older kids do very well on memory foam mattresses. My niece sleeps on one and she thinks it's great! She sleeps a lot more soundly in it than she did in her old spring mattress. She also lives in the mid-West, so the memory foam temperature is probably not a concern at all for her! Be sure to check out my hubs on overheating memory foam mattresses. Bye! :)

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breathe2travel 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

I just started the process of replacing our children's mattresses. I was considering the foam topper. This hub is a good resource. :)

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SuperiorInteriors 6 years ago from San Diego, California Author

breathe2travel - I'm glad you found it useful! Thanks for reading.

Creating Comfort 6 years ago

A good thought provoking read, we bought got one for our early teen daughter and she loves it!

Angela 6 years ago

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Brian Anderson 6 years ago from United States

Good info.. The conforming nature of foam can be a hazard to infants and toddlers.. My eight year old loves her memory foam mattress.. Thanks for the hub..

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SuperiorInteriors 5 years ago from San Diego, California Author

Brian - yes it can be a hazard for very young children, and I do not condone the use of memory foam for any very young infants or toddlers, especially if they are stomach sleepers! Memory foam can suffocate them. However, for older kids (as a general rule, ages 3+), a memory foam can be a great investment. The most important thing to keep in mind is that every child is different and will have different needs, so talk to your child first, and your child's doctor if you can, and see if a memory foam mattress or topper is right for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Healthy Child 5 years ago

Great info about babies and toddlers needing a firm flat surface. But unfortunately memory foam mattresses do have chemical off-gassing that can be toxic to children. Here are articles about toxic off-gassing from mattresses:

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SuperiorInteriors 5 years ago from San Diego, California Author

Healthy Child -

You are absolutely right, off-gassing is an important issue when it comes to mattresses for kids. If a parent chooses to get their child a memory foam mattress, they should make sure that the bed is left alone (unpackaged and in an open space) for a day to let off gasses prior to using it as a sleeping surface. Additionally, ALWAYS KNOW WHERE YOUR MATTRESS COMES FROM! Certain overseas memory foam manufacturers, under looser health regulations, get away with using more (and sometimes, more dangerous) chemicals in their beds. Buy a bed from someone you trust, and preferably, from manufacturers in countries with stricter standards and regulations regarding chemical off-gassing of products.

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MyFavoriteBedding 5 years ago from United States

I think buying the right mattress from the beginning is the way to go so you won't need any bed toppers. Even children need a good mattress. A mattress is something that you cannot go cheap on

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jamterrell 5 years ago

Great hub and nice information.Thanks.

patty 5 years ago

NEED AN ANSWER-YES OR NO. I have a 7 month old grandson I watch 2 to 3 times a week. When he naps I have a pack-n-play that he naps in. I wanted to put on top of the padding that's already there a 6" form pad that was from a lounge chair fitted to the size of the pack-n-play. In order to do this I have to cut and spray glue length and width to the right size. My reason for wanting to do this is so it will be easy for me to bend over and reach down to pick him up, till he's able to set up and stand on his own. I'm not 30yrs old, and this isn't always easy for me to do, and also I thought it would be more comfortable for him. Do you think this is dangerous for a 7 mons old baby? I also have plan to cover the form w/ a cotton cover then with a matress pad,and then w/a crib sheet.

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