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Is it Safe to Have Our Children Sleep on Memory Foam Mattresses?

Updated on February 7, 2012

Are you someone who knows that a good night's sleep is imperative good functioning? Are you convinced of the importance of resting well? If so, it is time for you to consider how well a foam bed or a foam mattress might work for your kid's bed! When it comes to kids' beds, a foam topper or a foam mattress might be something that you consider, but is it a really good idea? There are many different things that you need to consider, and if you are a parent who is looking into selecting a modern mattress for your child, there are a few things that you need to know.

In the first place, the question that you need to ask is how old your child is. In most cases, a child who is over the age of five is going to be just fine on a memory foam mattress. If a child is younger, you may need to worry about them not being able to flip over. For instance, a very young child might flip his face into the mattress and the softness of the mattress will make them unable to flip over on their side or their back again. Similarly, this situation is one where a child might end up breathing in their own carbon dioxide, which is known to be a contributing factor to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

A foam mattress should be something that you consider seriously for your child. A child who wakes up several times a night due to tossing and turning is a child who is not getting all the sleep that he needs, and you will find that a foam mattress, which will cradle your child's body can restrain too much thrashing. This can be a good way to get your child more sleep and it can contribute to a better ability to concentrate during the day.

Also keep in mind, however, that if you have a memory foam mattress that is too light, it can contribute towards slouching problems. In fairly young children, it can even hurt or slow down your child's spinal development. When you are worried about your child's development, you will find that you should consult with your child's doctor before picking up a foam mattress. Similarly, make sure that you take your child to the mattress outlet and ask them whether they like the idea of the mattress. Memory foam is not for everyone, so see how your child feels about it.

While you might be a little concerned about off gassing, you can always write to ask to the mattress manufacturers and ask them what chemicals they use to treat their mattresses. In many cases, you will find that simply airing out your mattresses for 12-hour period after you unwrap them can get rid of any fumes that are detectable completely. Also remember that memory foam mattresses are going to be more stain resistant, which makes them a better candidate for children's mattresses as well.

Take some time to consider how well your child might benefit from a memory foam topper; there are many options available to you here!

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      HomeInsights 7 years ago

      I concur what you have said SuperiorInteriors. There are quite a lot of knock-off memory foam products these days and like most knock-off products they come with greater risks and hazards for buyers. That's why I believe it is always best to go with an established brand or at least a brand that is trying to be established as they have a reputation to uphold.

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      SuperiorInteriors 7 years ago from San Diego, California

      This is true. Typically, memory foam mattresses have chemicals that are potentially hazardous, but a lot of this stems from poor product regulation and health practices (i.e., "off brand" products, especially from China and other countries that don't have especially strict standards). Make sure that any memory foam mattress you look at conforms to U.S.A. regulatory standards for safe chemical use. Even then, though - use your own discretion and do not invest in a product if you don't trust it yourself!

      Thanks for the insight, pavionjsl! :)

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      pavionjsl 7 years ago

      Memory foam is made of 58 chemicals that also can be very toxic to anyone but especially children as far as odors coming off the mattress. Chemical sensitivity's are a big issue with this kind of mattress even causing rashes to some people who come in contact with this kind of foam.