Every child needs a good night’s sleep, and you can increase the odds of that happening with just the right bed for your child. Choosing the right bed starts by taking a variety of factors into account, such as the size, support, comfort level and design. These tips from The RoomPlace can help.
Bed Sizes for Children
While a baby crib is still the choice for infants, cribs are much more advanced than they used to be. Convertible cribs can convert from a baby crib to a toddler bed, and from a toddler bed to a day and full-size bed that lasts for years. Going for this option covers all bases, although it’s not the only option available.
Toddler beds can provide a smooth transition from the crib to a big-kid bed. Your child still feels safe and secure with the familiar bead boards at the foot and head of the bed, along with optional rails on the side.
The next step is the twin-sized bed, which features a mattress that’s longer and wider than those found in cribs or beds for toddlers. A twin XL is even longer, giving your child extra space for those anticipated teenage growth spurts.
While most children grow out of a crib and into a big bed between the ages of 2 and 3, you want to make sure your child still feels secure with the option you choose. Some may prefer the smaller size and safe feeling of a toddler bed, while others may be fine going right to a twin bed or larger.
Support and Comfort
Support and comfort are both integral for any size bed for your child. The first ensures a child’s growing and changing body is always supported, while the latter is a must for that good night’s sleep. The most important thing to look for is a mattress that maintains its shape so it can provide that all-important support a child needs.
Crib and toddler mattresses are typically made of durable, supportive foam. Look for child safety and comfort features that can include welded seams, hypoallergenic covers, and water, stain and odor-resistance.
Adult-sized mattresses, such as twin mattresses, may have a foundation of foam or springs. Additional features can increase the comfort levels, such as pillow tops, moisture-wicking materials and ventilated foam interiors.
Once you have a good idea of the size and support and comfort level you’re looking for, it’s time to focus on the design. Looks matter, but so do the materials used. Stick with high-quality wood or other durable material that can withstand years of use with no issues.
Then look at the amount of space you have, the type of style you that aligns with the room décor, and useful features. Platform storage beds come with built-in drawers to use as storage areas beneath them. Some even include a bookcase in the bed’s headboard.
Other headboard and footboard options range from stunning to minimalistic, with the choice depending on the type of look that goes best with the room. Full bedroom sets are another option, one that lets you create the entire look you want with an ensemble of matching pieces.
The transition from a baby crib to a bed for toddlers or larger is a big move, and these tips can help ensure you get it right. Browse the kids and baby selection at The RoomPlace to find your perfect pick today.