When the time comes for you to buy a children's bed, there are
various things that you should be bearing in mind.

Although you might be overwhelmed by the number of children's beds
on the market, the main thing to remember is that it needs to offer
the right level of support.

A spokesperson from the Sleep Council highlighted that although
there are products specifically aimed at children, they are
"usually more to do with the size or style than specific mattresses

No matter which bed and mattress you decide to go for, the general
rule is that it should be both supportive and comfortable.

"Obviously a child's weight means they don't need so-called
'orthopaedic' mattresses and should not need a firm option," she

There are no real advantages of open coil or pocket sprung
mattresses for youngsters, the expert noted, so it is probably a
good idea to try out the different types to see which is

For especially young children or babies, experts tend to advise
against the use of memory foam mattresses.

Once you've selected the ideal bed, the next thing to think about
is which bedding to buy.

Again, there are so many different types and materials out there
that it can often be overwhelming, so the trick is to narrow them
down to the most suitable.

If your child suffers from allergies, then this must be given
consideration before making a bedding purchase.

"There are plenty of specialist products designed to make life
more comfortable for children with asthma, eczema, dust mite or
other allergies," the Sleep Council spokeswoman pointed out.

As with adults, children's skin will need to breathe throughout
the night to avoid them becoming over-heated, which can make it
very difficult to sleep.

Natural fabrics are therefore the better choice, so look for
cotton sheets the next time you hit the high street.

Posted by Michael Ewing