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Best Mattress for Kids

Parents want the best for their children, and that extends to sleep. Depending on their age group, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) typically recommends children get between 8 and 14 hours of sleep. But getting that quality sleep isn’t always easy, especially if the child’s mattress isn’t ideal for them.

Luckily, some mattress models are well suited to children and can help them rest comfortably and awake feeling refreshed. Also, since there are many budget-friendly options on the market, parents won’t need to break the bank to find a suitable, quality mattress for their child.

We’ll share our top picks for the best mattresses for kids. We’ll detail their pricing, construction, and firmness, and give you some tips on what to look for as you shop.

Please remember that infants have different safety requirements, so the models in this list are not recommended for this age group. Check out AAP’s safe sleep recommendations if you’re in the market for a sleep surface for an infant.

Our Top Picks

Little Luuf – Best for Younger Kids
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price (Twin): $599
Nectar Mattress – Best Memory Foam
  • Mattress Type: All-Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price (Twin): $499
Tuft & Needle Original – Best Mixed Foam
  • Mattress Type: All-Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price (Twin): $350
Saatva– Best Innerspring
  • Mattress Type: Innerspring
  • Firmness Level: Soft (3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)
  • Price (Twin): $799
Avocado Green Mattress – Best Natural/Organic
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)
  • Price (Twin): $899 - $1,199
Nest Big Kids Bed – Best for Bunk Beds
  • Mattress Type: All-Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price (Twin): $299

Little Luuf – Best for Younger Kids

Price (Twin): $599

Height: 8"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement:  4/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

little luuf mattress

Highlights:

  • Crafted for lighter bodies
  • Breathable design
  • Sturdy edges

Ideal For:

  • Children who tend to sleep hot
  • Kids who like a bed with more bounce
  • Those who tend to sit or sleep on the edge of the bed

The Little LuuF is a hybrid model specially engineered for children, making it a solid option for younger kids.

The coil system in the bed’s core is designed to support lighter bodies while adjusting to their shape. It is made up of pocketed coils, which give the bed some bounce while allowing ample cooling airflow. Since each coil is pocketed, minimal vibrations transfer across the support core. A comfort layer of foam provides additional contouring and redistributes the child’s body weight to limit pressure points.

The Little LuuF has a medium firm feel, coming in around 6 on the 10-point firmness scale. This makes it slightly softer than a crib mattress. When the child grows, the bed will feel softer to them, adding to the conforming and pressure relief.

The Little LuuF measures 8 inches thick, so it should fit most bunk beds. It uses CertiPUR-US certified foams, which means they’re free from certain substances that parents may prefer to avoid, like formaldehyde, lead, and mercury. The Little LuuF also holds OEKO-TEX certification, so it has been tested for other potentially harmful substances. Natural fire barriers further limit the chemicals in the bed.

The Little LuuF Mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial to decide if it’s right for your child. A 10-year limited warranty protects against qualifying defects, like indentations over 1.5 inches deep.


Nectar Mattress – Best Memory Foam

Price (Twin): $499

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief:  4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

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Highlights:

  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime limited warranty
  • Pressure-relieving hug

Ideal For:

  • Rapidly growing children
  • Combination sleepers
  • Children comforted by a bed with hug

The Nectar Mattress isn’t specifically designed for children, but its strong pressure relief and notable hug work well with most weight groups and sleeping positions, allowing it to accommodate children’s changing needs as they grow.

This all-foam model starts out with a cover that has 1 inch of memory foam quilted in for gentle cushioning. A second, 3-inch layer of memory foam gives the bed its distinctive pressure-relieving hug. The memory foam in both the cover and comfort layer is also infused with gel to help redistribute the sleeper’s body heat and aid in temperature regulation. A 1.75-inch transition layer of high-density memory foam adds to the hugging sensation while limiting sinkage. The core consists of 5.25 inches of high-density polyfoam for even support.

Its all-foam construction and generous use of memory foam help the Nectar excel in terms of motion isolation and pressure relief. However, the memory foam may also retain some heat despite its gel infusions, so it may not be ideal for some children who tend to sleep hot.

On the 10-point firmness scale, the Nectar rates at a 6. This medium firm feel is fairly middle-of-the-road, allowing it to accommodate a variety of different sleepers. Side sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds may experience some pressure buildup around their hips and shoulders, but this should become less noticeable as they grow.

The Nectar Mattress contains CertiPUR-US certified foams, which means it is formulated without the use of certain harsh chemicals found in some mattress models.

Nectar has some of the most generous return and warranty policies available. Customers can try their mattress for up to 365 nights before deciding if they’ll keep it. The bed is then backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Read Our Full Nectar Mattress Review


Tuft & Needle Original – Best Mixed Foam

Price (Twin): $350

Height: 10"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation:4/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

T&N Original Mattress

Highlights:

  • Graphite and gel infusions to cool the bed
  • More responsive than some all-foam models
  • Competitively priced

Ideal For:

  • Families on a budget
  • Combination sleepers
  • Kids who tend to sleep hot

The Tuft & Needle is an all-foam model crafted for sleepers from different weight groups and with different position preferences. This versatility can also make it a good option for growing children with changing needs and position preferences.

Two distinct layers make up the mattress. The comfort layer consists of 3 inches of T&N Adaptive Foam, a proprietary polyfoam that is engineered for durability, breathability, and support. Its open-cell structure combined with infusions of gel and graphite help cool the sleep surface. A 7-inch polyfoam core adds support and durability. The bed is encased in a soft cover that allows airflow to further regulate the temperature.

The Tuft & Needle’s unique construction earns it high marks for pressure relief, motion isolation, ease of movement, and temperature regulation. Because it is constructed entirely of foam, however, children may experience some sinkage when they sit or sleep near the edge of the bed.

With its medium firm (6) feel, the Tuft & Needle is a good fit for children under 230 pounds and should continue to be comfortable as they grow. While the vast majority of sleepers should get the support they need, the midsections of some back and stomach sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds may sink in more than ideal for proper spinal alignment.

The Tuft & Needle Mattress holds CertiPUR-US certification, GREENGUARD Gold certification, as well as several other certifications and approvals.

This model comes with a 10-year limited warranty and a 100-night sleep trial.

Read Our Full Tuft & Needle Original Mattress Review


Saatva – Best Innerspring

Price (Twin): $799

Height: 11.5" or 14.5"

Firmness: Soft (3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5  (Soft), 2/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Edge Support: 3/5 (Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 5/5

Saatva Mattress

Highlights:

  • Two thickness options
  • Three firmness options
  • Combination of pressure relief and bounce

Ideal For:

  • Children who are sensitive to smells
  • Families looking for a choice of firmness and thickness options
  • Kids who are prone to overheating during the night

Families looking for a more specific mattress firmness or thickness may appreciate the Saatva’s options, which include three firmnesses and two thicknesses. Across all the options, the bed’s combination of bounce and pressure relief can give children a gentle hug without restricting movement.

Each Saatva Mattress uses a hybrid design that starts out with a cushioning Euro pillow top with 1.25 inches of polyfoam, .75 inches of fiber fill, and 1 ounce of Dacron sewn in. A .625-inch layer of polyfoam and a .375-inch memory foam lumbar pad add subtle contouring and extra spinal support. The 4-inch transition layer of foam-encased coils adjusts to the sleeper’s shape while increasing the bed’s responsiveness and airflow.

The core of the 11.5-inch version of the bed consists of 4 inches of hourglass coils, and the 14.5-inch option uses 7 inches of hourglass coils. This support system limits sinkage while supporting the sleep surface. The coils rest on .5-inch and .875-inch fiber pads. Foam encases the perimeter of the bed for enhanced edge support.

Performance varies slightly between the firmness options, with the soft (3) outperforming the other firmness options in motion isolation, and the medium firm (6) and firm (7) mattresses scoring better for edge support. All the firmness options also excel when it comes to pressure relief, durability, temperature regulation, ease of movement, and off-gassing.

The medium firm mattress is especially appropriate for growing children since it can accommodate different weight groups. However, some children who weigh under 130 may prefer the soft option, and those who weigh over 230 may be better off on the firm option.

A 180-night home trial gives customers time to decide if they like the mattress. The Saatva Mattress also comes with a 15-year warranty.

Read Our Full Saatva Mattress Review


Avocado – Best Natural/Organic

Price (Twin): $899 - $1,199

Height: 11" or 13"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5 (Medium Firm), 3/5 (Firm)

Sleeps Cool: 4/5 (Medium Firm), 5/5 (Firm)

Motion Isolation:  4/5 (Medium Firm), 3/5 (Firm)

Edge Support: 3/5 (Medium Firm), 4/5 (Firm)

Durability: 5/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

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Highlights:

  • Organic materials
  • Zoning for targeted support
  • Exceptionally durable

Ideal For:

  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Parents who prefer their children sleep on natural materials
  • Families that plan to use the mattress for years to come

The Avocado may be a strong option for parents looking for a more natural sleep surface for their children. As the bed is exceptionally durable and comes in two firmness options that accommodate most weight groups, the Avocado may be able to last a child straight through to adulthood.

Four versions of the mattress are available: the Avocado, the Avocado - Pillow Top, the Avocado Vegan, and the Avocado Vegan - Pillow Top. The Avocado and the Avocado Vegan rate around 7 (firm) on the 10-point firmness scale, and the pillow top versions add an extra 2-inch layer of Dunlop latex that gives the beds a medium firm (6) feel. The vegan versions of the bed use cotton in place of wool so that they are free from animal products.

The original Avocado Mattress has an organic cotton cover with an organic wool fire barrier. Both materials are breathable and moisture-wicking to keep the sleep surface cool and dry. Wool is also renowned for its ability to help keep the sleeper warm while it’s cool and cool when it’s warm. The comfort layer consists of 2 inches of Dunlop latex, which cradles the sleeper’s body without permitting much sinkage. Many sleepers compare this to a floating sensation.

An 8-inch pocketed coil core gives the bed bounce, breathability, and support. This layer is zoned, reinforcing the perimeter of the bed for extra edge support. The midsection of the mattress is also reinforced to promote proper spinal alignment. Each coil is wrapped in fabric to restrict motion transfer. A final 1-inch layer of durable Dunlop latex supports the coil system.

All versions of the mattress earn high scores for their durability, ease of movement, and off-gassing. The pillow top versions tend to offer better pressure relief and motion isolation, while the standard options have the advantage in temperature regulation and edge support.

Sleepers of all sizes may enjoy the standard or pillow top option, but smaller children under 130 pounds should get better cushioning from the pillow top version. By contrast, kids and teens who weigh over 230 pounds will likely feel better supported by the standard version.

Avocado mattresses have an array of certifications for environmental and safety standards. These include GREENGUARD Gold, GOTS, GOLS, and more.

A partially pro-rated 25-year limited warranty protects the Avocado Mattress. Customers can also use the 1-year sleep trial to decide if the Avocado is the best option for their child.

Read Our Full Avocado Mattress Review


Nest Big Kids Bed – Best for Bunk Beds

Price (Twin): $299

Height: 7"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Nest Big Kids Bed

Highlights:

  • Phase change cover for enhanced cooling
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Low profile

Ideal For:

  • Kids who sleep hot
  • Those with sharp pressure points
  • Budget shoppers

The Nest Big Kids Bed, commonly called the BKB, is an all-foam model crafted with kids in mind. It was one of the first bed-in-a-box models for kids, and it continues to be popular for its notable cradling and pressure relief.

A .5-inch layer of foam quilted into the cover adds cushioning to the surface of the bed. It also includes a phase change material to help with temperature regulation. Next, there is a 2-inch comfort layer of Energex foam. This material is formulated to have similar contouring to memory foam with responsiveness and breathability more like latex, giving the BKB a balance between pressure relief, bounce, and temperature regulation. The support core is made up of 5 inches of polyfoam that supports the sleep surface.

The feel rates around 6 (medium firm) on the 10-point firmness scale, but how it feels to the child will depend largely on their weight. Smaller children may find the bed firm, and larger kids may feel it is plush.

Thanks to the BKB’s 7-inch profile, this mattress should fit well on most bunk bed frames. The mattress is available in twin, twin XL, and full sizes.

The BKB uses a non-chemical fire barrier and CertiPUR-US certified foams that are given time to air out in the factory before shipping to reduce off-gassing.

Nest Bedding provides a lifetime limited warranty for the BKB Mattress, as well as a 100-night sleep trial.


What is the Best Type of Mattress for Kids?

Unfortunately, there isn’t one type of mattress that’s best for all children. Like with adults, multiple factors can affect which mattress is right for which child. The type of mattress is one of the top considerations. While each mattress varies based on its unique materials and construction, most mattresses within a category share some similar potential benefits and drawbacks that may make them more suitable to some sleepers.

All-Foam

All-foam mattresses are frequently popular for their strong motion isolation and pressure relief. Children may find the hug of an all-foam mattress comforting. However, softer all-foam models may restrict movement to an extent. Additionally, models that contain memory foam and don’t have other heat-regulating features may not be ideal for children who tend to sleep hot.

Innerspring

Innerspring models are the most traditional type of mattress that’s popular today. These beds are made up primarily of coils. Because of this, they usually have exceptional bounce, edge support, and breathability at an affordable price point. They may, however, be more prone to transferring motion and making noise.

Hybrid

Hybrid models consist of a comfort system with foam, latex, and/or microcoils and a coil core. The comfort system cushions and conforms for pressure relief, while the coil core adds bounce, breathability, and edge support. Hybrid models tend to cost more than all-foam or innerspring options, which may be a drawback if you’re looking for a more temporary mattress for your growing child.

Latex

Latex conforms to the body with a more buoyant feel than conventional foam. Parents looking for a more eco-friendly option often like natural latex mattresses for their children. These models also tend to be highly durable and breathable, but the price point can be a turn off for some shoppers.

Airbed

Airbeds have one or more air chambers as their support cores. These chambers can typically be filled or emptied using a remote, app, or pump depending on the model, making it possible to adjust the firmness over time. This may be a good option for a growing child with changing firmness preferences, but their relatively thin comfort systems and higher than average price tags may not appeal to all shoppers.

Understanding the different types of mattresses can help point you in the right direction, but they are not the only criteria to consider when choosing a mattress for kids. Firmness and mattress size can also make a big difference.

Which Mattress Firmness is Best For Kids?

Just like their parents, kids may have their own distinct firmness preferences, and the same factors that influence what feels comfortable to adults can also affect what’s comfortable for a child.

Weight is usually one of the most important factors to take into consideration. As a general guideline, most people who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds prefer a mattress with a medium (5) or medium firm (6) feel. However, the same mattress will likely feel firmer to a lighter individual than it will to a heavier individual, so those who weigh under 130 pounds often prefer a softer model and those who weigh more than 230 frequently favor a firmer model.

As children are usually lighter than the average adult, some may prefer a softer bed for extra contouring and hug. Softer options can be especially appropriate for side sleepers since it gives their hips and shoulders room to sink in. Still, other children like firmer options for their floating feel and ease of movement. Additionally, children who sleep on their stomachs or backs may get better support from a firmer model.

Firmer models may also be more comfortable for some children as they transition away from a crib. Crib mattresses are usually quite firm for safety reasons, so sleeping on a firm mattress on their new big kid bed may seem more familiar.

Which Size Mattress is Best For Kids?

The right mattress size for your child will depend on personal factors, like how long you plan to use the mattress, how much your child moves during the night, and how much space you have available.

Typically, children don’t need as large of a mattress as adults. Many parents select a twin mattress since it takes up less room than larger sizes. Most bunk beds and children’s bed frames are also designed to accommodate this mattress size. However, the limited surface area may not allow the parent to lie next to the child to read to them or comfort them. Children who toss and turn may also not have as much room as they’d like.

Full mattresses are another popular option for children. Since they have a larger sleep surface, the child can change positions with fewer restrictions. This mattress size also leaves enough room for the parent to lie down alongside the child.

Queen, king, and California king mattress sizes usually aren’t popular choices for children’s mattresses. They provide ample room for the child to move, but they’ll also take up a large footprint in the child’s room. Larger mattresses also typically cost more, and this added expense is unnecessary for most families. However, if you’re planning on continuing to use the mattress for years to come, a larger size may be a good choice in the long run.

Which Mattress Accessories Are Right For Kids?

Mattress accessories can be an easy and affordable way to modify the sleep surface to accommodate a child’s current needs and preferences. Pillows, mattress toppers, and mattress protectors are some of the most popular options for kids.

The right pillow not only feels comfortable, but it can also promote spinal alignment by supporting the child’s head and neck. Loft, or how thick the pillow is, plays a critical role in this. In general, the best pillow will fill the space between the sleeper’s neck and the mattress so that the neck maintains a relatively neutral position.

People who sleep on their sides usually need a high-loft pillow, those that sleep on their backs typically prefer a low- to medium-loft option, and those who sleep on their stomachs generally need a low-loft pillow or no pillow at all. However, parents should also take their child’s size and body type into account in order to find a pillow that properly supports their child’s head and neck.

Mattress toppers are a valuable way to adjust the sleep surface to meet the child’s current preferences. Toppers are additional layers of cushioning that rest on top of the bed to modify the sleep surface. Most often, people add mattress toppers to soften the surface of a too-firm mattress, but they can also make a soft bed feel firmer.

A mattress protector can also be one of the best investments a parent can make in protecting their purchase. Moisture can lead to the buildup of mold and bacteria and limit the usable lifespan of a mattress, so preventing the bed from getting wet is valuable. A waterproof mattress protector can act as a shield in case of accidents. Many warranties and sleep trial policies are voided if the mattress has evidence of staining, so a waterproof mattress protector may also help ensure you can still take advantage of these policies.