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The Best Mattresses For Kids

The last thing you need to worry about in the morning is a cranky, sleep-deprived child. Quality of sleep is incredibly important to a child’s growth and development, and having the right mattress will ensure that your little ones are getting the zzz’s they need to properly grow and prosper. Shopping for the perfect mattress for your child in an industry primarily geared towards adults is challenging. But don’t worry, we’ve done all the heavy lifting to make this decision as easy and painless for you as possible.

Size Matters

The first thing to consider is the size of your child’s mattress. Many parents with young children gravitate toward purchasing a twin bed, which seems, to most, appropriately child-sized. An important thing to remember is that a good mattress should last between 8-12 years. We get it, parents, you don’t want your 5-year-old to grow up. But eventually, they will, and your future 15 year old will probably be pretty cramped in that twin bed. For this reason, pending it will fit in your child’s bedroom, we think a full size is a safe option for children of all ages.

How Firm?

For most children, we’d recommend a mattress on the firmer side, such as our OkiFlex or OkiFirm! Firm mattresses will ensure proper support for your child’s growing spine and joints. A firm mattress will also provide the durability a child’s mattress needs to withstand the years of playing and jumping on it. For infants and toddlers, we recommend a very firm mattress. At that young age, a firm mattress is recommended both from a support and safety standpoint.

Buy Something That Lasts

A mattress isn’t something you should have to buy every year. That’s why it’s important to look at the composition of a mattress before purchasing. Buy something that’ll keep those kiddos sleeping well for as long as possible. One of the defining factors of a mattress’ durability is its density. The denser the mattress, the better. A dense mattress takes much longer to sag and break down, meaning your child is guaranteed good sleep for a few extra years, and you won’t have to worry about buying a new mattress anytime soon. At OkiOki, we make sure all of our mattresses are made with high-density foam to ensure the whole family can rest easy post-purchase.

What Material Is Best?

At the end of the day, we want your kids to be comfortable, and nothing contributes to comfort more than the materials used to make a mattress. The most popular material at the moment is memory foam, and for good reason! Memory foam cradles your body and makes you feel like you're sinking into a cloud. It does this all while giving your body great support! OkiOki uses memory foam to make all of our mattresses and we would absolutely recommend it as the first choice for anyone looking for a mattress. However, due to the way it cradles your body, memory foam may not be a safe choice for infants and toddlers. While we are huge fans of memory foam at OkiOki, there are obviously other materials to check out. If you’re on a budget, foam mattresses are a great option to look at. And if you’re looking for extra durability, an innerspring mattress would be a good option as well!


There’s more to a bed than its mattress, and we have a few final recommendations that we think would improve your child’s sleeping experience. For younger children who may not be able to control their bladders, a mattress protector is a life, wallet, and time-saver. On the other hand, as your child grows older, they may have less of a need for a firm mattress and would like to sleep on something softer. Instead of buying a brand new mattress, you can always consider a mattress topper! Our new 2” plush mattress topper will provide the extra layer of comfort your child is looking for. Every parent wants the best for their children, and we hope you can sleep easy at night knowing your child is too. Wishing you and the whole family restful nights as your children grow -- hopefully, your household will soon be an OkiOki household!

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