Kids spend most of their time playing around and having fun, just like they are supposed to! When they get exhausted and need a good nights rest, you don’t want them sleeping on a bed that’s uncomfortable or irritates them. Kids need their sleep to promote growth, beat germs, improve their learning ability, to rest and more. Buying the right bed for your kid means they’ll have better quality sleep and be the best they can be throughout the day.
Age ranges and beds that suite them
During the baby stage, comfort and safety are the most important considerations. Bassinets, port-a-crib, and cradles are most suitable at this stage but can only be used for a couple of months. The toddler will be safe but also outgrow them quickly. Often cribs are portable, making it easy to have the baby anywhere with you.
Age two and beyond
Once your child can climb out of the crib, then it’s time to start thinking of other types of beds, such as a conventional bed in the form of a twin, full size, bunk bed, loft, trundle, etc. These beds can serve for the rest of their growing child stage.
Safety is still the most important consideration at this stage. You want to prevent your child from falling out, so you will look for something close to the ground. Toddler beds that convert into a cribbed bed should be in your mind. Crib beds are slightly bigger than toddler beds and can be used up to 5 to 6 years depending on the size of your child.
No matter how limited your space is, it’s not recommended for a two year, a ten-year-old, and an eighteen year, to share the same bed. It is unhealthy. To sort this problem, get a twin size bunk bed or loft bed. You can separate the bunk bed at first for the two-year-old and have the mattress on the floor for a while. You can see the different types of bunk beds here.
During preschool years, use the single twin size bed alone, reinforce it with portable side rails where possible and then when your child is old enough to sleep in a bunk bed, you can convert the twin size bunk bed into bunks, for extra space. The extra bed can be used by siblings who share the same room or can even be used to accommodate guests.
Full-size bunk beds can meet the needs of your child for the entire time they are at home. If you buy a bed that will last for a very long time, you will want to buy a good quality mattress as well.
What to look out for when buying a bed for your kid?
Okay, now you have a better idea of age ranges and the types of beds that suite them. As a parent, what do you need to look for when it comes to buying beds for your kids? What factors should you consider?
It is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that your child’s safety is catered for. Ensure that your kid’s bed is constructed from quality materials. Kids like to play and jump on beds, so their beds should be made to resist stress. High-quality beds are essential to ensure that injuries don’t happen. Key features to watch out, for enhanced safety precautions include:
- Extra center leg, for extra stability
- The bed should be equipped with safety rails on both sides
- Low in height (avoid high beds) depending on age as older kids could use bunk beds safely
2. Available space
Growing kids need a lot of space to keep their personal belongings, such as toys, pictures, books, and clothes. For this reason, a lot of space is required. You should know what your child’s preferences are. It will help you narrow down your choice. Beds such as a trundle or bunk bed are useful in such cases as they help you save space and can often provide extra storage.
3. Style and design
It won’t be a complete guide without mentioning design. It is an interior design blog, after all. No matter your kid’s age, it’s always nice to sleep in a beautifully designed room. Thankfully there are so many different bed designs, paint colors and accessories you can use to brighten up any bedroom. This is not a critical factor but something to keep in mind.
Toddler beds are generally less expensive than a full-size bed. Visit different shops, check for prices online, and compare them so that you can pick the bed that suits your child’s needs and your budget. Be careful not to buy cheap beds constructed from sub-standard materials that end up risking your kid’s safety. In general, you can expect to pay around $150 – $1000 for a bed depending on the size, different bed levels, materials used, added storage, etc.
Kids spend a lot of time sleeping and need a good night’s rest as we talked about earlier. Not only is the design of bed a contributing factor to their sleep comfort, but a right mattress is also vital. I don’t have nearly enough experience to refer you to a proper mattress, so check out this guide from Tuck.com.
This video should also help:
6. The right bedding
Children’s bedding should be comfortable to sleep in. If you get a good bed, but the bedding is uncomfortable, your kids will be getting up in the middle of the night. Proper bedding is made of Organic Cotton. Its natural fibers are breathable and hypoallergenic.