At 5 Little Monkeys, we've seen time and again the impact that the right mattress can have on a child's sleep. Our own children's mattress is purpose-built to give kids the support their growing bodies need for proper, healthy sleep, something that can have dramatic effects on both emotional and physical well-being. But after making the investment in a high-quality kid's mattress, you'll want it to last – so here are 10 tips to help make your child's mattress last through the full extent of childhood.
How to Make a Mattress Last Longer
A good mattress is a worthwhile investment, but it's one that should last. Follow these steps to make sure your child's mattress lasts as long as it should:
- Follow the Directions: First things first – you should always follow the manufacturer's care instructions included on the mattress to ensure longevity.
- Provide Proper Support: Without the right support, a mattress will fade faster. Make sure you're using a good box spring or other support structure to keep your mattress in top shape.
- Never Jump On the Bed: As fun as it sounds, jumping on a mattress can do serious damage and drastically shorten the lifespan of the mattress.
- Make Sure You're Using a Mattress Protector: Especially with a children's bed, a mattress protector is vital to protect from accidents, spills, and other mishaps.
- Rotate Your Mattress: You'll want to rotate your mattress 180º about every 2 to 6 months. This ensures even wear and prevents depressions from forming in the mattress.
- Be Careful During Transport: If you have to move the mattress, always encase it in plastic before bending or folding the mattress, and try to keep it upright during transit.
- Give It Some Air: About once a month, strip the mattress and expose it to sunlight for a day. This helps air out the mattress and can also help control dust mite populations.
- Limit Pets Sleeping on the Mattress: As much as it's nice to cuddle with our furry friends, it's best to have pets sleep in separate beds for ideal longevity, as the fur, drool, and dirt that'll inevitably end up in the mattress.
Wash Bed Linens: Oil, hair, and dirt can collect on bed linens and transfer to the mattress, causing damage over time. You should wash your bed linens every week or two to prevent too much build up.
Contact Your Kid's Bed Experts
We hope these tips help your child's mattress last as long as it should, and if you have any more questions on properly caring for a children's bed, we can help. Contact us today with any and all questions on children's mattresses, and if you haven't yet, don't forget to take the 100-Night Rest Test and try our world-class kid's bed completely risk-free. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in helping your child's mattress last as long as it should!