The #1 Sleep Position for Your Child of Any Age

The #1 Sleep Position for Your Child of Any Age


5 Little Monkeys has spent years studying the technical aspects of what gives kids the healthy sleep they need, designing our sleep system from the ground up. Our kids' full size mattress will grow with your little one, providing the support they need for years to come, but if you’re curious and careful like us you might be wondering: what position is the healthiest and safest for my child to sleep in?

The Best Sleep Position for Children

Babies and infants should really only sleep on their backs, on a firm mattress, with nothing else inside the crib. This is, according to research, the best way to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. While the causes of SIDS are not well understood, research indicates two possible causes. The first is the concern that if a sleeping infant’s face is pushed into a pocket of blanket or bedding, they may “rebreath” air causing a buildup of carbon dioxide and depriving them of oxygen. Second, recent research suggests that babies’ brains are not developed enough in certain areas to wake them up if their bodies start having difficulties, such as struggling to breath, while sleeping. Sleeping on the back, in a supine position, prevents rebreathing and promotes a healthy oxygen intake, minimizing the dangerous situations linked to SIDS.

When your kid turns 1 year old, the risk of SIDS drops to approximately zero. At that point, whatever sleep position is the most comfortable is a good and healthy choice. Side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and back sleepers know that every position has pros and cons. The important ingredient is a quality pillow and a mattress that supports growing bodies.

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Improve the quality of your child’s sleep by choosing a high-quality mattress designed just for kids. Our sleep system is made of organic, hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating materials, and is designed to grow with your little one from toddler to teen. To learn more about how our mattress can improve your child’s sleep, read our reviews, or put it to the 100-Night Rest Test and try it risk-free to see if your child loves it or your money back. Contact 5 Little Monkeys for more information and the latest in children’s sleep technology!