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The Importance of Mattress Protectors for Kids

The Importance of Mattress Protectors for Kids

At 5 Little Monkeys, we're on a mission to help families everywhere experience the life-changing effect that truly healthy, restful sleep can have on a child's growth and development. Our purpose-built children's mattress is designed from the ground up to give growing bodies what they need for proper sleep, and we strive to be a resource to parents for every aspect of sleep hygiene. One part of every kids bed that doesn't get much attention is the mattress protector – but while it may often go ignored, it can still have an impact on the quality of your child's sleep. 

What Makes for a Good Mattress Protector

When it comes to a kids bed, the mattress protector is often a second thought. But without an effective, high-quality children's mattress protector, you're effectively sabotaging the mattress: if the mattress protector is uncomfortable or unhealthy, the mattress can't do its job. With that in mind, here are four things you should look for to choose the best kids mattress protector:

    • Toxin & Allergen-Free: If your mattress protector contains toxins or gives your child allergies, it's hardly helping them sleep. Always look for a nontoxic, hypoallergenic children's mattress protector.
    • Stain-Resistant: The mattress protector's job is to protect your kids mattress, but if it gets ruined after one accident, it's not worth much. Look for a thoroughly waterproof protector that resists staining. 
    • The Right Fit: Folds and kinks in the mattress protector can create uncomfortable hot spots for kids, preventing sleep and irritating skin. Make sure you choose a mattress protector that's perfectly sized to fit your childrens mattress. 
    • No Harsh Chemicals: Unfortunately, non-toxic doesn't always mean chemical free. Look for a mattress protector that goes above and beyond in avoiding harsh chemicals, ideally one that's organic and pesticide-free.
  • Crinkle Free:  The majority of mattress protectors on the market are made with a plastic backing that is stiff and tends to make a crackling sound with any movement.  Make sure the protector you chose has a soft waterproof backing so your child is not woken up by their own movement during the night. Also, these stiff types of protectors tend to be uncomfortable to sleep on.  

  • Try the 5 Little Monkeys Kids Mattress Protector

    These guidelines will help you choose a kids mattress protector that supports your child's sleep instead of interferes with it. And if you're still looking for one, the 5 Little Monkeys mattress protector checks every box and is designed to work perfectly with our revolutionary children's mattress. See the difference that high-quality sleep can make in your child's life: try our kids sleep system today!