The 7 Best Mattresses for Kids of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Mattress for Infants: Moonlight Slumber Crib Mattress at buybuyBABY

"As the baby grows, flip the mattress to the softer, plusher toddler side."

Best Mattress for Pack and Play (and Other Playards): Dream On Me Mattress at Amazon

"It has an anti-bacterial and waterproof cover that is nearly 3 inches thick, providing a good support base."

Best Mattress for Toddlers: Sealy Waterproof Standard Toddler Mattress at Amazon

"This transitional bed is used for small kids who may be starting to climb out of their crib."

Best for Big Kids: Casper at Amazon

"The mattress is delivered right to you, with a 100-night guarantee."

Best Mattress for Allergies: Puffy at Puffy

"To manage allergies, the cover comes right off so you can wash it as an extra step to remove dirt, germs, or allergens."

Best Organic Mattress: Avocado at Avocado Mattress

"Sensitive sleepers will appreciate how the natural materials wick away moisture and the air flows better."

Best Mattress for a Bunk Bed: Zinus 6 Inch Spring Twin Mattress at Amazon

"The affordable set comes with two mattresses, so once you have the bed, order these, some sheets, and the bunk bed is ready."

Sleep provides kids’ growing bodies a time to rest and recharge. It’s an essential bodily function and so important for the mind, the body, and the well being of everyone in the family.

A good mattress is a must-have for both kids and adults. We all spend a large portion of our lives sleeping, so it's a good idea to invest in a comfortable and supportive mattress. For kids, the needs of the mattress can depend on their age and size, and some mattresses can even be adapted as they grow.

Here, the best mattresses for kids.

Our Top Picks

Best Mattress for Infants: Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Crib Mattress

Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Crib Mattress

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To ensure safety and a good night’s sleep, most infants will sleep in a crib and you’ll want an affordable, comfortable, and durable crib mattress. This mattress checks all those boxes. It has a dual-side design so for the first year or so, the baby can sleep on an extra firm foam side made just for infants.

As the baby grows, flip the mattress to the softer, plusher toddler side. The mattress is hypoallergenic and waterproof, so it’ll be easy to clean when the inevitable happens. At just over 8 pounds, it’s easy to lift for changing sheets and the squared edges and corners make that even easier.

Best Mattress for Pack and Play (and Other Playards): Dream On Me Foam Pack and Play Mattress

If your child will be using a Pack and Play (or other playard) for frequent naps, overnight sleeping, or at grandma’s house, it might make sense to invest in a mattress. While the addition of the mattress makes the playard less portable, it improves comfort and may lead to longer sleep. This pad fits a Pack and Play and most other playards (double-check measurements to be sure).

It has an anti-bacterial and waterproof cover. The mattress is nearly 3 inches thick, providing a good support base. For added safety, this mattress is equipped with full-perimeter wires along the mattress border, so it keeps the sides, corners, and edges of the mattress firm and allows it to maintain its shape. Never use this mattress on the top level of the play yard when it is set up for a bassinet.

Best Mattress for Toddlers: Sealy Baby Soybean Foam-Core Waterproof Standard Toddler Mattress

A toddler bed is a confusing term. A convertible crib with the front removed is a toddler bed and so is a small-sized, low to the ground bed. Both use a crib mattress. This transitional bed is used for small kids who may be climbing out of their crib or need to pass on their crib to a newborn sibling.

If you need a mattress specifically for a toddler or toddler bed, pick a budget-friendly option that is durable, easy to clean, and affordable. This innovative mattress is made with a soybean foam-core that uses a percentage of natural and renewable soybeans.

Best for Big Kids: Casper

Once your child moves to a bigger bed, whether a twin or queen, it’s worth it to purchase a comfortable mattress at a reasonable price. With bedtime stories and games, chances are you’ll spend some time catching some ZZZ's in that bed too.

Casper, the online mattress retailer, sells a well-made and affordable mattress. Their “essential” line works for most bed bases and foundations. The mattress is delivered right to you, with a 100-night guarantee. While it's not waterproof, the zip-off cover is made for easy washing and has a rich, charcoal cover to hide any stains.

Best Mattress for Allergies: Puffy

Puffy

 Puffy

If your child has allergies, it’s best to choose memory foam or natural latex mattress for their bed. Avoid any fluffy pillow top covers, since they can accumulate dust mites. For that reason, a Puffy mattress is a good choice for kids. It’s a foam mattress that comes with a stain-resistant Zip-N-Wash cover that can easily be wiped.

To manage allergies, the cover comes right off so you can wash it seasonally (or whenever allergies flare) as an extra step to remove dirt, germs, or allergens. These mattresses ship free in 1-3 business days and fit on any type of bed frame.

Best Organic Mattress: Avocado

Avocado

 Courtesy of Avocado

If an organic and “green” mattress choice is important to you, the Avocado Green mattress is a top-of-the-line choice. These non-toxic mattresses are made with organic wool, cotton, and latex. For vegans, they even sell a Vegan Certified mattress.

Sensitive sleepers will appreciate how the natural materials wick away moisture and the air flows better than a polyurethane foam mattress. This made in America brand offers a full refund for up to a year after purchase and has a 25-year warranty.

Best Mattress for a Bunk Bed: Zinus 6 Inch Spring Twin Mattress

Finding the right mattress for a bunk bed requires some specific criteria. Most bunk beds have twin-sized mattresses but double-check your set since some require the twin XL size. Standard twin mattresses are between 8-12 inches thick. For the top bunk, the mattress should not exceed 7 inches thick. Otherwise, it can extend past the bed’s guardrails.

The more guardrail space, the safer the bed is. The Zinus Sleepmaster mattress is easy to clean and at only 6 inches thick, it’s safe and secure for a bunk bed. The affordable set comes with two mattresses, so once you have the bed, order these, some sheets, and the bunk bed is ready.

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Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. All three have slept on (or still sleep on) the same crib mattress. They are all good sleepers, so maybe the mattress is to thank.

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