I’m extremely fortunate in that I’ve been blessed with two very good sleepers. I myself could sleep for England so when I fell pregnant that was one of my main concerns. How on earth would I function without my 8 hours (on a bad day…)?!
Don’t get me wrong, they both went through months of not sleeping as newborns but we soon developed a routine which meant they were in the land of nod by 6.30pm & rising after 7.30am.
Bedroom design plays a huge part in this, from making sure they feel safe & secure to comfort. We moved Elsa into a ‘big girl bed’ around her second birthday & will be doing the same with Rory in the next couple of months as he approaches the same age.
One of the main aspects that will help to enhance your little’s sleeping patterns is the mattress.
We as adults know what it’s like to sleep on an uncomfortable mattress, whether you made the mistake of buying one or have had the unfortunate experience of a dodgy hotel. It’s just the same for our little ones, in fact, their sleep quality is even more important than ours considering the amount of growing (& time sleeping!) they do.
As mothers we also know just how delightful a groggy, tired child can be.
Good quality sleep is absolutely vital for children, even more so than any other age group as they are constantly developing & growing.
According to experts, we should be changing our mattress every 5-10 years. After a few nights curled up next to a poorly Elsa, we realised how uncomfortable, & quite how old, her mattress was. I had focused so much on the look of her room but failed to see the most important aspect.
What should you consider when shopping for a childs mattress –
- Children move much more than adults (& if you’ve ever co-slept then you’ll have witnessed the fidgeting!) so the mattress needs to respond to this
- Children weigh less & are smaller than adults so the mattress needs to be more supportive
- They are constantly changing so something that reinforces this
That’s where the Emma mattress came in.
The people behind Emma claim that it’s ‘one mattress fit’s all‘ from side sleepers to front sleepers. To prove that they offer a 100 day guarantee along with a 10 year warrantee.
The mattress arrived in a box which was quite a novelty in itself & quickly inflated to it’s original size/shape upon cutting it free & laying it flat. It’s amazing what a bit of shrink wrap can do!
Elsa was extremely excited about the prospect of a better nights sleep & asked to put her ‘jambies’ on & have a nap straight away.
We’ve now had the mattress for nearly a week & every day she says how how she loves her new ‘bottom sheet’ & what a comfortable sleep she’s had. We haven’t had the joys of testing it ourselves yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long before illness results in all night cuddles.
I have to say…I’m rather jealous!