Is Memory Foam for Kids a Good Idea at Younger Ages?

Things to consider when buying a memory foam mattress

Many people who have made the crossover from traditional innerspring mattresses to memory foam are enthusiastic about the benefits they have received. Naturally, they want to share their improved sleep experience with their children. But is memory foam appropriate for children?

In general, a memory foam mattress is not a good idea for infants and toddlers. However, older children and teens can usually enjoy the benefits of memory foam without any issues or concerns. The biggest things to consider when addressing this question are the child’s age and size, the memory foam properties, and the mattress properties.

Age, Needs & Safety

The same body-contouring properties that have made memory foam products famous worldwide are the same characteristics that can pose a danger to infants. This is of particular concern with temperature sensitive memory foams which soften under body heat and weight, allowing the sleeper to sink slightly while the surrounding material remains firmer (making turning more difficult). Nearly every professional source recommends infants and very young children sleep on a very firm surface, primarily because kids of this age may not be able to turn themselves over at night which can become dangerous on a soft or contouring material.

Kid safely sleeping on a memory foam mattress

Amerisleep’s memory foam is not temperature reactive so it maintains consistent firmness and offers a quick response time, proving safe for most kids outside of their preschool years. Older children should not have a problem repositioning themselves and would generally be of sufficient size to be able to enjoy the benefits of memory foam without concerns. For kids up to their pre-teen years, a firm mattress would still be ideal according to expert sources (by teen years, we often develop more specific comfort preferences and needs however).

Amerisleep’s memory foam maintains a consistent firmness and quick response, proving safe for most kids outside their preschool years.

Chemical Concerns

One other potential concern parents may have involves chemicals in traditional memory foam mattresses that can result in off-gassing and unnecessary exposure. While largely considered innocuous, some types could use chemicals of concern that could contribute to or exacerbate existing respiratory or neurological conditions. Eco-friendly plant-based memory foam offers an alternative that combines healthiness and comfort, and may often present a safer option than standard spring beds. Our Bio-Pur™ foam is certified to be free of toxic components like formaldehyde, CFCs, and other concerning additives.

Waterproof mattress covers can also help reduce concerns about chemicals as well as allergens, regardless of mattress type. This will help extend the life of their bed, make accident cleanup much easier, and prevent dust mites and mold from accumulating.

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Memory Foam Can Benefit Kids

Whether or not memory foam for kids is a good idea depends greatly on the kid, their age and size, and the mattress itself. As a parent, you will be the best judge of your child’s needs and abilities. Be sure to exercise caution and due diligence when considering a memory foam mattress for a young child, but know that memory foam can be perfectly safe for most kids and teens.

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Amerisleep vs. Memory Foam Comparison

Memory Foam
Safe For School-Age Kids?
Bio-Pur™ provides rapid recovery and is not temperature sensitive, making it safe for most kids.
Temperature-sensitive foams pose a risk for younger kids due to slow recovery and the “sinking” sensation created.
Chemical Concerns
Bio-Pur™ is plant-based and certified to be free of formaldehyde, CFCs, PBDEs and more.
Traditional memory foams can contain up to seven potentially toxic chemicals that may be of concern for developing children.