A good bed is essential for a good night’s sleep. After all, the body regenerates during sleep. The organism reduces stress, renews cells and the immune system runs at full speed. For children, the texture of the sleeping mat plays an important role, because the body has to do a lot during the growth phase. Read here what you should look out for when it comes to cots so that your offspring can benefit from healthy sleep.

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  1. The mattress

No matter how beautiful and robust a bed frame is, if the mattress is inferior, your child will not enjoy the night’s sleep, which is important for their health. The mattress is the basis for a good night’s sleep and should be selected carefully. One of the elementary elements is the Point elasticity.

Point-elastic mattresses only yield where the weight of the body exerts direct pressure on the material. This has the great advantage that the sleeping mat adapts perfectly to the body shape and the back is relieved. If, on the other hand, a mattress is elastic, it quickly creates a hammock effect, which in the long term damages the spine. Brings very good values ​​in terms of point elasticity cold foam with himself. The material also impresses with the following advantages:

  • Dimensional stability
  • Air permeability
  • Breathability
  • longevity
  • Price-performance

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Good alternatives are mattresses Natural rubber (Latex). Under comparison.bild.de six children’s mattresses were compared and individually assessed. Models by Julius Zöllner, Träumeland and Aro Artländer emerged from the product comparison with a “very good” rating. Except for the Lara Plus mattress from Prolana, which is made from natural latex and coconut, the manufacturers mentioned use cold foam. When buying children’s mattresses, always take a critical look at the material composition. Under no circumstances may the sleeping mat contain toxins that enter the organism through skin contact or the respiratory tract.

Also the Degree of hardness has to be correct. If you sleep on your side, the mattress should, for example, allow the shoulders to sink in so far that the spine forms a straight line when viewed from the side. If the mattress is too hard, this is not possible and the result is unnatural overstretching. On the other hand, if the mattress is too soft, the spine bends, which is equally harmful. The general degrees of firmness in the trade should only be used as a guide. Every body is individual and manufacturer-related differences in the identical degree of hardness cannot be ruled out.

For orientation: a high density of a mattress indicates a high point elasticity.

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  1. The slatted frame for stabilization and ventilation

A continuous surface without spaces is completely unsuitable as a mattress base. People, whether adults or children, sweat at night and radiate warmth. So that the mattress do its job and for optimal temperature compensation worry, it should be placed on a slatted frame. The gaps ensure ventilation from below. At the same time, the slatted frame must be durable and stabilize the mattress.

  1. A solid bed frame

When buying the bed frame, it is advisable to use natural solid wood. On the one hand, because solid wood is more robust and durable. On the other hand, the risk of harmful substances with untreated solid wood is significantly lower compared to cheap wood-based materials. To make it easier for you to choose, you should give preference to cots with the appropriate eco-labels. Certificates and seals of approval such as Blue Angel, The golden M or LGA tested help with the purchase decision. For those with a lot of craftsmanship, a self-made cot could be an option. In the video, parents show how they made a creative sleeping place for their daughter from untreated, new pallets:

If you don’t want to have to buy a new bed after a short period of time, it makes sense to buy one sleep system that grows with the child To keep an eye out whose slatted frame can be adjusted in height. Depending on the age of the child, you can raise the mattress so that you can lie down or lift the child as comfortably as possible, or lower it so that the child can stand up independently.

  1. safety

Safety is a must in the nursery. A child’s bed must not have sharp or pointed elements, nor should there be any risk of a child becoming trapped on any bars. Although there are regulations that manufacturers must adhere to so that their products can be sold in Germany, a certain amount of control is still appropriate. The following table summarizes the essential dimensions of classic children’s beds:

Bars height floor
Must be at least 4.5 cm apart. If the bed base is in the highest position, a minimum distance of 60 cm must be kept to the upper edge. The gap between the bed frame and the floor must be less than 2.5 cm.

In addition, check whether children’s furniture does GS mark for tested security. Under dguv.de you can read more information about this.

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  1. Processing and design

You can also recognize a good children’s bed by the workmanship of all the components. Reliable screw connections Made of metal, a flat surface and a maximum of stability should be a matter of course. At this point, it is better to invest a little more in order to enjoy the children’s furniture in the long term and not have to worry about the offspring. You should also value a cozy design because it contributes to an inviting interior.

Source: Image 1 ErikaWittlieb / Image 2 congerdesign at pixabay.com

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