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One of the very first things you learn after becoming a parent is that if your child can’t sleep, you don’t get to sleep either. This never really changes, even once they’ve outgrown their diapers and crib (sorry, y’all).
But knowing your kid is sleeping on a comfortable, supportive, and safe surface is a nice consolation prize, right? Rest assured — these 13 options fit the bill.
Aside from just keeping your kid comfortably in dreamland, beds for littles need to be safe. We sought out top-rated mattresses that met some important criteria:
- They’re verified by certification organizations. No need to worry about a mega chemical load here. All our picks have certifications from orgs like CertiPUR-US, Greenguard, Made Safe, or eco-INSTITUT.
- They meet standard flammability requirements. When possible, we sought out options made with nonchemical flame retardants, which are healthier for kids’ still-developing bodies.
- They haven’t been recalled or received safety warnings. Uh, self-explanatory!
- $ = under $150
- $$ = $151–300
- $$$ = $301–$500
- $$$$ = $501–$600
- $$$$$ = over $600
Best innerspring mattress for kids
One big benefit of spring mattresses is that they’re flippable — so this one should last your child for years. The cover is made of hypoallergenic, antimicrobial cotton, and the flame barrier comes from natural thistle.
Also good? The water-resistant finish and internal waterproof barrier should help the mattress will stay protected when accidents happen.
Best mattress for kids overall
Designed specifically with littles (and bigger littles) in mind, this mattress has enough supportive foam (that’s CertiPUR-US certified) to keep kids comfy and cozy. A temperature-regulating layer keeps kids cool, and the flame barrier is made from nonchemical hydrogenated silica instead of chemical-based retardants.
Best of all is the price, which definitely falls in the “relatively affordable” category.
Best mattress that grows with your kid
We’re not guaranteeing this bed will last from toddlerhood until your kid graduates from high school, but you should get some good wear out of it. This softer, lighter version of Purple’s standard mattress is designed to give solid, comfy support for children up to 115 pounds.
Best organic mattress for kids
This firm hybrid mattress combines a springy pocketed coil system with certified organic latex, cotton, and wool (which acts as a natural flame retardant). The base model is only one-sided, but the brand also offers a two-sided flippable option for not too much more moolah.
Best waterproof mattress for kids
One side of this organic coiled spring bed is lined with a waterproof surface that you can wipe clean with soap and water, which makes it a really good choice for littles who are still getting the hang of the whole nighttime potty thing.
When your kid gets a little older, flip the mattress to the quilted side, which has the plush feel of a “bigger kid” bed.
Best memory foam mattress for kids
This bed looks like a soft, fluffy cloud, and it feels like one too. Three layers of CertiPUR-US certified temperature-regulating memory foam serve up support and comfort.
The cozy organic cotton cover is removable and easy to wash. You’ll also get an organic waterproof mattress protector and a little pillow that’s just the right size for your little human.
Best toddler mattress
Here’s a smaller option, made just for a toddler bed (or a recently converted crib), that you can buy with an innerspring or organic latex core. The mattress is certified by the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and Greenguard — an eco-friendly hat trick.
Best hypoallergenic mattress for kids
The right bed won’t make your child’s asthma or allergies disappear completely, but it can help make these conditions more manageable.
Nook’s unique organic cotton and eucalyptus cover is infused with zinc to fight molds and allergens, and the raised pebbled surface helps promote airflow to keep your kid cool. The mattress itself boasts a CertiPUR-US foam core and a nontoxic fire barrier.
Best floor bed mattress for kids
Floor beds keep it ultrasimple (and Montessori-inspired, if you’re into that sorta thing). This CertiPUR-US certified foam model is sturdy and thick while still managing to stay cool, thanks to a primo ventilation system.
The washable bamboo cover has an antislip bottom to keep the bed from sliding around. And the fact that it folds up makes it great for small spaces.
Best bunk bed mattress for kids
Don’t feel like hoisting a zillion-pound mattress onto that upper bunk — or just worry that a heavier mattress won’t have the support it needs? This slim spring option has less than half the poundage of most twin mattresses, so it’s a good choice for bunks, day beds, or trundle beds.
Best budget mattress for kids
TBH, this bed might not have enough support for an adult. But for a little kid? The CertiPUR-US foam top and coiled spring core give enough bounce and pressure relief to keep smaller bodies comfortable.
FYI: Unlike many higher-end kids’ mattresses, the cover on this one isn’t water-repellent. So you might want to spring for a protective cover.
Ultradurable mattress for kids
Sometimes it’s straight-up impossible to keep an energetic kid from bouncing on their bed. If that sounds like your situation, this mattress is for you.
The top layer’s Serene Foam is designed to adapt to changes in surface weight, helping the mattress better withstand rough play. If this isn’t your child’s first mattress, for a little extra moolah, Little LuuF will take the old mattress and recycle it for you.
Best portable mattress for kids
Vacations and sleepovers at Grandma’s will eventually be a thing again. And when that day comes, this inexpensive cot is worth having on hand. It’s designed for kids ages 2 to 8. The foldable steel frame is sturdy yet lightweight, and the canvas sleeping area is plenty comfy.