Best mattresses for toddlers

Support and comfort should equal a restful night’s sleep – for you and the little one – so take a look at our list to find the best mattress for toddlers

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In the years where it seems like they’re growing three inches every night, it’s important they have the best mattress for toddlers to support their elongating bones. A good night’s sleep is also essential for healthy brain development and overall wellness (not to mention your sanity). 

We’ve put together a guide to the best mattresses for toddlers, taking into consideration support and comfort so you can provide your child with just the right balance.  

Looking for more mattress recommendations? Our round-up of the best mattresses is a good place to start, or, if you're on the hunt for a mattress deal, we've got the best prices.

What to consider when buying a mattress for a toddler

Experts believe firm mattresses are best for toddlers, as they offer a superior level of support, which is great for growing bones. In addition to offering a firm comfort level, the Silentnight Healthy Growth Miracoil mattress features a spring system specifically designed to align with a child’s spine, which puts it firmly at the top of our list. If you are swaying towards springs, then more is definitely merrier as high spring counts equal superior support.

If you prefer the responsiveness of foam, and think your little one will too, both Eve and Simba offer a pint-sized version of their popular memory foam/spring hybrid mattresses, which should provide the perfect levels of comfort and support for a restful night’s sleep. 

THE BEST MATTRESS FOR TODDLERS

Noah toddler mattress

(Image: © Happy Beds)

best for: all-rounder

1. Happy Beds Noah mattress

Offering exceptional quality at a realistic price, we’ve voted the Noah our best overall mattress for toddlers

Specifications
Size: Single to Double
Depth: 15cm
Type: Foam/Springs
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for bunks+Soft foam top
Reasons to avoid
-Cover doesn't come off

Who will the Noah mattress suit?

Anyone seeking a mattress that will grow with their children, into teen’dom and beyond, this is our top pick of the very best mattress for toddlers.

What is the Noah mattress like to sleep on?

We found this bed surprisingly comfortable, as fully-grown adults, if a little on the small side. The springs are open-coil, not pocketed, but that is not reflected in the comfort levels, support or noise (no twanging springs that give open coil a bad rep). It’s rated medium but a lightweight child would find it pretty firm. Spinal support is excellent.  

Special features?

All the materials used in this mattress are suitable for sensitive skin and asthma sufferers. Made in the UK – yay!

Fillings?

Those open coil springs are topped with a 2.5cm layer of memory foam for comfort and 2.5cm layer of reflex foam for support. In a mattress that’s 15cm deep in total, that’s a pretty hearty foam ratio that almost certainly accounts for the quality feel of this mattress.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery (to the majority of the UK), and a free five-year guarantee. Plus a 30-night sleep trial.

Read our review of the Noah toddler mattress – it gets 4.5/5 stars

The best mattress for toddlers

best for: healthy spines

2. Silentnight Healthy Growth Miracoil Mattress

Supportive, breathable and temperature regulating, this is the perfect mattress for toddlers

Specifications
Size: Single to Small double
Depth: 26cm
Type: Open coil
Comfort grade: Firm
Reasons to buy
+ Hypoallergenic and dust-free 
Reasons to avoid
-Bit spendy

Who will the Healthy Grow Miracoil suit?

This mattress is designed specifically for infants, juniors and teens but, actually, it is constructed like any adult mattress you have ever met.

What is the Healthy Grow Miracoil like to sleep on?

Featuring Silentnight’s lauded Miracoil spring system, your child’s growing spine will be well supported, and the quilted top layers will soon have him, or her, sleeping like a baby. Rated an impressive 9.2 (out of 10) by 38 reviewers on Silentnight’s website, many parents initially thought it too firm but soon changed their minds when their children slept soundly! Firm is clearly the way forward.

Special features?

Lilac and blue gingham options, to match your child’s bedroom décor (because let’s face it, they’ll never make the bed). Double sided so it will last longer. 

Fillings?

EcoComfort Fibre fillings, and a mesh border material, helps keep kids cool overnight – an important feature as children naturally sleep far hotter than adults. The core is made with Miracoil spring system, whereby each spring is linked vertically (not horizontally like most open coil), which enables zoned support for perfect spine alignment. 

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery to a room of your choice, unusually within 14 days. A 60-night comfort trial. Interest free credit. Five-year guarantee and warranty.

John Lewis toddler mattress

(Image: © John Lewis)

best for: nighttime accidents

JOHN LEWIS POCKET SPRING COTBED MATTRESS

With its extra waterproof cover, this mattress is perfect for potty training tots

Specifications
Size: 140cm x 70cm
Depth: 10cm
Type: Pocket spring
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Extra cover+Washable at 60ºC
Reasons to avoid
-None

Who will the Pocket Spring Cotbed mattress suit?

In our opinion, this is the best mattress for toddlers who have exasperated potty-training parents wedded to their washing machines.

What is the Pocket Spring Cotbed mattress like to sleep on?

Combining the supportive powers of springs and foam, this cotbed mattress doesn’t scrimp on quality just because it is pint-sized. While the springs provide the support, the foam provides the comfort level, but it’s the innovative hygiene systems that have been put in place that make this mattress worth a closer look. Featuring two covers, you can quickly and easily remove and wash the external cover in the case of a bed wetting incident, while the internal cover is also waterproof so you know that the mattress is still protected when you both go back to sleep. 

Special features?

Made from materials that promote air circulation and breathability throughout, the cover is a non-sweat, water-repellent fabric.

Fillings?

Pocket springs and a responsive foam layer that’s treated with Purotex ‘good bacteria’ for warding off allergens. An outer cover is removable and washable at 60 degrees, while the inner cover is also waterproof so works as a good temporary surface while your washing machine is doing its thing.

What do you get for your money?

A three-year guarantee, which should be adequate for the short-lived cotbed stage. Free standard delivery. Usual John Lewis quality reassurance that all parents have come to know and love.

Eve baby mattress

(Image: © Eve)

best for: hot sleepers

4. EVE BABY MATTRESS

The most inexpensive mattress on our list, but certainly not lacking in desirable qualities

Specifications
Size: 140cm x 70cm and 120cm x 60cm
Depth: 12cm
Type: Hybrid
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+Engineered for maximum coolness+Antibacterial protection
Reasons to avoid
-None

Who will the Eve Baby mattress suit?

Babies and toddlers (up to six years old) who regularly wake in a sweat-soaked state.

What is the Eve Baby mattress like to sleep on?

Children sleep hotter than adults, which is why they need lighter weight bedding and the room temperature should be kept at around 16-20⁰C. If overheating is still a concern, this mattress could help put your mind at rest. Featuring a Cairfull 3D fabric cover, the Eve cot bed mattress is highly breathable and encourages air circulation. According to Eve, Cairful 3D is 400 times more breathable than standard mattress fabrics. The online reviews, found on parenting sites like Bump, Baby & You, are very promising, with plenty of talk of reduced waking (hurrah!). The cover has a natural antibacterial treatment called Argentum to prevent bugs or allergens.

Special features?

The cover is removable and washable at 40⁰C, plus the mattress has an extra waterproof panel to protect the innards. Eve works with the BPA (Baby Products Association) to ensure their cot and cot bed mattresses are super safe.

Fillings?

This is a hybrid mattress with pocket springs in the base, which helps provide a cooling airflow, and nursery-grade memory foam on top.

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery, 30-night free trial, no-hassle returns, five-year guarantee.

Simba Hybrid Cot Bed mattress

(Image: © Simba)

best for: grown up comfort levels

5. SIMBA HYBRID COT BED MATTRESS

This beautifully engineered mattress is the mini-me to Simba’s award-winning Hybrid mattress and well worth consideration

Specifications
Size: 140cm x 70cm
Depth: 10cm
Type: Hybrid foam/springs
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ A cool night's sleep+Nice safety details
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly pricey

Who will the Simba Hybrid Cot Bed suit?

Simba addicts who want their children to enjoy the same comfort levels, this is the best mattress for toddlers who often want their parents to sleep in with them (your back will thank us later).

What is the Simba Hybrid Cot Bed like to sleep on?

Essentially a pint-sized version of the popular Simba Hybrid mattress, this smartly designed mattress introduces your little cherub to the joys of foam, with a bit of bounce inside. Obviously there’s not quite the same thickness of foam as the adult version, this is a reduced 10cm mattress after all, but since the user is many, many times lighter, this doesn’t impact comfort levels. Expect the same medium firm surface.

Special features?

Also available in cot and bunk bed versions. The cover is hypoallergenic with integral airflow for cool temperature regulation. It also comes off and can be washed at 40 degrees. The zip faces inward to prevent the risk of it catching or scratching baby - smart. 

Fillings?

CME foam – a responsive, open cell foam designated for crib use – sandwiches a layer of tiny conical pocket springs. The cover is 100% polyester.

What do you get for your money?

As with the adult sizes: Free delivery, 100-day free trial, plus a 10-year guarantee and hassle-free returns should your little one revolt.

Jay-be toddler mattress

(Image: © Jay-be)

Best for: anti-allergy

6. JAY-BE ANTI-ALLERGY 325 MATTRESS

Keep sniffles and sneezes at bay with this anti-allergy number

Specifications
Size: Single 190cm x 90cm
Depth: 16cm
Type: Open coil spring
Comfort grade: Soft-medium
Reasons to buy
+ Anti-allergy+Good airflow for a cool night's sleep 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite soft

Who will the anti-allergy 325 suit?

This is our pick of the best mattress for toddlers allergic to dust-mites and anyone with an eco-conscience.

What is the anti-allergy 325 like to sleep on?

The soft-medium firmness levels are delivered via a combination of open coil springs and soft comfort layers that help keep said coils under control. The majority of Wayfair’s reviewers give this mattress the top 5* rating, and agree that it is solidly made and comfortable. One customer also mentions that they work particularly well on bunk beds.

Special features?

The cover is infused with Purotex to naturally combat dust mites and bed bugs. Smart fibre comfort layer designed to regulate temperature and moisture.

Fillings?

Open coil springs (325 of them) topped with a high-density (HD) layer (foam free) for support and a cushion of smart fibre comfort layers on top. The latter are made from chemical-free, fully recyclable materials. 

What do you get for your money?

Free delivery within the UK. 

Mamas & Papas toddler mattress

(Image: © Mamas & Papas)

best for: longevity

7. MAMAS AND PAPAS PREMIUM TWIN SPRING COTBED

A clever little two-sided mattress to support different stages of development

Specifications
Size: Cotbed 140cm x 70cm
Depth: 10cm
Type: Pocket spring
Comfort grade: Dual
Reasons to buy
+Two firmness options+Waterproof core and extra removable cover
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive

Who will the Premium Twin Spring suit?

Babies through to toddlers; this is the best mattress for toddlers in terms of longevity.

What is the Premium Twin Spring like to sleep on?

The funny thing about babies is that they double in size, almost before your eyes. The clever thing about this mattress is that it has a dual core, whereby one side has the perfect levels of support for a newborn, while the other can peacefully accommodate a child that’s taking its first steps. So the firmness varies, depending on which side is facing upwards but, either way, the support is provided via pocket springs, which is never a bad thing.

Special features?

The core of this mattress is sealed to protect it from nighttime accidents, but there’s also a removable cover (washable at 60 degrees) for emergency situations. 

Fillings?

Two layers of pocket springs, one firm and one medium, allow this mattress to be flipped to suit a range of ages, from birth to toddlerhood. The outer cover is anti-allergy, as well as waterproof. All the materials are made with temperature regulation in mind, to help prevent your child from overheating in the night.

What do you get for your money?

Free standard delivery within four weeks, or collect from your nearest Mamas & Papas store. 

Toddler mattress by Mother Nurture

(Image: © Mother Nurture)

Best for: budget

8. MOTHER NURTURE LUXURY SPRING COTBED

The most inexpensive mattress on our list, but certainly not lacking in top-rate features

Specifications
Size: Cotbed 140cm x 70cm
Depth: 10cm
Type: Spring
Comfort grade: Medium
Reasons to buy
+ Amazing value for money
Reasons to avoid
-None

Who will the Luxury Spring Cotbed suit?

Anyone looking to reduce the overall cost of a cotbed purchase.

What is the Luxury Spring Cotbed like to sleep on?

Designed to fit Mothercare and Mamas & Papas’ most popular cotbeds, this surprisingly sturdy mattress is made in the UK and meets all the latest British Safety Standards. An impressive 73 per cent of Amazon’s 527 reviewers put this mattress in the top five star spot. The six percent who give it a lowly one star had mainly received damaged goods.

Special features?

The softly quilted cover is removable for machine-washing at 60ºC. The bound edges are designed to provide extra strength and durability to the mattress perimeter.

Fillings?

High tensile quality steel springs form the core, all encased in dent resistant nursery grade (i.e. chemical-free) foam. An inner waterproof liner provides extra protection from leaky nappies. 

What do you get for your money?

Free next day delivery if you are a Prime member – free standard if you’re not. Pay an extra £6.25 for a spare cover so there’s always a fresh clean one at the ready.

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