ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - From toys to clothes, shoes to bicycles -- hand-me-down items passed from sibling to sibling can be a cost effective, eco-friendly and easy way for parents to keep everyone happy without breaking the bank. But one item you should think twice about reusing is an old mattress.
"Many parents overlook the importance of finding a good mattress for their children, thinking they'll outgrow them too fast or just believing that kids are okay sleeping pretty much anywhere," says Ben Thorud, Senior Vice President of Ashley Sleep. "The truth is that kids often spend most of their developmental years on the same mattress, so choosing one that offers them the best quality of sleep -- as well as one that nurtures them through every growth spurt -- is vital."
After doubling as trampoline and enduring numerous spills and stains, hand-me-down mattresses can easily become worn out and unsupportive. So how do you choose a new mattress for your kids? Ashley Sleep offers these five easy-to-follow tips:
1. Know what's inside. While mattresses may look similar on the outside, not all are created equally. Be sure to find out how your mattress was manufactured and which chemicals are used inside. Ashley Sleep uses state-of-the-art sleep technology like SynTex in every Latex Mattress. Infused with natural seed oil, this process minimizes the use of petrol-based chemical oils -- allowing our mattresses to meet or exceed the most rigorous flame-retardancy test. They're also a more eco-friendly option.
2. Listen to your kids. Does your child complain about pains after waking up? A memory foam mattress -- or a gel mattress with memory foam -- may be an excellent choice. Memory foam contours the mattress to the body and helps alleviate pinches and pains that can cause tossing and turning. It's also designed to adapt to your child's body weight.
3. Make sure it's safe. If you choose a foam mattress, find out if the foam is CertiPUR-US® approved. When the foam inside is CertiPUR-US approved, you know that it has been tested by an independent laboratory to meet environmental, health and safety guidelines. CertiPUR-US certified foams are made without PBDEs, ozone-depleters, prohibited phthalates, lead, mercury and heavy metals and formaldehyde. They are also certified low-emissions for indoor air quality. Consider it a health check-up for your child's mattress.
4. Consider your kids' allergies. Latex Mattresses are an excellent choice for children with allergies. Latex is a naturally hypoallergenic, renewable and eco-friendly material made from the sap of plantation-grown rubber trees, that's bacteria, mold, mildew and dust-mite resistant. (Some people are allergic to latex and believe they cannot purchase a latex mattress for this reason. But true allergic reactions to latex are from direct contact. You will never be in direct contact with the latex in the mattress.) Don't forget about an allergy-friendly box spring. Ashley Sleep's Better than a Box Spring risers help provide better allergy relief by not having an area for dust and bugs to dwell in.
5. Don't forget the pillows! No matter what kind of pillows you choose for your kids, it's important to replace them about every year or so. Older pillows may contain skin cells, mold, dust mites, mildew and fungus and can quickly lose their shape and supportive qualities.
For more interesting sleep facts, or to compare mattresses for your child, visit AshleySleep.com.
About Ashley Sleep
Ashley Sleep is manufactured by Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., the largest furniture manufacturer in the world, with products available at participating Ashley Furniture HomeStores and other quality mattress retailers (Store Locator). Making its own place in the sleep industry, Ashley Sleep is one of the fastest growing mattress brands in the world. First introduced in 2008, more people are sleeping on Ashley Sleep mattresses than ever before.
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