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How Tall Should Your Child's Bed Be? A Guide

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Kids grow up quickly. And at every stage of their development, they often have different requirements for the right sleeping arrangements. While many parents focus on finding the right dimension of bed and mattress for their little one, there's something else that should match their development: the bed height.

How can your child's bed height complement their age and readiness? Here are 5 key steps.

1. Start With Your Height. The earliest bed most kids sleep in on their own is a crib. Cribs are not designed, of course, for kids to get into on their own. That means the most important mattress height requirement is your own comfort level. Both parents and any other regular caregivers should test out crib heights to find one that allows comfortable access to play and work with the baby while not straining the back and legs.

2. Then Go Low. When the child transitions into a regular bed — usually a toddler bed — you generally want them to be able to get into and out of it safely. This means that a parent should opt for a very low bed. A mattress that starts about 12 inches off the floor and has a low profile itself helps ensure that kids can climb in and out unassisted. It also usually means that they won't fall far enough to do damage if that happens. 

3. Consider a Loft Style. As the child becomes bigger and more adventurous, many families like to switch to a loft-style bed. Low lofts offer a space on the floor for the kid (or kids) to sit and play in their own little fort. The bed itself is above and accessed by a ladder or ramp. Low lofts also minimize the danger of kids falling while maximizing the playroom.

4. Take the Loft Higher. If you can, look for a loft bed that can be raised higher to accommodate a taller and more active child. Many mid-range and tall loft beds allow enough height for an additional bed below for sleepovers, a desk for school work, or even room to create a fun space hidden from view. 

5. Transition to Normal Height. Most children eventually lose interest in a loft bed. Leave it up to them when they are ready to join the world of adult-style beds. Once they do show interest, consider a bed with storage options underneath — because most families never have enough storage! And if you haven't done so already, add a box spring to give growing bodies a good night's sleep. 

As with most things in your child's life, there is a bed style and height that makes a great fit. By gradually moving them through the steps from babyhood to the teen years, you can help ensure that they have what they need to be safe, comfortable, and satisfied. Learn more today by talking with a mattress supplier.