Children’s mattresses in the test
One of the important factors for high-quality sleep is a child’s mattress that fits the child. But what do parents have to pay attention to to find the right mattress? Is 90×200, 70×140, 60×120 or 70×160 cm the right size? In this guide you will find tips on how to buy a mattress for your child and you will learn which mattresses have already proven themselves in the tests by Stiftung Warentest and Ökotest.
Children’s mattress test 2019
Children’s mattress test from Ökotest
There was also a test on children’s mattresses in December 2016. It is striking that in this test, over half of the mattresses examined received a very poor result, namely the grades poor or insufficient. Only two models received the grade good:
The following models, each with a satisfactory grade, were found in places three to five.
3. Allnatura Hevea children’s mattress (note: upgraded from Ökotest in June 2017 to good)
4. Julius Zöllner baby mattress Luna Night
5. Prolana Lara Plus baby and child mattress
Ökotest children’s mattresses test winner
Ökotest carried out its test differently than Stiftung Warentest. The test results consist of 50 percent of a test on the ingredients and 50 percent of a practical test. The ingredient test has dealt with the type of mattress and any defects that may have occurred.
During the practical test, the mattress hardness, the cover, any labels and stickers glued on, the accessibility to the filling, the entire processing and the presence of instructions for use and warnings were checked. In addition, the examiners looked for other defects such as declaration errors or the use of optical brighteners.
Children’s mattress test 10/2018 Stiftung Warentest test winner
|place||Surname||test score||Price *|
|1st place||Jonas child mattress Danish bed storage||1.8||99|
|2nd place||Ikea Skönast||2.0||69|
|3rd place||Prolana Kati Plus||2.2||139|
|3rd place||Hessnatur Lena||2.2||179|
|5th place||Sara paradise||2.3||109|
Table with all individual notes (very large table!)
|Test criteria / product name||Jonas Danish bed storage||Ikea Skönast||Prolana Kati Plus||Hessnatur Lena||Sara paradise||Aro NonPlus Ultra||Vitalis Filius||Alvi Max||Julia Zöllner Dr. Lübbe Air Plus||Julius Zöllner Baby Dream Comfort||MFO Sleeping Beauty||Pinolino Allergo fleece||Dreamland slumber star||Raccoon coconut / latex|
|Lying properties (35%)||1.8||2.0||1.8||2.0||2.4||1.9||1.9||2.4||2.1||2.1||2.0||2.3||2.0||1.9|
|Declaration and advertising (10%)||2.3||2.6||4.1||4.0||2.8||3.6||4.0||3.5||3.7||3.7||4.1||4.3||4.1||3.0|
|Health and Environment (0%)||1.7||1.3||1.5||1.5||1.6||1.3||1.7||1.6||1.7||1.7||1.7||1.4||1.7||1.5|
|verdict||1.8||2.0||2.2||2.2||2.3||2.9||3.3||5.0 *||5.0 *||5.0 *||5.0 *||5.0 *||5.0 *||5.0 *|
Our opinion on the test result of the Stiftung Warentest:
We think it’s here it’s all about making headlines in the press. How does something like that? Terrifying test results, the Fear in the population spread. Effect for the Stiftung Warentest? Free comprehensive coverage of the test result in all media. Parents are concerned and buy the booklet. The headlines give the impression that children are suffocating in their mattresses in their sleep.
The comparison with the test results from March 2014 is interesting
Test winner (!!) March 2014: "Raccoon Coconut Latex 2.0 (Good)"
Test result 2018 = 5.0 (poor)
MFO Sleeping Beauty: Test result 2014 = 2.5 (good)
Test result 2018 = 5.0 (poor)
4 years ago, the Stiftung Warentest indirectly recommended a mattress with a test victory that is said to be life-threatening for children. (And this to this day) After 4 years, you suddenly notice that this mattress is life-threatening for children. In this way, the Stiftung Warentest defies credibility. Who knows how many test winners of today are potentially life-threatening in a few years and can kill us. 2013 was attempted with an inadequate rating of the popular "Ritter Sport" To make chocolate press. This was initially successful, but Ritter Sport then opposed it judicially.
What is your opinion on this? Leave us a comment.
Children’s mattress test by Stiftung Warentest
In March 2014, the Stiftung Warentest carried out a children’s mattress test with a total of twelve different child and baby mattresses, some of which are presented in more detail in the course of the text. Eleven of the mattresses tested had the standard size 70 x 140 cm, one model was 70 x 160 cm. The children’s mattresses were in a price range of 69 to 170 euros.
The various properties of the models were tested in the test. Each property was included in the overall grade at certain percentages, which are given below in brackets after the property. In the test, it was important whether the model performed worse than 2.0 in one property. In these cases, the overall grade was devalued.
The lying properties (35%) were tested with human-like dummies, which represent a twelve-month and a six-year-old child. In the sleep climate test (5%), the development of heat and moisture was assessed over the course of an hour with one test person. The foundation tested the durability (20%) with the help of a 40 kg roller at 30,000 gears – inside and outside a climatic chamber.
Stiftung Warentest test winner
The reference (10%) was considered with regard to processing, washability and wetness reaction. In the Health and Environment category (10%), the testers dealt with the pollution, disposal, odor development and indoor air pollution in the tested model.
When handling (10%) the foundation examined the transport and turning behavior. The tests for declaration and advertising (10%) took a closer look at the information and statements of the manufacturer.
The five children’s mattresses test winners
Children’s mattress sizes from 70×140, 60×120, 90×200 to 80×140
You can find children’s mattresses in different mattress sizes on the market. The most common sizes are 60×120 cm and 70x140 cm. But buyers have an even wider choice of mattress sizes available. The length ranges from 120 to 220 cm and the width from 60 to 200 cm. Which combination is the right size for your child mainly depends on your height.
The children’s mattress should be large enough so that the child has at least ten centimeters of space on the head and foot side. Overall, the mattress must not be smaller than the body size plus 20 centimeters. But since your child will still grow, it is worth buying the mattress directly larger. There are different combinations. When making your selection, keep in mind that the mattress should fit into an appropriately large bed frame. You can only avoid slipping if the slatted frame, bed frame and mattress fit together exactly. By the way, baby mattresses can continue to be used until the child is approx. 10cm smaller than the baby mattress.
Children’s mattress 90×200
A 90×200 cm children’s mattress is a great option for children. Mostly children’s mattresses in 90×200 are used by children from 6 years. This makes sense to the extent that a new mattress does not have to be bought after a year if the child grows. As recommendation for a 90×200 child mattress we have the following model, which one Cold foam mattress of medium hardness is and is, in our eyes, well suited for children from around 6 years of age:
Children’s mattress 90×200: Our recommendation for children
What parents should pay attention to when buying a children’s mattress
1. The children’s mattress should not be too hard or too soft.
For children under the age of six, an elastic and stable baby or child mattress without complex comfort functions as with adult mattresses is sufficient. It is important that the model is hard rather than soft. Because the child easily sinks into a mattress that is too soft. In certain sleeping positions, breathing can become difficult, which is extremely dangerous. In addition, the child’s spine and other bone structures still develop in the first years of life. Too soft a bed pad interferes with healthy development. But also keep in mind that a child mattress that is too hard can cause restless sleep. The optimal hardness of the children’s mattress is between medium-hard and hard. Unfortunately, there are many children’s mattresses in only one degree of hardness. Also think of a sensible slatted frame under the mattress.
2. Freedom from pollutants is key.
Parents should make sure that the new children’s mattress is free of pollutants or at least low in pollutants. Because especially children with their great need for sleep of ten to 14 hours are sensitive to it. It is worth buying only those child mattresses that are recommended in a mattress test by renowned test portals such as Stiftung Warentest. So do not buy cheap imported goods from distant countries that have failed tests or have never been tested. Many mattresses – even the high-quality ones – give off an unpleasant smell after unpacking. That doesn’t have to mean anything bad. Allow each mattress to air out for 24 hours first. And: do not buy used mattresses!
3. Even children sweat in their sleep.
Like adults, children lose fluid through sweating at night. If the child is sick or dreams intensely, the amount of night sweats can even increase significantly. When buying a children’s mattress, care must be taken to ensure that the mattress core is breathable. As a result, the sleeping pad remains dry and fungi and germs do not find favorable living conditions. The high level of breathability is also necessary so that the child can breathe well even in an unfavorable sleeping position. Mattresses that can be washed at 60 ° C or mattresses with a washable cover help to keep the sleeping area hygienic.
4. It doesn’t depend on the price.
The price range for a new children’s mattress ranges from around 15 to over 200 euros. However, the cheapest models are often children’s travel mattresses. Mattresses for the children’s room are available from around 30 euros. Even if the lower price limit is tempting, the cheapest models often do not deliver what they promise. In the same way, the expensive models are characterized in part by superfluous standards. With an expensive children’s mattress, you should not generally assume that it is a good mattress. Parents receive quality goods between 100 and 170 euros. However, the individual properties are much more important than the price.
5. Different materials have different properties.
Mattresses for children, like the models for adults, can be made of different materials. For example, many models have a core made of cold foam. Their shape adapts very well to the underlying slatted frame and to the body of the sleeper. There are also properties such as point elasticity, good suspension properties, durability and good thermal insulation. Another frequently used material is natural latex, which is also very adaptable and point-elastic. In comparison, natural latex weighs more. A typical smell must also be accepted. Children’s mattresses can also consist of other materials, for example coconut fibers.
Child mattress test winner at a glance
Julius Zöllner Dr. Lübbe Air Premium
The Air Premium baby mattress has point elasticity and sturdy edges. Buyers receive the model in two different sizes: 60 x 120 and 70 x 140 cm. The height is 12 cm each. It is a cold foam mattress that was also rated good in the Stiftung Warentest test. The core consists of three layers, the medium-hard side is suitable for babies and the other for toddlers. The model is characterized by high breathability and a removable and washable cover. This also has antibacterial properties and is suitable for allergy sufferers. Unfortunately, the manufacturer Julius Zöllner does not provide any information on the density.
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