How to Choose the Right Mattress for Your Kids

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When designing your child’s bedroom, you want to be certain that the space will be fun and stylish, as well as organized so that your kid has everything that they want and need in there. Beyond that, though, you also want to ensure that the room will be comfortable, serving as a sanctuary where your child can rest and get a good night’s sleep. One of the best ways to do that is by choosing the best mattress for your child’s bed. How can you go about doing that? Check out the tips below on how to choose the right mattress for your son or daughter.

Do Your Research Online

One of the best ways to find the right mattress for your child is by doing some research online. Seek out mattress buying guides that can point you in the right direction in terms of high quality brands that you can trust, as well as mattresses that are designed to provide the greatest level of comfort and support. Online buying guides can be particularly helpful if you do not even know where to begin when searching for a mattress for kids. Once you have a general idea of the top mattresses on the market today, and you gain a clearer perspective on what products are getting the best customer reviews, you will be able to shop even more confidently, and narrow down your many choices to those that you know are at the top of the market.

Think About the Level of Support That Is Needed

There are several mattress support and firmness levels that you can choose from, and what you choose will depend upon your personal preferences. Some people will prefer the feeling of a firmer mattress under their body while they rest, but other people like softer mattresses. When it comes to shopping for a mattress for kids, it can be a bit of challenge to figure out what your child prefers, especially if he or she is very young. If your child is old enough to test out some mattresses in stores and let you know what feels most comfortable, simply go with that. While browsing your options, you might come across mattresses with firmness levels that include extra soft, soft, medium, firm, and extra firm.

Christopher Jolly

Know the Main Differences Between Memory Foam and Innerspring Mattresses

Another thing that you will notice when shopping for mattresses for everyone in your family is the fact that some mattresses feature memory foam, while others are made using innerspring coils. What’s the difference between these options? Well, memory foam options are good for those who want a mattress that will more easily contour to match the shape of their unique body. These mattresses may contain hypoallergenic materials, making them a good choice for kids, and they may also feature materials that help keep the body cool while you sleep, thereby helping you get better quality sleep. On the other hand, innerspring coil mattresses come in different forms, including open-coil and pocket coil. While open-coil products are capable of giving the body support, especially along the spine, pocket coils can help reduce motion transfer.

Check the Materials That the Mattress Is Made Of

When analyzing and comparing mattresses for kids, it is also a smart idea to check the list of materials that are used in the mattress, especially if your child suffers from allergies. Synthetic materials in mattresses may lead to health problems that include respiratory issues or irritation of the skin. Also, if you are concerned about purchasing products that contain eco-friendly materials, there are plenty of mattresses out there that contain more natural materials that do not release harmful chemical fumes like conventional mattress materials do. A few great examples of natural mattress materials include latex, bamboo, and cotton.

Use a Mattress Protector

Purchasing a mattress for your kids takes quite a bit of effort, especially if you take the time to research your options and shop around for a product that is made using natural materials. Once you have found the ideal mattress for your child, it is time to get it home and put it on the bed. But, not so fast. What if your child spills something on the bed? Your new, and expensive mattress could be ruined. That’s why smart parents also make it a point to invest in a high-quality mattress protector that fits their child’s mattress snugly. A waterproof mattress protector will help ensure that, if your child spills something on the bed by accident, the liquid won’t be able to penetrate into the mattress fibers.

So, there you have it: a few quick tips on how to choose the right mattress for your kids. The key is to select a product that provides the right amount of support so your child can get the best night’s sleep, which is so important for overall health and growth.

Now You Are Two

This post is going live at the exact moment you turn two. How has it been two years already? It has been a whirlwind two years, I can’t quite believe it but having you in our life has been amazing and you’ve made a wonderful addition to our family.

Jack adores you and although you two bicker like anything and wind each other up, you are as thick as thieves together and you miss him a hell of a lot once he’s at school. He’s back at school today from Christmas break and I just know you’ll be upset and miss him like crazy.

It has been a struggle to know what to get you for your birthday this year – you don’t really need anything and you are at that weird age where certain things are too babyish and others are too old for you. Trying to find the middle ground has been without great success. You’ve got a couple of presents from us and one from Jack, I hope you like them.

You’ve learned so much in the past year – so many words, your vocabulary is getting quite extensive and it is quite funny to hear what you say next. It still makes me laugh everytime you say ‘You’re Waddle!’ when you want ‘You’re Welcome!’ from Moana played. That is one of your favourite songs – the other two are Let It Go from Frozen and of course, Baby Shark!

You absolutely love your playgroup on a Thursday, you’ve made some lovely little friends there and it seems to be the highlight of your week. You’re obsessed with Disney princesses, Teletubbies, Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly and seem to have developed quite the obsession with Gekko from PJ Masks.

You’ve been loving your Tickle Me Elmo from Christmas a lot – I love hearing you giggle everytime you pick him up. You’ve grown up so fast in the past year and whilst I don’t want you to grow up too quickly as you’re still my ickle bubba, I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you. I love you, happy birthday!

Bobby Bus RascalPack | Review

Item sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

A few weeks back, I posted on Instagram about the RascalPack we had been sent to review, Bobby Bus. I received quite a few DM’s asking about it and am now here with a full review. Please do consider liking the RascalPack Facebook page here so you can find out more about the wonderful products they have to offer.

Available to buy from Bear and Squidge, the RascalPack is a fun combination of a rucksack and a character vest. It has all the safety features of a reflective vest. The Bobby Bus RascalPack in particular is very bright in colour which is great for little ones as they love colourful things.

The rucksack has a fun character design of Bobby Bus with reflective strips. It also has a top handle for ease of carrying (often the case if my toddler wants me to carry it instead) and padded shoulder straps for comfort. If carrying with the top handle, there are press studs to handily attach the vest and rucksack together.

The straps are adjustable and there are loops to hold any dangling straps, to avoid any danger. Something I love especially about the rucksack too is that there is a place for your child to write their name and an emergency contact number. This is a great feature.

So what did we think? For £19.99 (available to buy here), this is a steal. It combines the usefulness of a rucksack and the safety of reflective vests. I sometimes have to walk home from school in the dark after Jack’s football practice and the reflective quality of this rucksack fills me with confidence that she will be seen. She is always holding my hand or in the pushchair but you cannot ever be too safe.

Olivia also loves to take things out and about with her so this is very handy for storing all the little toys she wants to take out with her. She can carry them on her back and then if she decides she doesn’t want to carry it anymore, I can easily pop the vest and rucksack together and carry it with the top handle. It is easy to store and the colours are perfectly bright which keeps Olivia’s attention. The print quality of the Bobby Bus design is fantastic and the straps seem good quality too. Olivia seems very comfortable when using this, even joyful as shown in the pictures.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect backpack for your little one, you may want to consider a RascalPack – after all, you’ll get the safety elements of the pack too. You will love it and your child will love it too!

Do your kids carry a backpack with them?

My Plans For 2019

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Do you have any plans or goals for 2019? I have a few but am trying not to make too many because I find if you set too many, it makes them harder to achieve as you feel the pressure more. Every year I seem to make far too many goals and then get disappointed at the end of the year when I haven’t managed to achieve them all. Some are really hard to achieve too so I shouldn’t be disheartened at being unable to complete them all.

I’ve only set a few plans or goals for next year, here are the few things I would like to do in 2019.

Move House

This was actually in the plans for 2018 as we are severely lacking in space here but unfortunately it never came to pass. With Olivia almost two years old, time is of the essence and I really want to get moved in the first few months of 2019. I’d definitely have to hire a reputable moving company to help me as we wouldn’t be able to manage all this stuff, just me and Steve.

The only problem is trying to find something in our budget in our village that is the right size. We have to stay in our village due to Jack’s schooling and extra-curricular clubs and activities, Steve’s work and Olivia’s playgroups all being based here. Here’s hoping some come up in January for us.

Scott Webb

Lose Weight

I really wanted to do this in 2018 but I really struggled to get in the right mindset. Once New Year’s Eve is over, Steve and I have pledged to get back on track. We need to get rid of all the naughty Christmas stuff first – I am thinking giving it to my friends tomorrow night! I want to have lost two stone by the time our village Fun Run rolls around so wish me luck!

We aren’t too sure how we are going to approach this yet – whether we choose simple healthy eating and exercise or following a plan but we can’t wait to get started.

Grow My Business

2018 was a great year for me growing my business. I took on more clients as a virtual assistant, I worked on some pretty cool campaigns, I got some fantastic and exciting things booked in for 2019 too! I would love to add more clients on the virtual assistance side of things and I’d love to do more freelance writing for different clients too. I have also done much more as a ghost writer which has been pretty cool – the content may not have my byline but it has been super exciting to see it go live and be received well.

Learn A New Skill

Finally, I would love to learn a new skill. I wouldn’t say I have too many skills so I’d love to build on these for 2019. Whether it is learning a new language, learning to sew or something completely obscure, I’d love to work on and develop my skillset and 2019 is the perfect time to do it.

Do you have any plans or goals for 2019? What are you hoping to achieve?

Degustabox | December

We were sent the box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

It’s time again to talk about our Degustabox – a subscription box, delivered monthly, with 10 to 15 surprise products, many which are new to the market. The box costs just £12.99, including delivery, and it normally works out as great value for money with the contents usually totalling wel over £20. Find out more about the box and how to order here.

So what did we get in the December box?

I was interested to see some brands we hadn’t ever seen before and was a little disappointed to see some yet again, I must admit.

Maggi Fusion Noodle Pots (Chow Mein/Spiced Curry/Sweet Chilli0 – £1.15

We have had Maggi before in the Degustabox boxes but it hasn’t been for a while now and I am always happy to see Maggi products included. I tend to try to be as healthy as possible with my breakfasts and dinners but I am always looking for something quick, easy and tasty for lunches, especially if working to deadlines or having an especially busy day, working from home. These are ready in just four minutes and are packed full of delicious flavour.

Funkin Cocktails Funkin Passion Fruit Martini Shaker – £4

I actually just recently enjoyed this on Christmas Eve – we had some friends round and added some vodka. I found it absolutely delicious and think it is great value. I’ll definitely be trying out the other flavours in the range.

Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade – £1.80

This was the product I was a little disappointed with – we’ve had Jack Daniel’s products included for so many months now. My brother in law drank these at Christmas time – I’m thankful for this as they would have sat in my fridge for ages unfortunately.

Nestle Shredded Wheat Breakfast On The Go – £1.99

I am quite liking these on the go breakfasts being included in the box. Whilst I am not a Shredded Wheat fan myself, I know that these will be great for Steve one morning.

Delverde Spaghetti – £1.99

Spaghetti or pasta is always going to be a good addition to the box for me – we eat a lot of it. Delverde is a new brand to me and they make their pasta with the best durum wheat and the water from the Verde river.  I was very happy to see this included.

Green & Black’s Blueberry Velvet Fruit and Orange Velvet Fruit – £3.29 each

Now I am not usually a dark chocolate fan but I have to admit there is something about Green & Black’s that I really do love. These were delicious – all of us quite liked them (especially Olivia!) and felt super indulgent. In regards to the price, these wouldn’t be a regular buy for me but rather an occasional treat.

Slush Puppy Sour Cherry – 1.29

This is the product of the month and the product Jack and Steve were both super excited about. We love Slush Puppies and to be able to have them in our own home is fantastic! They are available in sour cherry, blue raspberry and strawberry. You simply need to freeze, squeeze and drink and they are only 95 calories apiece. They are now also available in multipacks of 3 for £3 in Tesco stores.

Real Good Tomato Ketchup No Added Sugar 78% less salt

We go through a LOT of ketchup in our house so this was always going to be a good addition for us.

Nature’s Store Salted Caramel Popcorn Bar – 89p

Salted caramel is one of my favourite flavours and this new popcorn bar combines popcorn, seeds, dates and gluten free oats with no added sugar Belgian chocolate. They’re less than 150 calories per bar and this was tasty!

Sleep Well Chocolate Milk – £1.25

Jack really enjoyed this – it is a new, natural milk drink that helps you to relax and get a better nights sleep. Jack certainly seemed to! I tasted it and it seemed just like a very chocolatey milkshake. It is a long life drink made whole jersey milk, honey and valerian – delicious.

The content value works out at around £24 which is just under double the price of the box – great value, I’d say!

Have you ever tried a food subscription box like the Degustabox?