Parents often wonder about the best product for their kids, but your comfort is just as important. After all, a rested parented is a lot more capable of making fast decisions and taking care of the little ones. Specialists can’t stress enough the importance self-care has for new parents and they have a bullet-proof point!
Besides the dangers of burning out, there is also the risk of developing a difficult mental illness such as depression or anxiety. So, even though you might feel like a night out with the girls/boys is what you’re missing, first make sure your sleep quality is up to par.
And I recommend starting with your bedroom; more exactly, your mattress. Now I know there are all sorts of designs on the market, but the most popular ones can be included in three categories: latex, memory foam, or innersprings. Since memory foam is a very discussed topic, let’s have a look at the other two options and talk pros and cons.
Latex – the Natural Choice
If it were to choose a bed for the kids I know you would go with natural latex, so why not consider it for your bed as well?
This material is obtained from the rubber tree sap and is processed into a foam-like structure that provides a bouncy, heat-regulating surface. According to TopMattress.com reviewed latex mattresses, these are the most recommended designs for people suffering from allergies (the structure doesn’t allow allergens or dust mites and bed bugs to settle in).
Unlike the other type of foam used in mattresses (aka memory foam), natural latex doesn’t need a special system to regulate heat. The material allows air to move in and out, taking heat and humidity away from the sleeper. It’s also a surface that adapts to the body shape and provides good support at the same time. However, the feel is more on the firm side, so sensitive side sleepers may need a bit to adapt to sleeping on latex.
Overall, the mattress is heavier and a bit more difficult to move around than a memory foam, but the benefits outweigh the cons. It’s also a bit pricier, but high-quality designs are known to resist up to 15 years, which is almost double compared to a memory foam (about 8 years of lifetime).
Innersprings – the Traditional Choice
Modern innersprings are designed to accommodate a sleeper’s needs and the only thing that resembles the models of the past is the presence of springs. Nowadays, a spring model features individual coils that respond to pressure separately, creating a custom support feel that reacts to your every move. While motion transfer can be a thing with these designs, manufacturers use a special wrapping material around each coil to prevent this issue.
Finally, innersprings are amazing for various bedroom activities (besides sleeping), provide perfect ventilation, and keep you supported regardless of your favorite sleeping position. So, if you’re the kind of couple who enjoys a bit of upward movement, the innerspring is a fantastic choice!
Of course, it will be a bit more difficult to maintain and it’s heavier than a memory foam, but these are among the cheapest designs on the market (without any rebate to quality).
As you can see, both designs have pros and cons, but the right bed can be a huge improvement in your life as a parent. Sleep is of extreme importance, especially for new moms who tend to forget about themselves and dedicate fully to the care of the children.
If you want to be a good mother, you also have to consider your needs – you won’t be of any help to your kids if you’re anxious and irritable!