Our Serta Mattress Selection for our Kids

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A few weeks back I did a post on how to choose the right mattress for your child. As it turns out, there is a lot to think about when making a new mattress purchase for your little one!  Especially if you want to invest in a quality one to last throughout childhood.

Recently, we went through the process of selecting new Serta mattresses for review for both of our daughters, ages 3 and 6, as result of my participation in the Serta blogger program for 2012, which included complimentary mattresses to help facilitate firsthand reviews.  My girls have NO idea just how lucky they are. No idea.

But I do! My husband and I have been sleeping on the dreamy Serta iComfort Sleep System for a year now and it is the best night’s sleep I have ever had. We also received a complimentary mattress from Serta as part of the 2011 blogger program. Again, LUCKY us!

Since choosing a new mattress can be a confusing process, I wanted to walk you through how we came to our decision on which mattress was right for our little ones.

The first thing we had to consider was what size?

Seeing that we were going to be receiving high quality mattresses, the type of mattress that could last them until they went off to college, perhaps longer, we had to think long term.

For Emma (6 years old), we decided it was time to move her room to our guest room, which was the largest of the sleeping room options. It seemed silly to have the largest room be the one that was least utilized.

Given the fact that she would have more room, we wanted to go with the biggest size that seemed reasonable in the space, which was a Queen. I figured that even if she doest’t take her Queen bed to college, we could always move a Queen size to a guest room down the road.

For Morgan (3 years old), we had more space constraints.  Now that Emma was moving rooms, I wanted to move her to Emma’s old room, but it a rather small space.

But again, seeing that we were receiving high quality mattresses, I didn’t want to opt for a Twin, one that she would end up outgrowing, so we went with the Full. For me, having a GREAT bed that will last a long time took priority.  Now we would just have to do some creative space planning in her new room.

I am really happy we went with the Full, as we now have the flexibility to have both girls sleep in Morgan’s bed, and offer Emma’s Queen along with our other guest room Queen when having multiple house guests like at Thanksgiving with my husband’s whole family comes to visit.

With the sizes selected, we were now off to find the right one!

We took our girls to a local Sit N’ Sleep to try the Serta mattresses out themselves. I might be aging myself, but does anyone remember the children’s book Corduroy?  That cute little bear who finds himself wandering the department store at night amazed at the sea of mattresses? I used to love that book. And after seeing the sparkle in my girls eyes looking at all the beds it reminded me of that!  It was their very own Corduroy moment!

The Serta Mattress selector online suggested the innerspring Perfect Sleeper line for children, so we were definitely interested in having our girls test out the Perfect Sleepers, which is the Official Mattress of the National Sleep Foundation.

I also wanted to look at the Serta iSeries line, which is an innerspring / memory foam hybrid mattress. Now that my husband and I are sleeping on the iComfort memory foam mattress, having experienced the benefits, especially the reduction of tossing and turning, I am a big memory foam fan. And since the girls were used to sleeping on an innerspring mattress, I thought the combination of the two might be a nice choice.

Furthermore, the Serta Cool Action gel memory foam is made with an open-cell structure which is less likely to trap dust and other allergens.  My oldest has a dust allergy, so I thought this might be helpful.

Important to note: Serta does not make claims regarding their memory foam and dust allergies. The most important thing when dealing with dust allergies is the use of the right bedding and mattress protectors, but still, I figured the iSeries might be a good choice given her sensitivity.

But in the end, I really wanted them to decide on the mattress that felt best to their little bodies. So, the rest test began with Serta sheep plushies in hand…

My then two-year-old was no help in the mattress selection, she was still too young and it was a big game to her to bounce from bed to bed.

But my six-year-old knew EXACTLY the mattress that was “coziest” to her. I sort of expected her to say they were all comfortable (which they were) but she truly had one specific model that was the clear choice, the iSeries Merit.

Doesn’t it just look dreamy??

And after my husband and I laid on it, we could see WHY.

It is soooooooooo comfortable!  Soft, and plush, but also really supportive. 

I was somewhat surprised she chose a partial memory foam selection, but after thinking about it, both of our girls spend quite a bit of snuggle time in our iComfort bed, so I think there was something about the iSeries that felt familiar and comforting to them.

The iSeries Merit was the clear winner ~ a choice we were thrilled with!

After the first night sleeping in their new beds, it must have been a pretty big difference to Emma.  Her previous twin mattress was probably the cheapest mattress that could have come with the daybed we bought at the time, and her daybed was a bed I used in our guest room years before she was even born, so I never initially intended for it to turn into her real bed.

When she walked out the first morning after sleeping on her new bed, when I asked how she slept, she said,

“Mom! It’s like a magic bed!  I don’t have to put myself to sleep, it puts ME to sleep!”   

You can’t make stuff like that up ~ my husband looked at me and said, “you won’t get better blog material than that!” She LOVES her new bed.

Morgan went from the crib mattress to her new Full mattress and big girl bed, and transitioned beautifully.  Although she is too young to really tell me how she slept, she often will snuggle into her bed and shout, “cozy!!”

My girls have always been good sleepers as far as sleeping through the night, so I can’t claim that the mattress made them sleep longer or better, but I have to believe that their quality of sleep has improved, because for me personally I noticed a big difference in my quality of sleep once sleeping on our Serta.

Most importantly, it makes me feel so good knowing that my girls are sleeping on a QUALITY mattress. One that is ultra-supportive for their growing bodies.

However, there is one problem.

When putting my youngest down for nap, her bed is so comfortable I have been known to fall asleep on more than one occasion.

Just last weekend, my husband was curious as to why it could take more than 45 minutes to put her down for a nap. My disheveled “just woke up” look probably answered the question when I finally walked out!

If you are in the market to shop for a new mattress for your child, please make sure to check out my first post with some tips and suggestions on how to choose the best mattress for your little one.  You can also go into any Serta retailer and have them test out the beds themselves, which is what I found was the most important part of all!

But the new mattresses also presented another problem: musical rooms. Emma was moving to the guest room, guest room was moving to Morgan’s room, and Morgan was moving to Emma’s room.

I was a little overwhelmed at the thought of re-doing three rooms at once. So I called my friend Shanna from www.myfavoriteeverything.com, an interior designer now getting more back into the business to ask for her help and design expertise.  Basically I gave her our budget and let her do her thang.

Project “Extreme Bedroom Makeover” had begun.

As it turns out, this “problem” turned out to be the BEST thing that could ever happen because we re-did rooms that we have been wanting to for a long time.

And you guys will not BELIEVE what she did to our rooms. They are something out of a magazine.

I am so excited to share I can almost scream. Stay tuned…

[Disclosure: I received our Serta mattresses complimentary as a result of my participation in the blogger program for 2012. And our iComfort as a part of my participation in the 2011 program. My family is so incredibly grateful for this opportunity as we have never slept better and it is a brand I believe in. Opinions are 100% my own, of course!]

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How to Choose the Right Mattress for Your Child

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Recently we found ourselves in need of new mattresses for both of our girls. My youngest Morgan, newly three-years-old, was ready to move out of her crib into her first big girl bed, and my six-year-old Emma, was ready to transition from her still toddler-ish room and old low-quality, twin mattress into a “going to be a 1st grader” room.

So when Serta contacted me about being a part of their blogger campaign for 2012, which included complimentary mattresses for review to help write about our experiences, the timing couldn’t have been better.

Now that my husband and are I sleeping on our Serta iComfort mattress (also complimentary provided by Serta) and KNOW firsthand the difference a quality mattress makes to your sleep, it just killed me every night to lay on Emma’s terrible mattress when reading her books before bed and feel the innersprings coming through the top of the mattress. She had no idea – but I did. Click here to read about the difference our new mattress has made to our lives.

To know that both of my girls were going to get to experience blissful sleep on a Serta mattress made me SO happy. But now we had a task at hand – and that was choosing the best mattress for our kids. As it turns out, there was a lot to think about!

I am sure many of you at some point will have to purchase a new mattress for your child so I wanted to provide some personal shopping tips that helped us, along with input from the experts at Serta.

How to Choose the Right Mattress for Your Child

The first thing to decide is what size do you want?  I immediately thought twin for both, because they are so little. Especially for my three-year-old, it seemed like a natural progression to go from a crib mattress to a twin.

But given the fact that we were going to be receiving high quality mattresses that will likely last them until they go off to college, possibly even longer, I had to think long term.

Even though my three-year-old might look small in a full size bed now, 10 years from now she will be 13, and who knows, she could be 5’8″ by then (I was!)

Some things to consider when selecting the mattress size:

1. How much space do you have in your child’s room? Could it fit a full size or larger?

2. Will you be “handing down” this mattress to a younger sibling at some point? Is there a chance it will it be moving rooms?

3. Will you want to consider bunk beds or will your kids share a room at some point?

4. Could you benefit from being able to use a larger bed or double up kids in a larger bed when guests visit to free up more sleeping space? How about for sleepovers?

5. Do you prefer to invest in a quality mattress so you don’t have to upgrade at some point if/when they outgrow it in a few years?

If you answered “yes” to questions #1 and #5, I would recommend to buy the biggest size mattress their room will accommodate that still makes sense space-wise.

Most children’s furniture stores now have great full size bed options and custom shops like Newport Cottages can also custom make a children’s style bed into a queen, even larger, if that is the direction you want to go.

This was Serta’s expert advice on choosing the size,

“A larger sleeping surface allows for more ‘room to stretch’ during sleep. For kids that are active sleepers, meaning they shift positions often, a larger mattress may help keep them more comfortable and help them stay asleep in the event they shift positions during sleep. The biggest benefit of a larger mattress for a child is longevity. A good mattress can stay with your child through childhood.” 

Once you decide on the size you want, next you have to decide on the type of mattress you want for your child.

The traditional innerspring, like the Serta Perfect Sleeper, is a popular choice for children. You can also consider the (now famous on my blog) iComfort memory foam mattress, or the iSeries, which is a hybrid of innerspring and memory foam.

No matter what kind of mattress you select, the most important thing to ask about is does it offer proper support? A mattress with a good support infrastructure will alleviate pressure point build-up which can cause tossing and turning and restless sleep.

From there, the level of firmness or plushness is totally personal preference.  I suggest having your children go into to the store and test them out themselves. Of course, it is helpful to narrow it down to a handful that fit in your budget before giving them free reign to chose!

We took both of my girls mattress shopping and it was quite an enjoyable event. The “rest test” was not so effective with my (then) 2 1/2 year old who thought the game of musical mattresses was one VERY fun game, but my six-year-old, after laying on probably 10 different beds, knew the one she thought was the “coziest” without a doubt.

I thought it was really interesting to see that she had a strong opinion of the exact mattress that felt best to her at such a young age.

Expert advice from Serta,

“Today’s mattresses combine advanced support systems with a varity of “comfort layers”, meaning that you can still get the support you need from a softer mattress. We suggest you look for a quality mattress with proper support, with comfort materials designed to provide pressure relief. This is important to help reduce tossing and turning which can disrupt sleep.”

So now that you have selected your new mattress, and maybe invested a little more, you want to make sure you get the most years you can out of your new bed.

Serta advises,

“The most important mattress care tip is this – use a liquid resistant mattress pad or cover.  This will keep the mattress cleaner and healthier and insure that your warranty remains in tact and prevent the comfort layers from being impacted.  There are many options out there made from breathable materials, so the mattress pad or cover won’t cause heat build up.”

Stay tuned for another post on the mattress we selected for our girls and how we came to the decision.

These new mattresses started a pretty big home project that entailed moving three of our bedrooms and a VERY fun redesign of them all. It was a project that we needed to do, and these mattresses were the perfect push to get us started. I can’t wait to show you the results.  Coming soon!!!

[Disclosure: We received complimentary Serta mattresses to help facilitate this review and I am a participant in the 2011 and 2012 Serta blogger program. It is a company I am very passionate about sharing as I have been thrilled with their products and the dreamy sleep they have brought to my family!]

 

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An iComfort Mattress Review ~ One Year Later

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Serta changed my life.  I am not being dramatic. It’s the honest truth. In 2011 I was selected to be a part of a program for bloggers which included a complimentary mattress for review, and it has truly changed my life.

I am sure you must be asking yourself, “how on earth could a mattress company change her life, right!?!?” But, please let me explain.

It has now been a little over a year since my husband and I have been sleeping on our iComfort Prodigy mattress so I thought it would be fitting to do an iComfort update because when I look back, it has truly made an remarkable difference in our lives.

For those of you who weren’t following my blog last year when I originally did my iComfort mattress series, you can click here to read about their unique (FABULOUS) memory foam, here for my original review and here for my review of the motion perfect adjustable base.

I love my mattress so much that I feel the need to tell anyone that will listen about how amazing this bed is.  In fact, I happened to be walking in the mattress section of Macy’s Home Store the other day, and noticed a man looking at the iComfort mattresses talking to the sales guy. I overheard him asking how they were, and I couldn’t help myself, so I walked over, apologized for interrupting, but said, “This mattress is LIFE CHANGING!!” And again, let me disclose we were provided our mattress for free, but I mean EVERY single word.

I thought the sales guy might hug me. Or he might have thought I was a little crazy, but I couldn’t help myself because it’s the truth!

And here is WHY it is so AMAZING...

Before I slept on our iComfort mattress, on average, I would remember waking up at least one, if not two times a night. And often, I would have a problem going back to sleep right away. In the morning, I would typically wake up still feeling tired, even if I had gotten 8 hours of sleep. But looking back, it was 8 interrupted hours due to the tossing and turning.

Now, when sleeping on our iComfort mattress, 90% of the time, I go to sleep and do not wake up until it’s morning. Yes, I will sleep for a solid stretch of  an average of 8 hours. And it is AWESOME!!!! I now wake up earlier on my own, like 6:15am or so, and even have a nice hour to myself before the kids wake up. Even better, when I wake up, I feel rested and ready to start the day.

I fully attribute the fact that I am getting this solid, quality sleep to the iComfort Cool Action Memory Foam, which isolates movement. When my husband rolls over or gets up earlier or goes to bed later, his movement doesn’t wake me up. This has been the number one reason I think this bed is so incredible.

When you wake up night after night of quality sleep, it begins to affect other areas of your life. I exercise more, I am healthier and overall I have more energy. And all of these things work together to make for a better well being. Now I am not saying that the mattress talks to me and encourages me to exercise, but because I wake up early in the morning not feeling tired, I have more energy to get my workouts in.

I don’t think you can underestimate the importance of sleep (quality sleep) to your health and well being.

My husband has also noticed a BIG difference. On our old mattress, most mornings he would wake up with an achy back. His back pain completely went away when we got our iComfort. He loves the bed so much that when we ever sleep away from our home, he will always mention how he can’t wait to get back home to our bed. And I feel the same way. It is the BEST BED EVER.  Again, let me disclose, we were provided a mattress for review by Serta complimentary.

Before getting this mattress, I would probably have not have even considered a memory foam mattress. I had heard they could sleep hot, were rock hard, and I don’t know, and it seemed a little foreign to me after sleeping on an innerspring mattress for my whole life.

But the iComfort is NOT hot, thanks to the Cool Action Gel in the memory foam, and our model is plush, yet also super supportive, far from being rock hard. After sleeping on our iComfort Prodigy for the year, I can safely say, I will never sleep on another type of bed again, and I am a Serta memory foam fan for life.

If you are in the market for or need a new mattress, I can’t more highly recommend you find a store by you and go and test them out for yourself. And if I happen to see you in the store, don’t be surprised if I come over and tell you myself just how much I love this bed.

Serta also offers a 120-day in home trial, where you can sleep on your new mattress for a minimum of 30 nights, and if you are for any reason not satisfied within 120 days, you can exchange or return it (policies set by local retailer, ask your store for details.)

And don’t even get me STARTED on the Motion Perfect Adjustable Base.  That is a whole other post on it’s own. Stay tuned.

We were blessed beyond words to receive this mattress complimentary from Serta as a result of my involvement in their Blogger program last year when the iComfort mattresses first came out, but knowing what I know now, if my husband and I would have had to purchase a new mattress, I would have saved our pennies until we could afford to buy it ourself. It is worth every single dollar.  It’s that good.

So, when Serta contacted me again about working with them for their 2012 program, I almost jumped through my screen yelling, “YES!” Because when I love something this much, it is my absolute joy to be able to share it with the world.

Nighty night friends, thanks for listening to my Serta iComfort love affair!

XOXO
Jen

[Disclosure: I was a participant of the Serta Blogger Program last year and received my iComfort mattresses compliments of Serta. For the program for 2012 I will also be receiving additional products for our household for review. All opinions are my 100% honest ones, as always!]

 

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The Great Serta Mattress Heist

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How many of you reading this could use a NEW mattress? But not just any new mattress, an out-of-this world, sleep like a baby kind of mattress?

Let me fill you in on a little secret, Serta, the Maker of the World’s Best Mattress (no joke – I sleep on one and it IS the BEST) runs fun sweepstakes all the time where you can enter to win your own Serta and there is one going on right now called “The Great Serta Mattress Heist” you just have to enter! Like I always say, someone has to win, it might as well be YOU! Here is the scoop on what is going down at Serta’s HQ.

The disgruntled Counting Sheep have finally done it. After years of neglect and being put out of a job after people discovered they no longer had to count them once they slept on a Serta mattress, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

These sneaky sheep have broken into Serta’s World Headquarters and Sheep # 1 has escaped with a Perfect Sleeper Mattress!

Sources say his accomplices will be releasing clues on where it is hidden, so now Serta needs the help of their Facebook fans to help find it.

Every week, Serta will offer clues and different weekly prizes. Collect all three clues pointing to where the sheep have hidden the mattress, and after all the clues have been delivered, participants can complete a simple form and submit their guess as to the location.

Those who guess correctly will be entered for a chance to win a brand new Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress set complete with a full Sleep to Go top-of-bed back, a personal letter from Sheep #1 and an exclusive Serta Counting sheep gift basket.

Ready to help them out? It takes TWO seconds, click here to get the first clue.  Make sure to make a note of each one so you can make your final guess!  GOOD LUCK Serta Super Sleuths! 

I am also beyond thrilled to announce that I am one of a select number of bloggers from across the country asked to be a part of Serta’s Blogger Program for 2012.

Working with this World Class Brand in 2011 was one of the highlights of my year, and receiving the iComfort mattress that my husband and I sleep on every night has been life changing. I love our bed so much it is hard to put into words!

To feel so passionately about a brand and product and then to have the opportunity to share their products with my readers is an honor.

Stay tuned in the months to come for all sort of great posts related to SLEEP. Comfortable, restful, delightful, well-deserved sleep. The kind of sleep that you can only experience on the comfort of a Serta. Zzzzzzzzzz…….

[Disclosure: I received a free iComfort Prodigy bed and Motion Perfect Adjustable Base from Serta along with a stipend for tax purposes in 2011. I am being compensated for my time and participation in the 2012 program.  My family will also be receiving Serta products for my participation in the 2012 program as well. Any post related to Serta are my 100% honest opinions.]

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Serta Free Luxury Blanket Event [+ Giveaway!]

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I wanted to share a special event going on right now by Serta where customers can receive a FREE
luxury fleece blanket
with the purchase of any Serta mattress or mattress set $695 and above, or any iComfort mattress or mattress set at participating retailers through 03/13/12.

Click HERE to find the retailer closest to you!

And as luck would have it, two of these comfy fleece blankets showed up on my doorstep recently, one for me to try and one to GIVEAWAY to you!

Read below on how to enter!

I looooovvveeeeee this cozy blanket! The premium fleece is exceptionally plush, yet also breathable. It is “pill” resistant, machine washable and dryable and also hypoallergenic (100% polyester.)

I have it on our iComfort Prodigy Bed and I didn’t think it was possible for that bed to get any more comfortable, but the fleece blanket is like the icing on the cake!

I am so in love with my iComfort bed it almost makes me cry with happiness each night when I finally collapse into it after a busy day with the kids. I am not being dramatic. After sleeping on it for seven months now, I recently told a friend, I will never in my life not sleep on a Serta memory foam bed again. It has been life changing. I don’t wake up during the night and have never slept better.

Click here and here and here to read more of my iComfort mattress reviews.

Hooray! Its a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a free Luxury Fleece Blanket compliments of Serta. Contest open to US residents 18 years and older and runs through Sunday, March 18th, 2012 at 5:00pm PST.

Here is how to enter!

1. Simply comment below! – 1 ENTRY

2. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @SertaMattresses on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. Tweet “I entered to win a luxury fleece blanket from @SertaMattresses on @TinyOrangesOC! http://wp.me/p1MmcT-2PP” – 1 ENTRY (1 tweet allowed per day. Please leave the permalink in your comment.)

5. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges via email or RSS – 1 ENTRY

Winner will be contacted via email so please leave your email address in the comment field (won’t be published.)

[Disclosure: I received a free Sleep To Go Luxury Fleece Blanket from Serta and free iComfort bed and adjustable base last year for review. These opinions are 100% my own. I LOVE MY COZY BED! ]

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