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Need Help: Mattress for Myself and one for my Toddler 15 Feb 2020 18:14 #1

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I am reading all I can on this site, and it is a ton of information!

Background: Looking for a new bed for myself(6’5” 220 side sleeper) and one for my 3 year old.

I’ve learned over the years the importance of good sleep and the impact a bed has, but never knew there was this much involved till I found this site

Based on the info I’ve read it seems like a latex bed for both of us is ideal, but a couple questions:

1: Is the ideal approach to go with a soft comfort Talay layer with a transition layer for support as part of the Core or is that not needed?

2: Are all of the recommendations for finding a new mattress the same between an adult and a toddler?

3. where is the best place to find a good mattress in South Carolina? All the experts associated on this site seems to be a good ways away

Note: Thank you so much for this site. I’ve learned a lot so far

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Need Help: Mattress for Myself and one for my Toddler 19 Feb 2020 06:49 #2

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There is one in Charleston called Sleeping Organic. I am still undecided on who to purchase from.

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Need Help: Mattress for Myself and one for my Toddler 19 Feb 2020 07:38 #3

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Hi BigP,
if you are certain on latex then I think you have done half your work already and are making the right decision given what the research shows on ability of latex to provide support for your back during sleep.

Keep in mind that you really don't know what a mattress feels like until you have slept on it. The advantage of seeing and trying one in a store is merely that you can touch and smell it to see what the materials are like, but lying there for 10-30min will not give you an adequate representation of what it would be like to sleep in the bed. You should expect that it may take 2 weeks before you can actually be sure about the mattress that you buy (this recommendation is from the "International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors" in their chapter on sleeping systems). So for piece of mind I would suggest finding somebody that will at least give you the 2 week period or longer.

Also the challenge for the toddler is to find a bed that adjust for the ever growing child. So if you purchase something that is good for the current weight and size, but it is not adaptable, then that may be a problem for later (or vice versa).

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Need Help: Mattress for Myself and one for my Toddler 22 Feb 2020 17:22 #4

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Couple of more questions if you don't mind me asking:

1: Is there a better comfort layer than the latex for side sleepers with back and shoulder issues? I currently have a 10+ year old tempurpedic and I wake up sore as hell every morning

2: My wife is significantly smaller than I am, 5'4" 120'ish. Will the comfort layer needs for me be different than for her? Meaning if she is a back sleeper and I get say a 3" Talalay topper would that be better for me or for her or would I just need to test it out and see?

3: For my toddler, wouldn't something that meets his needs now also probably meet them in say 8 years?

4: Aren't the latex good for folks with allergies as they are hypoallergenic?

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