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Buying Guide: Cot Mattresses to Kids Beds

Cot Mattresses
Futons are naturally supportive, warm, dry and healthy, They are a great choice for baby bassinets and cots. They can be made to your specifications with a choice of materials and flexibility around sizes.

Important Bed Considerations:
Safety and Health
Futonz use a range of natural materials all completely free from toxins and metal. For babies we recommend firmer options for safety reasons. Many children – especially those with allergies or asthma – are sensitive to artificial and synthetic materials in some mattresses. Futonz provide organic, natural and hypoallergenic material options especially through our latex range.

We use organic latex meaning there are no chemicals used in the growing or processing. Latex is a 100% natural material made from the sap of the rubber tree, Hevea Brasiliensis. Cotton is also 100% natural, coming from within the seed pods of the cotton plant, Gossypium hirsutum. Wool allows air to circulate and wicks excess moisture out of the mattress, keeping it fresh and dry. We use a wool blend with 60% pure wool and 40% polyester fibre that stays fluffy long term as standard. Alternatively, 100% pure unbleached NZ wool is available on request for no extra charge but will eventually ‘felt’ and compress a bit. We are always happy to custom design and make a mattress from a selection of the materials that will best suit your child’s requirements.

Our experience and research suggests there is increasing consensus that firm cot mattresses are best for sleeping babies. Research does indicate this reduces the chance of SIDS. Latex is has a dense, firm, supple consistency and brings this quality to a latex core futon. Cotton is fluffier, but is still medium firm, stable and supportive in feel. Older children may prefer a full latex mattress.

We make infant and baby mattresses to your size specifications. Simply tell us your cot frame size and we will make a mattress to suit.

Please contact us to inquire – you’ll be talking to someone that actually makes child mattresses – and so we are able to give personalised advise on the size and material specifications to best suit your child.

Beds for Toddlers
Low futon with basic base.
Soft Futon with Basic Frame
The toddler bed follows on from the cot and is usually made for children aged around two to three years of age, when they are capable of climbing out and escaping cots!

When your baby outgrows a cot, a single mattress with a simple low futon frame is a good transition. A Futonz Basic or Gypsy frame combined with a soft futon or latex mattress provide great choices.

Children Aged Three to Teens
Futons or a latex mattresses are great at this age and will provide a healthy sleep environment for growing bodies. Turned regularly, futons will be comfortable for about 10 years, and we can recondition them with fresh cotton to extend this further. Latex mattresses are strong and resilient, and will last for at least 20 years without special care.

Our most popular base for teens is the Siesta which reclines into deck-chair position, perfect for reading, watching movies or gaming.

Choosing a Mattress
Choices include design, materials and size. Having an appropriate mattress will ensure proper support and comfort, leading to a quiet, restful, healthy night’s sleep for your child and you.

Our mattresses include natural wool which is warm and cosy in winter, dry and fresh in summer, even in humid weather.

Health professionals often recommend organic, natural or hypoallergenic materials for a mattress for kids. This is particularly true for children with allergies or asthma.

We suggest having your child try out the kid’s mattresses to discover which type of bed is most comfortable. We have a 7 days trial period we extend to all our standard mattresses and sizes.

The Futonz factory showroom is open Monday to Saturday or contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, and offer advise on what choices may suit your child best.

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Futonz Sleep Allergy Guide

Latex mattresses have helped many people who used to suffer from sleep allergies.

Do you have difficulty sleeping due to itchy skin, difficulty breathing or other sleep irritations? Common sleep allergy causes are dust mites, fungus and chemical materials in the bed. These may also aggravate conditions like asthma, eczema and chronic rhinitis.

Futonz Latex Mattresses and Pillows have proven effective solutions to such reactions, allowing sleep to be restful, healthy and comfortable.

What Is An Allergy?
Allergies are your body’s immune system reacting defensively to substances in the environment. Dust mite and mould allergies cause similar symptoms to hay fever or a long running cold, including an itchy or congested nose, watering eyes, sneezing, coughing or other breathing problems.

Chemical allergy symptoms range from difficulty sleeping to headaches in the morning. For many symptoms your doctor can refer you for testing through the NZ public health system. This is usually inexpensive and as simple as a skin prick test.

Allergy Treatment
The most effective way to eliminate allergy symptoms is to reduce exposure. If symptoms occur during the night or morning then your bed is the most likely source of the problem.

How do Latex Mattresses Reduce Sleep Allergies?
Latex is a completely natural material made from the sap of the rubber tree, Hevea Brasiliensis. The latex we use is formed of countless tiny bubbles. These are air and moisture permeable, but too small to harbour significant amounts of dust. Latex ‘breathes’ and provides a dry, clean sleep environment that is ideal for humans, and resistant to dust mites.

Latex is naturally anti-fungal, a quality it retains from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree. This means latex mattresses are resistant to mold and other fungus. This quality also contributes to the excellent longevity of latex mattresses.

We surround the latex core of the mattress with pure wool or a wool blend which ensures air circulation and actively disperses moisture, inhibiting mould and reducing humidity; further discouraging dust mites.

The latex we use at Futonz does not contain toxic chemicals or synthetic additives. Therefore our latex mattresses are hypoallergenic; suitable for many people with sensitivity to chemicals.

What are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are tiny bugs in the Arachnid family and are found across the world.

Dust mites eat decomposing protein dust, like decaying shed skin cells. Decay is caused by fungus and mould. Latex deters dust mites as it is dust resistant, does not retain moisture and is anti-fungal.

Solutions to Sleep Allergies
While dust mites, mould spores and chemicals are virtually impossible to completely eradicate from the home, a dust free and dry environment with an appropriate bed does wonders to reducing exposure.

If you notice allergy symptoms during or after sleeping, a latex mattress and pillow could be the perfect solution.

We’ve designed Futonz Latex Mattresses to deter dust mites and promote your health, as well as supporting your body in optimum comfort.

Please contact or call us on 0508 388669 to discuss which latex mattress is most suitable for you.

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Bed Buying Guide

It may be stating the obvious, but we suggest you choose the kind of mattress that you are most comfortable sleeping on, unless a medical practitioner has given specific advice. Firm is not always better for health or back pain. Soft is not always more comfortable throughout the night. Peoples’ mattress preferences often change over time.

Make sure you buy from a retailer that will let you take the bed home to try, and return it for a refund or swap if it’s not suitable. Trying a bed for 10 minutes in a showroom is quite different from a whole night’s sleep.

Futonz offers a 7 day trial on our entire standard range.

Chiropractors and orthopaedic surgeons regularly recommend either futons or latex mattresses (for different reasons) for muscle, joint or back pain. The most frequent cause of back pain seems to be caused by a bed that’s sagging in the middle, but if you have sleep discomfort we recommend asking a specialist what kind of mattress is most likely to help you before deciding on one.

If you buy from Futonz you will get:

  • An amazingly comfortable bed!
  • Best value for money (for the quality and amount of materials we use, and workmanship, we keep our prices the best in New Zealand)
  • Top quality materials (Organic latex, Natural Cotton, NZ grown pine and macrocarpa timber)
  • Peace of mind with a 5 year or 10 year guarantee