The Best Big Kid Bed “in the Whole World”

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Tuft & Needle. All opinions are our own.

I admit it — I didn’t get what all the fuss was about. Up until recently, every mattress in our home was a hand-me-down from a family member. My husband and I have had the same faded blue queen-sized mattress since university, and replacing it had become an ongoing debate.

“A new one would be so comfortable!” my husband would insist.

“Yeah, but ours is fine. There’s nothing wrong with it,” I would respond, and we’d forget about it for a month or two.

When it became clear that our two-year-old was ready for a big kid bed, we were offered the chance to review a twin-sized mattress from Tuft & Needle. They’re a new company that make universally comfortable foam mattresses that are available exclusively online — and #1 top-rated on Amazon. I wondered how different it would be from our own, aging mattresses, and looked forward to its arrival.

I was in my home office when the mattress was delivered, and I turned around to see my husband grinning in the doorway … holding a box?

“That’s the MATTRESS?” I was incredulous. I admit, I almost expected to open the packaging to see one of those rolled-up foamy pads with the egg-carton bumps. How could a real mattress fit in a box that size?

Well, I had my answer once my husband cut open the box. FOOOOOOF! The whole thing kind of floofed open and started expanding immediately. We pushed toys out of the way and watched as it turned into a twin-sized mattress before our eyes.

The Best Big Kid Bed “in the Whole World”

The tricky part was keeping it hidden from Charlotte until we set up her new Big Girl Bed. When the frame was put together, we pulled the mattress upstairs and invited her (and her big brother) in for the big reveal.

The Best Big Kid Bed “in the Whole World”: kids jumping

Well, the look on her face kind of says it all …

As the kids did a bit of jumping, I was practically pressing my face against the creamy, quilted, breathable cotton surface.

The Best Big Kid Bed “in the Whole World”: Tuft & Needle

The mattress is 100% recycled foam, which makes it a great choice for kids with dust mite allergies. We’re not sure if Charlotte is allergic to dust mites, but they’re a major allergen for me — which makes me wonder how my allergies would fare if I wasn’t sleeping on an old coil mattress every night.

When I shooed them away so I could put on the sheets, I got a chance to lie on it myself. This bed, you guys. This bed! It’s like lying on a deliciously fluffy cloud. You sink into it a bit, but it’s firm enough to still feel supported. It’s HEAVENLY.

It’s surprisingly thick, too. Tuft & Needle has five-inch and 10-inch mattresses, and this one is a 10-inch. It towers above the boxspring and our tiny two-year-old has to shimmy up to it like a mountain goat. But it fits fine in our standard (Target) sheets, and we haven’t even bothered to use a bedrail — just a small barricade of stuffies and dolls.

The Best Big Kid Bed “in the Whole World”: Charlotte

The price of a Tuft & Needle mattress is really shocking — especially considering everything is designed and manufactured in the U.S. — starting at just $200 for a twin size! They offer a 30-day money-back guarantee with their mattresses, so you can be sure you’re happy with your purchase, but we certainly didn’t need it. Charlotte has been sleeping in her bed for two months now, and she adores it.

Whenever someone comes over to our house, she tries to drag them upstairs to admire her “big girl bed.” They tell her it’s a very nice bed and turn to leave, but I’m right behind them saying “OMG lie in it! Seriously!”

The Best Big Kid Bed “in the Whole World”: Big Girl Bed

Every night, as the two of us lie together to read stories, I say “Ohhhh, Charlotte, you have the best bed in the whole house!”

She smiles proudly and says “No! In da whole WORLD!” (Who says a two-year-old can’t be a marketing genius?)

And yeah. My husband and I are totally getting ourselves a new mattress. I’ve seen the light.

GIVEAWAY: Now it’s your turn to try out a Tuft & Needle mattress. Enter below and you could win the mattress of your choice! 

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Tuft & Needle. All opinions are our own.

Heather Laura Clarke, a contributing writer at Scratch or Sniff, lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her high-school sweetheart husband, seven-year-old son, and five-year-old daughter. She writes for newspapers and magazines across Canada and the U.S., and blogs about her family life at Heather's Handmade Life. Follow her adventures on Twitter or Instagram.

123 Comments to The Best Big Kid Bed “in the Whole World”

  1. Aubry

    I’d totally want a ten inch king, but would likely get a ten inch twin for one of my kids.

    • I would totally have a king-sized bed if we could squeeze it into our room, Aubry! It would be dreamy!

  2. Stacey

    I’d love a new queen mattress!

  3. Katie

    I’m amazed by this mattress! I am thinking we need 3 of them.

    • Katie

      Silly smartphone, I think the little guy needs a new twin 10″.

  4. Karianne

    I’d lo

  5. Karianne

    (Sorry about the previous unfinished comment) I’d love love love a ten inch queen!

  6. OH MY GOSH YES PLEASE, our mattress is 18 years old, but also our 2-year-old is ready for a big-boy bed but we just can’t afford it right now. This would be perfect for us!

  7. Kristen S.

    I’m going to be selfish and say the 10 inch queen mattress for my husband and me :) We are in desperate need of a new mattress and bed. Besides, we already have two twin mattresses available to use when the kid upgrades to bunk beds for his birthday in a few months :)

  8. Kristen

    I need a new queen mattress!!!

  9. Bethany

    I want one!

  10. Julie`

    I’d love a king for us, but we have a pretty new mattress. So I’d get a twin for when our son graduates into a big boy bed.

  11. Lisa

    I would love a 10″! This would so help my daughter who has TERRIBLE allergies. And it looks super comfy!

    • It is SOOOO comfy, Lisa! And the 100% foam composition is great for kids with dust mite allergies.

  12. Sarah

    I’d love a new queen.

  13. Jenn

    I’d totally want a 10 inch double/full! I’m going to have to check these out as I’ve been hearing a lot about them lately!

  14. Naomi

    I so need. New queen mattress…or a king, that’s cool too.

  15. Melanie

    My son sure needs a new twin mattress. These sound amazing!

  16. monique

    My back is always sore after sleeping, I need to win it though since I already bought a new mattress..

  17. Nicole Sanchez

    This mattress sounds great for my son who is allergic to dust mites. I’d love to try one!

  18. Erin Witters

    Oh to win a new king mattress! Like you, my husband and I have been sleeping on the same mattress since out college years, and it was a used gift. How embarassing!!! It would be a wonderful 11 year anniversary gift! Thanks so much for the chance!

  19. Olivia

    I’ve looked at this company with admiration for a long time… so great that it’s made in the U.S.A. and such great quality! Would love to win!

  20. andrea

    The 10 inch king or twin!

  21. Mariel

    I would love a King! :)

  22. Rachel

    Oooo a 10 king! I was just telling my husband that we need a new bed since our son is sleeping with us. :)

  23. Kristen Turner

    The 10 inch would be amazing! I would definitely use this for one of my kids.

  24. KIRBY

    My girls just both got new mattresses. I’d love the King in a ten. My mattress is pretty old and has been through 5 moves and I noticed this last move that there was a tear. :-(

  25. suzanne kim

    10″ twin for my son with allergies

  26. Amber S.

    Husband and I have a woefully bad mattress. Complete with two adult sized divots in it that are beginning to cause some issues… And husband is also allergic to everyTHING (not foods, but every. other. thing.). What we wouldn’t give for a full-sized 10 mattress (because no one is going to get me to sleep in any bed other than my great grandma’s antique one). And a new mattress is just nowhere in our budget…not even this amazingly affordable one!

  27. Leah

    I want a fluffy marshmallow bed to sleep on. Desperately.

  28. Caryn

    Oooooohhhh I’ve been eyeing these mattresses for awhile but just haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I just bought a house and my single lady self is upgrading to a king, so the 10 inch king is what’s on my radar!

  29. Katie

    The ten inch king sized bed would be amazing.

  30. Liz

    I’d love a new mattress for me and the hubs but ours isn’t even a decade old yet and it’s really nice still. Our 2 1/2 year old, however, has been sleeping in her crib with the front rail off for over 6 months. And did I mention she’s a crazy tall 2 year old, just like her siblings? That child needs a new bed. ;) A 10″ would be fantastic and I may or may not crawl in bed with her to try it out. ;)
    ps – my littlest (2 1/2 yrs as of last week) is Charlotte Rose as well. <3

  31. Courtney

    My kids just got new mattresses last year so I would go for a 10 inch queen for myself with no guilt!

  32. Mandy

    Mmmm…fatty king ten would be awesome :-)

  33. Lynn

    lo can use a 10′ Full for when she transitions to her “big girl” bed :)

  34. Cassandra Whiting

    I’d love a ten queen size!

  35. Britiney

    I want the 10″ in queen! I need a new mattress SOOOOO bad!!!

  36. makinzy

    Ohhh man, my mattress is 12 years old! I could definitely use a 10 queen! :)

  37. Jenny

    king 10 inch.

  38. Rachel Prescott

    We just got a bunk for our toddler and new baby… I would totally get a 10 inch king! My husband is 6 ft. 10 in. It makes for uncomfortable nights… he always takes up the whole bed… and being pregnant at the same time is NOT fun…

  39. Emily

    I just found out I have a severe dust mite allergy. And I’m sleeping on a 20 year old hand me down mattress every night. A 10 inch queen would be amazing!!

  40. Tyler

    I would love to have King Size, 10 inch mattress! 6 year old boy, 3 year old boy, 6 month old baby girl, my wife and I would love this bed.

  41. Heather

    My friends have one of these and they were just RAVING about it to us! If we don’t win one in some miraculous way, we’ll definitely be purchasing one in the next 6 months. The bed my husband and I sleep on was his parents old bed. Yeah. ‘Nuff said.

  42. Stephanie

    we have been looking for a new mattress for so long! this sounds like a dream! pun intended! ;)

  43. Staci Nofziger

    I’d love a 10″ king!

  44. Jessica

    My toddler would love that 10″ twin!!

  45. Marlie K.

    I would love a 10″ king or twin!

  46. Amanda

    My husband just built us a new queen size bed frame, but we still have just a full size mattress. Would love a brand new mattress for my brand new bed!

  47. Jennifer

    I not even sure where to begin… We would be hopeful for a 10″ queen. I received my bed when I was 16 as a gift from my parents. I’ll be turning 30 this upcoming August, so the number of years on my mattress should be reason enough… Alas, there is so much more to the story. You see, we have had pets… A vindictive cat, an aging poodle, and the most recent incident from a fat beagle. About 2 weeks ago, he was sound asleep curled up between my knees… All 60+ lbs of him. I wake at about 2:30 in the morning to discover a wet bed and a snoring beagle. Not only had he peed in my bed, he slept through it! I nudged him… And he ROLLED OVER! I woke my husband and began the process of stripping the bed and sopping up what we could. We decided to use towels as a barrier and just flip the mattress for the night. Well, imagine my disgust when I lifted the double sided pillow top mattress to find it DRIPPING out the other side! It was horrible. I grabbed another layer of towels and put some clean sheets on until morning. I ended up waking before the sun with a steam cleaner, half a gallon of vinegar, and half a container of baby powder. The top few inches have been cleaned, but the day we get a new mattress will be a glorious one. It’s not in the budget for quite some time, so this would be HUGE! Not to mention how AMAZINGLY these mattresses sound… Just taking it out of the box would be so much fun! So… Pick me, raffle copter! Pick me! Haha

  48. Theresa Allen

    10 inch king here! I have two new babies so I’m thinking all that extra room would be great when they get bigger and want to have a Saturday am snuggle sesh

  49. Megan H.

    My husband and I keep talking about getting a new mattress but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. This would be perfect.

  50. I’m DYING for a king sized bed! (I might be a little dramatic.) With two giant dogs and a significant other, I just can’t take up the kind of room I’d like to at bed time. Winning a bed would be so dreamyyyyyyy (pun intended).

  51. Theresa Tolman

    This is an awesome giveaway! I’d love a new mattress!

  52. Ruth Ann

    A new queen mattress sounds awesome!

  53. Angie Rogers-Howell

    I have a firm “No touching when it’s sleepy time” rule in our bed so I’d LOVE a king. Unfortunately, it won’t fit in our tiny bedroom. But I’d love a new Queen bed. Ours is lumpy and a spring keeps poking me in my back all night!

  54. amanda

    I’d love The Ten !

  55. Lauren

    We’ve been talking for MONTHS about getting a new bed. We’re currently sleeping on a full-sized hand-me-down mattress from my GRANDMA. Seriously, this mattress is as old as I am. Mr. is 6’3″ and his feet hang off for miles. It’s about as bad as it can get… I’d love a 10″ queen. Because, if you’re gonna upgrade, you might as well upgrade. :)

  56. Brooks pouncey

    Yes please! I’m in dire need of a new mattress!

  57. Oh man, I’d love a 10″ queen to replace my decade-old mattress.

  58. Michelle

    I’d love a 10″ twin for my toddler who needs to be moved into a big boy bed soon!

  59. I would LOVE a ten inch queen to replace our getting-older mattress!

  60. Kristy

    I would love a ten queen!

  61. alexa

    I would take a queen sized 10. This would be soo perfect too. Our current mattress has given up the ghost.

  62. Trista

    I want this!!!!!!

  63. Laura

    The Ten / Queen. These look super comfy and I kind of wish I was sleeping on one now, yeah?

  64. Jessica

    I’d love a king!

  65. Kyle

    10 inch queen! Droooool

    My husband and I are sleeping on the mattress that I have slept on since high school which was originally a hand-me-down from my parents (it’s the mattress that they were given as a wedding gift by my great grandma). No, it has not escaped me that I am probably sleeping on the same bed that I was concieved on.

  66. Alyssa

    The mattress my fiance and I sleep on is a hand-me-down from god knows where and pretty much feels like a rock. I would loovvvveee a new one!

  67. Liz

    I’d love a 10 inch queen! It’d be such an upgrade to the full sized mattress that the husband, dog, and I share!

  68. Kate D.

    Oooo…looks so comfy! I’d love a ten inch cal king. We need a new bed so badly!

  69. 10 inch king! But in reality, probably a 5 inch twin for my daughter…

  70. Aubrey

    I would totally want the 10 inch queen!

  71. Erica

    I would love a queen size extra firm.

  72. Cate

    Perfect timing, I’d love a queen mattress!

  73. Jerrika

    I definitely could go for a new mattress about now :)

  74. mary

    thank you for the spectacular giveaway! i’d love the ten-inch queen!!

  75. Tara

    Oh I would love to sprawl in the 10″ king!!

  76. Rachel

    (Sorry, don’t think comment went through the first time so I am resubmitting; hope it doesn’t double up…) My husband and I have been in a full bed our entire 11 years together – I think it’s time to upgrade to a queen! We’d lovvvve the 10″ mattress! Here’s hoping…

  77. Kaity

    A queen sized ten would be perfect! I just moved in with my boyfriend and we’re a litttle cramped in our full.

  78. Michelle F

    My boyfriend and I will be mattress shopping in the next few months. I will totally be checking these guys out!

  79. Laura

    Mmmm, fluffy mattress! My current queen sized mattress is 14 years old and in desperate need of replacing. Might be time to upgrade to a 10″ king!

  80. Alexis Willard

    I am dying for one of these beds – planning for a tax refund purchase, but winning one would be much sweeter! Have heard SO much good about Tuft & Needle!

  81. meagan

    i want to win a king size 10 inch!

  82. Serenity M

    I’d love to win a new king sized mattress! My hubby and I are sleeping on a mattress given to us by some friends… 0_0

  83. Jennifer

    I bought a mattress 4 years ago and it has not been great. Nothing worse then realizing after the 30 days that you might want to look into returning it…… I would love an upgrade!

  84. I would go for a 10 inch king to replace our much more expensive mattress that has collapsed in spots after only 4 years. I would probably then buy two 5 inch twins for our kids as well. These look awesome!

  85. Jessica P.

    A 10 inch king would be amazing!

  86. Brynn

    I would get a new king. Ours is a hand me down, and I don’t ever wake feeling rested, although that could be due to the 3 year old tossing and turning next to me…

  87. Shanna B

    Our mattress is about 13/14 years old. I would absolutely love a new mattress.

  88. Tami

    King 10! My husband is 6’5!

  89. Arlan

    I’d love a 10 King! I’ve never had a new mattress in my life. Sad, I know.

  90. Julie

    I would love sleeping on a 10″ queen. Awesome that this is made in the good ol’ USA!

  91. Susie

    I’d love a queen for our guest room!

  92. Kate

    THis would be awesome!

  93. Christina R

    We are SO in need of a new mattress, this would be awesome!

  94. Stacey E.

    Oh a King – 10 inch!

  95. Hubby and I need a new mattress! I am so intrigued by this brand, which I had never heard of before. I’d love a 10″ king (hubby is 6’2″ and very broad – we don’t do smaller than king size, regardless of the size of our room!).

  96. Shannon

    The Ten sounds luxurious!

  97. Jill

    10 inch queen!!!

  98. SC

    would love a new mattress!

  99. Joceline

    I’d pick a 10 inch queen!

  100. chase fuller

    I was juuuuuust thinking that it’s time to replace our bed. And it’s way way past time to replace the bed in the guest room (since it was the mattress that my 30-yr old husband was conceived on. So so gross, I know.) I’d try any new mattress in there!

  101. Nina

    ANY NEW MATTRESS is the one I want to win! Yay, fun giveaway guys!

  102. Tiffany

    Oh my gosh, that mattress sounds amazing! My husband and I have had the same mattress since we got married and I would so love to get a new one. A king would be fantastic but wouldn’t fit in our tiny room, so I’d go with a queen.

  103. Jeanie

    I would love a new queen! And dustmites are a problem for us too.

  104. Christina

    I would looooove the 10″ queen!

  105. Joshua Isaacson

    My wife posted the story about the beagle who peed on our bed. Needless to say, it’s GROSS. The 10 inch queen would be awesome! And for the record, NO pets are EVER allowed on our bed again! LOL

  106. Donna Nicolosi

    My daughter is making us all enter… Haha! She is in desperate need of a 10 inch queen mattress… Not only is it simply gross due to the pet stains all over it, I truly believe this is why my son-in-law can’t shake a constant sickness he’s been fighting on and off in his lungs for over a year! This could be the key to his health! Please help my daughter and son-in-law! :)

  107. Christine Robinson

    As someone with crazy allergies, dust mites , corn, fragrance…this mattress sounds like a dream. I’d love to win the a lovely queen.

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