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If you’re a parent, you already know firsthand that if kids don’t get a good night’s sleep, there will be negative consequences for everyone. If you notice that your kid is sleepier (or moodier) than usual, the cause may be that they’re sleeping on the wrong mattress. 

A new mattress can’t help mitigate the, “Can I just stay up one more hour?” queries, but it can improve your child’s sleep quality once you actually get them into bed. While a child can fit into most beds, the best mattresses for kids are made just for them. They’re typically on the softer side to support their lower body weights, and some have special layers, like waterproof covers, that help ease your mind during potty training or with nighttime accidents.

From memory foam mattresses to hybrid mattresses, to specialized dual-sided beds that you can flip as your children grow, these are the seven best mattresses for kids. Note the prices quoted are the full list price for the smallest available size, not including discounts.

Saatva

The dual-sided Saatva Youth Mattress is designed to grow with your kid. One side is made with a five-zone support layer that’s firmer in the center of the mattress to maintain proper spinal alignment for kids between the ages of 3 and 7. The other side has high-density comfort foam and additional lumbar support that’s necessary for older kids from 8 to 12. As your child grows, just flip the mattress to suit their needs. (The mattress comes with a 12-year warranty.)

The organic cotton cover on both sides has a water-resistant finish that protects against accidents and spills, but there’s also an option to add a removable waterproof mattress protector (for $125) if you want additional peace of mind.

There are three size options — twin, twin XL and full — and prices start at $749.

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While babies and toddlers may need more support, memory foam mattresses are a great option for older kids. This two-layer Puffin Mattress from Nest Bedding has a 5-inch base layer that offers the ideal amount of support for a child’s body weight, plus two inches of a highly responsive memory foam that reacts quickly to movement and makes it easier for your child to adjust positions during the night.

The foams are all CertiPUR-US certified, which means that they contain very low amounts of potentially harmful chemicals, and all mattresses are aired out in Nest Bedding’s factories prior to delivery to help reduce off-gassing.

There are three size options — twin, twin XL and full — and prices start at $499.

NaturePedic

If you’re looking for your child’s first “big kid” bed, the Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Kids Mattress is an excellent option for easing the transition. Like the Saatva Youth Mattress, it’s a dual-sided mattress that’s designed to adapt with your child through the early life stages. One side offers firm support and a waterproof barrier, while the other side has a quilted cotton cover and is a bit more plush — ideal for older kids.

The mattress is constructed of USA-grown certified organic cotton and stretch knit fabrics that contour to the body and contribute to a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Naturepedic’s mattress comes in four sizes — twin, twin trundle, twin trundle short and full — and prices start at $699.

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Another option from Naturepedic, the Verse Organic Kids Mattress, is a slight upgrade from the 2 in 1. Specially designed for older kids, this hybrid mattress is 2 inches thicker to support heavier body weights, and it has a quilted top layer that’s made with organic wool batting — a temperature-regulating layer that wicks away moisture and keeps your child comfortable no matter the ambient temperature. 

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Like the 2 in 1, it’s classified as a firm mattress, but it has a plush organic cotton cover that adds some cushioning so it feels soft while also providing adequate support.

The Verse Mattress comes in four sizes — twin, twin XL, full and queen — and prices start at $999.

Purple

Like all of Purple’s mattress models, the star of the Purple Kid Mattress is the proprietary Purple Grid that’s designed to contour the body better than memory foam and react more quickly to body movement. The grid gives the mattress a softer feel, and it also has open air channels that allow air to flow through, so if you have a hot sleeper on your hands, this can help regulate temperature throughout the night.

While it’s made with two inches of the grid like the adult-sized mattresses, this kids version is softer and lighter, making it a good choice for bunk beds and loft-style setups, too. It also has a removable, washable cover, in case of the inevitable spill or accident. Purple recommends this mattress for kids up to 14 years old and anyone weighing up to 115 pounds.

It comes in one size, twin, and the price is $699.

Casper

The Casper Element Mattress isn’t specifically designed for kids, but it’s a great reasonably priced option that adapts to smaller bodies, as well as adult-size ones. With two layers of memory foam, it’s similar in construction to the Puffin, but it has more of a focus on temperature regulation. The top layer of foam has thousands of small perforations that circulate air and pull heat away from the body, which means less sweating during bad dreams. 

Since the Casper Element is supportive enough for adults and comes with a 10-year warranty, this durable option can grow with your kids into their teenage years and even beyond.

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It comes in all regular mattress sizes — twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king — and prices start at $495.

Zoma

Most kids are active in their own right, but if you have a kid who’s involved in a lot of sports or activities that take a physical toll on the body, the Zoma Mattress is likely the best choice. It has three layers that are specially designed to alleviate pressure points and promote resting recovery in athletes. 

One of the layers is divided into three zones that provide the ideal amount of pressure for different areas of the body — the head and shoulders, hips and lower back, and upper and lower legs. It also has a ventilated cover and cooling channels that help regulate temperature, so it’s great for hot sleepers too. 

It comes in seven sizes — twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king and split king — and prices start at $649.

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Mattress FAQs

What mattress types are best for kids?

Foam mattresses are best for kids because they are quality-made, but typically won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Hybrid mattresses aren’t necessary because they offer more support than your child might need, and they cost more money. Memory foam offers ample pressure relief, while latex foam is breathable and can be made to be organic/natural. Lastly, poly foam is breathable and cozy material that’s very affordable. However, you also want to consider your child’s preferred sleeping position, weight and the length of time they’ll be sleeping on the bed. 

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How much money should you spend on a mattress for your child?

You want your kid to have a comfortable mattress, but they’re going to eventually grow out of it. For that reason, you may not want to invest in an expensive mattress you might purchase for yourself. With that being said, most kid mattresses are between $200-$800. There are some that exceed that price point, but then you’re looking at luxury kid mattresses with extra bells and whistles. 

What mattress firmness is best for a child?

We recommend a medium mattress — the smaller you are the firmer a mattress is going to be. That means a medium-firm mattress will likely feel even firmer for your child. A medium mattress should provide ample support and pressure relief at the same time. However, if your kid loves sleeping on their side, you should go even softer. 

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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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As avatars for metaverse applications grow in popularity, a look at Understanding Comics, a 30-year-old illustrated lecture considered an avatar design bible  —  First published 30 years ago, Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is the definitive comic book about comic books.


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Why it matters: As ransomware remains a prevalent security threat, an essential step in countering attackers is identifying their methods. Security researchers found that several of the most prolific groups share a significant proportion of their tactics, potentially making them more predictable.

A new report from security company Kaspersky reveals that eight of the most active ransomware gangs operate with very similar patterns. Analysis, digital forensics specialists, and other security workers could use these similarities to identify and fight these attackers more efficiently.

The report analyzes the tactics, techniques, and procedures of (TTP) of the ransomware groups Conti/Ryuk, Pysa, Clop (TA505), Hive, Lockbit 2.0, RagnarLocker, BlackByte, and BlackCat. VentureBeat notes that these eight gangs have attacked over 500 organizations in various industries in the US, the UK, and Germany in the last year. Kaspersky built an interesting chart listing dozens of steps in ransomware attacks and indicating which attackers undergo each step. None of them are unique to one group.

For instance, all the groups like to start by attacking external remote services, while only half also open with phishing. All the gangs tend to favor targets like Windows Management Instrumentation, command and scripting interpreters, application layer protocols, web protocols, signed binary execution, and others.

Common steps like preventing system recovery or encrypting the most impactful data seem obvious. However, some of the least prevalent tactics involve BITS jobs, lifting account credentials from password stores, or getting them from web browsers.

Early in June, a Foxconn facility in Mexico suffered an attack from Lockbit 2.0. Other recent ransomware victims include QNAP, Asustor, and Nvidia.

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Ruja Ignatova, the once-founder of OneCoin, is now on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted.
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Ruja Ignatova, who in the past dubbed herself the “Cryptoqueen,” is now sitting with a fancy crown in a new royal court: the FBI’s top 10 most wanted.

FBI officials and federal prosecutors announced Ignatova’s new designation in a press conference Thursday. Ignatova was charged in 2019 with wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering for her part in the OneCoin crypto company that prosecutors alleged was just a ponzi scheme.

Michael Driscoll, the FBI’s assistant director-in-charge for New York declined to answer Reuters’ questions whether they had any leads, but said Ignatova “left with a tremendous amount of cash,” adding, “money can buy a lot of friends.”

Ignatova was part of a Bulgaria-based crypto company called OneCoin. The company claimed they were performing a regular crypto mining operation—generating new tokens added to a blockchainand pumped out $3.78 billion in revenue from the end of 2014 to the middle of 2016. But despite the upward momentum, investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice reported that OneCoin’s value was rigged internally, that the coins were essentially worthless, and users could not even trace ownership of the coins. The DOJ alleged those at the head of the company made nearly $2.5 billion in profit that they squirreled away in company bank accounts.

Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters Ignatova capitalized “on the frenzied speculation of the early days of cryptocurrency.”

In an FBI-provided video of Ignatova speaking at a London company event dated June, 2016, Ignatova boasted about her two million active users, adding “no other cryptocurrency has as many users as we do,”

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Bloomberg reported that after Ignatov grew suspicious that the feds were onto her, she fled to Greece and then investigators lost track of her.

In 2019, the U.S. unsealed an indictment against Ignatov, charging her with the previously mentioned litany of financial crimes. That same year, Konstantin Ignatova, one of OneCoin’s founders and Ruja’s brother, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Konstantin managed to get a plea deal, and though his sentencing was set for May 13, his attorneys adjourned the date for 90 days so he could further cooperate with authorities.

The Cryptoqueen has evaded police custody and remains at large to this day. So, the FBI says it’ll pay up to a $100,000 reward for any info that leads to an arrest.

In addition, U.S. prosecutors previously convicted former corporate lawyer Mark Scott of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bank fraud for laundering around $400 million for the company. Ruja Ignatov testified against Scott at his trial. Scott is contesting his guilty verdict by claiming Ruja lied on the stand, according to Bloomberg.

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