Simplicity At Bed Time For The Kids

At the end of last year you may have read my thoughts on our new Smart Advance double mattress from Vegas Mattresses. We were very impressed and our quality of sleep has greatly improved since making the switch. Our 4 year old was then given the same treatment with her Bounce mattress, also by Vegas. She too was as equally impressed with her new bed. She has been sleeping much better and waking up less grouchy (she has never been a morning person!)

Now it’s Olive’s turn. Out went the old sprung mattress that had been her place of rest for the last year and a half (it was second hand, belonging to her uncle first). Whilst she  hasn’t used it that much it seemed nice to treat her to something new -for once- and let her enjoy her own ‘new mattress experience’. Olive was lucky enough to snuggle up into bed on an all new Smart Simplicity mattress from Vegas. For a 3 year old, this was a very big (and very grown up) deal indeed.


First of all, the mattress arrives shrink wrapped and needs 48 hours to puff up. This makes delivery really easy and doesn’t take up a ton of room in your hallway whilst you build a new bed, finish decorating or rearrange a bedroom etc. Just make sure you leave enough room somewhere for it to expand for the time needed, where kids will resist the temptation to lay on it as soon as it is out of the box!

Because the mattress is shrink wrapped I was nervous to open it, fearing that I was going to slice the mattress open when cutting it free or that it would instantly spring out across the room in some kind of slapstick comedic manner. Neither happened. The Vegas Smart Bounce comes with a handy opening too, a protected blade which cuts the plastic, but keeps the blade well away from the precious mattress inside.

The clever Vegas mattress opening tool!
The clever Vegas mattress opening tool!

Once open, the mattress didn’t leap out for freedom at all. It just stayed… well, flat. Now I understand why it needs to long to fill up with air before use. It was amazing how full the mattress became, once ready for use. It was hard to believe that it was so thin just 48 hours ago. Pretty impressive.

Super slim and shrink wrapped.
Super slim and shrink wrapped.

A few specifications…

The Smart Simplicity Mattress is available in a single size and measures 90cm x 190cm. The springless mattress is made from state of the art Smartflex material and is hypoallergenic. The mattress is protected by a very clever cover which unzips with ease into 2 halves (more on this further down) and is made from an antistatic material. Once the mattress has puffed up, it becomes 14cm deep and has a firm feel.

The Smart Simplicity mattress by Vegas.
The Smart Simplicity mattress by Vegas.

And when in use….

The mattress fit nicely onto our bedframe (a simple set of bunk beds) and our cotton bedding sat nicely onto the mattress material, with no slipping around. Something that we actually had problems with on her old mattress. The Smart Simplicity is a firm mattress that supports well during sleep. It took her a few nights to get used to it, saying that it felt strange but for a 3 year old she understood well when we explained to her that it often does take a little while to get used to a new mattress.

On the 3rd night she declared proudly that she preferred it to her old mattress because she didn’t feel like she was “getting swallowed by a monster”. I think she was trying to say that her old mattress was sagging and she was sinking further into it each night. Winning!

Cleaning the mattress…

Olive has been very good in big girl pants since she was potty trained a week before her second birthday, and she very rarely has wet accidents at night. But when the dreaded December sick bug hit our household she ended up having one. She was so poorly bless her that it was bound to happen. The very clever designers of Vegas mattresses have created a mattress cover (across the whole mattress range) that simply zips on and off. This means that you can wash one half of the cover in your washing machine, while you sleep on the clean side. It also allows you to wash the cover safely without cramming a lot of material into your machine at once, which can risk damaging the item during the wash. The Vegas covers can be washed at 60*c and is also tumble drier safe.


The mattress cover is also really thick, which keeps the mattress inside very well protected. When Olive had her accident, it wasn’t a small one. The cover didn’t allow any moisture to seep through and the mattress itself remained completely dry, leaving the cover to be washed and put back on (without a care in the world!).

In conclusion…

She has been using the mattress for a few weeks now and her sleep has improved. We are finding that she seems to be getting into a deeper sleep and sleeping for longer periods at a time. Although actually getting her to fall asleep still remains a military operation (Eugh- why do kids do this?!).

The mattress covers have been removed and washed a couple of times due to a few different reasons and with each wash they still hold their shape and we have had no bobbling or weak spot issues. Wonderful!

The Smart Simplicity mattress is currently £149 as Vegas have a super sale on their whole mattress range. The Simplicity normally retails at £199. Visit the Vegas mattresses website to place your order.

As I mentioned above, we also reviewed some other mattresses from Vegas. Check out our thoughts on the Smart Bounce single and the Smart Advance double.

Vegas simplicity review
Vegas simplicity review


*The kind team from Vegas did supply us with mattresses in exchange for honest reviews of their products.*


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. Katie Robertson says:

    I am looking at buying my son a new bed later this year possibly a cabin bed although I’m still undecided at the moment he has ended up with a new bed roughly every couple of years as I have decorated his room quite frequently and we have moved home quite a lot I’m hoping the new bed I buy this year will last longer as we are now in our forever home and along with the new bed I want a new mattress and these look great.

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