Nest Bedding Lark Kids Natural Latex Mattress - Detailed Review

The Straight Scoop - Our Findings & Highlights

The Lark Kids mattress is Nest Bedding’s all natural and organic sleep solution designed specifically for growing kids.  Handcrafted in the USA, this mattress is a significant upgrade to Nest’s most popular Puffin kids mattress.  Voted one of the most comfortable kids mattresses, it’s backed by a 30 day trial and lifetime warranty.

Mattress Category Kids 100% Natural Latex
Comfort Styles Luxury Firm
Height 8” – Great for Trundle & Big Kid Beds
Total Layers 2
Cover & Comfort Layer 1” Organic Stretch Knit Cotton and Joma Wool  Cover
Comfort layers Eco-Flex Quilting Foam
Support System 5” OEKO-TEX® 100% Natural Talalay Dense Support Latex
Tufting Top Tufting
Sleeps Cool Yes!
Safety Standards Natural Latex, Organic Cotton, Chemical Fire Fetardant Free
Edge Support Very Good
Budget (before Sandman Coupon) Twin, Twin XL and Full: $1,079, $1,215 & $1,304
Feeling when lying down Luxury Firm Feel for proper spinal alignment
Lark is ideal for All kids up to 110 lbs
Lark is not right for Teenagers & kids over 110 lbs
Sleep Trial & Warranty 30 Day Trial, Lifetime Warranty
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Nest Bedding Company Overview

In 2011, mattress veteran and big wave surfer Joe Alexander, realized that, like a bird when it wants to build a nest, sourcing materials locally was the only way to build his beds.  Hence Nest Bedding, a family owned factory direct mattress company out of Chico, CA was born.  Alexander also knew that offering consumers an opportunity to lay on a mattress was also important and he opened his first store in 2012.  Today, Nest has 14 stores across the States (incl. showroom partners Sandman Sleep in Chicago and Columbus!) offering organic, natural, and certified luxury products.

Sustainability is paramount.  To back it up, they recently introduced a Lifetime Renewal Exchange for its luxury mattresses. The LRE is a one-time comfort guarantee that can be redeemed anytime, even after their industry leading 356 day trial.  You can renew your mattress when it’s right for you. Instead of removing and replacing your mattress, you can breathe new life into your mattress with an exchange for a brand new comfort layer and save the environment from another mattress disposed of and yourself the time and money it takes to shop for a new mattress.

Nest Bedding Lark Construction & Materials

Nest Bedding Lark Kids Mattress individual layers

Before we dive into how the Lark Kids Mattress will feel for your little one, let’s have a look at the reason the Lark is ranked as one of the most comfortable and supportive 100% natural latex mattresses designed for kids on the market.

The Cover & Comfort Layer

The Lark begins with a plush quilted hypoallergenic 100% organic cotton Plush Organic Cotton Cover of a Nest Bedding Owl Natural Latex Mattressand joma wool blend mixed with a Eco-Flex gel quilting.  The top gives a touch of softness without sacrificing the support underneath. It is almost like having a mattress topper on the pillowtop.  The superior temperature regulation helps keep your little one cool and dry throughout the night.  No more tossing and turning because they are hot.

Comfort Layer

The durable Eco-Flex polyfoam gives a plush and pillow top feel that won’t flatten or compress over time. The Eco-Flex foam is quilted into the organic stretch knit cotton and Joma Wool® cover creating natural bounce and soft support atop the bottom layer of certified natural latex.

Support System

Natural latex is a foam derived from the

sap of a rubber tree.  As a result, it is more responsive than traditional memory foam (which absorbs energy) therefore quickly adjusting as one repositions while sleeping.  Latex does not retain heat like traditional memory foam, and it is perforated to allow consistent airflow throughout the evening.  In summary, your child won’t get that sinking-in-the-sand feeling on the Lark and the latex design will keep them cool all night long!

It’s important to note that the latex comes as one solid piece as opposed to multiple layers of latex because one piece provides greater pressure relief.  Two or more layers compete with each other as the surface friction makes it difficult to provide consistent pressure relief.

In the Lark, Nest Bedding employs a 5″ OEKO-TEX® 100% Natural Talalay Latex support layer.  A latex support system offers similar support to a coil system, however with a slightly different feel.  As a result, the Nest Lark will have a bit more bounce and responsiveness than a hybrid.      


Tufting is the process where the individual parts of the mattress are either sewn or glued together to prevent slippage.  In the Lark’s case, Nest chose Top Tufting.  This is just another example of the little details Nest takes care of so you can rest easy.   

Does The Lark Sleep Cool?

YES!  We found the Lark natural all latexThe Lark Kids mattress sleeps cool mattress to offer a cool to neutral (i.e., not hot) temperature control.  Being cool at night is all about being dry.  The Lark accomplishes the cool factor through a 3 step heat dispersion process: 

  1. The organic cotton cover wicks away moisture.
  2. The natural Talalay latex not only pulls heat from the body (and doesn’t return it!), but is perforated to allow greater air circulation.
  3. Finally, heat is further absorbed and disbursed through the second layer of latex, the support layer.  Warm air dissipates through the bottom of the mattress to keep them cool during the night.  

Final result – the Lark will keep your little one cool and dry throughout the night allowing their body to get the rest it deserves.

How about Edge Support?

Robust Handles can help lift the mattress and Excellent edge support allows you to sleep all the way to the edge of the mattress

The Nest Bedding Lark has very good edge support.  The dense layer of Talalay latex ensures that the Lark remains “sag free” throughout its life.  This edge support increases the sleeping area so, for example, if your child likes to move around at night, they can sleep all the way to the edge.  No feeling of falling off.  Finally, because natural latex is so much more responsive than gel memory foam, when they get out of bed in the morning, it helps them get out!  

Will Lark Stand the Test of Time?

Nest Bedding believes so much in the durability of its mattresses that it offers a lifetime warranty.   

Nest Lark Kids Comfort & Feel

Nest Bedding’s Lark 100% Natural Latex mattress is truly made for KIDS and Nest Bedding should be on the top of the list for anyone who prefers an all natural latex sleep experience for their child.  Let’s take a closer look at how it feels.

Lark – Perfect Luxury Firm Feel

The Lark is a multi-sleeper, designed to support side, stomach, back and any combination therein.  First, they are met with the 1” of cushiony conforming topper bringing them in and gives that welcoming cushion.  The latex pushes back ever so slightly but still conforms to their body, filling in all the nooks and crannies.  Latex is more responsive than memory foam so they will feel the push back.  However, the top layer gives some additional cushion so side sleepers can rest easy.    

Lastly, they will not feel the dense support core, but they will feel the support it provides – especially at the edge.  They should have no problem sleeping on the entire surface of the mattress as the edges are reinforced.  As demonstrated in the “kneading clip” the 1” top cushion layer gives a feeling of sleeping slightly “in” the mattress as opposed to “on-top” of it.   

Lark can support kids up to 110 lbs.  Any heavier and you should look more toward the spring support system of the Nest Bedding Owl

No matter their sleeping style, you cannot go wrong with this mattress.  

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate the Lark a 7 out of 10.
  • This is a multi-sleeper, designed for all sleeping styles.   
  • The luxurious comfort layer provides a little bit of sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology on the top layer will keep your child cool and dry all night long. 
  • Edge support is very good – no side sagging here!

Extra Safety Standards

All Helix Kids mattresses are CertiPur certified Nest foams are CertiPUR-US® certified and made in the USA.

OEKO-TEX® Natural Talalay Latex

Soft 100% Organic Knit Cotton and Joma Wool

The fire barrier is non-chemical hydrogenated silica.

How does the Lark Kids Mattress arrive?

All Nest Bedding mattresses come compressed and shipped in a box for easy delivery

The Nest Bedding Lark Kids Mattress comes in a box. It’s crazy to think that a mattress with dense layers of latex can be compressed, but it can.  And, with no sacrifice to quality and durability.  The way Nest compresses its mattresses, they keep their shape and strength.  The box arrives via UPS.  Simply unbox the mattress.  Rest it on the bed frame and remove the plastic wrapping and the bed will decompress before your eyes.  Your little one can begin sleeping on the bed and enjoying a restful night sleep that same day.

What is Nest's Trial Period, Return Policy & Warranty?

Nest Bedding lifetime warranty for all mattresses and Lifetime renewal guarantee for the Owl and Sparrow mattressesNest Bedding offers a 30 day trial period for the Lark Kids Mattress.  If it’s not the mattress of your child’s dreams, Nest truly makes a return hassle free as they do all the heavy lifting.  Here’s how the systems works:

  1. The trial begins when you RECEIVE the mattress (the UPS delivery day).
  2. Your child can sleep on it for 30 nights.   
  3. If it’s not the mattress of their dreams, reach out to Nest via phone, email or chat (on their website), provide your name and order number and let them know if you wish to RETURN or EXCHANGE.  
  4. Returns: Nest coordinates a donation or recycling pickup on a day of your choosing.  They handle everything and there’s nothing you have to do besides letting them know the best pickup date.
  5. Full 100% refunds (no fees!!) are issued within 5 days of the pick-up. 

Nest Bedding doesn’t stop there!  They offer a lifetime warranty on every mattress.

Dimensions and Weights

Size Height Weight
Twin 8″ 45 lbs
Twin XL 8″ 50 lbs
Full 8″ 55 lbs


How Do I Order a Nest Bedding Lark? Does Nest Bedding Offer Financing?

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Yes, Nest Bedding offers financing through Affirm.  Enjoy up to 18 months 0% financing on your mattress and bedding purchases.

Where Can I Try a Nest Bedding Lark Mattress?

Nest Bedding has 9 stores on the West Coast. However, if you are in the Chicago or Columbus, OH area, please visit our Sandman Sleep Chicago Showroom or our Sandman Sleep Columbus Showroom to try out the Nest line of mattresses (we’ll even help get it ordered for you!)

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