My AP complained to me today that her bed is not comfortable enough as she sleeps on her tummy and she says she can feel the springs through it.
Odd, I thought as the bed was bought new from Argos 2.5 years ago (£200 or so) and 3 other AP's have slept on it and not said anything. Its the same quality of bed I would have bought for a guest room.
I had a little lie down and I agree its not as comfortable as my own but its the same standard as those found in other people spare rooms.
I think she is expecting me to buy a new mattress what do I do?
My DD likes a really squishy mattress, so being a tight git I bought a double 12tog duvet from ASDA cost £6 folded it over and popped it onto the mattress under the fitted sheet. DD loves it really squishy and bouncey. Might be worth a go.
why are you comparing a bed for an ap with a bed in a spare room?? she is there permanetly not for a week. turning over might help but she probably tried that. something like this might help but not sure http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60163094. i have slept on uncomfortable mattresses as an ap and it made my life miserable and gave me backaches - just because i felt i cant tell my bosses.
I agree - it shouldn't be a spare room quality mattress - as it's in use night after night month after month - for 2.5 years so far... I think it should be one YOU are happy to sleep on night after night. You either do that by buying a new, but cheap, mattress per au pair. Or you invest in a good quality one and make sure AP's are briefed on undersheets and mattress protectors...
I see what you are saying people. BUT how much do you expect to pay for a bed for an AP then?
A new mattress is out of the question as I know the one I bought with the bed was £130 so not cheap, It was bought online so cant be tested before being bought. So what guarantee have I got that the next one wont be as bad?
Thanks for the responses. I think I will go for the mattress topper option even those arent cheap at £70.
TBH - I think you should provide the same standard of bed for your AP as you would your own child. When we replaced our Argos ones we went to dreams and bought a foam one. DH thinks it cost about £70. It's V' comfy, and has lasted well so far (3 years)
If you can afford an au pair then you can afford to provide her with the same standard of bed as your own. You need to take her to a bed shop and let her try out the mattresses to make sure the next one is comfortable.
You are being unreasonable. I can remember telling my parents that my bed was uncomfortable and that I could feel the springs, but they didn't get me a new one for financial reasons. It was awful. I can't describe how it impacted my quality of life. I found myself contorting to get into a position that was the least uncomfortable, and I was a lightweight child! My parents aren't normally that arsey, so I don't know what got into them.
Anyway, the point is that you need to get her a new mattress. This isn't a spare bed that she is sleeping on once, it's her bed that she has to sleep on nightafternight! Having a quick lie down isn't going to replicate that.
We used to sleep on a cheap memory foam mattress from a discount bed place, by the way, and it was perfectly fine, so you don't have to spend a fortune.
Was in exactly the same situation this summer, bought a new mattress straight away. No she is not expecting 5* treatment, she is expecting the same treatment as the rest of the family - au pair = on a par with.