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Guide to Choosing the Right Baby Mattress

Guide to Choosing the Right Baby Mattress

One of the most delightful parts of preparing for a child is buying the little cutesy things for your little one. Baby clothes, supplies, nursery decorations—everything must be carefully chosen to ensure the comfort of the baby. 

When it comes to the comfort and health of a child, choosing the right crib, bedding accessories, and mattress is crucial. Your mattress choice is vital to ensuring a safe and healthy sleeping environment for your little one. 

Here’s how you can buy the best mattress for your baby.

 

Types of Baby Mattresses

Buying a comfortable mattress is paramount to ensuring that your baby will sleep well and comfortably. Like standard beds, baby mattresses are also offered in different types.

 

Foam Mattress

Foam Mattress

Foam mattresses are popular and economical choices for cribs. These foam beds come in various firmness ratings, densities, and heights. If choosing a foam mattress, pay attention to the foam’s responsiveness to movements. A good foam mattress immediately regains its shape after receiving an imprint. Moreover, choose a foam mattress that will allow your little one to roll around and find a comfortable position.

 

Spring Mattress

Spring Mattress

Innerspring mattresses are firmer and bouncy compared to all foam beds. The innerspring structure also promotes the ideal ventilation that your baby needs. One thing to note about spring mattresses is that they can be hard to move around, making them more challenging to clean compared to lighter foam varieties.

 

Natural Mattress

Natural Mattress

Organic varieties, like a latex mattress, offer a safe and conducive sleep surface for babies. A latex bed presents a light and springy comfort. This is also a supreme mattress variety in terms of durability.

 

What to Look for When Buying a Baby Mattress

Unlike mattresses for adults, buying a mattress for a baby goes beyond comfort and requires various safety considerations.

 

Baby Mattress Size

Baby Mattress Size

Choosing a crib mattress has to be based on comfort and safety. Ultimately, a crib mattress must have the right fit for your chosen crib. When you place the mattress inside the crib, there should not be a gap that is half an inch or two fingers wide between the edge of the mattress and the crib walls. This is to prevent the child from potentially getting stuck or suffocated.

 

Firmness

Firmness

When buying a baby mattress, firmer models are recommended to provide the right support and safety. As a rule of thumb, the firmer the mattress, the better it will be for the infant. Softer mattresses can be suffocating and might cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

 

Materials

Materials

Always choose non-toxic mattress materials for your baby. Invest in a high-quality mattress with reliable safety certifications like OEKO-TEX or GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) to guarantee the safety of your little one. These certified mattresses guarantee that the bed is free from harmful chemicals and VOCs.

To prevent allergy symptoms and irritations, choose a mattress with anti-dust mite and hypoallergenic properties. Always strive to create a comfortable and safe environment for your baby.



Ventilation

Ventilation

Your baby's mattress should allow proper ventilation to give your child a more comfortable rest. This will also prevent your mattress from accumulating too much moisture, which can lead to mould buildup and foul odours.

 

Bedding Accessories

Bedding Accessories

Aside from buying a high-quality baby mattress, choosing the best bedding items can significantly affect your child’s comfort. When shopping for sheets and blankets, invest in quality, hypoallergenic varieties that are easy to wash. Don’t forget to check the seams to make sure that there are no sharp edges that could harm the baby. To protect your mattress from spills and pee accidents, get a breathable and waterproof cover.

 

Takeaway

Takeaway

We spend ⅓ of our days in bed, but our little ones spend more, so it’s important to choose the best mattress to support and protect your baby from potential injuries. If you are a first-time parent, it is helpful to ask your family or friends with kids for mattress recommendations. Online reviews are also worth looking at when looking for a mattress that others have already tried. To ensure your baby’s comfort and your convenience, we recommend buying a mattress cover along with your cot mattress.