A rested baby is a happy baby and your youngest loved ones need extra care and support. Babies spend most of their time sleeping, up to 18 hours a day which is why it is important to invest in a high-quality crib mattress. In this useful guide, you will find an essential DOs and DON’Ts to help you choose the right mattress for your little one.
Choose a crib mattress specifically designed for babies
Crib mattresses are usually very firm and as an adult, you may not find that comfortable but a firm mattress is extremely important for your baby’s safety. Studies conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission have shown that sleeping on a soft surface such as a mattress intended for adults, can lead to suffocation in infants. To get the best value for your money go for a double sided mattress that can be flipped over once your baby has grown into a toddler.
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You will be able to tell the quality of a mattress by the vinyl coverings that tear and crack too quickly and by the density of the foam.
The coverings in higher end mattresses are usually thicker, reinforced with laminates and puncture resistant. Same goes for weight, the heavier the mattress the better the quality.
The main two types to choose from are innerspring and foam.
Do Thorough Research
The market for mattresses is vast and it can be difficult to choose the right kind. If there is a specific model you’re interested in try and find honest reviews that give the best insight. Learn about the pro’s and con’s of different types of mattresses and compare results so see which one bodes the best for your baby. Usually, the more expensive models are made from organic cotton and natural latex and are firm and supportive while cheaper models can be soft and unsafe to use – take your time and read reviews of the crib mattresses before you choose one that’s best for you.
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Even though most cribs are standard size, as well as the mattresses that go along with it, sizes can vary. So to be sure you don’t make any mistakes always remember to measure the crib before buying. A good way of telling if the mattress too small is if you’re able to squeeze in more than two fingers between the crib and the mattress.
Organic mattresses have grown in popularity and rightfully so. Made from renewable materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, plant-based foam and natural latex they are eco-friendly and don’t pose a threat to your baby’s health. Other types of materials used in manufacturing often have residual chemicals that can be harmful to the baby and trigger existing medical problems as well as cause new ones. To keep your baby safe and healthy opt for an organic mattress that has been certified by an independent interest group and labeled as “100%” organic.
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Babies have accidents, so many of them! If you’re planning on having another child or maybe passing on the mattress once it’s no longer in use, it is a good idea to use a water-resistant cover to protect from stains and leaks.
Some already have a waterproof cover on them and some don’t, which is something to keep in mind when buying. You might have a harder time finding an organic waterproofing method since most covers use materials that involve the use of chemicals in production. However, some materials such as wool do offer some degree of protection from moisture.
Not only will a cover prolong the longevity of the mattress it will also provide a safe and clean place for your loved one to sleep on.
Hand-me-downs and Secondhand
Buying a new mattress can be expensive but it also means that it is clean and completely sanitary. There is no sure way of knowing if the mattress you have bought second hand (or gotten from someone else) is completely clean and germ-free or how it was stored and cared for. Diaper leaks, sweat and spit up can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold which is a very big health risk for your baby. Firmness will also start to diminish over time making the mattress soft and uneven.
Even though buying secondhand does seem like an easy way to save a few coins you’re much better off at cutting cost elsewhere.
Don’t pay extra for warranty or fall for clever marketing tools. The quality of a high-end mattress is a warranty for itself. A mattress made from good quality materials should last your kid well into their “big bed” days without any problems.
Ventilation holes allow for an increased airflow and prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and odors by releasing moisture out from inside the mattress. When choosing a mattress remember the more ventilation holes it has the better. These are small reinforced holes located along the side of the mattress.
Don’t Forget about Certification
All crib mattresses have to meet certain safety standards before being sold. These standards are set by the CPSC and the American Society for Testing and Materials, however, if you’re planning on buying an organic mattress look for one with a certificate granted by an independent interest group, such as the Environmental Working Group. Look for items labeled as “100%” organic to avoid ones that only boast with the label but don’t provide a product that is entirely organic.
Keep in mind that your baby will grow out of the crib and one day will no longer need the mattress. So when it comes to prices it’s best to keep in the middle. A good quality mattress ranging between $90-$200 will generally serve your little one well for years to come.