If you have already chosen the baby crib, you need to buy a mattress. Babies are usually not too picky about their sleeping spaces, so don’t need to worry as much about comfort, when choosing the mattress, but safety is a big issue. In this post we will give you a few tips how to choose the mattress for the baby crib.
Make sure the size of the mattress fits the baby crib. Most cribs and crib mattresses are made in standard sizes, so it shouldn’t be too hard to choose. However, you may sometimes find that a mattress won’t fit well any crib, so it’s important to check the size, before you buy anything. The mattress should fit tight the inside of the crib, without leaving any gaps between the frame and the mattress. If you can fit more than a finger between the mattress and the crib rail, it’s not a good fit.
For your baby crib, you should find a fairly firm mattress. Soft mattresses and pillow tops are a good choice for adults, but babies need solid sleep surfaces, because they can get turned over and won’t be able to move themselves out of position where their faces sink into the mattress. When choosing a mattress, push down on it and see how much your hand sinks.
It doesn’t really matter whether you choose foam or coils. A foam mattress is generally less expensive and just as safe, if it’s not too soft. A foam mattress will be lighter, when you pick it up to change sheets. If you want to get a coil mattress, choose one with more coils, since more coils mean a firmer mattress. However, since a crib mattress is something you will use for a comparatively short time and for a light-weight person, a low coil crib mattress probably won’t sag or break down, like mattresses for adults will.
When choosing a mattress for your baby crib, you should also check the cover. Multi-layer covers are more durable, while one-layer covers may get worn or torn up more easily. You can also find a mattress with an anti-microbial layer on top, which will help cut down on germs from spit-ups and diaper accidents. Also, check the seams of the mattress. They should be sturdy, with no sharp edges. If your family suffers allergies, then you should probably a fully sealed crib mattress to keep dust and other allergens at bay.
Determine the cost of the mattress. You don’t need to worry if you’re on a budget, because the crib mattress doesn’t have to be expensive to be safe, durable and useful. With crib mattresses, you usually don’t get more useful features and added benefits with heftier price tags. A mattress with an allergy-reducing cover and organic materials may be the exception to this. These mattresses are more expensive, but are worth it, if they suit the needs of your baby.
Selecting the baby crib mattress may seem like an overwhelming task. There are a number of options available on the market featuring a variety of materials, sizes and firmness. Understand the difference and learn what features are the most important to determine how to choose a baby crib mattress that is right for your baby. A good mattress will make your baby feel cozy, support their growing bones and keep them safe while sleeping. Choose a firm crib mattress, made specifically for babies. Mattresses, designed for older children, may not be firm enough. Other than that, choose the mattress according to your personal preferences. Just keep in mind that it is not a good idea to purchase a used mattress.