Choosing the Best Crib Mattress for Safety
Latest update: September 12, 2018
Authors: Heidi Holvoet, PhD & By
guest writer Chanda Mulenga
right crib mattress for your baby is
finding the right
mattress for any other bed in your home, except the consequences are
far more serious if you choose unwisely.
If you select the wrong
mattress for your own bed you could suffer some uncomfortable nights,
but if you choose the wrong mattress for a newborn baby you will suffer
many nights of complete sleeplessness and the safety of your baby could
be at risk.
This is why most parents take
the time to read crib mattress reviews before they make this type of
purchase. You select the crib, bassinet or Moses basket with complete
care, so why wouldn't you do the same for the mattress that goes in it?
The best crib mattress for your home will always be the one that
doesn't put your baby's safety at risk. Crib
safety starts with purchasing a
sturdy crib with four unmoving sides and ensuring it is set up
correctly and placed away from windows, blind cords, and other dangers.
Then select your mattress wisely by carefully verifying size, firmness, production quality, anti-bacterial, anti-allergy and non-flammability
properties. For each of these I strongly recommend you double-check
that no toxic chemicals were used while trying to provide each of
1. Measure your crib and then get exact measurements for
you consider buying. Make sure the mattress will fit snugly without
gaps around the edges. If you can get even a couple fingers between the
crib and the mattress, it is not a safe fit.
2. Make sure the mattress is firm
enough for a newborn baby. The well-known Colgate
Eco Classica III is an excellent example.
prefer mattresses that conform around the body, but babies need firm
surfaces to support their bodies.
Some mattresses are firm on one side
and softer on the other, so they are suitable for newborns and can be
flipped for growing toddlers later on.
3. If shopping for a crib mattress in a store, look at the seams
to make sure they aren't going to split open easily. If shopping
online, read mattress reviews to make sure other parents have not
experienced split seams.
coating comes on some mattress surfaces, such as the much-recommended Sealy
Baby Firm Rest. This will
reduce the collection of bacteria and germs from spit-up, diaper leaks,
and other mishaps that are bound to happen.
5. If your baby has known allergies,
or there are allergies in your
family, remember to add an anti-allergy encasement. This ought to keep
out the dust mites, mold, pollen and bed bugs. Consider the Bargoose
Allergy Relief Zippered Crib Mattress Encasement if you can get one, or similar.
6. Crib mattresses should be coated to ensure they are not flammable as
well. Look for safe, chemical-free coating.
Comfortable babies will
always sleep better than babies who are
You don't want a mattress that is so poorly constructed
or so cheap that the springs can be felt from the surface. You can now
find innerspring mattresses covered with layers of foam as well as crib
mattresses with solid memory foam or latex cores.
Foam mattresses can still be just as supportive and firm as innerspring
mattresses, but they will add a higher degree of comfort as well. You
just have to watch that they are firm enough for a newborn baby
Mattress buying tip: higher density memory foam and higher coil counts
signify more durable mattresses. Cheaper mattresses tend to be lower in
coil count and foam density, which is why you pay less for them!
The problem with very cheap mattresses is they include lower density
foams and/or fewer coils, which means they will wear down and fall
apart much faster. You then have to spend more money replacing them
then you would have spent to just purchase a higher quality mattress to
The crib mattress will almost never be the cheapest one you can
find in some local store. It is best to read mattress reviews and
determine what the mattresses are.
So, what if you don't have that kind of time to shop around online? You
can still find great deals by reading crib mattress reviews to identify
the most-suited crib mattress options for your home. You can then do fast
price comparisons online to find the best deal.
Keep the tips listed above in the "Safety First" section in mind while you
consider and shop for different mattresses. Make sure
all of the safety points are covered and then consider the materials
inside the mattress to determine how healthy and comfortable they may
be for your