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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
6. Crib mattresses should be coated to ensure they are
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
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.