Mommy Guide: The Complete Checklist in Choosing a Crib Mattress
Choosing the right crib mattress can be a little tricky because it does not only make their bedtime cozier but it also supports your growing baby and keeps her safe. The mattress is as important as the crib, and we recommend buying the best one you can.
Here we have a checklist to help you find the right crib mattress for your baby.
✓ Get the Best Type: Foam Mattress
They generally the lightest option. These are available in a variety of thicknesses, usually between 3 and 6 inches. Look for foam mattresses that are firm, on the heavier side, and resilient when you press your hand on them. Too soft a surface can conform to a baby's shape and create a risk of suffocation and a sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) hazard.
✓ Get the right size
A mattress needs to fit snugly in the crib, with no space between the side of the mattress and the crib frame. If there's a space, the mattress is too small and could be a suffocation and entrapment hazard.
✓ Buy the Crib first
While most cribs use a standard-sized mattress, size can vary.
Before buying a mattress, make sure you have the exact measurements of your crib.
✓ Check its Firmness
The firmer the crib mattress, the better (mattresses designed for older children and adults may not be firm enough). Even if it feels very stiff to you, your baby will adjust to it.
✓ Check its Resiliency
When you push your hand down into the middle of the mattress and remove it, how quickly does it regain its shape? Faster is better; sleeping babies make an impression on the foam, and it can be difficult for them to change position if the mattress retains their shape.
Consumer Reports suggests this test: "Press on the mattress in the center and at the edges. It should snap back readily and should not conform to the shape of your hand."
✓ Check the Venting
Look for small holes on the sides of the mattress that let air flow in and out. Mattress vents allow for increased airflow and make it easier for moisture to escape, preventing mold, mildew and odor. The more ventilation holes, the better.
✓ Check Certification
Look for an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification (a worldwide uniform certification), which assures you that certain flame retardants and heavy metals were not used to make the mattress.
✓ Don't buy a used crib mattress
Overtime, the surface of a once-firm crib mattress can become soft and uneven, putting your little one at risk. What's more, a mattress that appears clean may still be harboring bacteria, mold, mildew or even fungus in its core.
✓ Get one that can be Easily Cleaned
Most traditional mattresses suggest spot-cleaning only. It would be best getting those with removable covers that can be machine-washed. The innards of at least one crib mattress on the market can be hosed down in the tub once its washable cover is removed.
✓ Get a Mattress cover (ticking)
For water resistance, look for double- or triple-laminated ticking reinforced with nylon. This composition is also more resistant to tears, holes, and soggy diapers. It would be best if you consider a fitted waterproof mattress cover. Diapers do leak, so this is important.
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Get the Best Crib Foam Mattress from Baby Comfort UK!
Look nowhere because all these can be found in Baby Comfort's Bed Foam mattresses which is available to fit a Moses Basket and a Junior Cot Bed.
• It comes with a breathable anti-bacterial Aloe Vera removable cover that's machine-washable.
• Foam structure allows very good airflow and helps promote heat dissipation
• Baby safe foam is free from toxic substances and based fire retardant treatments
• Made in EU from safe fabrics according to "Oeko-Tex Standard 100"