5 Good Baby Crib Mattresses 2015
I am of the opinion that buying the right mattress for your baby is just as important as buying the right car seat.
It might not seem like it, but the wrong mattress can put your baby at risk for sudden infant death syndrome, or strangulation.
So keep reading for the best mattress buying tips.
One thing that I wanted to make sure I could do was be able to use my baby's mattress when he was older and I could use it with his bed.
This was something that was number one on my list when looking for a mattress.
Which Type of Mattress is Right for your Baby?
Foam mattresses are usually the most affordable; they will typically run $50 to $100.
These are also often the most lightweight as well.
You can find varying degrees of thickness from 3 to 6 inches.
You want to find a foam mattress that has about 1.5 pounds per cubic foot of density.
This will ensure that your child is on a firm enough surface to safely sleep on.
This information can be hard to find, so I recommend calling the manufacturer with questions if it is not clearly labeled on the product. A good tip when purchasing a foam mattress is to test its resiliency.
Push your hand down into the middle of the mattress then remove it and see how fast the mattress pops back into shape. The faster this happens, the better.
Inner spring mattresses will cost you a bit more but they are often more durable than foam.
You can expect to pay around $100 to $250 for a good one. Many manufacturers will advertise the number of coils in a mattress and equate that with firmness.
However, the gauge of the wire that is used in the coils and how many twists there are in each coil are important as well.
Thicker wire typically has a lower gauges which are stronger and give you a more firm sleeping surface.
I suggest finding a mattress that has at least 135 coils, or more, with a gauge of 15.5 or less.
With allergies popping up in our family, I have opted for organic mattresses for our babies.
When you understand the chemical processes used in making mattresses and fire retardant materials, you most likely will want something more “clean” as well.
These are often quite a bit more expensive, but they can be worth the cost. Cheaper models are around $150 with higher end mattresses being upwards of $500 or so.
Look for organic mattresses that are made of all natural materials such as cotton, or wool. You can find these in either foam or innerspring versions.
Manufacturers are required by law to let us know what the mattress is made of.
If you find one from a manufacturer that doesn't tell you this on the package, the mattress label, or specifications on the Internet, avoid it at all costs.
You should also be told the materials used in every single layer of each mattress.
Are you looking for a mattress for a crib or bed?
Essential Thing you Need to Know Before you Buy
Before you go shopping, you need to determine exactly the size that you need. Make sure to take the time to measure your crib.
Standard crib mattresses are required to be at least 27 1/4 inches wide, by 51 5/8 inches long.
You need to find a mattress that will allow no more than one finger to slide in between it and the bars of the crib.
Any bigger spaces put your child at risk of getting their head stuck.
Next, decide which type of mattress you would like to shop for.
We have discussed the different types above, yet it is also wise to hand test each mattress for firmness as well. I have found you can often spend less money by buying a mattress online.
I suggest going to a local store to find ones you will consider for purchase, then check the Internet for good deals.
The ticking, which is the cover that a mattress comes with, should be nice and thick.
Your baby will be crawling, standing, and probably jumping on this mattress so the thicker the cover, the more protected the mattress will be.
The same rules apply to the piping on the edges. The edges are the easiest to tear so strong piping is essential to having your mattress last years to come.
Do not buy a mattress that has not met the standards required from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
When mattresses become moist, they can allow mold to grow, and we all know that babies often make moist messes.
Find a mattress that has a vent holes which will allow the air to circulate in and out of it. This will also keep the mattress smelling fresh.
If your mattress does not come with a waterproof surface, though almost all of them do, purchase a waterproof pad to place under the fitted sheet.
The best way to determine if the mattress will be good, is to comb over multiple reviews.
Most parents are more than willing to share their experiences of baby products because we all want the best for our children and want to keep them safe.
Babies need more firm of a sleeping surface than adults. A good rule of thumb is that if it feels comfortable to you, it is too soft for them.
Although soy is not good for little ones to eat, sleeping on this Sealy Soybean Foam Core Crib Mattress is safe enough. The foam is very high density and it has strong binding. It is wet resistant and lightweight enough to easily change sheets.
A fantastic organic accessory to go with your organic mattress is this American Baby Company Organic Waterproof Natural Quilted Fitted Crib Mattress Pad Cover.
This Sealy Baby Firm Rest Crib Mattress incorporates 204 steel coils with a steel border wire that will keep your mattress in good condition for a long time. Though it is not organic, it is made with non-allergenic layers.
Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress
Check out this Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress with a nice lightweight foam and fiber core. It features a waterproof cover and offers hypoallergenic sleeping.
For those that use a Pack ‘n Play instead of a crib, this Graco Dream on Me 3” Foam Mattress will be a nice sleeping surface for your baby. It measures 25.5” x 37.5” x 3” so make sure it will fit before purchasing.
© 2013 Brandon Hart