How to Choose a Superior Quality Crib Mattress That Benefits the Baby
As a mother-to-be, there is a lot of things you have to shop for. An essential investment will be setting up the crib and decorating the nursery. A good night’s sleep is essential for infants and it will only be possible when they are comfortable while sleeping. This is where crib mattresses and pillows have a major role to play.
This post guides parents on how they can determine the quality of the mattress and make an informed choice as to which will benefit their baby.
- Do your homework
Before you venture out to shop for baby mattresses, it is essential to learn about the benefits, prices, features and potential disadvantages of the different types so you can compare and select the right option.
Types of crib mattresses
Unlike the variations available for adult size mattresses, mattresses for infants focus primarily on ensuring a well-balanced density and stiffness. Based on the material and the construction method, baby bedding can be classified into the following types:
- Foam mattresses
Foam mattresses are among the most popular high-density variant. Foam crib mattresses are comparatively less pliable than the conventional ones and are designed to give sufficient support to the developing bones of the baby. While choosing foam mattresses, take not of the mattress density. The high the density, the better it is as it is healthier for the baby and durable. It is also comparatively cheaper than other variants that are available. Look for mattresses that weight above 8 pounds as those that weigh less are too soft and are typically of poor quality.
- Coiled innerspring
These mattresses have closely linked coils inside which adds to the firmness and support. They are noted for providing better support and firmness than foam mattresses. They are also more comfortable, provided you make the right choice. The density of these mattresses is determined by the number of springs per square foot. they are also more expensive compared to foam mattresses but the investment is worth it considering the comfort and support it provides for the baby.
A recent development in the mattress and bedding industry is organic bedding. Organic crib bedding is made of all-natural and eco-friendly materials instead of polyurethane. Phthalates-free industrial complexes are used for developing a sturdier natural material like organic cotton which is used for these mattresses. The organic baby bedding is undoubtedly the most expensive variant but over the years they have proven to be very suitable, particularly for babies who are allergic to PVC and similar flame retardants.
A blog we posted earlier will give you insight into what makes organic mattresses a perfect solution for babies.
While selecting the crib mattress, if there is a sample crib on the selling floor, place the mattress in it to check the fit. Ensure the gap between the mattress and the crib wall is no more than two fingers. This tip only applies when you are opting for a standard sized crib.
2. Buy the crib first
Most cribs have a universal standard size, but it can vary, particularly if you are opting for one that is custom-made. Since the mattresses are designed according to the standard and most widely available crib size, it is best to buy the crib first and look for the mattress afterward to ensure the perfect fit. When you have the exact measurements of the crib, you can easily find the mattress that will fit the size. If the mattress is too small compared to the crib, the baby may get trapped between the crib-sides and mattress if they roll around in their sleep. This can lead to injuries and suffocation.
3. Choose a water-resistant mattress
It is natural for babies to leak and no matter how many precautions you take, you have to be prepared to encounter a wet mattress once in a while. A water-resistant mattress cover is a good way to combat a midnight wet-diaper crisis. Certain mattresses are designed specifically with a laminated nylon surface that can repel water. A water-resistant cover for the mattress provides additional protection.
Organic baby bedding is usually not waterproof as the process involves using chemicals and artificial materials. However, certain natural materials like wool are comparatively more water resistant
4. Quality comes at a price
Whichever variant you choose, there will be different quality grades of the product. The cheapest foam mattresses have vinyl coverings which could tear, crack and dry out over time. The price will increase for a thicker foam with double and triple laminates. In the case of innerspring crib mattresses, the weight indicates spring density and cushioning. Organic baby mattresses made from organic cotton are of premium quality and at the same time the most expensive variant. A baby mattress that costs between 90 dollars to 200 dollars is likely to serve your baby well. Low-priced designs are generally too soft and will not last long.
Many parents make the mistake of choosing the mattress by what they find comfortable. The mattresses for babies are firmer and when you poke it to feel the mattress your hand should spring right up. Hence, go for a mattress that feels harder than what you feel comfortable with to make the right choice for the baby.
As Dennis Schuetz, director of Colgate Juvenile Products Company puts it in this blog,
“If it feels good for you, it’s too soft for your baby.”
Finding a baby mattress involves a lot of patience and time to ensure that you are getting the best for your baby. Be it a foam mattress or an organic baby bedding, the key is not to compromise on the quality and have a proper understanding of what you are investing in. Visit us at Dormio Organic Beds if you are looking for a superior quality babies’ collection. Our in-store experts will offer free consultation and do what is best to meet your requirements.