The crib is the baby’s small and cozy home and bed for as long as three years. You would want your loved one to have heaven’s comfort when he or she sleeps. For this to actually happen, you would require a durable and cozy crib mattress that has best-in-class quality and offers superior comfort.
When looking for a baby mattress, there are some aspects you would obviously consider. These include the comfort offered by the mattress, and its cost and durability. The baby crib mattresses today come in various types, depending upon the material that they are made of.
Foam Mattress: The lightest of all mattresses have the thickness varying between 3 to 6 inches. If the mattress is too soft, if will carry the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) hazard, as it will conform to the shape of the baby’s body. Hence the mattress you choose for your loved one should be adequately thick and resilient, even if it costs more.
Innerspring Mattress: As the name suggests, these mattresses are coil or spring based, where the springs are covered using padding, foam, and fabric. Look for a spring mattress that offers adequate cushioning, and has quality steel.
Organic Mattresses: These crib mattresses are made of organic or natural materials including wool, cotton, coconut fibers, natural tree latex, and foam of natural origin. These mattresses are free of any kind of chemicals and are kind or gentle on the baby’s skin. The mattress that you buy for your baby should have adequate hardness and comfort.
Choosing the right Size
Apart from the material aspects, you also need to consider the size of the mattress. The Federal government has issued guidelines for both mattress and crib so that the parents can make the safest purchase. The mattress should not be too large or too small to cause entrapment, and/or suffocation of the baby. Here are some of the baby crib mattresses that actually care for the baby’s health.
The density of the mattress can also be a parameter for choosing the right mattress. Weight can also indicate the density of the mattress, with more weight indicating greater density. If you are opting for a spring mattress, the spring wire gauge can be an indication of firmness and quality. A thick wire has a low gauge, which is more firm and strong. Select a mattress with a 15.5 or lower gauge, and having at least 135, or even more coils.
The mattress you choose should have good resiliency. In order to test it, press the middle part of a mattress by your hand. The time it takes to regain its original form is its resiliency. A rapid form restoration is the indicator of good resiliency, which you would like your baby’s crib mattress to have.
The double or the triple laminated mattress can offer good water resistance. These nylon mattresses can easily resist the damp and heavy diapers, holes, and tears.
The mattresses today also have the small holes which provide for the exchange of air between the mattress and the surrounding environment. The diapers often leak and spoil the mattresses. The vents keep them free of bad odor.
Some certifications that hold importance while selecting a baby crib mattress include:
- USCPSC or the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
- ASTM International, a global standards organization
- Oeko-Tex certification for the organic products