Six Steps to Selecting the Best Crib Mattress

We get asked all the time about what our advice is for buying the best crib mattress, here are a few guidelines to help you put your baby to sleep in comfort each and every night. 6 Steps to Selecting the Best Crib Mattress…

After selecting the perfect bed, bedding, wall color and décor, taking the time to learn all about mattresses seams exhausting. But be careful—mattress selection is more important than you think. Newborns may sleep up to 18 hours a day on this purchase. Nothing will have closer, longer, more direct contact with your child than you! Take a deep breath, trust your instincts, ask a lot of questions and prepare to buy that new mattress.

For those of you that want some more advice? Here are our six tips to selecting a mattress that is safe, comfortable, and healthy.

1. Proper Fit. You don’t want more than the width of one finger between your crib mattress and the crib walls. Mattresses with squared corners and edges promote the tightest fit and hold your sheets tightly.

2. Promote safety. Premium mattresses have firm side rails, or edges, that help encourage babies to sleep in the center of the mattress where there is the best ventilation and least danger from crib walls. They are also designed with oxygen promoting or air circulation properties to further reduce any potential problems.

3. Consider Health. Babies spend a lot of time in their cribs. Look for mattresses that help keep this environment healthy. Select a mattress that is anti-allergen, anti-microbial, anti-dust mite, anti-bed bug and remains hygienically clean. Look for a mattress that seals out impurities and leaks. Also look at certifications and independent testing. Independent testing agencies, like GreenGuard Children and Schools testing for indoor air quality, Certi-PUR US testing for indoor emissions, and Intertek testing to rule out harmful chemicals like lead, PVC, and phthalates, among other things, all help to protect your child’s sleep environment.

4. Cleanliness. Consider how your mattress will stand up to those little accidents. Needle holes along edges where decorative cording, or taping, is sewn allows liquids to seep into your mattress becoming a haven for germs and bacteria. Heat sealed seams melt two pieces of material together making the seams one of the weakest parts of the mattress. The best mattresses have welded seams that are closed ultrasonically keeping germs, bacteria, and dust mites out and maintaining the strength of the seam.

5. Durability. Your mattress could be your child’s constant companion for three years or more. Select a product that will meet the challenge. Look for premium ticking (the fabric that covers the mattress), a lifetime warrantee, and good construction. Consider performance fabrics that improve a child’s physical well being and oxygenation, or that regulate body temperature. And let your senses be your guide—if it doesn’t feel nice under your hand, do you really want it under your sleeping child with nothing but a sheet in between.

6. Comfort. Make the crib comfortable. A good mattress offers dual levels of comfort for increased performance at all ages of their development. An extra firm side for infants and a firm side for toddlers. Premium mattresses even come with viscoelastic foam or CoolGel visco foam for spinal alignment, pressure point reduction, and temperature control . The ticking, too, should be soft and supple and conform to your child’s body, not resist it creating sore spots or flattened areas. A crib mattress should be firm, but it doesn’t have to feel like a piece of hard plastic. Test it out yourself—put the mattress on the showroom floor and lay on it. If you don’t like how it feels, neither will your child. Sound crazy? It isn’t—we do it all the time. Sometimes you just have to try something out.

High Standards? They are. But the safety and health of your baby depends on it.

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