Baby Mattress Comparison
Sealy Baby Firm Rest EM438-VIV1
My First Mattress Premium Memory Foam
Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams
Dream On Me Spring Crib
Sealy Soybean Foam
Davinci Crescent Mini Crib Universal
Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer
Dream On Me Spring Coil Portable
Davinci Twilight Hypoallergenic Universal
Dream On Me inner spring Carina Collection
|Polyurethane foam||Vinyl |
|52.00 x 28.00 x 5.50||51.60 x 5.00 x 27.20||52.50 x 27.50 x 5.50||51.00 x 27.00 x 6.00||51.63 x 27.25 x 5.00||37.10 x 23.80 x 5.80||53.00 x 29.00 x 7.00||38.00 x 24.00 x 3.00||52.00 x 27.50 x 6.00||38.00 x 26.00 x 3.00|
|20||10||7||10||Limited Lifetime||25||Limited Lifetime||10||10||10|
Baby Mattress Buying Guide
What is a Baby Mattress?
A crib mattress is exactly what is the name implies; a mattress that fits in a crib or toddler bed. It is made up of many different materials that can include coils, memory foam and regular foam. They are designed to provide a firm, supportive sleeping surface for your baby.
Your baby will use his or her crib mattress for 2-3 years and even beyond if they switch to an official toddler bed. Crib mattresses can last years and through multiple children with the proper care. If you notice sny tears in the vinyl covering or notice any sagging, it is time to get a new mattress. Using one that is subpar can leave your baby at risk for problems.
Different Crib Mattresses
The quality if a crib mattress is dependent upon what it is constructed with on the inside. There are a few different types of materials that have been used to make crib mattresses. This buyer’s guide will outline the different types of crib mattresses that are typically available. We will outline the benefits and drawbacks to each so you can make an informed decision about the best crib mattress for your baby.
Foam crib mattress – A foam crib mattress is the cheapest and lightest weight of all the crib mattresses. It is constructed of one or more blocks of foam inside a vinyl covering. The foam can be made of polyurethane, bamboo fiber or latex among other materials. It is a good choice for a portable crib. Latex is a more expensive type of foam but is more durable than polyurethane which has a tendency to sink after awhile. It can come in a variety of firmnesses. The more firm the foam is the better and safer it is for your baby. A foam mattress will measure anywhere from 3 to 6” in thickness.
Coil Spring Crib Mattress – Another name for a coil spring mattress is an innerspring mattress. The inside of a coil spring mattress is made up of a number of steel coils that make up the core of the mattress. They are a lot heavier than foam mattresses. Even though many manufacturers list the number of coils the mattress has, a lot of coils does not necessarily mean that it is a more comfortable mattress.
When looking at a coil spring mattress, look at the thickness of the coils and not the number. You want the gauge of coil to be 15.5 or lower. The lower the gauge the thicker the coil is and that means the more support it will provide. You do not want to purchase a cheaply made coil spring mattress. Poor quality mattresses will squeak and wear out quickly as well. Coil spring mattresses are more expensive than foam, but they last longer if they are made with a higher quality coil.
Pocket Spring Crib Mattress – Pocket spring mattresses also use coils of steel to support the baby or toddler. The difference between a pocket spring mattress and a coil spring mattress is that the coils are sewn into material pockets. Each pocket is separate and moves independently.
Each coil will compress according to the weight applied. This means the coils supporting the baby’s torso will compress more than the ones supporting the baby’s legs. This provides perfect support for the baby’s whole body. They are long lasting and very comfortable and one of the more expensive types of crib mattress.
Memory Foam Crib Mattress – Memory foam is not just for adults anymore. Some crib mattresses are constructed of high quality memory foam that is temperature sensitive and, molds to your baby’s body shape. Once the baby is taken out of the crib, the mattress will go back to its original shape. If the nursery is not very warm, the memory foam mattress will feel hard but will slowly conform to the baby’s shape as they lie on it.
Air circulation is reduced on a memory foam mattress. This means the mattress will feel warmer than the other types of mattress. In colder climates, this works well as it is an additional means of warmth for the baby, but it has potential problems in warm climates. Most memory foam baby mattresses have a coiled spring core with memory foam layers over it. These mattresses cannot be flipped for this reason.
Natural and Organic Crib Mattress – If you don’t want to worry about chemicals, you may be interested in an Organic or Natural baby mattress. Regular mattresses are typically made from petroleum by-products and have been treated with chemical flame retardants like boric acid or others. Natural or Organic baby mattresses are made from many different types of natural materials. These include:
- Untreated Wool – naturally flame retardant and dust mite resistant
- Organic Cotton – breathable fabric and chemical free
- Natural Latex – This material is a natural alternative to the petroleum based foam.
- Coconut Fiber – A very highly breathable type of material.
Read lots of reviews when it comes to getting a good natural crib mattress. You want to find out how much of the crib mattress is made from natural materials if you are researching and considering a natural crib mattress. Read a lot of reviews on the natural mattresses you are looking at. The benefits of a natural crib mattress include being chemical free, long lasting, very breathable and is a very good choice for those who suffer with allergies. Some of the disadvantages to choosing a natural crib mattress are that the firmness of the mattress will vary with the material used and they are not as common as regular crib mattresses.
What to look for when buying a crib mattress
There are several things to look for and consider when it comes to choosing the right baby mattress. We’ve outlined several of the most common and important features of a crib mattress that should be taken into consideration when you start shopping.
Mattress cover materials – A crib mattress is covered in many different types of materials. The purpose of the mattress cover is to keep the inside of the mattress contained and inside and it also protects the core from dampness, dirt and other problems that would cause it to break down. Some baby mattresses have nylon covering them which is a tough durable material that reduces the chances of tears and holes. Mattress covers are almost always waterproof so they prevent leaking diapers and drooling from soaking into the core and breaking it down. Cleaning is super simple with a waterproof baby mattress cover.
What is the Firmness of the Mattress – You want to look for a baby mattress that is very firm. It is the safest choice for your baby. A soft crib mattress is a hazard to your baby and should not be used. Firm mattresses lower the incidence of SIDS as well.
Get a Hypoallergenic Mattress – A hypoallergenic baby mattress can be a real benefit for many reasons. If your baby has known allergies, a hypoallergenic baby mattress can reduce the symptoms of allergies and help the baby sleep a lot longer.
Well ventilated Mattress – You want to purchase a baby mattress that is well ventilated and has good air circulation. The presence of fresh air prevents odors, mildew and mold from building up inside the mattress. Most baby mattresses are made of materials that breathe. Some models include plastic or metal vents on the side of the mattress that help it to breathe.
How heavy is the mattress? – If you are trying to lug around a super heavy mattresses at sheet changing time, it could get very tiring very quickly. Lighter weight mattresses are not less in quality and in some cases; they are better quality than some of the other choices. The heavier the mattress the harder it is to change the sheets.
Flame Retardants – Mattresses can b e very flammable. All crib mattresses, by law, must meet or exceed standard requirements regarding flammability. Flame retardant means that if for some reason the mattress has fire come into contact with it, it won’t burn up in seconds. It is not fireproof, but it is flame retardant. Many models are providing that flame retardance without adding chemicals which enhances the safety factor.
Baby mattresses are an important purchase that you should consider carefully. Don’t just buy the cheapest mattress you can find. You want to look for the mattresses that are built for quality, durability and long lasting-ness. These factors that we have outlined will help ensure that your choice is one that provides comfort and comfort for your child and last for 203 years until they are in a regular sized bed.
Taking care of the mattress you purchase will help you make sure that it lasts as long as possible. This proper care comes in the form of keeping it clean, not using over the weight limit, not having it around sharp objects and more. This attention to the care of your baby mattress will help it last for many years and through several children.