A crib mattress is as important as any mattress you would buy for yourself. You want the same level of support for the baby you want for yourself, but a crib mattress needs a firmness that many adults avoid. Look for the proper fit and waterproof qualities as you shop for your baby's mattress.
Having a baby is one of the most exciting and fun times that you can go through. Buying all of the supplies that you need for a baby can be quite overwhelming, though. This is true especially when it comes to the baby bed and crib mattress. How do you choose a crib mattress that will help your little darling drift off to a sound sleep each night?
You first need to realize that your baby does not need a soft and cushiony mattress like mom and dad. It is essential for a crib mattress to be very firm to help prevent dangers like SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) or smothering. Babies cannot lift their heads when they are born, making a soft mattress dangerous. That is why crib mattresses are firm. A soft mattress is a detriment to a baby. That is one of the most important things that you need to remember. Another important thing pertains to the fit of the crib mattress in the crib or baby bed.
It is important that the crib mattress fits snugly into the crib. The reason is that you do not want there to be any chance that your little sweetie-pie can be trapped between the mattress and the side of the bed. A snug crib mattress will keep your baby safe and secure in bed. This really shouldn't be an issue, because most baby beds or cribs are made to a standard size that crib mattresses come in, but you should still be aware of this so you can double-check. If you can fit more than one finger-width between the mattress and the bed, then the mattress doesn't fit correctly.
Crib mattresses come in foam or coil varieties. Some people feel allergens are less prevalent in natural material mattresses, like latex, wool and cotton, so choose those styles of mattress for their babies. Cost is not an indication of quality, so do homework to learn which mattress has the best quality before buying.
A waterproof coating for the mattress is a good idea because of nighttime accidents. If your mattress is not waterproof, however, you can buy a waterproof mattress cover. This mattress will be used for at least two years, so you want it to last and stay clean for this time period. Once your baby has outgrown it, it can be used for additional children of yours, or loaned to others having babies. Then finally, it can be donated to complete its useful life cycle.
Crib mattresses are available in brand names like Simmons, Sealy, etc., so if you prefer a brand name mattress then they you can choose one of these. The thing to remember about a crib mattress is that it is supposed to be firm and it needs to fit snugly. Your research should include friends and family, the internet, and your doctor. Then you are ready for the store, where you will conduct the final research and make your purchase. The right crib mattress will give your baby a safe, restful and relaxing sleep, as well as peace for you.