10 Best Crib Mattresses | March 2017
- medical-grade waterproof barrier
- limited lifetime warranty
- weak seams may split over time
- removable and washable velour cover
- exceeds fire safety standards
- some units are not of high quality
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- made in the united states
- waterproof lock stitched binding
- too firm for some
- strong clothbound seams
- weighs only 8 pounds
- square corners ensure a tight fit
- simple shape with clean lines
- dropped edge seams
- natural internal fire barrier
- easy-clean water-resistant cover
- hypoallergenic sleeping surface
- fits most infant and toddler beds
- recommended by pediatricians
- made of recyclable materials
- comfy three-dimensional fabric
Choosing A Great Crib Mattress
A crib mattress is one of the most important items you will buy for a young child. This is true both due to the number of hours for which they will use the mattress each and every day and for the number of years for which they might be able to use the same mattress. Most crib mattresses can be used beyond just the crib years, being sized to also fit into toddler beds that might accommodate a child well into his or her fourth or even fifth year. This longevity can help account for the price tag of some of the top of the line crib mattresses, which can cost more than three hundred dollars. But take heart, for you can also get a fine crib mattress for less than a quarter of that price.
All crib mattresses worth your consideration should share a few features as a baseline. First off, they must be firm enough to resist forming any depressions into which a child could roll or have their face buried. Second, they should be hypoallergenic or accompanied by a cover that is rated as such; a child's immune system is fragile as it develops and the youngster needs every possible advantage in fighting off potential allergies or sickness.
And make sure the mattress measures approximately (and not much more than) 28 inches in width by 52 inches in length; otherwise, it will not fit into many standard cribs. A mattress that is much smaller than these dimensions can leave unsafe gaps, and is also to be avoided.
As for the interior of the mattress, you can look for options that use multiple coiled springs to provide support and comfort or look to units with cores made of layered foam or fibers. Once you are sure a given selection of mattresses are safe, there is something to be said for individual comfort. If possible, let your child lie on various mattresses and see which they respond to. If that's not viable, consider the age at which your child will first use the bed.
A mattress with more softness and give becomes more and more acceptable the older a child grows, so if your child is already near his or her first year, look to their comfort over the next few years. If you have a very young infant, then a firmer mattress that minimizes the risk of suffocation if they roll is imperative.
At the top pricing echelon, you can also look for features like a breathe through design. This is not to be confused with the oft used term "breathable," you must note: this indeed means a mattress through which sufficient air can be drawn for respiration, greatly reducing the risk of suffocation for a young child who has flipped to his or her stomach. It's easy to accept a higher price tag when it means heightened safety.
What To Watch Out For When Buying A Crib Mattress
When choosing the right crib mattress for your child (or grandchild or day care center), you will usually first look for a mattress that has certain desired attributes. But it's also important that you know what to watch out for and avoid when you are buying a crib mattress. After all, a young child will be spending hours each day and night lying atop this mattress -- and as many as 200 or more whole days out of the year cumulatively -- so you need to be sure it is free from chemicals or compounds you don't feel are safe.
While most crib mattresses are carefully tested and monitored for potentially toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, many will still have trace amounts of such substances, and for some parents, any is too much. These substances are commonly present due to the use of polyurethane foams and polyester padding. According to a study conducted at the University of Texas at Austin, many crib mattresses emit the same level of potentially harmful compounds as laminate flooring, an often maligned material. Only choosing a certified organic crib mattress can guarantee the absence of such materials.
Another material common in many mattresses is latex. Latex can be artificial or natural, and is in fact a totally neutral substance for most people. However, some individuals have a latex allergy that causes this usually benign substance to irritate them greatly. If you are unsure whether or not you child may be allergic to latex (or if you know they are), then you should consider playing it safe and avoiding the rubber for now.
Important Information On Crib Safety
Choosing a safe crib mattress that suits your preferences and your child's need is an important first step to creating a safe, comfortable place in which a baby or toddler can sleep. But it is only one of many factors you must consider. A crib mattress does little good without a crib in which to place it, after all, so make sure you give equal care to your research on a crib and its accompanying mattress.
First and foremost, you must avoid any cribs with known safety issues. These include safety recalled cribs such as those with drop sides or wide gaps between their slats or bars, as well as any other cribs declared unsafe by the Consumer Products Safety Commission and other trusted groups.
Next, make sure you choose a crib sheet that fits snugly and securely over the crib mattress. The safest mattress in the world can't prevent the dangers caused by a loose, ill fitting sheet, after all. And when your child is very young, remember that there should be nothing in the crib except for the close-flitting pajamas and swaddling and that crib sheet and mattress.
Any loose objects, such as blankets or stuffed animals, present a potential choking or suffocation hazard. And though once common, today crib bumpers are widely considered unsafe, as an infant can end up with his or her face wedged against the bumper and be unable to breathe. Until a child is old enough to roll and sit with ease, their crib should be a comfortable but spartan affair.