7 Simple Tips To Help You Buy A Safe Baby Mattress

7 Simple Tips To Help You Buy A Safe Baby Mattress

It’s an overwhelming task for new mommies and daddies to buy big baby items like mattresses. New parents are likely to just have their first baby and know nothing about most baby products, not to mention baby mattresses. Baby crib mattresses aren’t like toys where you can just choose the ones that the baby likes. It has hundreds of thousands of options on the market, which are looking the same but may be totally different. Buying guides on the internet make choosing baby mattress complicated. Actually it’s an easy task because we all know baby safety is always what we parents care most. Follow tips below and you will know how to choose a safe crib mattress.

Tight-fitting mattress

A baby mattress should be fitting closely to the crib without too much clearance left along the side or end of the crib. Big gap tends to get baby trapped in it when he or she rolls over. Baby’s legs or feet are very likely to get stuck into it when standing or walking at the edges of the mattress. The gap between crib and mattress should be no more than 1 1/2 inches or two fingers. If you can fit more than two fingers into the gap, the mattress is too small.

Avoid soft mattress

When it comes to infant mattress firmness, just remember the firmer the safer. A softer mattress is no questionably comfortable and cozy, especially for us adults, but it could be a nightmare for baby. It increases the difficulty of baby moving and turning, and risk of suffocating when their face sinks into the mattress. Always choose a firm mattress for your baby.

Waterproof cover

A waterproof mattress cover is a must-have for daddies and mommies. It absorbs no moisture and protects the mattress from leaks and stains. It keeps the mattress in a good shape for a long time which is great for warranty and durability. The wipe-clean surface saves you a lot of time and hassle and helps you get baby back to bed faster.

Reputable certifications

You can’t tell a mattress by its cover. It’s more important to know what it’s made of. More and more people now are pursuing healthy and eco-friendly products but many mattresses including for baby use are still made with petrochemicals, chemical flame retardants, etc. Those materials are usually associated with cancer, organ damage and endocrine disruption. A safe and non toxic mattress means more to a baby. It’s important to make sure the mattress is certified to meeting all safety standards. When’re shopping baby mattress, choose ones with reputable certifications like ASTM, CPSC, JPMA and GreenGuard, which verify a mattress containing non toxic material.

Don’t choose organic mattresses

When you’re searching for a baby mattress, you must have found and heard mattresses named “organic”. Manufacturers claim organic mattresses are made of all natural or organic materials and they have no chemicals and toxic content harmful to baby. They’re advertised to be more eco-friendly and safer than all other types of mattresses. Their higher price seems to imply they’re greater. However, it’s a marketing stunt. The truth is there is no standard for organic mattresses. Most organic mattresses only refer to materials they use like cottons are grown organically. So don’t pay more for a gimmick. Just go for standard mattresses with certifications.

Don’t use air mattresses

CPSC report had shown that air mattress is too soft for baby and infants. It’s dangerous to leave a baby on air mattress because it causes suffocation in a face down position and some babies have died on it. Water beds and adult beds aren’t safe to baby either for the same reason. As we mentioned before, use a firm mattress designed for baby use.

Don’t use secondhand mattresses

Don’t just pick up a used mattress from Craigslist or someone you’re not familiar as you don’t know how the mattress was used. Some secondhand mattresses have a sag or indentation so they can’t provide enough support. But that’s not the main reason why you should avoid it. The biggest hazard a used mattress has is body fluids from the previous child may have leaked into it. Leaks or stains are likely lead to mold or bacterial growth, which increases risk of SIDS.

  • Sealy
    This Sealy crib mattress fits most cribs and toddler beds and provides lasting comfort for your little one. strong, heat-tempered innerspring coil system offers lasting support heavy-gauge, dual steel bars run under mattress to evenly distribute weight reinforced laminate cover for easy cleaning cover treated with STAPH-GUARD to protect baby & mattress 52x27x5"H made in America
    $130.00  from JCPenney
  • Sealy
    Adult-grade construction and quality from a leading brand of crib mattresses in the USA. The Sealy Baby Posturepedic crib and toddler bed mattress is enhanced with the PostureTech Coil System for the ultimate firmness. Sealy is the #1 brand of crib mattress in America. With dependable durability and comfort, it's no wonder more babies sleep on a Sealy than any other crib mattress brand. Sealy won the 2013 & 2014 Women's Choice Award for "America's Best for Baby Mattress & Bedding". This entire mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified for indoor air quality and low chemical emissions to help create a healthier sleeping environment for your baby.
    $84.88  from Sam's Club
  • L.A. Baby
    Dimensions: 52L x 27.5W x 5.75H in. 182 heavy duty 15.5 gauge steel coils for maximum durability 9 gauge border rod for extra strength and supportNatural coconut fiber insulator pad for additional durability Blended cotton with nano-mesh technology on infant sideCertiPUR-US certified memory foam on toddler side Breathe-safe, animal-print organic cotton cover with waterproof backing Made in U.S.A. Your little one will enjoy restful naps and through-the-night sound sleep when you bring home the LA Baby Baby Essentials III Breath-Safe 2 in 1 Memory Foam Crib Mattress with Natural Coconut Fiber & Blended Organic Cotton Cover. Boasting an 182-coil, heavy duty innerspring with border rods and natural coconut fiber insulator pad, this mattress is just as safe as it is luxuriously comfortable. What's more, this crib mattress transitions easily to fit a toddler bed frame as well. CertiPUR-US certified memory foam provides extra comfort on the toddler side, while breathable blended cotton with nano-mesh technology on the infant side helps ensures your baby sleeps comfortably and wakes up refreshed, and not hot and cranky. The organic cotton cover, with the playful Savannah animal print on the toddler side, is sure to be a big hit with your tot. Both sides of the mattress are waterproof to make any clean up both quick and easy. Air vents allow the mattress to remain fresh at all times, while the cloth binding is sewn with a lock stitch to prevent the edge seams from splitting and moisture from entering the mattress. Made in the U.S.A. About L.A. Baby L.A. Baby is an award-winning division of Amwan, a manufacturer and distributor of fine quality juvenile furniture. With products designed for residential and commercial use, L.A. Baby items can be found in homes, day cares, and hotels. Based in City of Industry, California, L.A. Baby offers a wide range of baby items, including cribs, strollers, safety gates, changing pads, and high chairs.
    $134.00  from Walmart US
  • L.A. Baby
    Crib mattress features 260 heat-tempered coilsHeavy, 6-gauge border wire provides extra strength and side support fir babyToddler side features a memory foam layer for extra comfortOrtho support layer for additional durability and prevents loss of cushioning materialSide-flex clips for the ultimate side/edge supportTriple laminate anti-bacterial coverNon-toxic and water resistantAir vents help keep mattress freshMeasures 27.5 inches wide x 52 inches long x 5.75 inches thick
    $97.03  from Walmart US
  • L.A. Baby
    Your little one will sleep soundly enveloped in the luxurious comfort of the LA Baby Essentials VII 2 in 1 Natural Bamboo Cover Crib Mattress with Coconut Fiber & Organic Cotton Layer. A high coil count (182 heavy duty, 15.5 gauge steel coils) innerspring offers maximum support, while 9-gauge border rods with Flex-edge clips ensure the mattress doesn't collapse even when your little one is sitting or standing on the edge of the mattress. What's more, this crib mattress transitions easily to fit a toddler bed frame as well. Natural latex on the toddler side offers unsurpassed comfort, while USDA-certified organic cotton, that is also US grown, on the infant side provides support to baby's developing spine. The quilted bamboo fabric cover is smooth as silk for your baby's comfort and waterproof for easy cleaning. Air vents allow the mattress to remain fresh at all times, while the cloth binding is sewn with a lock stitch to prevent the edge seams from splitting and moisture from entering the mattress. Made in the U.S.A.About L.A. BabyL.A. Baby is an award-winning division of Amwan, a manufacturer and distributor of fine quality juvenile furniture. With products designed for residential and commercial use, L.A. Baby items can be found in homes, day cares, and hotels. Based in City of Industry, California, L.A. Baby offers a wide range of baby items, including cribs, strollers, safety gates, changing pads, and high chairs.
    $142.00  from Walmart US
  • L.A. Baby
    L.A. Baby 3" Compact Crib Mattress: Embossed vinyl cover is waterproofEasy to cleanDimensions: 38"L x 24"W x 3"HColor: whiteQuestions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $25.00  from Walmart US