How to Pick the Best Mattress for Your Baby

With the many designs and brand to pick from, finding the best mattress for you and your baby can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you find the right one.

Getting Started

First, take stock of the crib or frame you plan to use for your bed. You will need to know the measurements of the bed to find a mattress that fits properly. A mattress that is too big can affect the function of a crib by preventing the sides from going up and down. A mattress that is too small can create dangerous gaps where your baby can get stuck and possibly hurt.


You should also decide if you want a water-resistant mattress to protect the bed against fluids and help it wear longer. You can also add a water-resistant mattress pad to a standard mattress.


As you shop remember that consumer reports provide a great deal of information about crib mattresses, including price ranges and improved function.


Hitting the Store

You can shop for a crib mattress a couple different ways. You may want to check newspapers or websites where people are selling used mattresses that their children have outgrown. You should be cautious though. If the mattress hasn’t been cleaned or stored properly, it may have mold, mildew or dust mites that can affect your baby’s health.


Buying a new mattress from an online retailer is also an option. You can take advantage of reviews and side-by-side comparisons to help you decide which mattress will work best for you.


You can shop at mattress or baby store where you can feel and see the different options, too.


Although a crib mattress may only be used for a few years, it still may be wise to spend a bit more to ensure that you get a quality mattress that lasts as long as you need it to avoid having to buy another one.

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