Choosing the Right Crib Mattress for Your Baby

By Alex Williams | Family

Jun 07
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When you put your baby down for the night—or for an afternoon nap—you want that baby to be safe, comfortable and protected. To ensure this, you will definitely need to invest in a high-quality crib mattress. To help you with this task, below we have reviewed several of the hottest selling and most popular crib mattresses currently on the market, including some of the benefits and disadvantages associates with each crib mattress we have reviewed.

We have also included a Crib Mattress Buyer’s Guide, in which we will highlight and examine some of the characteristics you should look for when purchasing a crib mattress for your baby’s bed, as well as some of the factors to consider before parting with your hard earned money.

Best Crib Mattresses for the Money (2018)

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Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Sleep Surface Crib Mattress

Designed with a dual-sided sleep system—one for when your baby is an infant and the other when a toddler—the Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Sleep Surface Crib Mattress offers a soft, dense and very firm foam layer for your newborn and a soft, plush side that can be used when the baby gets a bit older. The mattress is made with medical grade fabrics that form extra tight seams where it counts—fabrics that are also free of harmful chemicals and completely hypoallergenic. 100 percent waterproof, the mattress is a breeze to clean, and because of its patented SafeSewn seams you will never have to worry about bed bugs, dust mites or any other pests that could get in the way of your baby’s safe and comfortable slumber.

The Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Sleep Surface Crib Mattress is made in the United States of America and is the perfect mattress for new parents on a budget.

Pros

  • Waterproof. The Moonlight Slumber Crib Mattress is completely waterproof, making liquid spills and wet diaper stains super easy to clean.
  • Hypoallergenic. The mattress is 100 percent allergen free.
  • Made in the USA. In a day when many of our products are made overseas, the Moonlight Slumber Crib Mattress is made right here in the United States of America.
  • Dual-Sided. The mattress contains a firm side for infants, and a soft plush side for toddler comfort.

Cons

  • Can Sag with Prolonged Use. A few parents noted that the Moonlight Slumber Crib Mattress can sag after a few years of continued use.
  • Problems with Size. A few parents have also complained that the mattress they received was shorter than advertised, making it ill-fitting in their crib.

Colgate Eco Classica III Dual firmness Eco-Friendlier Crib Mattress

One of the best-selling crib mattresses on the market today, the Colgate Eco Classica III is an organic dual-firmness mattress that is allergen free and ultra-friendly to the environment. The dual firmness of the crib enables it to ensure the comfort and safety of both infants and toddlers, and its lightweight design makes it easy to flip, remove, change sheets and clean. Made in the USA, the eco foam mattress boasts an organic cotton cover and a firm surface that makes it easy for babies to push up, turn and eventually stand up on the mattress without endangering their safety.

Pros

  • Lightweight. The Colgate Eco Classica Crib Mattress is very lightweight while still retaining its firmness.
  • Eco-Friendly. The mattress is made with fabrics that are friendly to the environment.
  • Dual Sided. Like the Moonlight Slumber mattress, the Colgate Eco Classica Crib Mattress has dual-sided firmness for infants and toddlers.

Cons

  • Organic? A few parents have questioned whether or not the Colgate Eco Classica Crib Mattress is indeed “100 percent organic.”
  • Sizing Issues. Like the last mattress we reviewed, there are potential sizing issues with this mattress depending on the crib type.

Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress

The Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress is a hypoallergenic and budget-friendly crib mattress that will keep your baby safe and comfortable throughout the night. The award-winning mattress is designed with a high-density thermo bonded core that is made from the toughest polyester fibers, providing all the support a baby needs. The vinyl outer cover that comes standard with this mattress is stain, odor and water resistant, making cleanup easy and hassle-free, and its lightweight design means no heavy lifting when it is time to change the sheets.

Pros

  • Affordable. The Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib Mattress is very budget-friendly, making it appealing to young families.
  • Easy to Clean. The vinyl cover on the mattress makes it very easy to clean and resistant to stains and odors.
  • Firmness Holds Up. Even after two or more years of prolonged use, the Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib Mattress holds its firmness with no sagging.

Cons

  • Weight Limit. The Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib Mattress can only safely support infants and toddlers up to 30 pounds in weight—much less than other mattresses in this category.
  • No dual-firmness system. Unlike our previous two mattresses, the Safety 1st mattress does not have a dual-sided sleep system.

Baby Crib Mattress Buyer’s Guide

When shopping for a crib mattress, there are several factors you should carefully consider—factors we have discussed in further detail below.

Size

All modern-day baby cribs and mattresses are required by law to adhere to certain size dimensions. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission—a federally-run organization—all baby cribs in the United States must have the following dimensions: 28 ± 5⁄8 inches wide x 52 3⁄8 ± 5⁄8 inches long.

With these dimensions in mind, it is imperative that you select a crib mattress that also adheres to these size guidelines. These guidelines were instituted to prevent babies from falling between the mattress and the side of the crib—events that can injure babies and have even proven fatal in certain instances. As a rule of thumb, there should be no more than 1.25 inches between the crib mattress and all four of the inner sides of the crib. If you do not have a tape measure or ruler handy, you can always measure this distance using your fingers—you should be able to fit no more than 2 fingers between the sides of the mattress and the crib railings.

Types of Crib Mattresses

There are several different types of crib mattresses from which to choose, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. In fact, the type of crib mattress you decide to purchase is actually more a matter of preference than it is quality, so let’s take a look at the three primary categories when it comes to crib type: foam crib mattresses, inner spring crib mattresses and organic crib mattresses.

Foam Crib Mattresses

One of the newer types of mattresses to hit the market is the “foam crib mattress.” These mattresses are made with a type of soft polyurethane stuffing—a substance used in shoe insoles, floor matting and other products where cushioning and support is an absolute must. Along with their layers of polyurethane, foam crib mattresses—which are the lightest type of mattress on the market—contain other supportive materials to ensure the ultimate in comfort and stability. Most foam mattresses are also adjustable and they handle liquid spills very well.

Innerspring Crib Mattresses

Innerspring crib mattresses have been around for decades and are still the most popular type of mattress on the market today. Firm and reliable, these mattresses rely on patterned coils to provide support and comfort to your baby as they sleep. No mattress type on our list is firmer than the innerspring crib mattress, making them very appealing to parents with young infants, but they do tend to be heavier and more expensive than foam crib mattresses.

Organic Baby Mattresses

The absolute latest (and most expensive) type of crib mattress to hit the market is the organic crib mattress. These mattresses are made with a variety of purely-organic materials and processes and are completely allergen free—a great selling point for those worried about pollutants and the preservation of the planet. Once produced, the organic crib mattress provides a great degree of softness, durability and longevity.

Firmness

Firmness is and should be a major concern when picking out a baby’s crib mattress. For newborns and infants especially, you should definitely consider purchasing a crib mattress that is very firm without sacrificing comfort. Many people mistakenly assume that softer is always better when it comes to a crib mattress, but that is simply not true. Babies will adjust to their crib mattress regardless of the firmness, and because mattresses that eventually sag can be uncomfortable and even dangerous in certain situations, we recommend you choose the firmest crib mattress within your budget.

Weight

Crib mattresses may need to be removed from time to time for cleaning or when changing sheets, so be sure to choose a mattress that you can get in and out of the crib without too much strenuous effort. Fortunately, there is a wide range of crib mattress weights, with some weighing as little as 7 pounds up to the innerspring mattresses that typically weigh about 25 pounds.

Density

Density is also important in a crib mattress, but because most manufacturers do not include “density” in the product description, you can always do the following: Check the weight of the crib mattress; heavier crib mattresses tend to be firmer and denser. Also, take a look at the number of coils. According to experts, “a quality baby mattress should have more than 135 coils, along with a gauge of 15.5 or lower.”

Conclusion

By following some of the guidelines we have listed above, along with giving some consideration to how easy or difficult a given mattress will be to clean, you should have no problem selecting a crib mattress that suits your needs—a mattress that is both safe and comfortable, ensuring a good night’s sleep for your baby—and for you.

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