Let’s face it, your baby doesn’t really care about his or her crib. Of course, that shouldn’t stop you from making sure they have a comfortable and safe sleeping space. Babies though, don’t really care what they sleep on. They don’t beg for two pillows, and they don’t care about the firmness of their mattress. If they have to pee in the middle of the night, they just do it in their pants. That said, you can’t just throw any old beach towel in your baby’s crib! There are a few guidelines that ought to be followed when purchasing a crib mattress for your little thing.
Mattresses, whether standard or an Natural Baby mattress, should always be firm. You would think a soft one would be desirable because many adults prefer it, but it’s actually very dangerous for babies. Babies need a firm surface because they cannot easily move out of positions. If they were to turn over on a soft mattress, their face could sink in because they can’t easily roll back over. Place your hand on the mattress to check the resistance.
All baby mattresses are made in layers. With a coil baby mattress, the main layers to consider are the coil layer, the padding layer and the cushion layer.
A firm surface. Experts recommend that babies, especially newborns, be put to bed on a firm mattress to reduce the risk of SIDS. In a similar vein, parents are advised not to put soft toys, comforters or pillows in cribs because these are suffocation hazards. Furthermore, a resilient surface will also help your baby’s physical development as it provides adequate support for rolling over and crawling. If you wish, you can get a double-firmness mattress that has a hard side for infants and a softer one for toddlers.
When picking a crib, take a good look at the head and foot boards. When you like one as which may have cut outs, be sure they are smaller sized compared to baby’s head, this makes sure that a baby’s head is not going to get caught in them. In addition the slats on a crib should not be more than 2.38 inches a part. This ensures a baby will not get his head caught in between them.
When considering a innerspring mattress, you will find that steel coils, insulation and foam cushioning are the construction materials. The weight of the steel coils determines how springy the mattress will be. The heavier the coil, the higher the quality of the mattress. Hence, firmer, safer, and more durable.
And last but not least buy allergy free products or mattresses made from organic material. These specially made mattresses are expensive but at least your baby will be safe. Buying regular furniture may be cheap but you will also spend a lot more in unnecessary medical bills for the treatment of allergies and skin rashes.
When your kids graduate to a toddler bed, you can get them something a little softer. You might even want to start them off with a dual firmness crib mattress. It would fit both a crib and toddler bed (as do all crib mattresses), and is firm and waterproof on one side, softer and non-waterproof on the other. That way you get the most value for your money.