This is a quick but informative read, and we strongly recommend it for new parents. After reading this article you will know the types of crib mattress, how to choose a crib mattress and crib mattress safety guidelines.
There is no shortage of different types of crib mattresses, and are really a matter of personal preference. The oldest mattress type in the history of mattress is the innerspring mattress. This traditional mattress type has steel coils inside, which makes it resilient and sturdy. Above the coils, innerspring mattresses have layers of different cushioning materials, such as polyester, cotton or foam. Generally speaking the more coils, the more supportive and firm the mattress will be. New generation of parents tend to avoid buying spring mattress for their babies, perhaps due to personal experience with sore backs from sleeping on inner spring mattresses during their younger age. …That’s just a speculation, of course. Traditional mattresses are built with a layer of steel coils that provide support. As the coils in these innerspring mattresses wear down, the mattresses often sag over time, creating pressure points that can become very uncomfortable.
Foam mattresses: These are typically made from polyurethane, a foam resin. Foam mattresses can be a great choice because they’re lightweight and durable, and are also usually the least-expensive mattress option. While you can trust memory foam mattresses to be supportive sleep aids, they're not all created equal. They can run hot or cool; some will let baby sink into them and others will gently bounce away. When choosing a foam crib mattress, you want to make sure it’s resilient. Test this by pressing your hand on the mattress and seeing how long the surface takes to regain its shape (the faster, the better).
Also, look for a mattress that has a higher density, which makes it firmer. Medium firm memory foam mattress is the best choice for little baby and is a perfectly suited mattress as baby transitions to a toddler bed.
Double-sided mattresses: 2 for 1! These mattresses have a firmer infant side and a softer side that is more appropriate for toddlers who still use a crib or convertible toddler bed. Just flip it over to give your tot a softer, more comfortable mattress. Keep in mind though, these models might be more expensive than some infant crib mattresses. And, you’ll have to remember to place the correct side of the mattress facing up when you’re changing the crib sheets.
How to Choose a Crib Mattress
Crib mattresses are similar to adult mattress, but with a few special considerations. Here’s what to look for in a crib mattress:
Crib Mattress Safety Guidelines
Here are a few safety basics to keep in mind when choosing a crib mattress:
And now that you know how to pick the right mattress, head over to Zero To Three Club and a select a few of highest quality beautiful personalized crib sheets to cover that new mattress.
Article was borrowed from babylist.com