How To Buy A Crib Mattress?
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Choosing a crib mattress may be boring, but it is of most important value to your baby. The mattress is as important, if not even more important, as the crib, so it is recommended that you buy the best one that you can afford. It is important to buy a good mattress because, for one thing, your baby will spend a lot of time lying on this mattress. You may find it hard to believe because time flies for you as a new mom, but babies spent approximately 16 hours a day on that mattress. A good mattress will also be cozier for your baby and you baby may even not wake up every two hours in the middle of the night. This is a great bonus for you because you may finally be able to get a good night sleep. Also the mattress supports your baby’s growing bones and keeps him safe while sleeping.
So, how to buy a crib mattress? When choosing a mattress for you baby make sure you buy a mattress specifically made with the dimensions of your crib, so there will be not gaps that could do harm to your baby. Also make sure that the mattress is firm because a soft mattress can be a suffocation hazard and raise the risk of SIDS.
Types of crib mattresses
There are two types of mattresses – innerspring and foam. When looking for a mattress, make sure you consider the major differences that there are between these two types.
If you are interested in buying innerspring mattress look for a higher steel coil count. When the steel coils are closer together which makes the surface firmer. You may also look for a lower steel gauge then the steel is thicker. These mattresses are usually made of polyester recycled from plastic water bottles (PET ) which also acts as a hypoallergenic cushion. If you want your mattress to last longer you can upgrade it with border rods, corner protection, steel clips and weight distribution bars.
When looking to buy a foam mattress look for one that has a high-density memory foam core (1.5 pounds per cubic foot). The core is heavier when the number of pound per cubic foot is higher. The lower the number of pounds per cubic foot, the softer the core is. You may also find mattresses made of polyester fiber cores that are a lower-cost alternative to memory foam, but they are not considered to be “high-density” memory foam. The good thing about foam mattresses is that they are lightweight. For a longer lifespan of your mattress you can easy upgrade it with high-density edges that really help protect the sides.
Things to remember when buying a crib mattress
There are multiple things that you should remember when looking for a crib mattress:
- Make sure that the mattress is the right size and it fits perfectly in your crib. If the mattress is smaller than your crib it can harm your baby in numerous ways.
- Make sure that the mattress is firm because too soft a surface can suffocate your baby.
- Buy a ticking that is water resistant. Look for double- or triple-laminated ticking reinforced with nylon.
- Look for a mattress that has small vent holes on the sides that let air low in and out. This will make sure that the mattress does not absorb any smell because it will be constantly ventilating.