Operating a nursery furniture showroom means we get asked a lot of questions by expecting parents.
These range from queries about the top baby crib brands to ones about the best organic cribs.
One of the most common queries, which we typically get from people checking out Hatchery cribs, is how to choose the best crib mattress for your baby.
In this article, we'll provide the answer to that question. All you have to do is follow the tips below!
Narrow down options based on your crib's size
This is pretty basic but also critical.
The rule here is to make sure that you can only stick two fingers in the space between the mattress edge and the frame of the crib - two fingers and no more!
That's because anything wider can be a health or suffocation hazard to your little one.
So, make sure you check the size of your crib before looking for mattresses.
Note that Hatchery cribs have their exact measurements on their pages, by the way, should you need them.
Firm mattresses are recommended
Again, this is very important for your baby's health.
As we tell parents in our showroom, pairing an ultra-secure crib from one of the top baby crib brands with a firm mattress is recommended for infants up to 6 months, save the cushier options for when they reach toddlerhood.
That said, there are some mattresses now that offer both: one side is firm and the other soft.
We often recommend these to parents getting a convertible crib like the Babyletto origami crib.
That way they can use both the crib and mattress even when their baby becomes a toddler. That can save a lot of time and money!
Check the materials used in it for off-gassing or irritants
This is something we have to remind a fair number of parents looking at buying cribs.
If you'd like to be extra-careful about your little one's health, we advise looking for non-toxic, completely recyclable mattresses. These pair very well with organic cribs as well.
When looking for such mattresses, you should check for off-gassing, allergens, phthalate, and the like. Avoid them and you'll be golden!
Look for a mattress that comes with a good protective cover
Getting a mattress cover is essential. This is to prevent it from being dirtied and needing replacement early on.
Luckily, most baby mattresses come with good, sturdy covers now.
Several even have waterproof or water-resistant ones, which can be a big help for hygiene. Babies tend to be very leaky!
Babyletto Pure Core mattresses have a water-repellent technology that causes water to bead on the surface, for instance. This is the sort of thing you should look for.
Find out what other parents say about the mattress
We'd recommend doing this before making a purchase. This is still one of the best ways to tell if a mattress is worth getting, after all.
Other parents often leave reviews on items online. Don't be afraid to do a little research to get more information on the mattress you're eyeing.
Doing this may help you identify details that can make all the difference to your decision.
That being said, be sure that you look for a balanced picture.
Don't just fixate on one or two bad reviews for a mattress if it has 50 great ones, for instance.
Talk to baby furniture and product experts for advice
If all of the above still isn't enough to help you make a decision, talk to us!
As we said, we talk to parents and give them advice often on such matters. We may be able to help you too!
Just reach out and drop us a line for questions or book an appointment to visit our showroom.
We'll do all we can to assist you in finding the perfect mattress for your baby.