It is important to be picky when looking for a baby crib mattress. While the quality of your baby’s mattress may not seem like a big deal or even something to think twice about, the quality of a mattress can affect a baby’s sleep patterns just as it would yours.
The first and most important aspect to consider is how firm or thick an individual baby crib mattress is. The firmer the mattress, the less sinking in your baby when do when he or she lies down. Letting your small child sleep in a surface that is too soft could possibly be a suffocation hazard, especially when they sleep or lie on their stomach often.
Even if you are looking for a foam mattress, it still needs to be able to effectively hold the baby up as opposed to give way to their small bodies. The foam density can be the best indication for you to see how firm a mattress really is. Ideally, you would want one that is around 7 lbs to 9 lbs if it is the average size. This also counts for mattresses made of memory foam, which is even more prone to sinking due to the memory foam itself. Checking foam density, weight, and firmness is a must before purchasing one for your baby.
With an inner-spring baby crib mattress, you should pay attention to the amount of coils within the pad. In general, the more coils, the firmer the mattress will be. A high-quality mattress needs to be firm as well as be comfortable for the baby to lay on, so finding the perfect firmness can be difficult. Try to keep in mind that softness is more of a factor that adults look at that babies and small children. While adults may look for a mattress that is soft, they also know well enough not to bury their faces into the plush, even instinctively. A baby does not have this instinct yet and so they should absolutely not be placed on any extra-soft surface for an extended period of time.
Though you are looking for a firm mattress, you are also looking for one that is comfortable. Keep in mind that the more comfortable the sleeping area, the more likely a baby is to stay asleep. Prolonged and restful sleep is beneficial to both the baby and you, the parent. What’s more is that babies who sleep well are more likely to be happy and healthy than if they regularly have a bad night or day’s sleep. You can really tell the difference between a baby who has slept on a high quality baby crib mattress from one who has not.