How to Pick the Best Mattress for Infants

What’s on your list of must-have crib mattress features? Antimicrobial? Hypoallergenic? Water resistant? Chemical free? Organic?

Mattresses can go beyond the basic function of providing your baby with a safe place to rest and sleep. A mattress can be an investment in your baby’s health, wellness and development. The right mattress can properly support your baby’s neck and back while they grow. Along with a safe crib, a mattress may be the most critical piece of furniture in your nursery.

 

A Spring Mattress or Foam One?

Parents tend to pick innerspring or foam mattresses for cribs. If you plan to use the mattress for four or five years, a high quality spring mattress may be a good option because it lasts longer than foam, which may wear out after two years.

 

Spring mattresses can also be a good option because they can be firmer than foam, which can be too soft for babies and increase the risk that the mattress will mold too closely around the baby’s head and becomes a hazard.

 

Or Neither

You can also pick the best mattress for you from other alternatives on the market. Bamboo mattresses are naturally antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, smell resistant and wick away moisture three times better than cotton for a drier, cooler sleep. Bamboo is also a sustainable product and can be organic.

 

Another eco-friendly, sustainable option is the fiber mattress with a coconut husk core and a foam, latex or fabric outer layer. The coconut husks can also be organic and are non-toxic. Some manufacturers offer a coconut fiber core covered with natural latex and wool treated with essential oils — such as lemon, eucalyptus and lavender — that promote relaxation and protect against dust mites and allergens.