Best Crib Mattress for Babie and Toddlers

The Best Crib Mattress For Babies and Toddlers 2019

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A good night’s sleep really sets the tone for any day, especially for babies and toddlers. With the risk of SIDS and other fears while a baby sleeps, how can you keep your baby safe and rested?

One of the most important things to ensure a baby’s safety is to have a firm, comfortable crib mattress. Having a dual sided crib mattress can help your purchase grow with your child into toddler-hood.  You’ll also want to consider other features, like materials and certifications.

We’ve put together our best crib mattress picks for babies and toddlers. We’ve also given you a handy guide to selecting a crib mattress, including the safety guidelines and features to look for. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ section.

Best Baby Mattress Why It Is Best Mom Rating
Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress The safety of the mattress far outweighs the additional cost. A mattress made mostly of air-what could be better and safer? ♥♥♥♥♥
Milliard Hypoallergenic Crib Mattress This mattress is firm, comfortable, and best of all, it is resistant to allergens, mold, and bacteria! ♥♥♥♥
Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Mattress A double-sided mattress that will take your child comfortably from baby to toddler. ♥♥♥
Colgate Eco Classica III Multiple certifications put your mind at ease when you put your baby to sleep. ♥♥♥♥
Emily Crib Mattress This is the only GOTS certified mattress on the list, making it our top choice for an organic mattress. ♥♥♥♥♥
Delta Children Twinkle Stars With three versions to choose from, you can ensure you get the features you want. ♥♥♥♥
Serta Tranquility Eco Firm A durable mattress from a reliable, trusted company that is sure to last. ♥♥♥♥
Sealy Soybean Serenity Foam Mattress Sealy takes it to another level by using soybeans to ensure safety and sustainability in a crib mattress. ♥♥♥♥
Beautyrest Beginnings Sleep Whispers This innerspring mattress has the support and quality you’d expect from Beautyrest. ♥♥♥♥
Safety 1st Transitions Safety 1st has made a reliable, firm, and dual sided mattress for any crib at a great price. ♥♥♥♥♥

 

Best Crib Mattresses for Babies and Toddlers

#1 Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress

Best Breathable Crib Mattress

If you want a breathable mattress that will keep your baby safe even if she ends up face down, the Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress is the one you want. This amazing technology allows you to breathe easy even with your face firmly pressed down into the mattress. The Wovenaire core of the mattress is made of 10% food-grade polymer and 90% air. Yes, really…air. That is what makes it so great for babies! It has even been certified by a CPSC accredited lab to reduce the risk of suffocation CO2 rebreathing. Wovenaire is made through the Japanese technology of submerging the polymer in a pool of water while weaving and forming the material into the desired shape.  The mattress is covered with a breathable fabric covered in a decorative cloud pattern that allows easy air circulation.

Aside from the safety, one of the best features is that the mattress contains no foam, springs, latex, glues, or other potentially dangerous materials. It is also 100% recyclable and great for the environment. As if it could get any better, the outer cover is machine-washable and the inner core is able to be washed in a tub of water to keep it fresh and clean. The mattress measures 52″ x 28″ and has a thickness of 5.5″.

Why We Love It

  • Completely Breathable
  • Machine Washable Cover
  • 100% Recyclable
  • Firm for Safety
  • No Harmful Materials
  • Reduces Sweat
  • GreenGuard Gold Certified
  • Verified by CPSC Accredited Lab
  • Core is Made of 90% Air

Considerations

  • Cover Can feel Scratchy
  • Cover Has to Be Washed if Soiled
  • Does Not Have Alternative Firmness for Toddlers
  • Higher Priced Than Other Mattresses

Newton Wovenaire VS. Emily Crib Mattress-Battle of the Best Eco-Friendly Mattresses

The Wovenaire is our top choice and is truly innovative from a safety perspective but let’s pause and compare it to the high-quality and more traditional Emily crib mattress.

Both of these mattresses boast the coveted Greenguard Gold certification to set parents’ minds at ease. Both mattresses are eco-friendly and made of organic materials. They both have a pretty significant price point which reflects their quality standards. It may be difficult to decide which provides the most safety for your little one. Here are some key comparisons between the two products.

The Newton Wovenaire mattress is made of 90% air and 10% food grade polymer, while the Emily mattress is an innerspring core encased in a GOTS-certified organic cotton and eco-wool quilted cover. Neither mattress has different sides for toddlers and babies, although both mattresses can be flipped over and both sides are able to be used. The Emily mattress has a 10-year warranty against manufacturer defects and the Newton features a lifetime limited warranty against the same. Both mattresses are breathable and neither is waterproof which keeps babies from overheating, a possible risk factor for SIDS.

The Emily mattress differs from the Newton in several key ways. The innerspring mattress is one of the biggest differences and the Eco-wool acts as a natural flame retardant for added protection. However, the springs make this mattress bulkier than some of its competitors. The wool is also naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and dust mites. However, the wool does produce a smell that many people find offensive.

The Newton Wovenaire is made of the all-natural core, mostly of air. The mattress cover comes in different colors and all of them are breathable. All parts are washable, even the inside of the mattress. All materials are hypo-allergenic and the breathability of the entire mattress prevents a build of humidity and moisture. The Newton company will also recycle the mattress for you when you are finished with it. This mattress is also very lightweight due to the materials used.

All things considered, both of these mattresses are great choices if you can afford the higher prices. They are both wonderful, organic mattresses you can feel good about laying your baby on at the end of each day. With no worries about the toxic fumes your baby may be inhaling, you will both sleep much better with one of these mattresses.

Overall

Safety is always at the forefront of our minds when we have little ones. The Newton Wovenaire is one of the few mattresses that doesn’t use foam or innerspring, although it is classified as a foam mattress. This fully organic mattress will help set your mind at ease as your little one sleeps. It may not make your baby sleep through the night but it will keep her safe when she is asleep.

The Newton company also uses natural materials that are 100% recyclable to reduce the impact on the environment. It may be annoying to have to wash a soiled cover each time instead of just wiping it down, but knowing your baby can breathe in any position is well worth the cost. This mattress is completely washable and will last for many years and even through many children, if well taken care of.

 

# 2 Milliard Crib Mattress

Best Safe Crib Mattress

The Milliard Foam Crib Mattress is designed to allow maximum airflow and to help regulate a baby’s sleep temperature. The firm mattress is designed to mimic the conditions in a mother’s womb and help babies sleep better and longer. The Milliard foam core is naturally hypoallergenic and resists mold, allergens, dust mites, and bacteria. The foam is also CertiPur-US Certified meaning it is made without the use of toxic materials.

This 25.5″ x 52″ x 5″ mattress feels like sleeping on a firm cloud with the sturdy memory foam capable of supporting even a full-grown adult. It does not bounce much to keep children from turning their bed into a playground. For a safe, hypoallergenic version, you can’t beat this mattress! There have been issues with the waterproof cover breaking down after several times through the washing machine, but this is easily solved by using a waterproof mattress pad.

Why We Love It

  • Maximum Airflow
  • Keeps Baby Cool
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Mold, Bacteria, Allergen-Resistant
  • Memory Foam
  • Non-Toxic

Considerations

  • Cover Does Not Hold Up to Machine Washing
  • Strong Foam Smell Last a While
  • Not Dual-Sided for Switching to a Toddler Bed

Overall

The Milliard crib mattress is hypoallergenic and features maximum airflow to keep babies safe while sleeping. The waterproof cover is resistant to allergens, bacteria, and mold, but is not made to be machine washed. No doubt this mattress will last for a long time provided you keep it covered with a separate mattress pad, otherwise, you may find yourself with a ruined cover that makes the mattress unusable.

This mattress will keep babies cool and comfortable to ensure a good night sleep. However, the memory foam may make you wish you could curl up in your baby’s bed for a night. If you are looking for a mattress for a baby who is sensitive to materials and allergens, this is a great choice and will be the most comfortable bed for your baby.

 

#3 Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Mattress

Best Dual Sided Mattress

If you are looking for a dual-sided mattress that can be adapted for babies or toddlers, the Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Mattress is our top pick. Manufactured right here in the USA, this mattress is made of medical-grade, stretch knit fabric that is durable, water and odor-resistant, and antimicrobial. It can easily be wiped down when soiled and dries quickly. The mattress itself is 27.5″ x 52″ and has a thickness of five inches.

The infant side is firm to provide the highest safety for young babies. As your child gets older, you can transition to the other, softer side of the mattress simply by flipping it over. This helps your child to remain comfortable and ensures that he or she gets the sleep they need. Moonlight Slumber uses only non-toxic materials for its mattress which is free from dangerous flame-retardant materials. This is a high-quality product that will last and continue to keep babies and toddlers safe.

Why We Love It

  • Non-Toxic
  • Medical-Grade Material
  • Water and Odor Resistant, Antimicrobial
  • Dual-Sided (Firm for Infants and Softer for Toddlers)
  • Easy to Wipe Down

Considerations

  • Mattress Begins to Sag in the Middle
  • Overpriced for the Quality
  • Inside of Mattress is Actually Polyurethane Foam

Overall

The exterior of this mattress is made of medical-grade material that is non-toxic and hypoallergenic. However, the inside is polyurethane foam. The SafeSewn seams are bed bug and mite-resistant and made in the USA.

It is easy to wipe down and clean when it gets dirty and is dual-sided to provide varying comfort for babies and toddlers. If you want a solid mattress that can be used for years to come, the Moonlight Slumber mattress might be what you are searching for. Dual sides allow you to use the mattress in a toddler bed and give your older toddler a more comfortable sleeping surface.

 

#4 Colgate Eco Classica III

Best Eco-Friendly Mattress

Knowing that a mattress has been certified by experts can set your mind at ease. The Colgate Eco Classica III is one of those that you won’t have to worry is laden with toxic chemical emissions due to the highly sought after Greenguard Gold Certification and also the CertiPur foam certification. Mattresses with the Greenguard certification have undergone significant testing for VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that can affect sensitive people and are considered carcinogenic. You can feel confident that your baby won’t become sick due to the chemicals emitted from their mattress with this one.

The multi-layered mattress design puts organic cloth closest to your baby for comfort and safety, while the non-petroleum based foam provides support for your little one. When your child is ready to transition to a toddler bed, this mattress can be flipped to provide a softer sleeping surface for squirmy toddlers. The company’s eco-friendlier materials further make this an attractive option. This mattress measures 51.7″ x 27.5″ and has a thickness of six inches.

Why We Love It

  • Greenguard and CertiPur Certifications
  • Double-Sided Mattress
  • Eco-Friendlier Materials
  • Firm for Safety

Considerations

  • Seams Unravel
  • Not Waterproof
  • Pricey

Overall

Finding a mattress with reputable certifications always helps set your mind at ease. This foam mattress is double-sided and double certified to give you double the peace. You will get plenty of use out of this mattress through infancy and toddler years and it adheres to all safety standards, just keep an eye on the seams.

Colgate uses eco-friendlier materials to keep babies safe while still maintaining quality standards. Just make sure that you use a waterproof mattress pad because this mattress is not waterproof. It may cost a more than other mattresses but it may be worth it to know that the mattress has been tested and is certified to be safe for your smallest, most important family member.

 

#5 Emily Crib Mattress

Best Certified Organic Crib Mattress

This mattress is proudly made in the USA and is a GOTS  (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic mattress. This means that it is made with organic, all-natural materials. The Emily Crib Mattress also boasts of the Greenguard Gold Certification. The mattress is made of organic cotton and is covered with an Oeko-Tex eco-wool quilted cover to keep your baby cool even on the warmest nights. Eco-wool is naturally flame retardant. The mattress measures 52″ x 27.2″, with a thickness of six inches.

Inside the mattress is a heavy-duty, 150 coil innerspring core to firmly support your baby. The mattress has two equally firm sides, so it can be flipped over in case of spills or stains. The breathable mattress cover is soft and comfortable and is not made of plastic that can be noisy and cause babies to sweat. The wool does have a smell that can be off-putting for a while and it may need to be aired out. This mattress meets or exceeds all safety recommendations and is certified organic, so eco-conscious parents can feel good about purchasing this for their baby.

Why We Love It

  • GOTS and Greenguard Certified
  • Made in the USA
  • Cotton Mattress Cover
  • Breathability Keeps Baby From Overheating
  • No Harmful Materials
  • Mattress is Flipable

Considerations

  • Strong Wool Smell
  • Not Waterproof
  • Same Firmness on Both Sides
  • More Costly Than Other Mattresses

Overall

This certified organic mattress is perfect for parents concerned with the chemicals used in baby equipment. The Emily Natural Crib mattress is made in LaGrange, Illinois and uses eco-wool sourced from California and Oregon. Though it is higher priced than other mattresses, if the materials used in your baby products is one of your highest concerns, this mattress will check all the boxes.

With dual certifications, you can be sure it has been tested and is safe for even the most sensitive babies. The unappealing odor is a drawback for some people, but the smell dissipates if left to air out for a few days before use. You can feel good about using this mattress for your little one. It also features a 10-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects to ensure a quality product that will last through several children.

 

#6 Delta Children Twinkle Stars Mattress

Best Budget-Friendly Mattress

This well-made mattress is an affordable option for anyone looking to purchase a baby crib mattress. Delta’s Twinkle Stars Mattress line has three versions, each with slightly different features. The entire line features the Greenguard Gold certification for low-emissions. Delta is also well-known for quality, affordable products for babies and children. Here, we will give you an overview of the three different versions of this mattress to help you decide which one best fits your needs. Each mattress measures 52″ x 27.5″ and has a thickness of six inches.

The lowest priced Twinkle Stars mattress features a thermo-bonded, polyester fiber core to give babies optimal support while sleeping. The vinyl cover is easy to wipe clean when needed and is waterproof to prevent liquid from soaking into the inner workings of the mattress. Both sides of the mattress are equally firm so it can be flipped if desired without a change in firmness. Square corners ensure a proper, safe fit for all mattresses in this reputable line.

The mid-priced model, the Twinkle Stars Deluxe, also has a waterproof cover that is easy to wipe down, square corners for a secure fit, and a vinyl cover of the previous model. There are, however, a few significant differences. The first is that the core is made of 162 interlocking coils for a firm foundation that will support your child in any position. In addition to the Greenguard Gold Certification, it also features the CertiPur Certification that ensures the mattress is made of non-toxic materials. The last major difference is the dual-sides on the mattress with a firm infant side and a slightly softer toddler side to accommodate your child for years to come.

The Twinkle Stars Supreme has similar features to the deluxe, but with one major difference. Instead of the waterproof vinyl cover, this version features a woven fabric cover that reduces overheating while your baby is asleep. Though the cover is woven, it has a waterproof backing to keep it clean and dry. It still has the 162 interlocking coils for firmness, Greenguard and CertiPur Certifications, and the same dual-sides to accommodate both babies and toddlers.

Whichever model you choose, Delta adheres to the safety and health standards to keep young children safe. Through their certifications, they assure you that the mattress you are placing your baby on is free of chemical emissions and toxic materials. All mattresses in this line are made in the USA under strict quality standards and fit standard size cribs. All versions are affordable and will stand up to many years of use in cribs and toddler beds.

Why We Love It

  • Goldguard Certification on All Versions
  • Removable Cover
  • Non-Toxic Materials
  • Two Versions Have Dual-Sides for Infants and Toddlers
  • Waterproof
  • Reputable Brand
  • Affordable

Considerations

  • Strong Smell When it Arrives
  • May Show Indentations After Several Uses
  • Vinyl Versions Cause Sweating

Overall

With three mattresses to choose from, you can choose the one with the features you value most. No matter which one you get, it will come with the Greenguard Certification ensuring low chemical emissions. The removable cover is helpful when you need to clean up after a mess though it is waterproof and will keep the inner mattress from whatever your child can throw at it.

Delta is well-known for its products for babies and children and continues with their commitment to safety and durability. The mattress is well made but can show indents after a relatively short period of time. This is an affordable option for any budget and is sure to help your baby sleep better. Plus, the dual side allows you to use it well into the preschool years until your child is ready for a full-size bed.

 

#7 Serta Tranquility Eco Firm

Best Firm Mattress

We can’t do a review without including crib mattresses from some of the best full-size mattress makers. For over 80 years, Serta has been an industry leading developer in mattress innovation and technology. This Serta Tranquility Eco Firm mattress features 120 heavy-duty innerspring coils and a full perimeter border wire for support. It also has an ortho-insulated layer for additional support and comfort. The mattress has received the coveted Greenguard Certification ensuring low chemical emissions.

With air vents to facilitate air flow and a vinyl cover for convenience, this mattress has all the bells and whistles. The two-stage system gives you a firm side for babies and a slightly softer side for toddlers who need a bit more comfort when sleeping. The mattress is the perfect size for all standard cribs and toddler beds and will last for a long time, measuring in at 52″ x 27.5″ with a thickness of six inches.  The square corners ensure a tight fit to prevent babies from getting stuck in between the mattress and crib rails. It also does not make a lot of noise when babies toss and turn.

Why We Love It

  • Greenguard Certified
  • Made by Serta
  • No Crunchy Sound When Baby Moves
  • Full Perimeter Border Wire
  • Air Vents
  • Dual-Sided Mattress

Considerations

  • Not as Firm as Advertised
  • Strong Smell

Overall

Serta is well known for reliability and durability in the mattress department and this mattress is no exception. The Tranquility Eco Firm mattress will hold up well to most babies and toddlers for quite some time. This innerspring mattress has earned the Greenguard Certification, ensuring it is safe for babies and toddlers. With all the necessary features, this is a great, affordable mattress choice.

Though it doesn’t make noise when baby tosses and turns, it does not seem as firm as is advertised. The dual-sided mattress can also be flipped over when needed to ensure even wear. With two sides to use, the mattress will be sure to keep your baby safe and comfortable.

 

#8 Sealy Soybean Serenity Foam Mattress

Best Soybean Mattress

This is an eco-friendly crib mattress by the well-known Sealy brand. The Sealy Soybean Serenity Foam Mattress features a high-density, soybean foam core that is lightweight and durable. It has both the Greenguard Gold and CertiPur certifications to adhere to the highest safety standards. Their innovative approach to using soybeans in the making of the foam speaks to their sustainability practices and is produced by American farmers.

The exclusive Crypton Clean Sleep is a plastic-free barrier against stains, liquids, and allergens, which protects the mattress and makes it easy to wipe clean. The tear-resistant, lock-stitch binding prevents odors and liquids from absorbing into the material. The mattress has a woven cotton blend fabric enhanced with organic material is breathable on the skin and keeps your baby comfortable. It weighs in at only nine pounds, making it one of the lightest mattresses available. The mattress measures 51.6″ x 27.2″ and is five inches thick.

Why We Love It

  • CertiPur and Greenguard Certified
  • Crypton Clean Sleep Barrier
  • Non-Metal Air Vents
  • Made Partially with Soybeans
  • Weighs Nine Pounds

Considerations

  • Not Fully Organic

Overall

With the addition of the Crypton Clean Sleep technology, this mattress is even easier to keep clean and free from allergens. While they use soybeans in the mattress, it is not truly organic due to the use of polyurethane in the mattress as well. The lightness of the mattress makes it easy to move and carry. Sealy is one of the top names in mattresses and their crib mattresses reflect their high standards and quality.

The seams stand up to the worst wear and tear and won’t easily come apart. It also has the certifications that speak to the safety of their products, especially for babies and toddlers. This mattress will definitely stand up to all the normal baby and toddler wear and tear to last for many years.

 

#9 Beautyrest Beginnings Sleepy Whispers Ultra Deluxe

Best Innerspring Mattress

Most adults long to have a Simmons Beautyrest mattress due to their reputation for comfort. This Beautyrest Beginnings Sleep Whispers mattress features 231 luxury pocketed coil springs, one of the highest density of springs available in a crib mattress. The woven cover is soft and is stain and water-resistant. It measures  52″ x 27.5″ with a thickness of six inches.

Of course, this Simmons mattress has undergone testing to obtain the Greenguard Gold and CertiPur certifications necessary to ensure their mattress is safe for babies and toddlers. The product is proudly made in the USA so that it adheres to the highest safety standards. The firmness of the mattress is consistent throughout due to the concentration of springs and gently cradles your baby without sinking or dipping. Simmons provides a lifetime limited warranty for defects in manufacturing. It is also dual-sided with a firmer side for babies and a more plush side for toddlers.

Why We Love It

  • Greenguard and CertiPur Certified
  • Made in the USA
  • Made by Simmons
  • 231 Luxury Pocketed Coils
  • Woven Cover
  • Double-Sided to Grow With Your Child

Considerations

  • Sides Are Prone to Splitting
  • Heavy Due to Springs

Overall

If you have or wish for a Simmons mattress in your own bed, the next best thing is to have one for your little one. They adhere to all safety standards and ensure products are tested and certified for safety and health concerns. The product is made in the USA and with 231 coils is sure to support your baby for years to come.

The one major drawback is that the stitching is done with a single thread, which makes the seams susceptible to splitting. However, the lifetime limited warranty should cover any issue you encounter with the quality of workmanship. This should give you years of use, even through several family members, even if you need to replace it at some point due to manufacturer’s defects.

 

#10 Safety 1st Transitions Baby Mattress

Best Fiber Core Mattress

Safety 1st always lives up to its name by making safety a top priority in their products. They are renowned as the most recommended mattress brand for crib and toddler mattresses. The Safety 1st Transitions mattress is Greenguard Gold Certified for low-chemical emission. It is lightweight and durable to last throughout several years of use and even longer.

This mattress features an additional cushioning layer on one side of the mattress for toddlers and a firmer side for infants. The reversible mattress is great as your child grows and needs a softer place to sleep. The inside is a high-density, thermo-bonded fiber core foam mattress. The cover is  PVC-free, water-resistant, and easily wipes clean. The Transitions mattress fits tightly in any standard size crib and measures  52″ x 27.5″ with a thickness of five inches.

Why We Love It

  • Greenguard Gold Certified
  • Fits Tightly in Cribs
  • Dual-Sided for Babies and Toddlers
  • Lightweight
  • Reputable Company

Considerations

  • Cover is Not Truly Waterproof
  • Feels Much Stiffer Than Other Mattresses

Overall

When you are dealing with a company like Safety 1st, you can be sure the product is made with the highest safety standards in mind. However, this mattress seems too firm even for safety reasons. The mattress fits snugly into standard size cribs, leaving no gaps around the edges and is Greenguard Gold certified for low chemical emissions.

Often, people prefer to buy from reputable companies, knowing that they maintain high standards. Since this is the most recommended brand for baby and crib mattresses, we just had to include it on our list, as well. For a sturdy mattress that will support your baby for a long time, this mattress will hold up to a lot of abuse.

Types of Baby Mattresses

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses have coiled springs that support a baby’s weight. The higher the number of springs, the more supportive the mattress will be. These types of mattresses last longer and are more durable than other types. The thickness of the coils can also increase or decrease the durability of the mattress. Innerspring mattresses always have foam padding of some kind that creates a cushioned barrier between a baby and the coils. Due to the materials used, innerspring mattresses are usually more expensive and are considerably heavier than other versions.

Foam

Foam mattresses are made of different types of products ranging from organic to non-organic. Most foam mattresses are made from polyurethane, which can emit toxic chemicals, however more and more foam mattress brands are creating organic foam mattresses that are better for babies and the environment. Check the materials to see if the mattress you are looking at is truly organic or not. You should also look for certifications that can tell you if the mattress has been tested for chemical emissions and toxic materials.

One of the most important things to watch for in a foam mattress is the density. A denser foam will be firmer, which is a necessity in crib mattresses. Foams do break down easier so foam mattresses may not last as long as innerspring mattresses. Foam mattresses are often less expensive because the materials are cheaper. This is not true in many truly organic foam crib mattresses, though, which may be some of the most expensive on the market.

 

Safety Guidelines for Baby and Toddler Crib Mattresses

When looking for a crib mattress, it might be tempting to pick up one of the least expensive. After all, baby equipment is expensive and you need so many things. However, a crib mattress could be one of the most important pieces of equipment you will purchase. A great crib mattress must be safe above all else, but there are features that make it even safer for the smallest, most precious people in our lives.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends always putting babies to sleep on their backs on a firm surface to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Firmness

Crib mattresses must be firm, to prevent babies from rolling around into tight corners or soft spots in the mattress. Memory foam is not recommended because babies can become trapped in the soft indents and have trouble breathing. It is important to find the right balance between allowing your baby the comfort to sleep soundly while still remaining firm enough to protect your baby while asleep. Even if the mattress feels uncomfortably firm to you, give your baby time to adjust to the firmness as firm mattresses are safer. To test the firmness, Consumer Reports says to push down on the mattress and your hand should immediately spring up. If it does not, then it is not firm enough for your baby.

Size

Always choose a mattress that will correctly fit in your crib. If your mattress doesn’t fit properly, your baby can slip between the crib rails and mattress or roll into a dangerous position and be unable to get out of it. Mattresses should fit snugly against all edges of the crib, leaving no room between the mattress and the crib railings.

Height

All standard cribs have an adjustable height for the mattress. It is recommended to have it at the highest point for newborns and then lower it as the baby becomes more active and mobile. This is another area that the firmness becomes important so the mattress doesn’t sink and entrap the baby as he or she gets older and begins crawling and pulling up.

Material

Mattress material matters for a variety of reasons. The law requires mattress manufacturers to disclose the materials a mattress is made of. Your baby will be spending a lot of time laying, breathing, and playing on top of the mattress. You want to ensure that there are no toxic chemicals in or on the mattress that will affect your baby’s health. Check to make sure the mattress is made of safe materials and not treated with chemicals like flame retardants that could cause health problems. You also want to look for materials that are naturally mold-resistant and hypoallergenic.

Condition

Purchase a new mattress whenever possible. New mattresses are made following the newest safety recommendations and are less likely to have quality issues. A second-hand mattress could be subject to damage, mold and bacteria growth, or outdated materials or standards. If you buy a second-hand mattress or will be reusing one from a previous child, family, or friend, make sure to look for recall notices for the specific mattress. Also carefully inspect and thoroughly clean the mattress before use. If there are rips, tears, or mold, it is best to discard the mattress and find a safer one.

Certifications

A mattress that has certifications has undergone testing from other companies. Although not all certifications equate to mattress quality or reliability, if a mattress has been certified by reputable companies, you can feel at ease knowing it has been tested. Also, read the reviews from actual parents who have used mattresses. Though these aren’t actual certifications, they can guide you in your decision. Ensure that you read good reviews and bad reviews to see if a pattern emerges one way or the other.

Nothing Extra

Do not put any unnecessary bedding, toys, pillows, bumpers, or other objects in a baby’s crib. These have been shown to be dangerous, as babies can become trapped in them and be unable to breathe properly. It is also scary for a baby to become tangled in a blanket and unable to get themselves out. Other than that, nothing else should be inside the crib, besides your precious little one.

Baby Mattress FAQs

Are all crib mattresses safe?

If you purchase a new crib mattress, it will adhere to all safety standards. Additionally, if there is a safety concern, the mattress will be recalled and won’t be available on the market. You should also fill out the registration card that comes with your new mattress to ensure you are notified if any issues arise in your mattress. However, if you purchase, or are given, a used mattress, you will need to ensure that it meets all safety standards before use, check for recalls, and make sure the mattress is clean, sanitary, and free from mold.

What is the standard size for a crib mattress?

A standard crib mattress is 27 1/4 inches x 51 5/8 and no thicker than six inches as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s crib mattress guidelines. This fits perfectly in a standard size crib and all edges of the mattress should fit flush against all internal edges of the crib. A properly fitted crib mattress ensures that babies cannot get any part of their body trapped between the mattress and crib walls.

Why are crib mattresses so hard?

A firm mattress reduces the risk of suffocation or SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by keeping a baby’s face from sinking into the mattress. If a crib mattress feels comfortable to you, it is most likely unsafe for your baby. Babies will quickly adjust to the firmness of the mattress, even if they don’t seem to like it at first. Give them some time and be consistent with putting them to sleep in their crib.

Can I use a crib mattress in a toddler bed?

Yes, toddler beds are specifically made to hold a crib mattress and help young children transition from a crib to big kid bed. This makes it more economical for parents as well, since they don’t have to buy a different mattress right away. It also means they get more use out of a short-lived piece of baby equipment.

How long are crib mattresses good for?

Crib mattresses don’t have an expiration date, so their longevity depends on the mattress’ quality, durability, condition, and appearance. If you have a used mattress you are thinking of using, inspect it carefully for indents, sagging, broken seams, holes, mold, bugs, or any other issue that would make it unsuitable for reuse. If it is questionable, err on the side of caution and buy one that meets all current safety standards.

Where can I check for recalls on crib mattresses?

Items are recalled all the time for one reason or another. If you register a newly purchased product with the manufacturer, you will be notified in the case of a recall. However, if you are checking a mattress you are planning to reuse, you can check the Consumer Products Safety Commission for recalls.

Is an expensive crib mattress better for my baby?

Higher cost does not always translate into better quality. There are many average-priced crib mattresses that are perfectly safe and durable. Sometimes, with a more expensive mattress, you are paying for a brand name and reputation. Other times the cost is justified by the quality and materials used. If your baby has a medical condition or is sensitive to certain materials, a higher priced mattress might be the way to go. However, there are many budget and average-priced mattresses that will provide the same level of safety and protection for your baby. Ultimately, the decision is up to you.

How much will a crib mattress cost?

There is a wide range of pricing in crib mattresses, as in most things. There are mattresses that cost less than $50 and others that can cost several $100s of dollars. It depends on what you are looking for. If you are on a budget, you can find a great mattress that will still last for a long time. If materials are your main focus, you can find a high-end mattress made of the material you desire.

Organically-made mattresses will usually cost more than other materials so take that into consideration. There are also many middle-of-the-road mattresses to choose from. So look at your budget, consider that the mattress will only be used for a maximum of 4-5 years, think about what materials, if any, you desire in a mattress, and then shop away!

 

Additional Supplies For Crib Mattresses

Cover/Pad/Mattress Protector

Even if your mattress is waterproof, you may want to put a waterproof cover or pad on the mattress to make clean-ups quicker and easier.  There are several different types available. A fitted mattress pad that goes on like a fitted sheet, one that uses elastic loops to secure to the edges, and the kind that only covers a portion of the mattress (like the bottom half that could get messier and harder to clean up after). There are advantages to each of these types.

  • A fitted mattress pad often provides a plush, soft surface for your baby to sleep on. Be careful though that it is not too plush though.
  • Elastic loop pads are lighter and don’t restrict the air flow on the sides of the mattress, where vents usually sit to keep babies cool and comfortable.
  • Partial mattress covers are generally used to keep large messes from soiling the bed. These are handy if you have a baby who wets through their diaper often but you don’t want there to be an added layer under the baby’s head. Or perhaps you have a baby that spits up often and you only need the pad near the baby’s head to protect the mattress.

Pick one that fits your needs and will be easy to change out when needed. In fact, you should probably have two pads, just in case a quick change is required. All mattress pads are made to be used under a fitted crib sheet, which just happens to be the next item on our list.

Crib Sheets

Unlike adult sheet sets, a crib sheet is only one fitted sheet. Babies, and even adults, do not need a flat, top sheet, although they are dangerous for babies and only an annoyance for adults. Choose one that fits snugly on the mattress and helps hold the mattress pad (if you have one) in place.

This is where you can personalize the style to whatever you like. Have fun, choose a fabric, color, and pattern you like. You can even get several different ones to add to the fun. Just make sure they stay put and don’t easily slide off the mattress, creating a hazard for wiggly babies.

Wearable Blankets

To keep a baby warm and comfy in varying temperatures, you can dress them appropriately in clothes, but without layers. Another alternative is to use a wearable blanket or sleep sack. These blankets have room at the bottom to allow babies to move their legs freely while still remaining covered up as if they are under a blanket. However, they are enclosed and fit over a baby’s shoulders to keep them secure and in place throughout the squirming and tossing and turning a baby does while sleeping.

Keep in mind that babies don’t have to be “bundled up” any more than you would in the same room. If you are ok in shorts and a t-shirt, so is your baby. If you are wrapped in a blanket, it is likely time to use a blanket sleeper or sleep sack to keep your baby warm. Don’t overheat your baby though, as this is a risk factor for SIDS.

 

Final Word

There you have it. Our top picks for baby crib mattresses from across the internet. We took the time to do the research and compile it here for your convenience. We know you have enough to do when you are having a baby or dealing with little ones and don’t really have the time to pore over reviews and endless lists of mattresses to find the best one. So we did it for you.

With a plethora of mattresses available for babies, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Most importantly ensure that the mattress fits properly into the crib, leaving no space around the edges. While mattresses for babies and toddlers must meet certain standards including size, if it doesn’t seem to fit, take it back and try another one. Your baby’s safety is the most important aspect of a crib mattress.

That said, we have reviewed several of the best crib mattresses out there to make the job easier for you. All of the mattresses on this list are highly recommended by parents. Decide what features are most important to you and then choose a mattress with those features that stay within your budget. Buying the highest priced mattress does not always mean you are purchasing the highest quality mattress. A crib mattress is only used for a few years, at most, so don’t break the bank buying one.

Our top pick would have to be the Newton Wovenaire due to their use of all natural products, the ability to breathe through the mattress, and its durability. This is a mattress you can use for many children and is completely washable to prevent mold and bacteria growth. And when you are done with it, you can send it back to be recycled if you’d like. The organic materials, durability, and certifications make this our top pick, although, the fact that it reduces the risk of SIDS is the most valuable selling point.

With so many choices available, you have your pick of great baby crib mattresses, each with its own pros and cons. Whether the price is no object or you are on a strict budget, there is a mattress on this list for you. Feel free to browse the list and find one that meets your individual needs. Make sure you register your mattress and watch for recalls that can come out at any time, even in the safest of products. The ultimate goal is your baby’s safety and comfort. No matter which mattress you pick, we know you will choose the best mattress for your baby. May you and your baby get many good nights of sleep out of the mattress you pick.

Jennifer Doss
One-quarter Disney buff, two-thirds momma bear, three-fourths trophy wife, one-half avid reader/writer, one-eighth movie watcher. Does that add up? Hey, I’m a writer, not a mathematician. Jennifer lives with her husband and two of her four fabulous children in the state of Indiana. Her other children somehow became grown-ups and started their adult lives.

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