The crib and mattress are one of the most important pieces of baby gear that are going to be purchased, enabling the new parents to feel safe about where their child is sleeping. As there are many choices that are available, researching the various types of mattresses, cribs and even the regulations when it comes to shopping for and using the crib mattress can be the most effective way to ensure that the right choice has been made and the child is going to be protected while they sleep.
Here are some tips that can be considered to ensure that the parent makes the right choice when it comes to the crib mattress:
What size of mattress is required? There are two standard sizes of mattresses that are available. The first size of mattress is created with a standard sized crib and the second is created for a miniature size of crib that can be placed in small spaces or used for smaller or travel cribs. Depending on the size of crib that is required, it is important to choose the size that fits the crib frame.
It is important to ensure that the crib mattress has support through the mattress. Firm mattresses are recommended for infants and toddlers to ensure that they are able to remain supported, but also to ensure that they are going to avoid sinking too far into the mattress and possible suffocating. Learning about the regulations and types of recommended mattresses is the most effective way to ensure that a safe choice has been made.
Next, the parent should determine whether they are shopping for a traditional crib mattress or an organic crib mattress. Organic crib mattresses are created without the potentially harmful chemicals that can become absorbed into the skin of the infant or even inhaled while the infant sleeps or spends time in the crib on the mattress.
It is important to take the time to research the various crib mattresses that are available. Taking time to research the mattresses can help the parent to make the best decision for their needs.
Crib mattresses may not sound like the most glamorous of choice when shopping for your new baby but an infant can sleep for around two thirds of the day and a lot of their growth and development occurs during this time. As such, it’s vital that your son or daughter be provided with the most comfortable and relaxing environment in which to get a peaceful night’s sleep. Choosing the right crib mattress will go a long way towards helping you achieve this for your baby.
The Need For A Mattress
Cradles, cribs, and beds all have one thing in common at least – they need a mattress to accompany them before baby can use them. As baby will be spending so much time in their and while asleep it is also imperative that you choose a safe crib mattress to prevent baby from coming to any harm while they’re asleep. You should even consider the impact of allergens like wool or even dust.
Choosing The Right Shape
Gone are the days of only being able to choose rectangular shaped cribs or bassinettes. Parents can choose from a variety of shapes including oval and finding the same shape mattress can prove to be a difficult and time consuming experience. However, it is important that the mattress matches the shape of your chosen baby bed or crib. A rectangular shaped crib requires a rectangular shaped mattress while an oval bassinette needs an oval shaped mattress.
Size is also important. With crib mattresses there are standard sizes but you should measure the size of your crib before venturing forth and attempting to find a mattress to fit because you don’t want to be surprised when you receive it and it won’t squeeze in. By the same token, you don’t want a mattress that is too small otherwise baby may find himself sliding between the mattress and the side of the crib which can prove dangerous indeed. Portable or travel cribs are typically slightly smaller than the standard size crib designed for use in the home. As such, these will require a different mattress too.
Look at the materials that the mattress is made from. There is some worry over the longer term effects of PVC mattresses and those that use materials like wool and Latex could potentially be highly allergenic for your child, causing them difficulties in breathing when they go to bed. Even a mild allergy can prove problematic because it will prevent baby from sleeping soundly. Avoiding these materials where possible is a good idea to prevent the associated problems.
A dust cover is comfortable and prevents dust from collecting on the mattress. It is easy to remove and quick to clean but ensures that your baby is not subjected to dust and dust mites which are two of the most common allergens. They can adversely affect breathing, ruin sleeping patterns, and cause breathing problems. In the most severe cases, there are much more serious side effects that should always be avoided.