Finding that perfect fit for your baby or young child shouldn't be too difficult, but there are a few criteria you need to consider.
These are important to ensure that the cot mattress you choose is the best to aid your little one's development.
Of course, choosing the right mattress size for babies and children is important.
Your child will grow very quickly in the first few years, and you certainly don't want to have to buy a new mattress every year.
We would recommend cot mattresses that fit the 60 x 120 cm or the 70 x 140 cm dimensions.
These are the most common dimensions that are small enough to be suitable for a young child and large enough to accommodate a growing child.
As your child grows, you can switch over to a 90 x 190 cm single mattress, which you can keep well until adulthood.
Baby mattresses can be made from various materials, including pocket springs, coir, natural latex, or memory foam.
Natural and organic materials are great as they tend to be anti-allergy and don't contain harmful chemicals, but even certified memory foam mattresses can be free from toxins.
The material you choose is also largely influenced by your budget, as natural and organic mattresses are often much more expensive.
Firmness is an essential aspect to consider when choosing a mattress for your baby or toddler.
You need a mattress that offers good support but is also very comfortable.
You're better off choosing a medium-firm to firm mattress, which will adequately support spinal alignment and aid healthy bone development.
Generally, newborns require firm mattresses.
Toddlers will be more comfortable on medium-firm mattresses.
Breathability is vital.
Not only does good airflow help to keep your little one cool and comfortable for a better night's sleep, but it also helps in terms of hygiene and prevents the formation of mould.
The mattress cover should also be breathable and allow for good air circulation.
We would also recommend choosing slatted frames as these can aid in keeping the cot mattress well-ventilated.
Health and safety may be important for adults, but this is even more so with cot mattresses.
We recommend that you favour anti-allergenic materials free from harmful substances, such as dichlorobenzene, nitrosamines, or formaldehyde.
This will allow for easier breathing and avoid the risk of allergies.
Also, look out for mattresses that have been certified by external testing institutions like OEKO-TEX.
For example, mattresses that carry the OEKO-TEX-Standard-100 certification are guaranteed to be free from harmful substances, toxins, and dangerous chemicals.