So, you are expecting a baby in a few months? Becoming a father or a mother gives a sense of fulfillment and joy. The coming of an additional member of the family is a very much anticipated event that involves a great deal of preparation. Aside from taking good care of the mother and the fetus in pre-natal care, decisions on feeding, clothing, hospital arrangements, selecting the baby’s crib takes a primary importance. The minute a newborn baby is discharged from the hospital, he will be spending much of his infant life in the crib. The crib will be the baby’s world inside the room where he would be sleeping and playing for hours. So in addition to finding the right crib, finding the right crib mattress to go along with it is important.
Mattresses, whether standard or an Organic Baby Mattress, should always be firm. You would think a soft one would be desirable because many adults prefer it, but it’s actually very dangerous for babies. Babies need a firm surface because they cannot easily move out of positions. If they were to turn over on a soft mattress, their face could sink in because they can’t easily roll back over. Place your hand on the mattress to check the resistance.
Check the cover. Multi-layer covers are a good bet for durability, in case one layer gets worn through or compromised. Some crib mattresses have an anti-microbial layer on top, and this may help cut down on germs from spit-ups and diaper accidents. You can also check to see how the mattress cover is sealed. Do the plastic seams appear to be sturdy, or are they weak and ready to split open? Are fabric seams smooth from the start or do they appear stressed and ready to pop open? If allergies run in the family, a fully sealed crib mattress may be a good choice.
Foam mattresses are often the least expensive and the lightest option in the market. These are available in a variety of thicknesses, usually between 3 and 10 inches. More important than thickness, though, is density about 1.5 pounds per cubic foot. To find a good foam mattress with high density, check the weight of the mattress.To check, you can push your hand down into the middle of the mattress and then remove it.The faster the foam regains its shape the more resilient the mattress. A sleeping infant will be needing a mattress that regains its shape quickly. A mattress that takes excessively to regain its shape can make it harder for a baby to change position on. A foam mattress is usually coated in Pvc material for quick cleaning but some brands have ventilation holes.
The other factor you need to contemplate when picking the top crib mattress for your baby is how firm the mattress is. In contrast to adults who prefer soft mattresses, babies really should be given a lot more solid ones. This is simply because babies can’t move themselves like adults do when they get tired. Employing a soft mattress is harmful as the babies face can sink into the mattress suffocating him. To establish how firm it truly is, just push the mattress down along with your hand to see how deep the hand goes.
The crib mattress must provide proper support for your baby’s back and head. It must be firm but not too hard. It must not be soft either because if the mattress is too soft it will bend in the middle where the baby sleeps. It needs to be firm enough to maintain its shape and provide enough support for the spine.
One of the toughest choices for a parent is cloth or disposable diapers. You will need to make that decision, but here are some facts. There is no denying that cloth diapers are much better for baby’s very sensitive skin. Now you can buy 100% biodegradable inserts to go into baby’s cloth diaper to assist with the mess factor. Just one last thing is the disposable diapers do off-gas.
When your kids graduate to a toddler bed, you can get them something a little softer. You might even want to start them off with a dual firmness crib mattress. It would fit both a crib and toddler bed (as do all crib mattresses), and is firm and waterproof on one side, softer and non-waterproof on the other. That way you get the most value for your money.