How Do I Choose a Baby Cot Mattress?
Knowing what to look out for when it comes to any product made for your baby can be a daunting task. You have to think about its safety, longevity and how much money you’ll be able to save. This applies to baby cot mattresses too.
At Bedding Comfort Store, we want to alleviate the stress and help you know what to look out for, so you can focus on what matters. In this article, we will be addressing the question ‘How do I choose a baby cot mattress?’
As we all know, a good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to overall general health, and for babies who have no established sleep cycle, it’s even more important.
Babies can sleep up to 18 hours a day which shows you just how much your little bundle of joy is going to be spending time in their cot, so finding the right mattress is extremely important.
It is vital that their sleep is comfortable and safe, which in turn gives you, as a parent or guardian, peace of mind (and hopefully a few extra hours of sleep). If you’re reading this, we’re guessing you are considering purchasing a baby cot mattress.
Not to worry – we’re here to tell you all the things you should know for this crucial time in your toddler’s development.
Why do you need a baby cot mattress and what is it?
A baby cot mattress is a mattress made specifically for babies, as they sleep in cots, which are essentially small beds with an elevated frame to prevent the baby from falling out.
Your baby needs the right mattress to sleep properly, a firm mattress is ideal for a toddler as it reduces the risk of SIDS and suffocation, and the firmness of the mattress will also provide them with stability as they grow and eventually stand in their cot.
A cot mattress can also be accompanied by a duvet and pillow, but this is only after the baby has reached a certain age.
In regard to age, and when a baby should be transitioning to having a duvet and pillow inside their cot, in most cases, after the toddler is 12 months old you can consider an altered sleeping environment. It’s around this time you can begin to know when to put a duvet and pillow in a cot.
This is because Your toddler generally has developed gross motor skills and fine motor skills, and it is the safer option to introduce a new duvet and pillow in their cot because of their enhanced motor control, reducing the risk of Suffocation or SIDS.
We must highlight the fact that every toddler is different and grows at different rates. Please consider this when you are looking to change your toddler’s sleeping environment.
For the safest course of action, please consult your toddler’s paediatrician to see if it is safe before deciding when to put a duvet and pillow in a cot for your toddler.
At Bedding Comfort Store, we cover all aspects of sleep, including your toddler’s mattress. We provide two sizes but we also know accidents will happen, whether the nappy got loose or your toddler has had a bit too much milk to drink, we’ve got you covered that’s why we also have breathable soft-quilted waterproof mattress covers!
Can’t the baby sleep in a normal bed?
As any parent will tell you, babies are not hazard-proof, no matter who’s watching, or what measures have been taken, if something is not made specifically for a baby, it should not be used.
A baby should not sleep on an adult mattress due to the serious safety risks. An adult mattress can endanger a baby, as they can suffocate on a soft mattress (such as memory foam or a water bed) or from soft furnishings such as quilts and heavy-duty pillows.
The baby can also become trapped or wedged between a mattress and headboard or wall, or be at risk of strangulation from dangling cords on a bed frame. Not to mention the obvious hazard of the baby falling off the bed.
So now you know why a baby shouldn’t sleep in a normal bed, let’s help you understand what to look out for when choosing a baby cot mattress.
How do I choose a baby cot mattress?
- You cannot account for how much it has actually been cleaned, babies may have fecal matter, urine or vomit deeply embedded into the mattress.
- The mattress may have been stored between its original usage and your purchase, if this storage isn’t adequate it could result in mould being on the mattress, as well as dust and other contaminants.
- It may have holes in it, and the structural integrity and support offered by a baby cot mattress will be at risk if the mattress has holes in it. This will affect your child’s sleep.
- In 2002, a study by the British Medical Journal concluded that there was a significant link between having a used crib mattress and SIDS, especially if it was from another home.
The reason why was not established as it was not known. But it was thought that it could be the baby’s bodily fluids being trapped in the mattress, leading to bacteria that the next baby is exposed to, in turn leading to an increased risk of SIDS.
We have provided the most important factor to consider when looking to purchase a baby cot mattress, now you must be wanting to know of affordable solutions. Well luckily for you, we have just that.
It is important to make sure that the baby cot mattress you choose keeps your child comfortable, is anti-allergenic to help with any possible allergies, is anti-bacterial, and is breathable. We provide all of this, read on to find out more.
Baby cot mattresses
Here at Bedding Comfort Store, we understand that choosing the best furnishings for your baby’s nursery can be difficult and overwhelming because babies and toddlers have greater needs when it comes to sleep than adults.
That is why we have our own line of high-quality nursery bedding, which will help keep your little angels comfortable throughout the night.
Our terrific range of cot mattresses is ideal for babies and toddlers. They are anti-allergenic, to keep those sneezing fits at bay, as well as waterproof, to protect against leaks and accidents.
Our Cot Mattress (120 x 60cm) with Soft Quilted Waterproof Cover is an excellent choice for your baby. Made from natural fibres, it is eco-breathable, anti-bacterial and ensures ultimate comfort for the little one. The removable, softly quilted cover has taped edges, for extra support and shape.
If you are not sure what size cot mattress to buy, this cot mattress also comes in a 140 x 70cm size.
We also recommend our Pocket Spring Cot Bed Mattress (120 x 60 cm). This highly breathable cot mattress keeps your baby cool and comfortable, by providing natural airflow. It is designed to fit your child’s increasing size.
With a double-sided design, this crib mattress offers extra support for your infant or toddler.
The material is free from harmful chemicals and the fibre has a good heat resistance and excellent water absorption quality.
If you are not sure which cot mattress to buy, this cot mattress is also available in 140 x 70 cm.
With affordable pricing and options for delivery, Bedding Comfort Store is your best option for finding the right cot for your baby.
Here to help you find the right baby cot mattress
When you choose to invest in your toddler’s sleep with us, you can expect:
- A medley of options in the materials, quality and tog level of our duvets and pillows in accordance with the needs of your toddler
- A quick and painless delivery to ensure that your toddler has the best sleep possible, as soon as possible!
- Quality sleep, as well as safeguarding your toddler from cold weather and allergies. Our mattresses and protectors cover every aspect of your toddler’s sleep, giving you peace of mind.
We at Bedding Comfort Store know that a proper night’s sleep is when everyone can rest easy, ensuring your toddler can get an undisturbed peaceful night’s rest so you can sleep just that little bit longer.
In this article, we hope to have addressed the question ‘How do I choose a baby cot mattress?’. Explore our nursery bedding range now.
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